Romanian minister of foreign affairs Teodor Meleșcanu (left) with NATO CCD COE's  Siim Alatalu
Romanian minister of foreign affairs Teodor Meleșcanu (left) with NATO CCD COE's Siim Alatalu

Speaking at a briefing on cyber-security issues at the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE), Romanian minister of foreign affairs Teodor Meleșcanu said, ”Our responses should  be more sophisticated and inter-disciplinary, taking good care of the basic principles, such as the respect of the international law and human rights, within cyber-space.” 

He added, “The academic and doctrinal value of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the international law applicable to cyber-operations helps in codifying the international law to cyber-space.”

An interdisciplinary approach to cyber-security issues has been the core value of the Centre since the very beginning, said Siim Alatalu, head of international relations at the NATO CCD COE, as he welcomed Romania as a valued advocate of cyber-defence expertise in the Black Sea region.

“We appreciate the Estonian support for Romania's adherence in the near future as a Sponsoring Nation to the Centre. This will be to our mutual benefit, both for Romania, training its experts in Tallinn, and for the Centre, through the value-added that our experts could bring to the research activity,” concluded Meleșcanu.

The NATO CCD COE describes itself as a community of nations providing a 360-degree look at cyber-defence, with expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law. The Tallinn-based international military organisation focuses on interdisciplinary applied research, consultations, training and exercises in the field of cyber-security.  

The Centre is staffed and financed by its sponsoring nations and contributing participants. As of October 2016, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States are signed up as sponsoring nations. 

Austria and Finland have become contributing participants, and Sweden has applied for membership in the same format, a status for which non-NATO countries are eligible.