The Prime Minister of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, on a working visit to our country, arrived on Wednesday afternoon at the Getica National Combined Training Center in Cincu, central Brasov County, being accompanied by President Klaus Iohannis.
The three high dignitaries had an official meeting, and later, they met with the soldiers from Romania, Holland, Belgium and France stationed at Cincu.
The ambassadors of the Netherlands, Roelof Sander van Ees, of France, Laurence Auer, and of Belgium, Philippe Henri Pierre Benoit, were also present at the Cincu NATO Base.
According to the Ministry of National Defense, the Netherlands has 195 soldiers stationed in Cincu, France – 313, Belgium – 64 and Romania – 57. In total, there are 629 soldiers stationed in the Getica Base.
President Iohannis to allied military in Cincu: Make Europe safer and protect Euro-Atlantic values
President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday thanked the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, for the presence of the Dutch military in Romania, pointing out that these, together with the other allied military, make a safer Europe and protect Euro-Atlantic values.
“Mr. Prime Minister, dear Mark, I thank you for the presence in Romania of the military from the Netherlands! Romania, the entire Eastern Flank, as well as the entire Alliance and the international community fully feel these unprecedented security threats generated by the brutal war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine. Dear Dutch soldiers, I thank you for the efforts you make together with your French, Belgian and Romanian colleagues in the Allied Battle Group which you are a part of, for our defense, for Europe’s Europe. I also thank the other allied soldiers in Romania who contribute to the strengthening of NATO’s deterrence and defense posture on the Eastern Flank. Your presence here demonstrates the unity, coherence and high responsiveness that define NATO – the most powerful political-military Alliance in history – and us as allies. Together with the Romanian soldiers, make Europe safer and protect Euro-Atlantic values: democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the right of each nation to choose its own foreign and security policy,” said the President at Cincu, central Brasov County, where he is visiting the Getica National Center of Combined Training.
The president wished success to the Dutch military in the training activities, as well as in the missions they will carry out together with the Romanian soldiers.
“Together we are more credible, more efficient and more determined in ensuring a stable security environment, necessary for the development of our democratic societies,” Klaus Iohannis added.
He pointed out that the Dutch Prime Minister’s visit to Cincu takes place at an important, but also difficult moment for European and Euro-Atlantic security.
“Romania and the Netherlands are friendly states, partners and allies within the European Union and NATO. Our countries share the same democratic values and have common interests in security, peace and prosperity. Your visit to Romania, Mr. Prime Minister, represents the expression of the in-depth cooperation relations that Romania has with the Netherlands, especially in the field of security and defense,” the president also said.
Dutch Prime Minister: As a single entity, we, NATO, stand by our Ukrainian friends and defend democracy and freedom
Prime Minister of the Government of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said on Wednesday, that the allied countries “stand together, against Putin’s war of aggression”, and the attempts to divide NATO have actually made this alliance stronger.
“It is an honor to be here, in front of this special group. When I was young, this kind of military cooperation would have been unimaginable”, said the Dutch prime minister.
He also addressed the soldiers of the NATO Battle Group: “Together we stand next to each other against Putin’s war of aggression. The more he tries to separate us, the closer he draws us.”
The Dutch Prime Minister also spoke about how the Romanian Battle Group was formed.
“Each of you is prepared to deter and, if necessary, defend. You are all an important link of NATO on the Eastern Flank, which stretches from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. As a single entity, we, NATO, stand by our Ukrainian friends and defend democracy and freedom, values that we will never abandon. I am proud of the speed with which this Battle Group was formed,” he said.
Mark Rutte thanked President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca in Romanian.
Iohannis: Romania’s accession to Schengen as soon as possible is not only necessary, but also extremely opportune
President Klaus Iohannis also said, on Wednesday, that he discussed with the Prime Minister of the Government t of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, about Romania’s accession to Schengen, voicing the hope that the political conditions for our country’s entry in the space of free movement will be met as soon as possible.
“I discussed with Mr. Prime Minister Rutte about the legitimate expectation of Romania and of our citizens to join the Schengen area. I reiterated all the arguments that support the fact that our accession as soon as possible is not only necessary, but also extremely opportune,” said Klaus Iohannis at Cincu, at the Getica National Joint Training Centre.
He reiterated that Romania meets the technical requirements regarding its Schengen membership and already acts as a de facto member of this space for the protection of the Union and its external borders in the full spirit of European solidarity.
“We are an integral part of the reform of the Schengen area and we are actively involved in efforts to modernize and make it more efficient. Romania’s accession will contribute to the security and consolidation of the Schengen area, as we have proven, among other things, through the extensive effort of our country to manage to the Schengen standard of the over 2.5 million Ukrainian citizens who have already crossed our borders. We hope that the political conditions for Romania’s accession to the Schengen area will be met as soon as possible in a European context in which the consolidation of the Union’s resilience as a whole and I repeat, unity of action and solidarity, are particularly important,” said the head of state.
PM Rutte: The Netherlands in principle, is not against Romania’s accession to Schengen
The Netherlands is not against Romania’s accession to Schengen, in principle, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday.
“Romania has taken many steps in the right direction in recent years. At the same time, we say that we can talk about accession to Schengen when all the conditions are met. We also have a monitoring mechanism, we also have a Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. The next steps will come, we have to see what follows in this procedure and, after that, we will talk further, but the Netherlands is not in principle against Romania’s accession to Schengen”, said the Prime Minister of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, according to the official translation.