Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.203 - 09 July 2016
Defence Ministers’ Meeting with the Partners of the Interoperability Platform
Minister Mihnea Motoc participated in NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting with the partners of the Interoperability Platform, on Saturday, July 9, during NATO Summit in Warsaw.
The meeting agenda included aspects concerning the cooperation between NATO and the 25 partners of this Platform, with a view to identifying the best ways to make their participation in the process of crises managment more efficient. During the talks, allies and partners pondered on cooperation in countering current and future threats to the security environment.
Interoperability, as a distinct field, got official recognition at the last NATO Summit in Wales, in 2014, when the Alliance launched the initiative, in this format, as an Interoperability Platform.
In his speech, the Romanian defence minister was in favour of reaching interoperability by the partners as a priority for the future cooperation with the Alliance, pointing out in this respect, the importance of cooperation with the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine. He stressed that maintaining and consolidating this cooperation in terms of crises management and countering threats to our security and stability is essential for enhancing NATO capacity in general.
At the same time, minister Motoc mentioned the need to strengthen NATO’s role in projecting stability to the east and south of the Alliance, through specific mechanisms of support offered to the partners in these regions, for the development of the crises management capabilities and national resilience in general.