During the 2014 Industry conference held in Bucharest from the 24 until 27 March, in which the NCI Agency presented major transatlantic business opportunities, the NCI Agency General Manager, Mr Koen Gijsbers, held bilateral meetings with the Romanian Minister of Defence, Mircea Duşa, and the Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Ştefan Dănilă.
Romania plays a key role in contributing to regional stability and security. The NCI Agency supports Romania in maximising synergies between common and nationally funded programs and services to achieve vital interoperability with NATO in the realm of C4ISR capability development. The main discussion points were on capabilities and Mr Gijsbers emphasized the message of "Re-use what we have", re-using NATO common funded tools for national purposes. Both the Minister and the Chief of Defence were very supportive of establishing a multiyear programme of work with the NCI Agency, in the context of Smart Defence and Connected Forces Initiative. Further proposals discussed were NATO First Solution for NATO Force Structure, extension of IT Modernisation to national entities and Cyber Security.For more information please visit the NATO Smart Defence topic page