Interior Minister Petre Toba stated on Thursday that he considers the replacement carried out at the helm of the Department for Intelligence and Internal Protection (DGIPI) opportune, because he wants “a breath of fresh air” within this body that should contribute more to the attainment of the Interior Ministry’s top objectives.
“We finalized the evaluation at DGIPI, just as we did at the Romanian Gendarmerie. I considered the replacement of the leadership opportune. I have asked for this because I want a new leadership, a breath of fresh air, I want DGIPI to contribute more to the attainment of the Interior Ministry’s top objectives. (…) My goal is the one included in the governing programme – enhancing citizen’s safety. When the government has a top priority goal, when the MAI has a top priority goal, I see fit that all service branches should understand it as their own top priority goal and should act accordingly. At the same time, I have asked them to carry out their own evaluations, because there are things that have to be clarified and improved at DGIPI level,” Petre Toba stated on Thursday, at the end of the meeting that reviewed the Romanian Gendarmerie’s 2015 activity, a meeting that he attended.
Premier sacks DGIPI head Nicolae Gheorghe, appoints Rares Vaduva to replace him
Premier Dacian Ciolos has sacked Gheorghe Nicolae, the Head of the Interior Ministry’s (MAI) Department for Intelligence and Internal Protection (DGIPI).
The Premier’s decision was published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday. According to the document, on February 10, the Premier dismissed Nicolae Gheorghe from the office of Secretary of State within the Interior Ministry’s (MAI) Department for Intelligence and Internal Protection (DGIPI).
The document points out that the Premier’s decision was taken on the basis of Art.15, and Art.19 of Law no.90/2001 on the organization and activity of the Government and ministries, and Art.22 of Emergency Government Ordinance no.96/2012 on reorganization measures within the central public administration.
Likewise, the Premier dismissed Rares Vaduva from the office of Secretary of State within the MAI’s Department for Intelligence and Internal Protection and appointed him at the new head of DGIPI.
Another decision was to dismiss Nelu Zarnica from the office of Undersecretary within the Department for Intelligence and Internal Protection.
The Ponta Government had appointed Nicolae Gheorghe at the helm of DGIPI in November 2014.