Liberal Eduard Hellvig, a member of the European Parliament said he is honoured by the confidence the Romanian President shows him, after being nominated to the top position of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and expressed hope that the MPs will support this approach.
In a post on a social network, Hellvig said that the national interest means in the current stage of the Romanian democracy, and according to the citizens’ will, the strengthening of the rule of law.
“Which is why I believe that the SRI priority in the next period should be the performance’s consolidation – within the domestic efforts to strengthen the rule of law and the reality of a tense regional context. Therefore, I find it essential two coordinates of action: fight against corruption and development of the defence capacities of the national security. I should also specify right now that I’m strongly certain that a functional democracy has the necessary resorts for the state and its own citizens be always on the same side of the barricade. On one condition: that all the institutions act in accordance with the rules of democracy and open society,” Eduard Hellvig highlighted.
Hellvig, a member of the National Liberal Party and of the European Parliament, was nominated for the position of SRI head on Thursday by President Klaus Iohannis; he must pass a vote in the Parliament to be appointed.
PM Ponta: we will discuss this proposal in our parliamentary groups
Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the head of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) , said his party will discuss in their parliamentary groups the nomination of Eduard Hellvig as director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).
‘We will discuss this proposition in our parliamentary groups (of the Chambers of Deputies and Senate), Ponta told Agerpres..
According to Article 23 of Law 14 of February 24 1993, the position of SRI Director is equivalent to a minister’s rank.
The director is nominated in a joint sitting of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate, upon the proposition of the President of Romania, after the nominee is heard by the committee in charge of the parliamentary control of the Romanian Intelligence Service; the committee then submits its report to the joint chambers of the Parliament, the law stipulates, Agerpres informs. It also requires the director to be sworn in by the Parliament.
Eduard-Raul Hellvig was born on Oct. 27, 1974, in Zalau, the western Salaj county.
He graduated from the College of Political Sciences and Public Administration of Cluj-Napoca-based Babes-Bolyai University (1997). He got a PhD in International Relations from Bucharest National School of Political and Administrative Studies in 2009.
Hellvig followed post-higher education courses at the National Defence College with Carol I University of Bucharest (2005-2006); at George C. Marshall European Centre of Security Studies in Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2006).
He began his professional career as a programme director at Cluj-Napoca Institute of Political Analysis (1996-1997) and continued as a Bucharest Stock Exchange broker (1997-1998), to become then a managing director of the Social Studies Institute (2001-2003) and an executive director at Sintezis Romania (2004).
Hellvig joined the Romanian Humanist Party (PUR) in 2003; the party turned into the current Conservative Party in 2005.
In 2008, he joined the National Liberal Party (PNL). He was the PNL secretary general (2011- 2014). He is currently the PNL vice president.
Hellvig was a Minister of Regional Development and Tourism in No. 1 Victor Ponta Cabinet, over May 7 – Dec. 21, 2012.
He won a deputy’s seat at the parliamentary elections from Nov. 28, 2004, under the banner of the PSD+PUR National Union. He was a member of the Romanian Parliament’s Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
He won a deputy’s seat at the parliamentary elections from Dec. 9, 2012 on the Social Liberal Union (USL) lists. He was the vice president of the Deputies’ Chamber (Dec. 2012-Feb. 2013 and Feb.-Sept. 2013) and a member in the Foreign Policy Committee (till Feb. 2013), in the European Affairs Committee (since Feb. 2013) and in the Romanian Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly (Dec. 2012 – Sept. 2013). His mandate ended following his resignation on Sept. 3, 2013.
Hellvig was elected a member of the European Parliament, as part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (Jan.1 – Dec. 9, 2007).
Starting Sept. 4, 2013, after taking up one of the MEP seats remained vacant in Brussels, Hellvig became a PNL Euro-deputy and a member of the ALDE Group (Sept. 2013-June 2014).
He won a fresh MEP’s seat at the May 25, 2014 polls. Since July 1, 2014 he has been a member of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrat) Group. He is a member in the Commission for the internal market and the consumers’ protection and in the Delegation for the relations with Canada and an alternate member in the Commission for industry, research and energy, the Sub-commission for security and defence and the Delegation at the Parliamentary Parity Delegation ACP-EU, Agerpres informs.