Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.35 - 10 February 2016
Defence Minister’s Bilateral Meeting with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe
While participating in NATO Defence Ministers Meeting, the Romanian defence minister, Mihnea Motoc, met with General Philip M.Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe /SACEUR, on Wednesday, February 10. Minister Motoc talked of Romania’s goals in terms of defence, the determination and capacity of our country to carry out the tasks it has as an allied state, thus contributing to meeting the objectives and carrying out allied missions.
The talks agenda included allied priorities from the perspective of the Warsaw Summit, implementing the Readiness Action Plan, NATO’s long-term adaptation, development of defence capabilities, NATO commitment in Afghanistan and ensuring the necessary defence resources.
Several aspects of mutual interest were discussed related to implementing the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) and the European Activities Set (EAS).
Minister Motoc emphasized that the complete implementation of RAP is a priority for Romanian authorities as deadlines agreed upon and along the following lines: rendering NATO command and control structures in Romania fully operational, increasing our contribution to rendering operational the improved NATO Response Force, an increased participation in multinational exercises organized at home and in the Black Sea region.
Consolidation of a long-term allied presence on NATO’s eastern flank was highighted during the talks, not only by continuing the reassurance measures but also by developing the deterrence dimension and augmenting the allied presence on the territories of the Eastern allies. Emphasized was also a special interest for identifying the best ways to consolidate stabily and security on the eastern flank, including the Black Sea region.
Photo coverage of the activity can be found on the Ministry of National Defence website: http://www.mapn.ro/fotodb/20160210.