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May 16, 2021

President Iohannis: I’ll discuss the nomination for SIE with the leaders of the majority, but I’m not in a hurry

On Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis also announced he will nominate the director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) “at the right time,” but is not in a hurry and will hold talks with the leaders of the parliamentary majority before coming up with a name for SIE’s leadership.

“Parliament managed to vacate the office after less than seven months (read on page 7), I believe. Yes, at the right moment I’ll make a nomination. (…) I intend to talk with the parliamentary majority before publicly revealing the nomination I will make,” the President said.

Asked whether he will nominate a politician again, as happened so far at the helm of SRI and SIE, the Head of State said it is “too early” to talk about persons. Asked whether he has a deadline in mind, Iohannis said: “I’m not in a hurry.”

“There were certain customs, for example that one [Intelligence] Service is the ruling power’s and one is the Opposition’s. Parliament has moved on to a new stage, because these customs are no longer taken into account. (…) It’s just an observation,” he added.

The President was also asked which leaders of the parliamentary majority will be invited for talks, considering there are tensions between ALDE’s two co-presidents. President Iohannis sarcastically stated: “I’ll be patient until they clarify their position.”


After more than half a year since Mihai Razvan Ungureanu has resigned, Parliament has decides the vacancy of SIE Director position


The joint plenum of the Parliament decided on Wednesday that the position of the Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) is vacant, seven months after Mihai Razvan Ungureanu’s resignation; President will make a nomination, subject to the Legislature’s vote.

On September 26, 2016, President Klaus Iohannis sent a letter to the Presidents of the two Chambers of the Parliament, asking them to take not of Mihai Razvan Ungureanu’s resignation from the SIE leadership and to declare that the position is vacant.

The Heads of the intelligence services, SRI and SIE, are nominated by the Head of State and validated by the vote of the parliamentary majority.

After Mihai Razvan Ungureanu’s resignation, the interim leadership of SIE has been provided by the four stars General Silviu Predoiu, Deputy Director and Head of the SIE operations.

Mihai Razvan Ungureanu was appointed as Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service on July 7, 2015, resigning during his second mandate at the leadership of the service.


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