On Tuesday, the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate heard and approved the candidates for ambassador proposed by President Iohannis on 30 April.
At the beginning of the hearings, PSD Senator Titus Corlatean proposed that, at the end of their terms, all the appointed ambassadors should present an activity report. ‘We need to know how many things of what they intend to do are actually done’, was Corlatean’s argument.
PNL Senator Mihai Razvan Ungureanu in turn backed Corlatean’s proposal. ‘As a note on what Mr. Corlatean was saying, his second proposal seems very justified to me. Half of the 14 names are representative and were never in an ambassador’s post. We need to have a genuine rotation of experienced diplomats’, Ungureanu said.
Of the proposed candidates,Mihnea Motoc, Bogdan Mazuru, Lumința Odobescu, Adrian Vieriță, Mihai Constantin Coman and Viorel Mosanu were heard and approved on Tuesday.
Diplomat Mihnea Motoc (photo) said on Tuesday, after receiving a positive opinion from the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliament for the position as Ambassador of Romania to Great Britain, that he had the chance to start off with a government at the beginning if its term, Mediafax reports.
Motoc mentioned that his term in essence should focus on four major lines: deepening the Strategic Partnership with Great Britain, the one regarding the need to follow up on the negotiation regarding the EU-UK relations and the referendum announced for 2017 and, from our country’s point of view, a focus on the issues, concerns as well as opportunities of a Romanian community well anchored in the British society.
‘In the case of Romanian community, the matter is accompanied by very many sensitivities, trouble, pain and that is not going to leave me indifferent. I will not avoid such delicate aspects of the existence of Romanians in Great Britain, I am becoming familiar with the many facets of the phenomenon, including the consular dimension and the one on police cooperation’, Motoc also said.
He added he was ‘offended by discriminations, all stereotype regarding Romanians, which eventually hurt the image and condition of our country’.
Bogdan Mazuru on Tuesday received a positive opinion for the post as Ambassador to Austria from the joint Committees on Foreign Affairs. During the hearings, he noted that among his priorities there were the relations with Romanians in that country and keeping Austrian interest in the Romanian market.
Bogdan Mazuru said that he had five priority areas for his term, the first being the consolidation of political and economic relations with Austria, ‘which are at a very solid level’.
Another priority area is represented by the European affairs, in the context where Austria and Romania will hold the EU presidency in 2019.
At the same time, Mazuru reminded of the importance of cooperation in the area of energy, since the most important Romanian company in the field is one with Austrian capital.
The relations with the Romanian community in Austria is another priority area, according to Mazuru, who intends to achieve the tightest possible relations’ seeking to respect the right of Romanians who live and work in Austria, the right to free movement and free access to the labour market, as well as ‘the tightest possible link from a cultural and language preservation point of view’.
The diplomat Adrian Vierita received on Tuesday the favourable opinion of the Foreign Affairs Committees of Parliament for the post as Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, with 17 votes in favour, one opposed and one abstention.
Vierita said during the hearings in Parliament that Geneva is a place where Romania must continue the consolidation of its role as a multilateral actor, also capitalising on the opportunities of cooperation with the structures and organisations of the city, in the system of the United Nations and beyond.
According to him, a special element is related to the Diaspora, as the World Migration Organisation has incorporated the theme into its own debates, trying to analyse the role of communities in the development process.
He noted that Romania was underrepresented in the UN structures and that diplomatic offices need to cooperate.
On Romania’s candidacy for the UN Security Council, Vierita said the MAE central structure conducts an evaluation regarding the number of confirmations received and the chance we have and steps to follow for this candidacy.
Viorel Mosanu also received a favourable opinion from the merged Foreign Affairs Committees and will become the first Romanian Ambassador to Belarus, where so far we have had a representation at the level of the charge d’affaires.
Moşanu gathered 18 votes in favour and one opposed.
Mosanu said his intention was to intensify bilateral political dialogue at several levels, first of all the political consultations between the two ministries of foreign affairs, reinvigorate parliamentary cooperation and step up civil society contacts.
In the economic area, Viorel Mosanu wants to set up an extensive framework of contacts between economic operators and establish an office for the promotion of economic relations and trade within the Embassy in Minsk to contribute to the shrinking of the negative trade balance. .
Luminita Odobescu was also approved as Permanent representative of Romania to the European Union. Currently advisor to Prime-Minister Victor Ponta, Odobescu received 21 votes in favour and one abstention.
Odobescu told the ambassadors that she would engage in ‘the promotion of dossiers of priority interest such as the finalisation of the process of accession of Romania to the Schengen Area, a legitimate process where we have already fulfilled all accession requirements, a permanent dialogue with the EC for the presentation of the progress made by Romania within the CVM and for reaching the objective recently set by EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, namely the finalisation of the mechanism during the term of the current Commission, but also the preparation of accession to the eurozone and a dialogue with the Executive in Brussels in the area of European funds.
Luminita Odobescu also said the projects of interest to Romania must be ‘vocally’ supported. Some of them are the Danube Strategy or the areas where we can contribute expertise: IT, the Black Sea in the area of foreign policy or the digital agenda.
Another major objective will be the preparation for the moment when Romania holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, ‘a process that calls for a substantial efforts’, Odobescu also said.
Mihai Constantin Coman, proposed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotential to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, received a favourable opinion with 19 votes in favour and one opposed.
He said that some of his priorities were the political-diplomatic level, opening a way for the economic component of the bilateral relation, first of all through a more active involvement of the cambers of commerce of the two countries by bringing economic operators into direct contact.
President Iohannis’ proposals for new ambassadors are:
Mihnea Motoc – Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
Bogdan Mazuru – Ambassador to the Federal Republic ofAustria;
Emil Hurezeanu – Ambassador of Romania to Germany;
Luminita Odobescu – Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union;
Cristian George Maior – Ambassador to the United States;
Adrian Cosmin Vierita – Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva;
Carmen Liliana Podgorean – Ambassador to the Republic of Argentina and the Republic of Paraguay;
Iulian Buga – Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden;
Mihai Constantin Coman – Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
Adrian Mihai Cioroianu – Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO;
Ion Jinga –Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Office;
Viorel Moşanu -Ambassador to Belarus;
Adrian Davidoiu – Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway.