Romania extends B9 format and will host in Bucharest the first Defence Ministers meeting of the Eastern Flank of NATO

Romania will host in March 2018 the first NATO Eastern Flank Defence Ministers meeting, in an effort to extend the Bucharest 9 format, a cooperation initiative jointly supported by Romania and Poland.

During the inauguration of the 24th NATO Centre of Excellence – for Military Counter Intelligence (NATO CI COE) – located in Krakow, Poland, the defence ministers of both Romania and Poland, Mihai Fifor and Antoni Macierewicz held a bilateral meeting were they agree to co-organise a defence ministers meeting under the B9 format.

FOTO: Mihai Fifor/ Facebook

“Minister Mihai Fifor launched the invitation to his Polish counterpart to co-organise a B9 meeting (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary) at the level of defence ministers in Bucharest in March next year , a proposal accepted by Antoni Macierewicz”, announced the Romanian Ministry for National Defence in a press release.

The meeting aims to push further coordination on the common issues of NATO members from the Eastern Flank.

Launched at the initiative of Romania and Poland, Bucharest 9 (B9) provides a platform for deepening dialogue and cooperation among the participating Allies in order to articulate the specific contribution of these states to ongoing Alliance processes based on their experience and expertise and on their common security interests, in full compliance with the principles of the solidarity and indivisibility of the security of NATO member states.

In this format, two meetings at the level of Heads of State and Government took place in Warsaw (July 2014) and Bucharest (November 2015) and two meetings at the level of foreign affairs Ministers, the first in Bucharest (November 2016) and the second in Warsaw (October 9, 2017).

During the last meeting- at the level of foreign affairs – Romania and the other countries adopted a Joint Declaration in which they underlined that European Defence initiatives must develop in coordination with NATO and that a strong transatlantic link remains essential for Euro-Atlantic security.

 

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