National System for Terrorist Alert
On March 5th, 2020, the Supreme Council of National Defence – at the proposal of SRI – approved the new National System for Terrorist Alert (SNAT), which states four levels of terrorist threat, marked by different colors:
|LOW||there are no threats indicating that a terrorist attack may occur on the national territory (or there is a minimal risk)|
|CAUTIOUS||there is a certain risk and a low probability that a terrorist attack might occur on the national territory|
|HIGH||there is a significant risk and a high probability that a terrorist attack might occur on the national territory|
|CRITICAL||there is an imminent terrorist attack about to occur on the national territory. This level of alert will be maintained during a terrorist attack on the national territory or in its aftermath.|
The process of updating SNAT was prompted by the new provisions of the Law 535/2004 on the prevention and countering of terrorism, modified by Law 58/2019.
By adopting a four-level terrorist alert system instead of a five one, the national competent authorities are setting up more clear, flexible, and pragmatic measures to be taken in order to prevent and counter any terrorist attacks on Romania's national territory.
A short history of SNAT:
In April 2004, at the proposal of the Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, the Supreme Council of National Defence approved the implementation of the National System for Terrorist Alert (SNAT). Ever since SNAT has been created, the level of terrorist alert was BLUE, except for a short time – during the NATO Summit held in Bucharest – when it was decided to raise it to YELLOW – MODERATE – for a 30 day period of time (in April 2008).