Defence Ministry

Kosovo Hikes Defence Budget to Fund New Army

Kosovo's Defence Ministry will have six million more euros to spend in the 2019 budget than it had last year - after the country's parliament voted to expand the competences of the current lightly armed Kosovo Security Force, KSF, and start its transformation into a regular army.

The budget planned for defence in 2019 is 58.7 million euros; the previous year it was 52.3 million.

Bulgaria Boosts Recruitment Effort to Fight Lack of Military Personnel

Bulgaria's Ministry of Defence said that its drive to get people to enlist in the military will resume on February 7 and continue until the end of October 2019. Titled "Be a Soldier", the campaign was launched by the Defence Ministry in October 2018, in a response to the serious shortfall of military personnel in Bulgaria, reports Army Recognition. 

Romania Court Ruling Leaves Country's Army Headless

Romania's army remains leaderless after a Bucharest court annulled a presidential decree that had extended the mandate of the incumbent chief-of-staff.

The ruling on Thursday has raised fears that the conflict between President Klaus Iohannis and the ruling Social Democratic Party might undermine national security.

UPDATE Iohannis: Armed forces' acquisitions, modernisation effort up to NATO standards needs to be continued

The armed forces effort for acquisitions and modernisation up to NATO standards needs to be continued, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday, pointing out that the Defense Ministry should use transparently the two percent of Gross Domestic Product allocated for defence spending.

DefMin Fifor welcomes UK ambassador, chief of Georgia army staff

Romania's Defence Minister Mihai Fifor on Monday welcomed UK ambassador to Romania Andrew Noble to discuss Romanian-UK defence co-operation, according to a press statement released by the Defence Ministry (MApN).

Fifor and Noble emphasised NATO relations as well as current European affairs at their meeting at the MApN headquarters.

Bulgaria Mulls Four Options for New Fighter Jets

Bulgaria will be selecting among four offers of multi-purpose jet fighters to regenerate its ageing fleet of Soviet MiG-29 planes, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

The four options came from Italy, the US and Sweden.

US contractor Lockheed Martin has proposed the newest version of its F-16 Fighting Falcon platform, the fourth generation F-16V "Viper".

Serbia to Host NATO Disaster-Response Exercise

Serbia is to host a NATO emergency situations exercise from October 8 to 11 in Mladenovac, near Belgrade, in which 30 countries will take part with about 1,000 participants.

"The aim of the exercise is to improve interoperability in international disaster response operations," the NATO website said, adding that the exercise will simulate an earthquake situation.