Defence minister Mihai Fifor said today that the ministry has had several discussions this year about the reintroduction of compulsory military service.

“I remind you that compulsory military service in Romania is suspended, not cancelled. It is an increasingly common discussion, and there are some states that have compulsory military service, like Sweden, if I’m not mistaken. We have talked about this many times, but there is a pragmatic analysis of this topic,” Defence Minister Mihai Fifor said.

Mihai Fifor also said that no such initiative has been discussed at Government level.

“For the time being, we have not taken this initiative to the Government, and I don’t think we can talk about it anytime soon. We are looking for alternatives, which is why we have the law of the voluntary reservist,” the minister added.

Compulsory military service was suspended in 2007, and the Romanian army currently totals 73,350 active personnel.

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