The Senate adopted unanimously, with 104 votes in favor, as the decision-making Chamber, the bill for amending the article 3, the paragraph (1) of the Law No.1/1998 regarding the organization and functioning of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE).
Through an amendment proposed by Senator of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Serban Nicolae, the SIE leadership will be ensured by a director, with rank of minister, appointed by the Deputies’ Chamber and Senate, in the joint meeting, at the proposal of Romania’s President.
“An amendment that I formulated was assimilated by the entire committee, in the sense in which we harmonize the provisions of the Constitution of Romania and the Law regarding the organization and functioning of the SIE. The text that was proposed, essentially, stipulates that the procedure is similar to the director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), in the sense in which the SIE is led by a director with rank of minister, appointed by the Deputies’ Chamber and Senate, in the joint meeting, at the proposal of Romania’s President. Basically all the people agreed these amendments, we have gathered unanimity both in the Oversight Committee of SIE’s activity and the Senate’s Defence and National Security Committee. It’s a proposal that doesn’t involve any political differences or doctrines and it’s in the good functioning of Parliament, in terms of civil control over intelligence services, as well as regarding he operative and executive leadership of the SIE,” Senator Serban Nicolae stated during the debates.
Currently, according to the Law No.1/1998, the SIE is led by a director, with rank of minister, appointed by the Romania’s Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT), at the proposal of the President of Romania.
In the draft adopted by the Deputies’ Chamber, the bill stipulates that the Special Oversight Committee of SIE’s activity is made-up of four deputies and three senators, chosen within the Committees for defence, public order and national security of the two Chambers.
PSD’s Dragnea: There should be an honest negotiation with Iohannis over the appointment of SIE Director; political balance principle, very good
On Sunday evening, PSD President Liviu Dragnea added that it would be “fair” for there to be an honest negotiation with President Klaus Iohannis over the appointment of the SIE Director and he would accept a possible invitation extended by the Head of State, in order to tell him that the principle of political balance between SIE and the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) is very good.
“I believe it would be correct for there to be a fair negotiation. I don’t want to put pressure in any way. I believe the principle of political balance between the two services was a good principle. I know what the president said, that this principle of balance was no longer respected in all cases, in recent years. This doesn’t mean we too should continue this erroneous action,” Dragnea pointed out when asked if he and President Iohannis have an agreement in what concerns the appointment of the SIE Director.
The PSD leader claimed he would accept an invitation from the Head of State in order for them to reach an agreement on the future SIE Director.
“If he calls us, if he calls me, if he invites me, I’ll have a very honest, very serious, very firm point of view in light of respecting this principle of balance in what concerns the SIE. I believe President Iohannis will also have a wise attitude, in order to avoid a gridlock,” the Lower Chamber Speaker emphasised.
Likewise, asked whether Dacian Ciolos may be the person agreed upon for the office of SIE Director, Liviu Dragnea said: “Not by PSD. I was just talking about a principle of balance.”
PM Grindeanu on SIE leadership: It hasn’t been discussed in the coalition; I agree with Dragnea
Prime Minister Sorin Grideanu said on Monday that in respect to the appointment of the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service he agrees with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea, according to whom the principle of the political balance between the two services has been a good one.
“Constitutionally, a proposal is made by the Parliament President, Parliament votes or not. (…) It hasn’t been discussed nor has it been on the ruling coalition’s meeting agenda. I agree with Liviu Dragnea,” Grindeanu said at the Palace of Parliament, where he participated in a meeting of the ruling coalition.