President Klaus Iohannis has signed on Friday the decree to release Adrian-George Scutaru from the position of presidential adviser for national security, the Presidential Administration announces.
According to the quoted source, another decree was signed by the President to appoint Ion Oprisor in the office of presidential adviser for national security.
Former deputy George Scutaru was appointed, on December 22, 2014, to be the presidential adviser on matters of national security. He is a graduate of the History Faculty of the University of Bucharest, has been a deputy for three terms, a deputy group leader and chairman of the Defence Committee of the Chamber of Deputies.
Scutaru’s name has been circulated among those possible to be the future director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE). His release, after less than three months since his appointment as presidential adviser for national security, although said to be due to personal reasons, is feeding the speculations that he might be appointed as the new Director of SIE. Especially, after the version with Sorin Ducaru at the SIE helm, has become increasingly unlikely.
The leadership of SIE has been vacant since September 2014, when former Director Teodor Melescanu resigned in order to stand for election as president. Currently, Melescanu is Prime Minister Ponta’s adviser and the Foreign Intelligence Service is being headed by General Silviu Predoiu, Deputy SIE Director.