NATO DAY and OPEN GATES DAY at HEADQUARTERS MULTINATIONAL CORPS SOUTH-EAST

 

NATO Day and the 75th anniversary of the Alliance as well as Romania’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance 20th anniversary will be celebrated on Thursday, April 4, by the staff of the Headquarters Multinational Corps South-East (HQ MNC-SE) from Sibiu through a series of events, as follows:

  • between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: HQ MNC-SE Flags Run” – running activity organized in the local “Sub Arini” Park when HQ MNC-SE members will participate bearing the flags of the sending countries;
  • between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.: military ceremony dedicated to the celebration of 75 years of NATO and 20 years since Romania’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance, organized at the premises of the HQ;
  • between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.: Open Gates Day” at the HQ MNC-SE – the possibility for the public to visit an exhibition of military equipment belonging to the subordinate and partner structures of the Corps as well as a photo exhibition dedicated to NATO Day.

Admin details:

Public access to the unit will be allowed through the main access point located in 28-32 Calea Dumbrăvii upon providing the identity card as of 3:30 p.m. Children and minors can only get access accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or a teacher (for school groups).

Media representatives who wish to participate in the military ceremony as of 2:00 p.m. are asked to send their identification data to be granted access into the unit (name, first name, series and number of the identity document and press card, telephone number and the media institution they represent) by Tuesday, April 2, 12 p.m., to the e-mail address hqmncse_pao@forter.ro. Journalists’ access to the premises of the HQ MNC-SE, located on 28-32 Calea Dumbrăvii, will be done through the main access point between 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., upon providing the ID and press card.

Person of Contact for further information: colonel Horea MUNTEA, landline 0369409231 or mobile 0790229793, e-mail address hqmncse_pao@forter.ro.

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On 4 April, 1949, the Washington Treaty was signed ‘to create a shield against aggression and the fear of aggression.’ We are as united in our commitment today, as we were 75 years ago.

*  For 75 years, the Alliance has remained steadfast in its resolve to preserve peace, protect its citizens, defend every inch of its territory, and safeguard freedom and democracy.

*  Over the past 75 years, NATO has successfully evolved and adapted to the ever-changing security environment of the Euro-Atlantic area to ensure it is ready to defend against any aggressor at any time.

Since its creation in 1949, the Alliance has grown its membership from 12 to 31 countries. The accession of Sweden will make our Alliance 32-nations strong. NATO’s ability to respond to crisis and conflict does not depend on one nation only, but on the strength and solidarity of all members.

*  NATO is a unique organization. It is the first political-military Alliance based on consensus with all its members participating on equal footing, and the first one founded in peacetime in order to prevent conflict and preserve peace.

* Over 50.000 Romanian military participated in NATO missions and operations – even before our country’s accession to the Alliance – such as ISAF, Resolute Support Mission, NATO Training Mission Iraq and in the Western Balkans (Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina). During the peacekeeping missions of the Romanian Armed Forces in theatres of operations, 30 military (27 in Afghanistan, 2 in Iraq, 1 in Bosnia) paid the highest price.

* Contributions of the NATO member countries for the southern region of the eastern flank to the land, air, maritime and cyber dimensions reflect an increased focus on this region, an greater recognition of the need to consolidate it, as well as the correct expression of the solidarity amongst Allies.

* Romanian Armed Forces has constantly contributed to the consolidation of NATO’s military infrastructure, by making available on its national territory structures, facilities and corresponding military and civilian personnel. Currently, there is complete security architecture up to corps level with missions beyond our country’s borders, including Bulgaria.

* Even from the beginning of the war of aggression started by the Russian Federation in Ukraine, Romania has assisted and multidimensionally supported its north-eastern neighbour in close coordination with Allies and partner states. Romania’s support for Ukraine will continue in all forms, as long as needed, not just as a moral and main duty in the sense of defending an international rules-based order, but also as a direct investment in its national and Allied security.

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