A chronology of Romania – NATO relationship

2000

February 2000 - NATO Secretary General George Robertson visits Bucharest.

June 2000 - New Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Joseph Ralston, visits Romania.

2001

May 2001 - The North Atlantic Council – Romania meeting aimed at assessing progress made in fulfilling the objectives of the Annual National Plan of Preparation for NATO Membership, second cycle.

May 2001 – EAPC Ministerial Meeting, Budapest

September 2001 – The Parliament decides with an overwhelming majority that Romania will participate, as a de facto NATO ally, in the war against international terrorism, through all means, including military ones. In the event of a NATO request to such effect, Romania will grant access to its airspace, airports, land and sea facilities.

December 2001 - EAPC Ministerial meeting, Brussels.

December 2001 - NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson visits Bucharest.

2002

January 2002 - Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Joseph Ralston, visits Romania, noting the progress made in the reform of the military field.

March 2002 – The "Spring of New Allies" Summit of the NATO candidate countries takes place in Bucharest.

April 2002 – The North Atlantic Council – Romania meeting. The latest progress made by Romania in fulfilling the objectives of the Annual National Plan of Preparation for NATO Membership, third cycle, was reviewed. The Romanian delegation was led by the Prime Minister, Mr. Adrian Nastase.

April 2002 - Meeting between President Ion Iliescu and NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, in Brussels.

May 2002 – EAPC Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik.

21 November 2002 – Prague NATO Summit – Romania is invited to start accession talks.

22 November 2002 – EAPC Ministerial Meeting in Prague

13 December 2002 – First round of Romania’s accession talks with NATO takes place in Brussels. The Romanian delegation was led by the State Secretary within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mihnea Motoc.

2003

9 January 2003 – Second round of Romania’s accession talks to NATO takes place in Brussels

27–29 January 2003 – NATO’s experts teams on defence, security and economic affairs visit Romania

18 February 2003 – SPC(R) + Romania meeting takes place in Brussels. Romania’s calendar for finalizing the reforms is addressed.

3 March 2003 – NATO Secretary General, Lord George Roberston, visits Romania

21 March 2003 – The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs writes to NATO Secretary General, confirming Romania’s willingness and capacity to meet the obligations and commitments required for NATO membership. Romania’s calendar for finalizing the reforms is attached to this formal letter.

26 March 2003 – The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs attends the Signing Ceremony of the Accession Protocols, in Brussels

4-5 April 2003 - Informal meeting of the Prime Ministers of the seven NATO invitees takes place in Snagov

7 May 2003 – NAC+7 meeting in Brussels

7-8 May 2003 –Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the seven NATO invitees attend US Senate vote on the resolution of ratification of the Accession Protocol

8 May 2003US Congress ratifies accession protocols

19 May 2003US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz visits Romania

20 May 2003Vilnius and NATO Member States’ Parliament Speakers convene

3 June 2003 – NAC and EAPC Foreign Ministers meet in Madrid

12 June 2003 – Ministerial meeting of Defence Ministers, Brussels

1 July 2003 – Final conference in preparation of NATO/PfP DACIA – 2003 Exercise focusing on civil protection.

7 July 2003 – Norwegian Minister of Defence pays a  visit to Bucharest

25 July 2003 – Hand-over ceremony of the chairmanship of the South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial Coordination Committee (SEDM-CC) and of the Political-Military Steering Committee (PMSC) of the Multinational Peace Force South-Eastern Europe (MPFSEE) and of the command of the SEEBRIG multinational force, and of the re-location of the SEEBRIG Headquarters to Constanta. The event was attended by Admiral Gregory Johnson, chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe, AFSOUTH.

4-5 August 2003 – Official visit to Romania of the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, General James L. Jones.  

6-10 October 2003 –NATO/PfP DACIA – 2003 Exercise in Piteşti.

5 November  2003 – Membership Action Plan V is submitted.

18 November  2003 – SPC(R) + Romania meeting in Brussels to discuss Membership Action Plan V  

2 December 2003 – EAPC ministerial meeting of Defence Ministers, Brussels

4 December 2003 – NAC+7 ministerial meeting of Foreign Ministers, Brussels