The National Decorations System of Romania (Romanian: Sistemul Naţional de Decoraţii) is divided into six categories, listed below. It was re-established in 1998, after a 50-year period of during which Romania used a Soviet-style system of decorations. It is very similar to the system used in Romania in the interwar period.
The list is ordered in descending order of the awards' rank in the National System of Decorations.
"The Cultural Merit" Order and medal are divided into nine equal classes (A to I), corresponding to the cultural field it is awarded. The ribbon of both the Order and the Medal gave the same design (on white background) and stripes of different colors, to identify each class:
categoria A - literatura — category A - literature
categoria B - muzica — category B - music
categoria C - artele plastice — category C - plastic arts
categoria D - arta spectacolului — category D - show arts
categoria E - patrimoniul cultural naţional — category E - national cultural patrimony
categoria F - promovarea culturii — category F - promoting of culture
categoria G - cultele — category G - religious cults
categoria H - cercetarea ştiinţifică — category H - scientific research
categoria I - arhitectura — category I - architecture
^ The peacetime military insignia added: two crossed swords (tip up) between the sign and the link if awarded to military personnel in peacetime ^ The categories are equal in ranking, and differentiate only the cultural field (A - literature; B - music; C - fine arts; D - performing arts; E - national cultural heritage; F - promotion of culture; H - religious cults; G - scientific research; I - architecture) ; ^ The war insignia added: two crossed swords (tip up) behind the sign (except for Order of Michael the Brave, an order exclusevely for military personnel with exception conduct in wartime or warzones)