“The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, signed on Monday, December 29 the Decree on the nomination of Lieutenant General – with three stars Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca in the position of Chief of the General Staff, from 1 January 2015,” reads a release of the Presidential Administration.
The mandate of four years of the current head of the Romanian Army, General Stefan Danila, is to end on 1 January 2015. The ceremony of handing over the position of Chief of the General Staff will take place on January 5, 2015.
According to Law no. 346 / 21 July 2006, the Chief of the General Staff is the military with the highest rank in the Army. He is appointed by the President, upon the proposal of the Minister of National Defence, with the advice of the Prime Minister, for a period of 4 years with a possible extension of up to one year.
Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca is part of the desert generals’ group. He used to be the commander of the first Romanian battalion deployed in Afghanistan in the summer of 2002, when he commanded the Red Scorpions’ Battalion, informs Agerpres.