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September 19, 2021

Ministry of Interior sets temporary refugee camp at Lunga, Timis County

Coordinated by the Deputy Prime-Minister for National Security & Minister of Home Affairs, Gabriel Oprea, an analysis of the regional security environment relative to the migratory flow and a provisional assessment of the exercise that had begun at the border with Serbia on Saturday, 19 September, was made at the Ministry of Home Affairs.
An exercise that tests the operational response capability of the Romanian authorities to a situation similar to the current one in countries neighbouring Romania in terms of migrant flow dynamics has been carried on in the western county of Timis on Saturday.
In a press statement released on Saturday, MAI says the drill was ordered by Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea.
“In the application of the decisions of the National Emergency Committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea over the past two weeks, the Romanian authorities have increased security measures at the border between Romania and Serbia by deploying additional forces and logistics,’ says the statement.
The exercise is said to be a continuation of preventive, pro-active measures taken by the relevant organisations operating as the National Emergency Committee.
Deputy Prime-Minister Gabriel Oprea stressed the importance of conducting such an exercise at the border with Serbia in the context where all states in the region had taken extra measures for strengthening border security.
‘Even if Romania is not subject to migratory pressure, these actions are necessary for testing our response to regional dynamics’, said the Deputy Prime-Minister in charge of nationals security matters and Minister of Home Affairs, Gabriel Oprea.
One of the activities performed in the framework of this operating capacity testing exercise is the setting up of temporary camps for the reception of individuals seeking a form of protection in Romania.
Such a camp is located near Lunga and a second one is to be opened in the Stamora Moravita area. The camps are used for checking the resources and capabilities required for specific border activities – sorting, registration, finger-printing and identification of foreign nationals – as well as procedures that are normally followed in such situations.
At the same time, Interior Ministry forces – border police, immigration workers, gendarmes, police forces and fire fighters – are also engaging in other specific missions trying to develop an integrated response to the challenges of the current security context.
The activities currently going on at the border with Serbia represent preventive measures and are being performed by the Ministry of Home Affairs forces.

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