NFIU recertification – phase 1

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Bucharest, Romania. On the 19 and 20 March 2019, NATO Force Integration Unit Romania (NFIU ROU) was evaluated during phase 1 of its recertification by a team consisting of experts from Romanian Joint Force Command (ROU JFC) and Headquarters Multinational Division South-East.

The recertification process of the NFIU ROU is a national, and evaluation criteria were decided together with Allied Joint Force Command from Naples, Italy (JFC NP). NFIU’s recertification happens during 3 phases planned in the first half of 2019, the first phase being a static evaluation conducted at the NFIU premises.

The static evaluation or phase 1 was conducted by a group of 18 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from HQ Multinational Division South-East. MND-SE has operational control (OPCON) over the Romanian and Bulgarian NFIU and has among its members the necessary experts for this kind of evaluation.

During this phase, the evaluators checked documents, internal procedures, connections with other headquarters, structures or agencies and the communications and information systems (CIS) that ensures NATO connectivity as well as connection with Host Nation Romania.

The team of experts evaluated the internal workflows to ensure that NFIU is ready to conduct its mission given by NATO which is to facilitate rapid deployment of allied forces and act as an interface between NATO and Romania.

The recertification process of the NFIU continues with phases 2 and 3 during in which the experts will evaluate NFIU’s active tracking and coordination of real troops moving in Romania and their connected support.

NFIU Romania was inaugurated in July 2015 in the presence of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and was first certified at the beginning of 2016. During 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw the Romanian NFIU was declared fully operational together with 5 other NFIUs from the Eastern flank.