The meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) having on the agenda the report on the National System for the Prevention and Combat of Terrorism and the budget proposals for the institutions with responsibilities in the national security area for 2016 has concluded after more than two and a half hours of discussions.
According to the Presidential Administration, the meeting agenda included topics referring to the guidelines to the National Defence Strategy for the period 2015 – 2019, the national plan of information priorities for 2016, the plan on using Romania’s forces deployed to missions and operations outside the Romanian state’s territory in 2016.
The meeting’s agenda also featured the measures Romania adopted for enforcing the international sanction regimes, the 2015 – 2019 information strategy of the SRI and the CSAT activity programme for next year.
The Presidential Administration pointed out that other topics of interest to national security would also be approached during the meeting.
The Country’s Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) has approved the Intelligence Strategy 2015-2019 of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and set the next stages to updating the legal framework on the prevention and combating terrorism.
According to a release by the Presidential Administration, the Intelligence Strategy sets the missions and action directions of the SRI, by ensuring the implementation of the National Defence Strategy in agreement with the evolutions of the security environment.
The Council’s members have also decided the next steps of upgrading of the legal framework regarding the prevention and combatting of terrorism, in order to allow the adaptation of the national capabilities to the new types and levels of terrorist threat, as well as to connect them to the European, international regulations in this matter.
Also in this sitting, the Council has analysed and Okayed the budget propositions for 2016 of the institutions with the national security attributions.
In the end of the reunion, the CSAT members have approved the activity Programme of the Council for 2016, a document necessary to carrying out the constitutional target of this body, that is to organize and unitary coordinate activities that regard the national security.
This meeting was the first the Ciolos Cabinet CSAT members participated in.
Attending were President Klaus Iohannis – the CSAT chair, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, National Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc, Interior Minister Petre Toba, Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comananescu, Justice Minister Raluca Pruna, Economy Minister Costin Borc, Finance Minister Anca Dragu, Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Director Eduard Hellvig, Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) Director Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu, General Staff head Nicolae Ciuca, presidential adviser for national security Ion Oprisor and CSAT secretary Mihai Somordolea.
Romania to provide 1,181 military, 1,530 gendarmes and police officers for external missions in 2016
The members of the Country’s Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) have approved on Thursday the armed forces of Romania that could be provided for missions and operations outside the Romanian territory in 2016, namely 1,181 military and 1,530 gendarmes and police officers.
According to a release by the Presidential Administration, next year the Romanian armed forces will continue participating in missions and operations outside the country’s territory under the NATO, EU, OSCE and UN helm, for two essential missions, namely Romania’s and its allies’ defence and the regional, global stability’s promotion.
The main effort will be represented by the participation with forces and means in the NATO mission in Afghanistan – Resolute Support Mission (RSM), concomitant to maintaining its participation in the NATO’s KFOR and EU’s ALTHEA operations in the Balkans.
The forces offered in 2016 by the National Defence Ministry to fulfil missions abroad count for 1,181 military, 158 military more than this year. Out of them, 943 troops could be deployed in the operation theatres, as well as in individual observation and monitoring missions, while other 238 troops will be inside Romania, with the possibility to being deployed if necessary.
The Internal Affairs Ministry will offer the EU, OSCE, NATO and UN missions in 2016 some 1,530 gendarmes and police officers, out of whom 1,054 will participate in missions and 476 will be in stand-by and ready to be deployed to order. As compared to 2015, their number is smaller by 91 gendarmes and police officers.