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The 15th anniversary of Romania’s accession to NATO. Parliament adopts Declaration reaffirming attachment to Alliance’s values, goals. President Iohannis attacks ruling coalition: Assault of PSD majority on rule of law risks to weaken Romania’s status in NATO, EU. PM Dancila: Regret solemn sitting transformed by Romania’s president into electoral campaign event

Romanian Parliament reaffirms its attachment to NATO principles, values and goals and firmly supports a strong Alliance and the strengthening of the transatlantic relationship, indispensable for Euro-Atlantic security, shows the Declaration adopted on Tuesday by the Legislature with 238 votes in “favour”, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Romania’s accession to the North-Atlantic Alliance and 70 years of NATO existence.

“In the context of the 15th anniversary of Romania’s accession to NATO and 70 years since the establishment of the North Atlantic Alliance, the Romanian Parliament reaffirms its attachment to the NATO principles, values and goals and firmly supports a strong Alliance and the strengthening of the transatlantic relationship, indispensable for the Euro-Atlantic Security. It upholds the further strengthening of NATO’s capability to effectively manage all the challenges and threats to the Member States, regardless of their area of origin, within a comprehensive approach. It hails the notable progress as regards a credible, effective and coherent deterrence and defence posture, and highlights the importance of an advanced allied presence on the eastern flank,” the Declaration adopted by Parliament mentions.

According to the document, Parliament highlights the implications of developments in the eastern neighborhood of the European continent for the entire Euro-Atlantic security and, specifically, the strategic importance of the wider Black Sea region and the strengthening of NATO’s role in this area.

The Romanian Parliament expresses its concern over the diversification and intensification of security threats to Allies and supports NATO’s demarches in the anti-missile, cyber defence and in addressing the anti-hybrid threats. At the same time, it stresses the importance of continuing NATO’s “open door” policy and welcomed the accession of Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia to NATO, the document shows.

Parliament also advocates the strengthening of the Alliance’s partnership policy on the basis of shared values and respect for international law and the commitments made, aimed at promoting stability, as well as support for enhancing partner defence capabilities.

According to the document, Parliament reaffirms its support for the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, the firm support for the territorial integrity of these states within internationally recognized borders, and deepening their practical co-operation with NATO, based on their specific interests and needs.

“The Romanian Parliament underlines the unique importance of NATO-EU cooperation and the need to strengthen the Strategic Partnership between the two organizations. It acknowledges that collective defence begins with national defence and resilience. It will continue to secure 2 percent of GDP for defence in line with commitments assumed at allied level. Romania will continue to contribute to maintaining the Alliance’s credibility and capability for action as well as to regional and international security. Parliament reiterates the importance of national parliaments and contributes to the definition and implementation of the objectives of this institution by boosting and developing interparliamentary dialogue, with the partners of the Alliance, included,” the Declaration reads.

The solemn sitting of Parliament dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Romania’s NATO membership led by Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu began on Tuesday afternoon with the National Anthem.

President Klaus Iohannis was welcomed by Liberals Alina Gorghiu and Marilen Pirtea and met at the entrance to the plenary hall with Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea, and with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, greeting each other.

Among the participants in the meeting were the former presidents of Romania Emil Constantinescu and Traian Basescu, the Ombudsman, Victor Ciorbea, as well as members of the Government, senior officials and representatives of the diplomatic corps.

 

Iohannis: Romania – reliable ally, promoter of NATO values, stability pillar in Black Sea region

 

Romania will continue to be a reliable ally, a promoter of NATO values and a pillar of stability and security in the Black Sea region, President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday in Parliament at the  solemn sitting of Parliament dedicated to the 15th anniversary of NATO accession.

“In 70 years of existence NATO has become the only organization that can provide a robust security environment, with effective security guarantees for all its members. The joint effort of all allies has allowed the organization to assert itself globally as a guarantor of stability, peace and dialogue. I resolutely reaffirm that Romania will continue to be a reliable ally, a promoter of the common values shared by the Alliance members and of its further consolidation, as well as a pillar of stability and security in the Black Sea region, preserving the safety of Romanian citizens,” Iohannis said at the solemn sitting of Parliament devoted to the 15th anniversary of Romania’s accession to NATO.

The President went on to say that he will continue to act with determination to render NATO stronger and Romania’s profile inside the Alliance to become increasingly visible and strong.

The head of the state mentioned that NATO must further strengthen its deterrence and defensive stance on the eastern flank.

“To this end, we need to combine NATO’s unique and comprehensive role in our collective defense with the EU’s integrative approach to crisis management. We can achieve this correlation by bringing together, in an effort based on synergy and complementarity, the tools and resources of both organizations. The results will undoubtedly benefit the citizens because European and Euro-Atlantic security will increase,” Iohannis said.

