DEFENCE

CSAT approves Defence White Book, public order strategy

The Supreme Council for Country’s Defence (CSAT) approved on Thursday several documents for the implementation of the National Defence Strategy, including the Defence White Book, and the Public Order Strategy, President Klaus Iohannis announced after the CSAT sitting at the Cotroceni Palace.
“The first topic [on CSAT’s agenda] was the way of implementing the National Defence Strategy,” the President stated; he mentioned that other issued tackled by the Council were the “complicated situation” in the Middle East and the events in Syria and Iran. Several documents were presented to inform the CSAT on these matters.


Romania could use European funds if EU forces more refugees upon it

Members of the Supreme Council for Country’s Defence (CSAT) came up with the idea of using European funds to extend Romania’s immigrant accommodation facilities and build new ones, if the EU forces the country to accept more refugees than its available capacity, President Klaus Iohannis announced after the CSAT sitting on Thursday.

“It is possible that through a procedure to be enforced next week, the EU will force us to receiving more refugees than we could host. It is a scenario we don’t wish, that does not help solving the refugees problem, but at least theoretically it is possible, so we have talked about what could happen in this context. Should that happen, we clearly must do something. An idea circulated – yet a decision that probably could lead to a solution was not made – to use European funds in order to extend the facilities we have for receiving refugees, or in extremis to use European funds to build more reception centres for the refugees,” the head of state said at the Cotroceni Palace.

Iohannis said the CSAT got excellent information on the immigrants and mentioned that in the next week’s Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council of the EU, Romania will plead against mandatory quotas of immigrants .

“We have talked about the way Romania will go to the JHA Council next week. The CSAT members were informed about Romania’s position. Namely, the Internal Affairs Minister will have a mandate similar to the one he had at the last sitting of the JHA Council: Romania is in consensus with the other EU member states, but we cannot consider the mandatory quotas a solution to the migration problem. This is the mandate for the JHA Council,” said the President.


“Romania has to contribute more to U.N.-sponsored peacekeeping forces”

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that “everybody agreed” at the meeting of the Supreme Council for Country’s Defence (CSAT) that Romania will have to make a greater contribution in terms of participation in the United Nations-sponsored peacekeeping forces.

“A somewhat special item related Romania’s participation in the peacekeeping forces sponsored by the U.N. and everybody agreed we will have to make a greater contribution than the one we make now. This matter will be set in more detail”, Iohannis told media after the CSAT sitting.

He explained that the agenda of the gathering also featured a range of materials relating the Romanian presence in NATO.

“On this matter, everybody agreed we should participate properly in NATO intervention forces, namely in various actions being carried out in this context”, the Romanian head of state said.

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