The Romanian Ambassador to Spain, George Bologan, presented on Thursday several officers of the National Police and the Civil Guard with medals conferred by the Romanian Ministry of the Interior, as a token of appreciation for their constant and unconditional support in police cooperation.
The ceremony took place at the Romanian Embassy in Madrid, on the occasion of the 201st anniversary of the Romanian Police, in the presence of senior law enforcement officials, the network of Interior Attachés accredited in Madrid and representatives of the Madrid City Council.
According to a note from the diplomatic representation, bilateral relations between Spain and Romania “are favoured by the excellent cooperation between the Romanian and Spanish Ministries of the Interior, through the Spanish National Police and the Romanian Police, as well as the Spanish Civil Guard and the Romanian Gendarmerie.
In presenting the awards, the Ambassador expressed his appreciation and gratitude “to those who responsibly exemplify virtue and dedication in the fight against crime”. He said: “We all aspire to live in a freer, more developed and fairer Europe, and for that it is essential to have law enforcement agencies that together can meet the challenges we face.
George Bologan highlighted the role of police cooperation in securing the EU’s borders, in improving the quality of life of citizens, with security at the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid. “For the development of the tourism industry, the level of security of a country is an indicator in the choice of different destinations, with the role and effectiveness of cooperation of law enforcement and security institutions being more than the everyday perception,” he said.
For his part, General Gregorio Pérez Turiel, Head of the International Cooperation Secretariat of the Guardia Civil, said: “Our international cooperation at bilateral and multilateral level to combat the serious, complex and evolving threats to our societies is today an example of which we can be proud. In her message, she also mentioned that Romania’s wish to join the Schengen area is legitimate and that cooperation on border security is also very good.
In conclusion, the representative of the Spanish National Police, Chief Commissioner Alicia Malo Sanchez, stressed: “What unites us with our Romanian colleagues is not only the day-to-day police work, but the fact that we have a common strategy, we are part of several working groups in the European Union, where we have the opportunity to show the experience of the Southern European Member States. We are colleagues, partners and brothers in many of the actions”.