The members of the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) noted during Tuesday’s meeting that the Ministry of Defence (MApN), Interior Ministry (MAI), Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), Protection and Guard Service (SPP) and Special Telecommunications Service (STS) carried out their activity in line with the institutional missions and objectives undertaken, against the backdrop of multiple domestic and international events that marked 2017, according to a communique.
“The first topic of the meeting concerned analysing and approving the activity carried out in 2017 by the institutions that have prerogatives in the field of national security, and of the main objectives for 2018. The members of the Council noted that the Defence Ministry, Interior Ministry, Foreign Intelligence Service, Protection and Guard Service, and Special Telecommunications Service carried out their activity in line with the institutional missions and objectives undertaken, against the backdrop of multiple domestic and international events that marked the year 2017,” reads the aforementioned document.
Likewise, the activity that the Cybersecurity Operative Council carried out in 2017 and its priorities for 2018 were also analysed and approved, being noted that the activity of this body was organised, planned and implemented in line with the provisions of the Cybersecurity Strategy of Romania, approved through Government Decision no.271/2013.
Last year, the Cybersecurity Operative Council analysed topics of interest in the field of Romania’s cybersecurity. In 2018, the Operative Council is focusing on priorities such as ensuring inter-institutional cooperation within the National Cybersecurity System, promoting and consolidating measures implemented by institutions that have prerogatives in this field, and intensifying actions of cooperation with international partners.
At the same time, the members of the Supreme Defence Council analysed and approved the activity that the National Centre of Response to Cybersecurity Incidents (CERT-RO) carried out in 2017, as well as the plan of activity for 2018.
“Throughout last year, CERT-RO’s activity took place along the coordinates of the development of national capabilities in the cybersecurity domain, of the stimulation of public-private partnership, and of cooperation at national and international level, and of the updating of the framework of regulations in the domain. CERT-RO’s priorities in 2018 concern both developing technical and human capabilities for the fulfilment of specific prerogatives and adapting the institutional framework to the new requirements imposed by the transposition into national legislation, by May this year, of the NIS European Directive concerning measures meant to ensure a common level of security for IT networks and systems within the Union. In this sense, a bill has been drafted and is in the inter-ministerial endorsement circuit,” the Presidential Administration points out.
At the end of the meeting, the members of the Council analysed and approved the Supreme Defence Council Report on the activity carried out in 2017.
According to the Constitution and law no.415/2002 on the way the CSAT is organised and functions, the Council analysed the issues in the national defence and national security domains. At the same time, it issued decisions containing mandatory measures for local government authorities and for institutions that have prerogatives in this domain, without establishing for these institutions and authorities any supplementary prerogatives that go over and above those stipulated by the legislative acts on whose basis their organisation and functioning is ensured.
“The activity of the Council was adapted to the realities and priorities of 2017, to the needs and complexity of national and international security interests and to the urgencies imposed by the specificity of each institution, and it was oriented toward the accomplishment of CSAT’s constitutional objective to unitarily organise and coordinate national security activities. Likewise, the Supreme Defence Council Report includes a chapter referring to the Annual Assessment of the implementation of the National Defence Strategy for the 2015-2019 period,” the communique reads.
In 2018, the institutions that have prerogatives in this field will continue their efforts to implement the objectives and directions established through the Strategy, in line with the challenges of the regional and international security environment, and with the persistence of some domestic vulnerabilities and risks.
According to the provisions of Law no.415/2002 on the Supreme Defence Council, the Report will be forward to the Romanian Parliament for approval.
The CSAT meeting on Tuesday was the first which PM Viorica Dancila has attended since taking over the mandate of Head of the Executive.
The previous CSAT meeting took place in November 2017.