Romania and NATO

On March 29, 2004, Romania officially joined NATO by depositing its instruments of ratification with the US State Department in Washington DC, the depositary state of the North Atlantic Treaty. The deposit of the instruments of ratification was followed, on April 2, 2004, by the ceremony of the official hoisting of the Romanian flag at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. As a result, starting with 2005, "NATO Day in Romania" is celebrated on the first Sunday of April under Law no. 390 of September 28, 2004 for the establishment of NATO Day in Romania.

NATO membership is a fundamental dimension of Romania's foreign policy. The North Atlantic Alliance is the main guarantor of Romania's security, the transatlantic relationship representing the strategic link that gives coherence and consistency to NATO's actions.

In this regard, DRESMARA, NATO Partnership Training and Education Centre since 2007, awarded by the Joint Force Development/Allied Command Transformation (JFD/ACT) with the NATO Quality Assurance Certificate - NATO "UNCONDITIONAL ACCREDITATION", is part of the Romania's efforts within the Alliance by making a significant contribution to the individual education and training field and the development of NATO disciplines, as well as by supporting NATO partner states in implementing NATO education and training requirements and standards.

DRESMARA conducts postgraduate courses certified, since 2017, at the highest level of the North Atlantic Alliance - "NATO APPROVED" - by JFD/ACT, aligned to the NATO disciplines Building Integrity and Cyberspace Operations (

In the more than 20 years of DRESMARA's existence, more than 2000 students have graduated from postgraduate educational programs, of which almost a quarter are represented by foreign students from NATO member states and partners countries from Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue, Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, Partners across the Globe.

DRESMARA participates in the NATO Defence Education Enhancement Program, providing direct support to NATO partner countries in the field of training and education: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia (before joining NATO).

DRESMARA experts participate in NATO GLOBAL PROGRAMMING, for the development of NATO disciplines Building Integrity and Cyberspace operations.

DRESMARA contributes to the efforts of the NATO Partnership Training and Education Centers community in the field of individual education and training and participates with specialists in the activities of the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes.