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National System for Terrorist Alert

Since 2004, Romania has established a National System for Terrorist Alert (SNAT), whose objective is to efficiently deal with terrorist threats, as regards both a unitary planning of the antiterrorist activities at national level, and informing the population on the level of the terrorist threat.

Within SNAT, there are five levels of terrorist threat, marked by different colors:

LOW available information and recent events indicate that a terrorist attack is very unlikely
CAUTIOUS available information and recent events indicate that there is a low risk of terrorist attack
MODERATE available information and recent events indicate that there is a general risk of terrorist attacks and a terrorist attack is possible
HIGH available information and recent events indicate that there is a high risk of terrorist attacks and a terrorist attack is probable
CRITICAL available information and recent events indicate that there is an imminent risk of terrorist attack

In order to establish the level of terrorist alert, two categories of indicators are used:

  • available information, indicating developments that could change into vulnerabilities/risk factors/threats/states of menace/imminence of a terrorist attack
  • recent events: any type of explicit expressions of a terrorist entity which take place at national/international level

From the establishment of SNAT (2004) up till now the terrorist threat level in Romania has been CAUTIOUS (blue alert); with the sole exception of a short period of time, in the context of NATO SUMMIT held in Bucharest (2008), when national competent authorities approved the raise of the terrorist threat level to MODERATE (yellow alert).