SIE’s Ungureanu at oath-taking ceremony: I’m honored by this mission, I’ll do my utmost to fulfill it

Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu on Tuesday took the oath of office as director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) before the Parliament plenum.

After the investiture ceremony, Ungureanu said that he is honored by this mission and that he will do his utmost to fulfill it.

“This new quality doesn’t loosen my soulful ties to you. Thank you for the trust you showed me through your vote and I thank again President Klaus Iohannis for nominating me for this position. I’m honored by this mission I believe I have the knowledge to carry through and for the fulfillment of which I will make every effort,” said Ungureanu.

He thanked the Liberal MPs for supporting his nomination, as well as UNPR, UDMR, the democratic-popular group, the group of minorities and unaffiliated lawmakers.

“I thank the colleagues from UNPR who understood to make the difference between party and national politics, between Romania’s strategic interests and individual ambitions. I also want to thank the colleagues from UDMR for their support and seriousness. My thanks go also to the colleagues from the democratic-popular group for joining the colleagues from the Social Party and who today are at our side, to all the deputies of national minorities, to the unaffiliated colleagues who by their vote, just as it happened with the National Defence Strategy, stand by the entire nation,” Ungureanu said.

He underscored that “intelligence activities cannot and should not be politically tainted.”

“Policy is exclusively national policy, and the professionals are those who implement everything that pertains to our strategic interest. I appreciate all Parliament politicians who refrained from any emotional approach and thus managed to once and for all separate the waters in our policy,” said Ungureanu.

Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu on Tuesday got Parliament’s all-clear for SIE director by a vote of 278 to 6 out of 284 valid votes.


“I will have excellent institutional cooperation with the President and any prime minister”


Freshly sworn-in director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu on Tuesday said there will be excellent institutional cooperation between him and President Klaus Iohannis and anyone that may be the prime minister.

Asked about the kind of collaboration with President Iohannis, Ungureanu said the President is also chairman of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) and ‘there will be excellent institutional collaboration.’

As far as his relationship with Prime Minister Victor Ponta is concerned, he said ‘[the same] With anyone that may be the prime minister because the prime minister is the deputy chair of the CSAT.”

Asked whether or not he will resign his senatorial seat, he said he is under an obligation to resign. “There are very many procedural things to be solved, and, with the vote and all that means parliamentary procedure, it is normal for my obligation to be to resign my senatorial seat of Arad.’


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