The Supreme Council of Country Defence (CSAT) has approved Romania’s participation to the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), a EU initiative in the area of defence. The announcement was made by the Presidential Administration.
“The council analysed the topic of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defence at EU level and approved Romania’s participation to this initiative,” a statement by the Presidential Administration said.
The meeting of the CSAT, held at Cotroceni Palace, which was headed by Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, lasted around half an hour. Other participants to the meeting were PM Mihai Tudose, Defence Minister Mihai Fifor, Interior Minister Carmen Dan, Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, Minister of Economy Gheorghe Simon, Finance Minister Ionut Misa, Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) head Eduard Hellvig, and several others.
PESCO, the EU’s initiative in the field of defence, was agreed on in Tallinn, Estonia, on September 7 by ministers of defence in EU member states. The initiative could be launched by the end of 2017.