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January 27, 2023

Parliament to vote on Hellvig’s nomination as SRI Director

At a plenary session today at 16:00hrs, EET, the Chamber of Deputies and Senate will be voting on the nomination of Eduard Hellvig of the National Liberal Party (PNL) as director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).

“The joint standing bureaus have set the plenary session for Monday, at 16:00hrs. (…) First item of the agenda, as a priority, is the vote on the new SRI director,” said Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea.

The parliamentary committee overseeing the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) on Tuesday gave its nod to President Iohannis’ pick to head SRI, Eduard Hellvig, 7 to 1.

“The focus during Mr Hellvig’s hearing was on the vision for Romania’s national security and Mr Hellvig’s managerial project. Secondly, we looked into the strictly legal aspects and requirements for filling the position of SRI director. Following the hearings, the committee pronounced by vote; the committee has an advisory role and we issue an opinion to the joint plenary of the Parliament Houses. Parliament will decide by vote, the committee voted 7 to 1 in Hellvig’s favour,” Georgian Pop, chairman of the committee tasked with overseeing SRI, said after Hellvig’s hearing last week.


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