DEFENCE POLITICS

PM Dancila: Discussion with president in CSAT meeting focused on items on agenda, security institutions’ budgets not tackled

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila declared on Wednesday that at Romania’s Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) meeting, she discussed with President Klaus Iohannis only about the items on the agenda, specifying that the topic of the security institutions’ budgets was not tackled.

Asked if during the CSAT meeting she tried to talk to the head of state about the problems that the two Palaces are having, Dancila replied: “During the CSAT meeting I spoke with the president only about the points on the agenda.”

She underlined that the CSAT meeting was suspended and rescheduled for December 19.

“The sitting was suspended, there were many discussions and a rescheduling was made for December 19. I cannot tell you what was discussed within the CSAT,” the prime minister said.

Furthermore, asked if there is a dispute regarding the budgets of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) or of other institutions, Viorica Dancila specified: “We have not yet discussed about this topic in the CSAT meeting, I believe that we will discuss on Wednesday’s sitting.” “There were no talks about hiring within the SRI,” the prime minister further said, in reply to a question in this respect.

“The sitting of Romania’s Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) that took place on Tuesday, 11 December, was suspended by President Klaus Iohannis upon the request of the Council’s members, given that the agenda included important topics on the country’s defence and national security, which has led to prolonged discussions. Consequently, the president of Romania has decided to resume Romania’s Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) sitting on 19 December, so as to continue the analysis of the topics on the agenda,” the Presidential Administration informed in a press release.

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