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December 6, 2021

Senate’s Tutuianu: Poland, Romania – most important pillars on NATO’s eastern flank

Poland and Romania are the most important pillars on the eastern flank of the North-Atlantic Alliance, according to Deputy Speaker of the Romanian Senate Adrian Tutuianu.

“I believe that the two states – Poland and Romania – share a series of common and specific challenges in terms of risks and threats to national security. When we discuss about the eastern flank of the North-Atlantic Alliance, Poland and Romania are its most important pillars, and the B9 cooperation format, alongside the “The Three Seas Initiative,” are meant to strengthen cooperation and lead to a common approach in a volatile context, with significant international implications. I would say that our joint activities come to underscore the unity and coherence of the eastern and allied flank, contributing to the high level of bilateral military relations and to the strengthening of the strategic partnership between Romania and Poland, within the EU and NATO,” said Tutuianu, at the Romanian-Polish round table organized by the National University of Political and Administrative Studies, as part of the Bucharest Security Conference Dialogues.

MEP Ioan Mircea Pascu, Vice President of the European Parliament, underscored the changes facing our world.

“The most important thing is the deterioration of the world’s security. We are currently dealing with new threats, climate changes, terrorism, cyber attacks, and also with the old type of threats all over again, like commercial wars, which did not exist in our sight before, but are increasingly frequent now. A second topic that must be mentioned is globalization happening at the same time with fragmentation, for, the more crowded our world becomes, the more we want to have our own space, because everything around us becomes agglomerated. (…) I would also like to mention the dual role of technology. For the world shrinks in dimension in the global state, but at the same time we are dealing with a lot of control and manipulation, and you most probably remember about the Russian intervention in certain elections, when there is also a democratic manipulation – Cambridge Analytica and Facebook and, if I was to compare the sizes of the two phenomena, I would say that democracy remains a better system anyhow, than autocracy, for the manipulations of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook show that democracy reconfigured itself,” said Ioan Mircea Pascu, who also mentioned the deterioration of the decision-making process and the fact that the elites are less and less educated these days.

He also pointed out that the is a change of communication in politics.

Thus, Pascu underscored that there is no strategic planning anymore.

In his turn, Piotr Naimski – Secretary of State with the Polish Prime Minister Chancellery – spoke about the current context, showing that Europe is currently going through a difficult time.

He stated that we are living difficult times, it is very difficult for Europe, it is very difficult for our nations, in the context in which the European nations are trying to build a new order. This new order will be completely different – and this is my opinion, not that of my Government’s – compared to what we remember from 10-20 years ago. Change or changes happen very fast and change management is probably the crucial thing right now. Everything is about aspects related to security, in the context in which the world is an increasingly dangerous place, he said. After the Cold War we are facing a series of proximity wars – the war in Ukraine, the war in Syria and conflicts at high level, where the great powers meet one another, where they confront one another, while trying at the same time to avoid large wars. In Europe, we have been witnessing the growing power of Russia, said the Polish official.

He showed that, unfortunately, there is no strategic planning in Europe.

According to him, Romania is a “lucky country,” for it has its own oil and gas reserves and the possibility of drilling off-shore, in the Black Sea platform.

The Romanian-Polish round table, occasioned by the Bucharest Security Conferences Dialogues, an event that announces the 2018 Bucharest Security Conference, was organized by the National University of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA), in partnership with the Warsaw Institute of Poland.

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