Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.31 - 05 February 2016
Conclusions Deriving from the Participation of the Defence Ministry Delegation in the EU Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting in Amsterdam
During the talks on defence coooperation and the European Commission Action Plan that took place at the ministerial held in Amsterdam today, the Minister of National Defence, Mihnea Motoc, pointed out that Romania considers it is important that political decision-makers stay interested in the military field and that an adequate level of resources should be allotted for the development of robust capabilities at European level.
The meeting addressed the current European operations and missions, under the European Defence and Security Policy aegis focusing on Sahel, Horn of Africa and the Central African Republic. In this context, Romania reconfirmed its support for the EU initiatives conducted in Africa, especially the efforts to counter maritime piracy and consolidating security in the Horn of Africa.
Views were exchanged on the future EU Global Strategy to be completed by the European Council Reunion of June 2016.
The reunion was attended by NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, whose speech highlighted the importance of the two high level reunions of this summer, NATO Summit in Warsaw and the European Council, that should identify new opportunities of cooperation between EU and NATO.
The importance and significance for European security of the recent announcement made by Obama Administration, that talked of a substantial increase of the European Reassurance Initiative, was highlighted in the interventions of both Secretary General Stoltenberg, defence minister Motoc and other officials.
Official photos of the Reunion can be viewed at