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SRI Director George Maior resigns

The Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) George Maior submitted his resignation to President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday, the Presidential Administration announced.

According to the aforementioned source, the President has accepted Maior’s resignation.

In October last year, Maior had declared he would submit his resignation to the new president elected in November, and he would leave the decision to him.

‘From my point of view, I will go to the new president; I will submit my resignation, and it will be up to him to appreciate whether my work as head of this service was appropriate and should continue, or to take another decision. I have no problem whatsoever with this,’ Maior said.

President Klaus Iohannis commented this declaration as ‘very honourable’ and appreciated the SRI Director as ‘100 percent professional.’

‘It seems a very honourable attitude to me. I did not understand that he resigns, but rather that he leaves his office at the disposal of the new president, which looks very fair play, and reconfirms we are talking about a 100 percent professional,’ Iohannis asserted back in 2015.

Asked whether he intended to keep Maior in office, he said the director was very good.

 

Maior, the fourth SRI Director

 

George Maior became the fourth Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service in October 2006.

*** In November 2004, George Maior was elected as senator and successively held the following positions: chairman of the Defence, Public Order and National Security Committee, member of the Special Joint Chamber of Deputies – Senate Committee for exerting parliamentary control on the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), member of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Denominations and Minorities and member of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), informs Agerpres.

Between 2000-2004 he was State Secretary and head of the Department for Euroatlantic Integration and Defence Policy of the Ministry of National Defence. In this capacity, he coordinated, from a strategic and military point of view, Romania’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Between 1992 and 1997 he worked as a diplomat within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Treaties Department and the Strategic Affairs Department. From 1997 to 1999 he was charge d’affaires of the Romanian Embassy in Dublin, Ireland. In 2004 he was conferred the diplomatic rank of Ambassador by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He was born in Cluj-Napoca on November 16, 1967. After completing his high-school studies at the Gheorghe Sincai College, that he graduated in 1986 with a major in History and Literature, he went on to attend the courses of the Law School of the Babes-Bolyai University until 1991.

 

In 1992 he was granted a Master’s title in International and Comparative Law by the George Washington University of Washington D.C.. In 1997 he was awarded a Ph.D in International Law by the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. His Ph.D. thesis – National and European in the jurisprudence of the European Court in Strasbourg – was nominated in 1998 for a Most Award granted by UNESCO.

 

Furthermore, in 2001, he graduated from the National Defence College.

 

George Cristian Maior was decorated by the President of Romania with the National Order ‘Faithful Service’ in the rank of Knight and the National Order ‘Star of Romania’ in the rank of Commodore, while the Governor of the state of Alabama granted him the ‘Meritorious Service Medal of Alabama’.

 

He published articles and works referring to human rights, public law concepts, as well as global defence policies.

 

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