Thursday, December 5th

President Klaus Iohannis has said that NATO’s long term strategy will tackle the main challenges to the alliance

The Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, has said, at the end of NATO summit in London, that the North-Atlantic Alliance has started a process to clarify its strategies and is continuously adapting to the security challenges. NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg will oversee the drafting of a medium or long term strategy, which will include the main challenges for the NATO alliance. „We have to determine together which are the threats that NATO faces, who our enemies are, how NATO relates to the new powers, for instance which will NATO’s approach will be towards China. These are very legitimate questions and they need to be clarified. Clarifications are also needed in terms of how we tackle the international terrorism, how to tackle war zones where NATO is not present as such, but some of its member states are present”, Mr. Iohannis has said.

The National Institute of Statistics has confirmed that Romania’s GDP has increased by 3% in the third quarter of the year

The National Institute of Statistics (INS) has reconfirmed today that the Gross Domestic Product increased by 3% in the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year. In the first nine months of the year, economic growth was four percent, lower than the initial estimates. The growth of the Gross Domestic Product, in the first three quarters of the year, was mostly bolstered by sectors such as trade, vehicle repairs, constructions and tourism. INS data, published today, also show a negative impact of sectors such as the industry, whose volume of activity was reduced by a percentage and agriculture, forestry and fishing, activities where the decrease in activity volume was 4%.

Members of an organized criminal group were arrested in several Romanian counties

DIICOT prosecutors have raided more than ten properties, in order to dismantle an organized criminal group specialized in drug trafficking and money laundering offenses. Seven people were arrested and a European arrest warrant was enforced. The case relates to an international group of drug traffickers, which also include Romanian citizens, who allegedly operated on the route Spain – France – Western Europe, and which last year was dismantled by the French authorities. French police officers took part in today’s raids, which unfolded in Caras-Severin, Arad, Alba, Mehedinti, Arges and Suceava counties.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR