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October 22, 2020

Diplomat Sorin Ducaru, possibly new SIE head

After President Klaus Iohannis has recently proposed Eduard Hellvig as head of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), he is now preparing a nomination for the leadership of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE).

According to EVZ, the person might be Sorin Ducaru, who used to be the Romanian Ambassador to the USA and who is now the Romanian official with the highest position at NATO, as assistant to the secretary general of the alliance.

When he appointed Hellvig, Iohannis said he would not discuss the nomination of a new Romanian espionage chief. ‘We are now only speaking of a nomination for SRI. In the coming period, I will also make a nomination for SIE, at the appropriate moment’.

In 2008, President Basescu offered Ducaru the highest Romanian award – the Star of Romania with the rank of Cavalier.

Like with the proposal for SRI director, Iohannis’ proposal for the office as SIE director needs to be approved by the plenary session of Parliament.

The leadership of SIE has been vacant since September 2014, when Teodor Melescanu resigned in order to stand for election as president. Currently, Melescanu is Prime Minister Ponta’s adviser. SIE is being headed by General Silviu Predoiu, Deputy SIE Director.


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