Romania’s participation in EU missions

Romania has taken part in several CSDP missions, recognizing the importance and the magnitude that they hold within the EU approaches to promote the rule of law, human rights, rights and good governance. The commitment of our country to these civilian missions is confirmed by the significant presence of Romanian experts, seconded or employed, in the missions of the EU, but also by the added value brought to the CSDP decision-making process.

Over time, Romania has contributed to many CSDP missions, conducted in Europe, Africa and the Middle East: EUPM in Bosnia and Herzegovina, EUFOR Althea, EUJUST LEX Iraq, EULEX Kosovo, EUPOL Afghanistan, EUMM Georgia, EUNAVFOR ATALANTA in the Gulf of Aden, EUBAM Rafah and EUPOL COPPS, in the Palestinian territories.

In February 2011 Romania was the first among the Member States as regards the mission staff (227 experts) and second in terms of total contribution, including contracted staff (258 experts).

This performance was achieved thanks to the efforts of the MFA, as national coordinator of participation in CSDP missions, and to the contributions of the Ministries of Interior, National Defence and Justice, which have provided qualified candidates to fill in vacancies.

With the withdrawal of the Romanian contingent of EULEX Kosovo, which was concluded at the end of 2012, the Romanian participation in CSDP missions decreased somewhat.

In July 2013, Romania was represented by seconded staff in EUMM Georgia (33 experts),  EUPOL Afghanistan (20 experts), EUPOL R.D. Congo (2 experts) and EUAVSEC South Sudan (1 expert), as well as by 55 Romanian experts working in CSDP missions as contracted personnel.