Romania’s Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) endorsed, on Tuesday, the budget proposals for 2020 for the institutions with responsibilities in the field of national defence and security.
During the meeting, the CSAT analyzed the budget proposals for 2020 in the case of the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Romanian Intelligence Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Special Telecommunications Service and the Protection and Guard Service, a document that was endorsed, informs the Presidential Administration.
According to the quoted source, the Ministry of National Defence also maintained the allocation of 2pct of GDP in 2020, a percentage agreed by the National Political Agreement on increasing the financing of Defence. The approved funds will allow the financing of the programs for the endowment of the Romanian Army.
“The amounts approved for the other institutions in the field of defence of the country and national security will ensure the fulfillment of the missions and objectives established and assumed by them,” the Presidential Administration also shows.
President Iohannis: Budgets of intelligence services are not rich
President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday stated that the budgets of intelligence services, as approved by the Supreme Council of Country Defence (CSAT), are not rich, as they were calculated to cover the usual expenses of these institutions, such as salaries.
“In relation to the services, there were no significant increases. The budgets are meant, first of all, to cover such usual expenses as salaries. In what concerns the capital investments part, the government provided the minimum for now, while hoping to be able to provide more in the future. So these are not rich budgets, to say so,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace.
On the other hand, he maintained the Presidential Administration received more money from the budget only because the Cotroceni Palace needs rehabilitation.
“Yes, it is needed [the rehabilitation – editor’s note]. This is an old project, from 2015. Everybody agrees that the rehabilitation must be done. One of the buildings cannot be used at all. However, it seems that the previous governments believed the Presidential Administration did not need money, that it can go on like this, based on only sympathies. But we also have very concrete needs and the increase is insignificant, anyway, to say so,” said the head of the state.