The Supreme Council for National Defense (CSAT) approved on Wednesday the Romanian military force that will participate in foreign missions in 2020.
Thus, more than 2,100 personnel of the Ministry of National Defense and over 790 police from the Ministry of Internal Affairs will participate in various foreign missions.
“We have approved the force that will participate in out-of-country missions, specifically more than 2,100 military and civilian personnel of the Army. This is a considerable increase by more 200 people compared to this year; it is important to mention that over 800 of them will continue the participation in the mission in Afghanistan. Over 790 troops and police from the Ministry of Internal Affairs will participate in various foreign missions Romania is a part of. This impressive number, Army plus Internal Affairs, shows that Romania takes its task of providing security, of exporting security to areas where this desideratum has not yet been attained, very seriously. We are part of many missions, and our troops have earned high appreciation wherever they are deployed,” President Klaus Iohannis told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace, after the CSAT meeting.
Iohannis mentioned the Mali MINUSMA is the most recent mission Romania engaged into, adding that this mission is highly appreciated by Romania’s partners in the area.
According to a CSAT statement, the Romanian Army will be able to participate in 2020 in foreign missions and operations with 2,669 troops of whom 2,126 will be effectively deployed to mission and operation locations outside Romania and 543 will be in stand-by on the national territory, ready for deployment on order.
“Compared to 2019, there in an increase by 224 personnel or 11.77 percent in the Romanian Army force that can participate in foreign missions and operations, while the force deployable on order decreased by 177 or 24.58 percent compared to 2019. The main effort will further be directed towards the participation with personnel and hardware in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, as well as towards maintaining the national contribution to ensuring the NATO enhanced forward presence in the Battle Group deployed to Poland, while also maintaining the participation in NATO’s KFOR and EUFOR ALTHEA operations in the Western Balkans,” the statement reads.
Also, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will participate in such missions and operations with 1,855 troops and police officers, of which 791 will be effectively deployed abroad and 1,064 will be waiting on the national territory, ready for deployment on order.
CSAT approves Lt. Gen. Daniel Petrescu as Chief of Defense Staff
The Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) approved on Wednesday the appointment of Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu as Chief of Defense Staff, President Klaus Iohannis announced.
“Lieutenant General Petrescu, a well-known, respected and eminent military man, has received the endorsement for the position of Chief of the Romanian Army Staff,” said Iohannis.
On October 28 President Iohannis signed the decree on the discharge of then Chief of Defense Staff General Nicolae Ciuca, who subsequently took over as Minister of National Defense in the Orban Cabinet.
Purchase of another five F-16s gets CSAT greenlight
The Supreme Council for National Defense (CSAT) on Wednesday gave the green light to a government bill on the purchase of another five F-16s, President Klaus Iohannis announced.
“Today we discussed an important subject regarding Army procurements – specifically the purchase of another five F-16 aircraft, as the government referred to CSAT a relevant bill which received the Council’s approval,” said Iohannis.
He mentioned that the agreement of Parliament is required for procurements worth over 100 million euro, which is why the procedure provides for the CSAT issuing an opinion on the bill.
“The law will be discussed in Parliament,” the President said.