Gov’t passes Defence White Papers implementing its defence objectives

The Government on Wednesday passed its Defence White Papers, which highlight the significant changes in the world security environment while implementing the defence objectives established under the Government’s ruling programme.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, the Government says the document will be submitted to Parliament for final approval after being forwarded to the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) for four-year approval, 2015 to 2019.

“The White Papers are the first defence planning document drawn up in accordance with the new legislation that spells out Romania’s defence policy objectives. The document highlights the significant changes in the world security environment to which solutions have been worked out to secure the Romanian Government’s necessary capabilities to promote and protect national interests against current, nascent and future risks and threats, to help Romania meet its defence and security commitments to NATO and the European Union as well as to other international organisations and national public authorities,” the Government says.

The document mentions the 2015-2019 defence policy objectives: developing robust defence capabilities; improving strategic credibility inside NATO and the EU; consolidating strategic partnership, particularly with the United States of America; developing international cooperation relationships at bilateral and regional levels as well as inside international organisations, and assisting public authorities with emergency management.

“In order to achieve these objectives, the overall missions of the Romanian Armed Forces will be: contributing to Romania’s security in times of peace; defending Romania’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity; taking part in the defence of allies and partners inside NATO and the EU; promoting regional and global stability, including through the use of defence diplomacy; assisting the public administrations in emergencies by providing public assistance and managing the aftermath of disasters,” the Government also says.

On the other hand, there is a special chapter in the White Papers of Defence set aside for integrated management of resources.

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