According to him, unity and cohesion fundamentally define the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

“We pay special attention to advancing cooperation between NATO and the European Union in all areas of common interest and in particular to improving military mobility on the European continent, increasing partner resilience and combating hybrid threats. To this effect, Romania will continue to make an active contribution. Our country will also continue to support strengthened solidarity inside NATO, including through the consolidation of the transatlantic relationship. Inside NATO, the transatlantic relationship is the guarantee for the optimal functioning of the Alliance and of the collective defense defined at Article V of the Washington Treaty,” Iohannis said.

He also explained that he will continue to firmly support Romania’s position for “a unitary, consistent approach across the entire eastern flank, from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, an essential requirement for the effective management of the growing challenges to the regional security environment.”

“In recent years, Romania has succeeded in strengthening its presence on the allied agenda of the Black Sea security situation, which all allies agree is key to Euro-Atlantic security. This is an effort I have personally got involved into and will continue to do so, because it is in Romania’s strategic interest. The constant stepping up of military activities in Crimea, the recent Kerch Strait incident, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and the provocative acts on allied airplanes and ships in the Black Sea region only prove that threats from the East continue to affect the stability of the region. This requires ensuring a consistent presence of allied ships in the Black Sea and establishing as efficient as possible military command and control structures in our region,” said Iohannis.

He also mentioned that Romania promotes the continuation of NATO’s open door policy.

 

“Assault of PSD majority on rule of law risks to weaken Romania’s status in NATO, EU”

 

The Head of State  used his presence  at the solemn sitting of Parliament dedicated to the 15th anniversary of NATO accession to attack again the ruling coalition, saying that  “the unprecedented assault” of the PSD majority to the rule of law “risks to weaken” the status of Romania in the Alliance and in the EU.

“For our country, it was not easy to return to democracy after the black epoch of communism, and for that reason the concerted effort of all the political forces, of the diplomacy and of the Army is all the more worth applauding and appreciating as it has made possible the national goal of bringing Romania into NATO and the space of the Euro-Atlantic values. All the more condemning are the actions of the current PSD majority, which through the unprecedented assault in the last 30 years on the rule of law risks to weaken the status of our country in the North Atlantic Alliance and in the EU. Modifying laws for the benefit of some people, demagoguery, attacks on Romania’s economic and financial stability, rising inflation and devaluing the national currency, arbitrariness and lack of professionalism – these are the true realities of the PSD governing. Not the strengthening of democracy, not the consolidation of justice, not responsibility and predictability in the economy, not the infrastructure to guaranteed the safety of people, included, these are not the PSD policies. (…) The PSD governing which has become synonymous with administrative incapacity and dilettantism makes Romania vulnerable,” said the head of state.

He argued that, in the context in which Romania has all the strengths to be a pillar of democracy and stability in the region, “PSD fails to rise to the importance of this strategic moment.”

“The PSD’s lack of respect towards the Army culminated in the attempt to challenge in court the decision to extend the mandate of the chief of the Defense Staff. The court dismissed this PSD action as unfounded, which put Romania’s Army in a delicate situation out of strictly political reasons. If we add the inability to modernize the national security legislation, we have only a few aspects that show the incompetence of the PSD and a profound misunderstanding of what it means to lead a state in which citizens are genuinely well protected,” said Iohannis.

The head of state has stated that he has the responsibility to ensure the proper functioning of the public authorities.

“It is my constitutional attribution to draw attention that good, fair and honest governing is also a guarantee of security for Romania, while this failed governance is in itself a risk to the country. We are facing increasingly complex threats, both classical and asymmetric and hybrid ones, coming from multiple strategic directions that tend to affect NATO in increasingly subtle ways. Therefore, there is a need for internal political cohesion in each allied state, as well as for political unity and solidarity at the level of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” Iohannis mentioned.

 

 Senate Speaker Tariceanu:  Romania has grown up with NATO, directly participating in its transformation and adaptation

 

 Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated at the Parliament’s session dedicated to the celebration of joining NATO, that in the last 15 years “Romania has grown up with NATO, directly participating in its transformation and adaptation”. He sent a message to the generations who “haven’t the experience of living during the regime before 1989”: “Our youngsters must know and fully understand the benefits of being a NATO member for Romania (…) At the same time, our youngsters must learn that we are a proud, self-contained and dignified nation, that we are reliable and predictable, able to defense ourselves and contribute to our allies’ defense”, he said.

“In the last 15 years, Romania has grown up with NATO, directly participating in its transformation and adaptation and transforming its valences it permanently showed, at the same time showing consistency, attachment to the values, principles and goals of the Alliance. For this reason, Romania’s membership in NATO must be fructified by strengthening the B9 format meant to ensure the cohesion of the eastern flank in order to continue the open doors policy and maintain Black Sea as a priority on the Alliance’s agenda”, Tariceanu stated in his speech held at the Parliament’s solemn session.

He made a call to the “generations who haven’t the experience of living during the regime before 1989”.

