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April 15, 2021

Dobrovolschi: President Iohannis to visit ‘Mihail Kogalniceanu’ Centre, Cincu firing range for Saber Guardian 2017

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday will be visiting the “Mihail Kogalniceanu” Administrative Center of Constanta to meet Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel, while on Saturday he will go to the Cincu firing range, Brasov County, for the Saber Guardian 2017 multinational defence exercise.

“On Thursday, Mr President Klaus Iohannis will be visiting the ‘Mihail Kogalniceanu’ Administrative Centre in Constanta to meet Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel. While there, he will also meet Romanian and British pilots stationed there to make sure an ongoing air policing mission is smoothly ran,” presidential spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi said Tuesday.

She mentioned that throughout late August, four Eurofighter Typhoon airplanes plus 150 pilots and technical staff will make sure that an air policing mission in the southern area of NATO’s eastern flank progresses smoothly.

“On Saturday, July 15, the President will be at the Cincu firing range in Brasov County, starting at 11:00hrs, EEST, for a joint multinational defence exercise called Saber Guardian 2017 that includes deployed troops and live ammo shootings,” said Dobrovolschi.

She said Saber Guardian 2017is a complex multinational defence exercise conducted in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria under the command of the US European Command and the Chief of the General Staff of the Romanian Army. It is carried out on a fictitious collective defence scenario to consolidate defence measures on NATO’s eastern flank, advance Black Sea security and stability, strengthen partnership and mutual trust between the US and Romanian armed forces, attended by 21 NATO member and partner states.

More than 25,000 troops using over 2,000 pieces of military hardware are taking part in the Saber Guardian 2017 exercise.


” Coalition supporting Gov’t, entitled to make assessments”


Presidential Spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi said Tuesday that the coalition supporting the incumbent government is entitled to its own assessment of the governmental activity, adding that the President will have his own assessment at the right time.

“Romania’s President has urged to responsibility, and about that subject he was crystal clear. Responsibility is needed, stability is needed as also needed is following a path that everybody knows and understands. All games that have to do with sudden movements in finance and economy are no good. Mr President will unveil his assessment of the government at the right time. Hopefully for the time being, Mr President’s call for responsibility has been heard and understood (…) The coalition supporting the government has the right to its own assessments, and in the end these parties are responsible for that famous governing programme being implemented by the government they support,” Dobrovolschi told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace responding to a question about the decision of the ruling coalition to assess the activity of the government against the tax and economic measures unveiled by it.

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said Monday that the coalition will convene once each week to be briefed on the latest developments in the implementation of the governing programme.


“President Iohannis is very pleased with activity of DNA leadership”


President Klaus Iohannis is very “pleased” with the activity of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) leadership, presidential Spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi reiterated on Tuesday.

“Romania’s President (…) is very pleased with the activity of the National Anticorruption Directorate. More than that, there are no additional comments. You are certainly talking about the actions of other institutions which have the right to act constitutionally, but from this point of view the Presidential Administration has nothing more to add,” Spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi told a press conference, when asked about President Klaus Iohannis’ opinion regarding the notification of the parliamentary committee investigating the 2009 presidential election to the Justice Minister regarding the DNA chief’s refusal to show up for hearings.

The members of the parliamentary committee investigating the 2009 presidential elections decided on Monday to notify the Justice Minister regarding the denial of the DNA prosecutor-in-chief, Laura Codruta Kovesi, to come to the hearings.

“We cannot subrogate the supreme authority to tell it what sanctions Mrs Kovesi should receive, this will be decided by the Minister of Justice,” Chairperson of the parliamentary committee investigating the 2009 presidential elections Oana Florea stated. Prior to this, one of the members of the committee, namely deputy Liviu Plesoianu proposed to include in the notification to the Justice Minister the request to remove the DNA head from office.

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