President Klaus Iohannis announced Thursday night that his proposal for the position as director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) was Eduard Hellvig. The proposal letter has already been sent to the speakers of both Chambers of Parliament. Iohannis said SRI needed a head to instate calm in the institution after the Service had been in the focus of attention lately.
‘As you know, both intelligence services are without directors – both SRI and Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) – for distinct reasons. Given certain developments in the political life and in the public environment in the last few weeks, SRI has been in the focus of public attention on many occasions. I thought that, during this period, SRI needs a full team to instate the necessary calm there’, the president said.
‘So – he said – I decided to nominate someone for the position as director of SRI. This evening I have signed the letter to the speakers of the two chambers of Parliament and proposed Mr. Eduard Hellvig as Director of SRI’, Iohannis said.
I did not want to make the nominations together, that’s why we are now only speaking of one nomination – the one for SRI. In the coming period I will also nominate someone for SIE, at the appropriate moment’, the president further said.
Asked what recommended Hellvig for the office, Iohannis answered:
‘When I started thinking of a person to propose as director of SRI, I looked for someone who is ready for a position like that, a person who has the necessary energy and training, who knows the political actors, who has enough knowledge on the activity of SRI and who can bring the necessary calm in this space. On the other hand, I looked for a person who, to me, was the guarantee of a path of modernization and Europeanization for SRI. SRI has gained a lot as public image in the recent years, has had notable results and made substantial progress. All that needs to be carried on by the new SRI director and I am convinced that Hellvig will do that’.