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Tariceanu on Vlase’s proposal as SIE Director: He made a very good impression on me and I believe he would be suitable. A nomination from outside the Coalition would have had no chances to pass Parliament

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu believes that Gabriel Vlase, nominated by President Klaus Iohannis at the helm of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), is the right person for the job, stating that Vlase made a very good impression on him even though on Friday he had stated he was surprised by the nomination. The leader of ALDE also explained that the President realised that, had he come with a different nomination, someone from outside the PSD-ALDE Coalition, that nomination would have had no chance to pass through Parliament.

“We will meet within the Coalition (to discuss the nomination – editor’s note). I believe Mr Vlase has the necessary experience because he chaired the SIE Oversight Committee, we know him, he is our colleague, he is PSD Vice President, he holds an important office within the House. I have worked with him lately on the bill regarding the statute of the Royal House. (…) Gabi Vlase worked on this issue the most. He is a man who made a very good impression on me, and I believe he would be suitable (at the helm of SIE – editor’s note),” the Senate Speaker explained at a press conference.

At the same time, the ALDE President believes that President Klaus Iohannis realised that, had he nominated someone from outside the ruling coalition, the nomination would not have passed through Parliament.

“I believe the President realised the following thing, namely that had he come up with a different proposal, one from outside the PSD or the Coalition, it would have had no chance to pass through Parliament,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu added.

Initially, on Friday, Tariceanu declared himself surprised by the decision to nominate Gabriel Vlase at the helm of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), stating that it is definitely something arranged, that this nomination “comes too out of nowhere.”

“It surprised me, but not only me. I believe it has surprised very many people. (…) I don’t want to say that he lacks the necessary qualification, but I don’t want to hide from you that I was surprised. I believe Mr Dragnea was also surprised. First of all, I was surprised that, after a year and half in which this position should have been occupied and it wasn’t, this nomination comes at this moment. I wonder what the meaning is. I don’t want to engage in speculations now but be convinced that I have asked myself some questions. Some calculations were made, because this comes too out of nowhere,” Tariceanu stated on Friday evening at the Senate.

Asked whether House member Gabriel Vlase (PSD) was the ruling coalition’s nomination, Tariceanu answered negatively, adding that he found out about the nomination from the Presidential communique.

“We were here, at the coalition. I don’t believe this passed by us just like that. It was never about making such a nomination. I found out from the communique from Cotroceni,” Tariceanu said.


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