Defence Ministry

Senior defence official Nasta attends FAC, EDA Steering Committee meetings

Senior official for defence policy, planning and international affairs with Romania's Defence Ministry (MApN) Nicolae Nasta will be attending, 13 - 14 May, along with defence and foreign ministers of the EU member states, a Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting and a meeting of European Defense Agency's (EDA) Steering Committee in the format of defence ministers to be held in Brussels.

Two Romanian servicemen, wounded in Afghanistan

Two servicemen from the 300th "St. Andrew" Force Protection Battalion, on mission in Afghanistan, were wounded on Monday, at around 2:35 am, Romania's time, while on a patrolling mission inside the Kandahar Air Base, informs the Ministry of National Defence. According to the quoted source, while on mission, the MRAP-type combat vehicle in which the servicemen were overturned.

DefMin Les: If war situation comes, things get complicated; defence industry, down

National Defence Minister Gabriel Les said that in case of a war situation, things would get complicated for Romania, however he gave guarantees that the Army has armament and ammunition stocks to resist until the intervention of the NATO partners.

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.

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