The official ceremony due to mark the start of works at the Deveselu installation, the Romanian leg of the US missile shield, takes place on Monday. It is due to be attended by President Traian Basescu, Defense minister Mircea Dusa, Foreign Ministry state secretary Bogdan Aurescu, NATO deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and US Deputy Secretary of Defense James Miller.

The event is also attended by representatives of Foreign ministries of Poland and Turkey, two other countries hosting or due to host components of the US missile shield system.

Part of the US European Phased Adaptive Approach program, the Deveselu military base in Olt county, South Romania is expected to reach operational capacity by 2015.