Romania - NATO

Energy Security

Energy security is not a new issue on NATO agenda. After the NATO Summit in Riga, in 2006, this subject started to be considered as part of a consistent and more comprehensive policy. Romania is one of the Allies that have actively been advocating for NATO to assume a more prominent and active role in the field of energy security, supporting the idea that through its experience and capabilities, the Alliance can bring added value to the efforts of other national and international important actors.

The new Strategic Concept of the Alliance adopted at the Lisbon NATO Summit, on 19-20 November 2010 outlines the essential position of energy resources in defining the security environment of Allied states and the importance of the security of energy transport routes. Among the emerging security challenges, energy security is a field that has an elevated potential to constitute the target of disruption attempts. Therefore, the new Strategic Concept of NATO sets for the Alliance the goal to develop its capacity to contribute to energy security, including protection of critical energy infrastructure and transit areas and lines, cooperation with partners, and consultations among Allies on the basis of strategic assessments and contingency planning.

In 2012 the NATO Center of Excellence on energy security in Vilnius was established, with the role to develop a new dimension in the field, concentrating on the military efficiency, deepening the protection of the energy critical infrastructure and broadening the political consultations with partner countries.

Warsaw Summit Communiqué underlines that energy developments can have significant political and security implications for the Alliance, as the energy security remain an important component of our resilience. Allies decided to further enhance the strategic awareness in this regard, including through sharing intelligence and through expanding the links with other international organizations, concentrating on areas where NATO can add value. NATO will continue to develop its capacity to support national authorities in protecting critical infrastructure, as well as in enhancing their resilience, including in contexts of hybrid and cyber threats. Incorporating energy security considerations in training, exercises, and advance planning, continuous engagement with partners as well as further improvement of the energy efficiency of our military forces, remain important focus areas for NATO in the field of energy security.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Last update: March 2017


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