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February 7, 2023

Bogdan Aurescu, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs

President Traian Basescu signed yesterday the decree that appoints Bogdan Aurescu Minister of Foreign Affairs. Likewise, the President signed the decree that takes notice of Teodor Melescanu’s resignation from the office of Foreign Affairs Minister and from the government.

Having just returned from his holiday in the United Arab Emirates, Premier Victor Ponta has reconsidered his proposal of nominating Mihnea Motoc as Foreign Minister and has proposed Foreign Ministry secretary of state Bogdan Aurescu instead. The proposal was immediately accepted by President Traian Basescu.

Last week President Basescu had stated that in order for a state of incompatibility to be avoided, before being appointed member of the government Motoc should no longer hold the position of ambassador, a decree revoking him from the position of ambassador to the EU being necessary. He explained that this decree has to be counter-signed by the Premier.

Mihnea Motoc was nominated Foreign Affairs Minister after Teodor Melescanu resigned just a week after replacing his predecessor Titus Corlatean, on account of the voting problems registered during the two rounds of the presidential elections by Romanians living abroad.

A career diplomat, Bogdan Aurescu was appointed secretary of state for strategic affairs within the Foreign Affairs Ministry on 4 February 2009. From August 2010 to February 2012 he was secretary of state for European affairs, and also coordinated the Security Policies Directorate. From March to June 2012 he was secretary of state for global affairs. From June 2012 he has been secretary of state for strategic affairs. He has been working within the Foreign Affairs Ministry since 1996, starting his career within the Juridical Affairs and Treaties Directorate, as referent.

Aurescu is member of the International Court of Justice at The Hague, acting member of the Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission), Romania’s acting representative at the Danube Commission and Arbiter designated by Romania in line with Article 2 of the 7th Annex to the UN Convention on Law of the Sea. He is also president of the International Law Section of the International Law and International Relations Association and of the Romanian branch of the International Law Association (London), chief editor of the Romanian International Law Journal, member of the Editorial College of the ‘Curierul Judiciar’ magazine, as well as member of the Scientific Board of the ACTA Universitatis Lucian Blaga magazine (Sibiu).

Diplomat Bogdan Aurescu was sworn into office yesterday evening.

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