INTELLIGENCE POLITICS

New reactions to President Iohannis’ proposal for SIE leadership. PSD Chairman Dragnea: I will read it until I understand it. Senate speaker Tariceanu: I was surprised, but not only me

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea mocked on Friday President Klaus Iohannis’ letter recommending Gabriel Vlase as director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE).

“Indeed, I have received a letter from the President, me and Calin Tariceanu, a proposal for the SIE [leadership]. And now, in order to quote a living classic: this letter raises more questions than it brings clarifications. I will read it until I understand it, perhaps we need to carry out a debate on this topic and I will let you know. This is the response to the still unspoken question about the SIE nomination,” the PSD leader stated, at the Summer School of the Social Democrat Youth.

President Klaus Iohannis has sent a letter to the chairs of Parliament recommending Gabriel Vlase as director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE).

Vlase is deputy speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, a member on the National Defence and Public Order Committee and member on the Joint Special Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate on the analysis and updating of the national security normative framework.

 

Senate President Tariceanu says he was surprised by President’s proposal recommending Vlase at SIE helm

 

President of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stated on Friday that he was surprised by the head of state’s proposal to appoint Gabriel Vlase at the helm of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) and mentioned that, a decision of the coalition regarding the vote in the plenary of Parliament hasn’t been made yet.

“I was surprised, but not only me. I think a lot of people were surprised. (…) He is qualified [Gabriel Vlase as director of the SIE]. I do not know what the criteria were. I don’t want to say that he lacks the necessary qualification, but I don’t want to hide the fact that I was surprised. I believe Mr Dragnea was surprised, too. Firstly, I was surprised that, after one year and a half when this office should have been filled and it wasn’t, this appointment comes at this moment. I sit and wonder what is the meaning of it. I don’t want to make speculations now, but be sure that I have asked myself some questions. (…) Some calculations have been made, because it dropped [the proposal] so out of the blue,” Tariceanu told the Senate.

When asked if Gabriel Vlase is the proposal recommended by the coalition, Tariceanu responded: “I was here in the coalition. I don’t believe that such thing could have passed us by. Such proposal hasn’t come up at any moment. (…) I learned about it [about President Iohannis’ proposal] from the Cotroceni release.”

He mentioned that a decision hasn’t been made yet in the governing coalition regarding the vote in the joint plenary of Parliament.

“We are going to discuss and analyse it,” Tariceanu added.

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