Eduard Hellvig, President Klaus Iohannis’ pick to become director of Romania’s Intelligence Service (SRI), will be heard on Tuesday at 10:00hrs, EET, by the joint parliamentary committee overseeing SRI, after which the standing bureaus will convene in session on Wednesday to agree on a date for the confirmation vote.
“In consultation with representatives of the committee overseeing SRI at Parliament’s level, the standing bureaus have decided to hear Mr Eduard Hellvig at 10:00hrs, EET, over his appointment to become head of SRI. On Wednesday, at 13:00hrs, EET, the standing bureaus will convene in a joint session to consider the report of the SRI committee and decide when to summon the two chambers of Parliament for a confirmation vote,” Senate deputy chairman Cristian Dumitrescu said Monday at the end of a joint session of the standing bureaus.
National Liberal Party (PNL) MEP Eduard Hellvig on Thursday was proposed by President Klaus Iohannis to take over the office of SRI director.
Victor Ponta: PSD will support Hellvig, but would have preferred that a person not from PNL had been nominated
PSD will support Eduard Hellvig for the position as Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) because he worked very well in the USL period, party President Victor Ponta told a press conference at PSD headquarters on Monday. He added that the first joint meeting of the two Chambers would discuss if Sebastian Ghita should continue as a member of the SRI Oversight Commission.
The PM made statements after the meeting of the PSD leaders on Monday. ‘We would have preferred that a person not from PNL had been nominated. Mr. Hellvig we know and we worked with him very well during the entire USL period. He is a balanced person who is able to carry out the tasks (…) We will not oppose his appointment, we will vote for Mr. Hellvig especially because we worked very well together in the USL period’, Victor Ponta explained, stressing again that there was no coup in the summer of 2012.
At the same time, Victor Ponta asked for a ‘more sincere’ debate on the principle that those who hold the power should not also have all offices in the state in order to represent as many segments of the society as possible. ‘He gave the example of the years 2000 and 2006 when Radu Timofte (PSD) and George Maior (PSD) had been appointed as heads of SRI.
‘At the time, PNL voted against the nominations. We will not vote against this one’, he stressed, adding: ‘If still a PNL member is nominated as SIE head – In understand they also want to appoint someone from PNL as Ombudsman – it means that everything that was said last year is a lie and hypocrisy’.
Ponta on Ghita possibly resigning SRI committee: Joint plenary meeting to decide on new membership proposals
PSD President Victor Ponta was asked on Monday if he would ask for the withdrawal of Sebastian Ghita from his position as member of the parliamentary Commission for SRI Oversight following his prosecution. The PM avoided giving a straight answer, just saying that a decision would be made during the joint plenary sitting. ‘When we have a joint plenary session, there will be proposals for all joint commissions’, Ponta said.
Asked if PSD had already found a replacement for Ghita on the SRI Commission, Ponta said: ‘We have not set a date for the joint meeting. We will decide then’.
Sebastian Ghita resigned PSD at the end of 2014, on 28 November, but continued to operate as a member of the PSD political group in the Chamber of Deputies. After his resignation, Ghita lost his office as secretary of the SRI Commission, but remained a regular member by virtue of the fact that he did not quit the group.
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