“They grew up in the free and democratic society of the last 30 years and they have personal terms of comparison with the totalitarian Romania that was internationally isolated, with the state party that was planning the future of their parents, in a fierce opposition with the West and the Liberal values. My call is also addressed to all the Romanian politicians activating in Romania or in Brussels. Our youngsters must know and fully understand the benefits of Romania’s membership in NATO, that the security umbrella of the Alliance, together with strengthening Romania’s role as a security provider guarantee us the conditions to prosper in peace and freedom. At the same time, our youngsters must learn that we are a proud, self-contained and dignified nation, that we are reliable and predictable, able to defense ourselves and contribute to our allies’ defense, and as the international campaign dedicated to them is entitled, they must know that We are NATO”, Tariceanu said.

 

Speaker Dragnea: NATO membership, active presence, only path Romania can follow

 

Being a member of NATO and having an active presence within NATO is the only path Romania can follow in the current international context, on Tuesday asserted Speaker Liviu Dragnea at the solemn sitting of Parliament dedicated to the 15th anniversary of our country’s accession to NATO and to the 70 years of NATO.

The Social-Democrat leader stressed that NATO was not only a political target, but a national goal.

“Before any other things, we are Romanians, before anything we must think and act the Romanian way, we must all be aware that NATO membership was not a political objective, as they say sometimes, NATO membership was and is a national goal. Romanians must always be united around the great national goals, and like I said, ensuring Romania’s security and stability is the most important national goal. NATO membership and an active presence in NATO is the only path we can follow in the current international context and when I say this, I am not referring only to the security benefits this partnership offers to us. NATO is not only a military alliance, it is much more than that, it is the only guarantee of the democratic world’s stability,” Liviu Dragnea emphasised.

The Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker mentioned that PSD has increased the military staff’s incomes.

“What did this permanently assaulted government do? We have raised the salaries of the military (…), and we further support the increase of the military pensions,” Dragnea stressed.

 

“I would have wanted to suggest a theme of reflection to the President, but I realize that it would be a useless action, after his speech today “

 

Dragnea began his speech by mentioning Adrian Nastase, during whose term Romania was accepted in NATO, and said that he is not in the room because of “an inexcusable mistake” of the staff of the two Chambers.

“The political consensus for 2% of the GDP cannot be optional or negotiable. It is the foundation of the trust in NATO”, the PSD Chairman stated.

“We have entered the third year of PSD-ALDE governance in which the budget has 2% of the GDP for defense. The so attacked Government has increased the salaries of the military, it generated economic growth, it supports the military pensions, the inequities in the system related to reservists will be also corrected. A political pact on this subject would have been useful”, Dragnea stated.

“I see parties that already intend to deviate from this objective of allocating 2% of the GDP for the army, as our commitment was made within NATO. I would have wanted to suggest this theme to the President, but after his speech today, it’s pointless”, Liviu Dragnea said.

He concluded by saying that “in consideration of this day, to the NATO membership, we will give the answers that were supposed to be given today, after a speech, on another day”.

 

PM Dancila: Romania – one of important contributors to NATO operations and missions

 

Romania has been and is one of the important contributors to NATO operations and missions, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said in the joint plenary of Parliament at the solemn sitting occasioned by the 15th anniversary of our country’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.

“In 2019, we will continue to be among the top five states contributing troops to the Afghanistan mission. We will also contribute to the global coalition. The ultimate expression of Romania’s commitment is the sacrifice of Romanian servicemen who have lost their lives in the allied operation theatres. Their gesture must remind us of the lessons learned at every stage of our Euro-Atlantic pathway. Only this way will we be able to give others the option of choosing a new way, and of course, with the knowledge that the everyone’s security depends on the individual commitment of each of us,” she said.

The head of the Executive expressed her conviction that the North Atlantic Alliance will continue to represent “the main guarantor of Romania’s security” by acting “anticipatively and pro-actively” on the global security architecture, which is currently facing many challenges.

“By implementing the governing program, we will strengthen our country’s strategic profile within NATO. Romania will continue to act with dignity within the Alliance to actively and significantly contribute to the decision-making process and to missions and operations alongside our allies,” the prime minister pointed out.

Viorica Dancila stressed that Europe and North America must act together, “in a manner that ensures a balanced distribution of responsibilities on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The prime minister underscored that, as far as capabilities are concerned, Romania continues to invest “in modern military equipment” as part of various military endowment programs. She mentioned that Romania will continue to be “an active and responsible contributor for ensuring the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area, but also for projecting these values in the neighborhood of the Alliance.

The prime minister appreciated that the 15th anniversary of Romania’s integration into NATO represents a moment “with a strong symbolic weight and historical value” in the democratic path of the country.

The head of the Executive said that, by joining NATO, our country has “obtained the highest degree of security” since the formation of Romania as a national state.

 

“Regret solemn sitting transformed by Romania’s president into electoral campaign event”

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced her regret on Tuesday that the solemn sitting of Parliament dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Romania’s accession to NATO was transformed by the president of Romania “in an electoral campaign event.”

“We have come today at a solemn sitting dedicated to the accession of our country to NATO. I regret that this important event was transformed by the president of Romania into an electoral campaign,” the prime minister said at the end of her address.

 

 

 

 

 

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