DEFENCE POLITICS

CSAT drafts the National Defense Strategy for the years 2020-2024. Iohannis: Every Romanian must feel that he lives in a safe environment

The draft of the National Defense Strategy for the years 2020-2024 is based on the “concept of a normal Romania”, of a country that, “through strong democratic institutions, protects and defends all its citizens”, said President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday at the end of the meeting of the Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT).

In a press statement held at the Cotroceni presidential Palace, he specified that the main item on the agenda of the CSAT meeting was the analysis of the new National Defense Strategy. According to the Constitution, the document will be sent to Parliament.

“The new strategy provides answers to the essential questions regarding our priority national objectives for ensuring the security of Romania and of its citizens and shows what we have to do to meet them. Public policies in the field of national security will be designed and implemented with the citizen as final beneficiary, as every Romanian must feel that he/she lives in a safe environment and have confidence that the institutions defend and protect him/her,” the president showed.

He stressed that the strategy was developed in the context of a pandemic “that affected all states of the world and triggered a deep economic crisis.”

According to the president, under these special conditions, “power relations between global players are disrupted”, which increases “the already heightened volatility and unpredictability of the world security environment.”

“Romania had to deal with this pandemic in a short time, and the prospect of a cyclical evolution of the virus forces the Romanian state to continue measures to increase the capacity to manage such a crisis on multiple levels: medical, public order, in terms of the education system, the provision of public services and especially in terms of increasing economic resilience,” said the president.

He pointed out that the National Defense Strategy for the years 2020-2024 operates with the same concept of extended national security, introduced and defined in the previous document. In addition to armed defense, the strategy covers other dimensions, such as foreign policy, public order, education, health, the economy, the environment, energy security or cyber security.

“We thought of this strategy as a tool that underpins a vision and direction in the field of national security equally regarding the citizen, the society as a whole and the state institutions,” Iohannis explained.

The Strategic Partnership with the United States, NATO and the European Union membership – the head of state stressed – are “reaffirmed as pillars of our foreign and security policy.” At the same time, the National Security Strategy for the next four years “involves a new approach” and proposes a management of the national security issues with an emphasis on integrated management of risks, threats and vulnerabilities.

“It is an approach determined by the global paradigm shift that takes into account developments in the region, deteriorating relations between NATO and the Russian Federation, the proliferation of terrorism, hybrid and cyber threats, as well as other challenges,” he said.

The President pointed out that effective sectoral strategies for protecting the citizen also involve the participation of the civil society. That is why the strategy encourages “more effective” inter-institutional collaboration and coordination, including by setting up a Strategic Reflection Group, so that changes in the international environment can be analyzed and evaluated in a common framework.

“Within the strategy, we have given a central role to the public-private, citizen-community and civil-military collaboration, because the partnership with the Romanians and with the society as a whole is in fact the strongest weapon to strengthen the capacity to resist to the new types of threats, that are coming against the backdrop of the technological developments, included. The responsibility for dealing with new types of subtle and subversive attacks lies at the intersection of the social and individual spheres with the public and private institutional spheres,” Iohannis said.

He stressed that the modernization of the legislative framework “remains a priority objective” and that this framework must be “coherent and applied, capable of strengthening the culture of security within society” and make it possible to adapt to the new challenges of institutions with responsibilities in the field of national security.

 

In 2021, Romanian Army will participate with 1,940 servicemen and civilians in missions abroad

 

In 2021, the Romanian Army will participate with 1,940 servicemen and civilians in missions and operations outside the Romanian territory, 436 fewer than this year, said, on Wednesday President Klaus Iohannis, in a press statement held at the end of the meeting of the Supreme Council for the Country’s Defence (CSAT).

The President added that the Ministry of Internal Affairs will participate with 841 servicemen and policemen in missions abroad, 181 fewer than in 2020.

He added that the Program regarding the transformation, development and acquisitions of the Romanian Army was also approved in the CSAT meeting up to the year 2026 and the future.

“Without a strong army, a state has no international and strategic credibility. The important resources destined for the acquisitions of the Romanian Army make possible the fulfillment of national defence capabilities within the collective defence system of NATO and, at the same time, the coherent multi-annual programs can offer to the Romanian industry the chance for relaunch, especially by institutional cooperation with specialty companies of our allies,” Iohannis also said.

 

CSAT approves Ionel-Sorin Balan’s appointment as STS director

 

The Supreme Council for National Defense (CSAT) approved the appointment of Maj. General Ionel-Sorin Balan as head of the Special Telecommunications Service (STS) at the proposal of President Klaus Iohannis, the Presidential Administration informs.

Maj. General Ionel-Sorin Balan has served for decades with the Special Telecommunications Service and “has steadfastly climbed all the ranks of professional and military evolution”, the cited source states.

He currently holds the position of STS first deputy director.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

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