President Klaus Iohannis convened the meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) on Friday, 12.00 am, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, reads a release of the Presidential Administration.
At the meeting they will analyze the requests of the Minister of National Defence, Gabriel Les, regarding the filling in of certain offices at the Army level of command.
On December 19, the Minister of National Defence, Gabriel Les, announced that he is not going to extend the mandate of Nicolae Ciuca as Chief of the Defence Staff.
“I won’t prolong this mandate. The law stipulates a mandate of four years, with the possibility of extending it. As far as I found out from the archives of the Ministry of National Defence, it was a single time when the mandate of a chief of the Defence Staff was prolonged, the General Staff more precisely, as it was called back then, and we wanted to maintain the same custom. (..) I know how he did for the Romanian Army and what he can still do. (…) His mandate ends on December 31,” Les told Antena 3 private television broadcast.
He mentioned that the documents were sent to the Supreme Council for National Defence.
The last meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence took place on December 19. Back then the CSAT approved the draft budget for the national security field and the Army’s endowment plan 2019-2028. At the same time, President Iohannis announced that a number of 1,902 Romanian soldiers will participate next year in missions and operations outside the Romanian state territory, by 127 more than in 2018. Moreover, the CSAT approved at the same meeting the Concept for setting up on Romanian territory the South-Easy Multinational Command.
CDR requests that CSAT discuss fiscal-budget ordinance
Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei (Coalition for Romania’s Development—CDR) measures to be discussed within the Supreme Council for Country’s Defence, considering that through the expected effects on the strategic sectors of economy, respectively energy, finance and communications, such normative acts concern the national security.
“We address to the Supreme Council for Country’s Defense (CSAT), on behalf of the Coalition for Romania’s Development (CDR), an open letter announcing publicly our request for the inclusion on the agenda of the CSAT, as of the 28 December, 2018 meeting, some topics that through their expected effects on the strategic sectors of the economy, namely energy, financial and communications, concern national security: the impact of the Government Emergency Ordinance adopted by the Romanian Government on 21 December 2018 on fiscal stability, the predictability of the legislative process and the workforce deficit. The CDR represents Romanian and foreign companies, small and large, which contribute by more than 50pct to Romania’s GDP and employ over 1.2 million people. We believe that our voice must be heard,” the CDR representatives say in an open letter addressed to the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis and the CSAT.
The document is signed by representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham), the National Council of Small and Medium Enterprises in Romania (CNIPMMR), Concordia Employers Confederation, the Foreign Investors Council (FIC), the French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Romania (CCIFER), the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK) and the Romanian Business Leaders (RBL).
The Coalition for Romania’s Development (CDR) is a private, non-political initiative and is made up of 45 business organizations and associate members from Romania.