According to the Presidential Administration, representatives of diplomatic missions of EU and NATO member states and of the Romanian Presidency met at the Cotroceni Palace, the seat of the Presidency, at the initiative of its Department for National Security.
The main topic of the meeting was the presentation of the strategic vision and of the main contents and directions of the new National Defence Strategy, especially from the perspective of Romania’s status as NATO and EU member state.
The presentation – a premiere for the representatives of diplomatic missions accredited to Bucharest – was followed by a dialogue on topics of the Energy Union and of the strategic communication on EU level, according to Agerpres.
The vote is on Monday
The Defence Committees of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies adopted in unanimity on Wednesday a common report on the National Defence Strategy for 2015 – 2019, document sanctioned by CSAT and promoted by the president of Romania for debate and adoption by Parliament, Agerpres report. ‘Under the Constitution and the defence planning law, President Klaus Iohannis has sent to the Parliament the National Defence Strategy for the period from 2015 to 2019, for approval’, General Ion Oprisor, presidential adviser, has said.
He added that the specialised committees of Parliament had analysed the document. ‘I mean the Defence Committees of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies. The SRI Oversight Committee and the SIE Oversight Committee. All the members of those committees attended the debate. I briefed them on the main elements of the document and main novelties that it brings. Debates on the document and questioned followed and it ended with the vote on the document’, Oprisor said.
Asked what were the new elements in the Strategy compared to the similar document adopted in 2010, the president’s adviser said: ‘First of all the multi-dimensional character’. ‘We are talking about an enlarged national strategy concept which, apart from defence, also accommodates other things of impact on national security – public order, the diplomatic dimension, economy and energy, intelligence, counter-intelligence and security, health, demographics, culture or the social state of the population. All those are put in a balance we deem necessary. Lines and ways of action and set to make it possible for all institutions relevant to the field of defence to draft their restive sector strategies, operational plans and other documents subsequent to the National Strategy’, Oprisor explained.
The presidential adviser also noted that no changes had been requires in respect of the content of the document. ‘On the other hand, what the honourable senators and deputies brought up is that a new defence planning law is currently in the making, therefore this document might need adjusting at some stage. The National Defence Strategy is not a final document that cannot be amended after it is approved. According to the developments in the security environment, risks, threats, vulnerabilities, this document will be modified. It is the prerogative of the president of Romania to ask for that and operate the necessary changes’, Oprisor said.
The Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee, Marius Obreja, in turn pointed out that the Defence Strategy brought the new element of ‘the firm intention of all MPs on the committees to finalise the legislative process of the strategy, something that has not happened so far’. ‘And the second new idea is that, if new vulnerabilities, risks appear in time, it can be updated. It is a very important and common-sense thing’, Marius Obreja said.
Obreja noted that the joint Chambers would hold debated and give a vote on the draft decision for the approval of the National Defence Strategy on Monday.