NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has decided to appoint Mircea Geoana from Romania as the next Deputy Secretary General. He will replace Rose Gottemoeller from the United States, who took up her position in October 2016
“I am happy to announce the appointment of Mircea Geoana as the next Deputy Secretary General. He is a staunch advocate of the transatlantic bond and will bring long experience as a statesman and diplomat to this post. He will be the first Romanian to hold this senior office,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated according to a release posted on Wednesday on NATO website.”I am very grateful to Rose Gottemoeller. Her diplomatic skills and her expertise in international security policy have been invaluable to the Alliance, as NATO continues to adapt to a more unpredictable security environment,” he added. The NATO Secretary General highlighted, from Mircea Geoana’s career, his activity as the former Speaker of the Romanian Senate, as the Foreign Minister and the Romanian Ambassador in the United States.
A career diplomat, Mircea Geoana was born on 14 July 1958 in Bucharest. He attended the courses of the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute, the Law Faculty of Bucharest and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Gambetta class, 1992).
Mircea Geoana is the founder and president of the Aspen Institute Romania. He previously was President of the Romanian Senate, Foreign Minister, and Romania’s Ambassador to the United States. He will take up his post in mid-October 2019.
“Acknowledgement of Romania’s contribution inside NATO”
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Mircea Geoana has stated on Wednesday that he is proud to have been appointed as Deputy Secretary General of NATO, a position which represent, in his view, a recognition of the Romania’s “important” contribution within the Alliance.
“I am proud to be appointed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as the next Deputy Secretary General. It is also a huge challenge and an opportunity to represent the interests of our Alliance, which assures the security of over 1 billion citizens. Throughout my diplomatic and political career, I have promoted the transatlantic connection and the Euro-Atlantic integration of Romania. I am deeply honored to be appointed in this key-position which also represents an acknowledgement of Romania’s important contribution within NATO. I highly appreciate the political and institutional transatlantic support that my candidacy enjoyed,” Geoana worte on his Facebook page.
MAE: Geoana’s appointment as NATO Deputy Secretary General, special moment for Romania’s membership to Alliance
The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) hailed Mircea Geoana for his appointment as Deputy Secretary General of NATO and argues that this decision “represents a special moment for Romania’s membership to the North Atlantic Alliance.”
“Taking over this high-responsibility position at allied level, the highest position held by Romania in the NATO hierarchy confirms the professional experience and qualities of the Romanian candidate and also represents a special acknowledgement of Romania’s role and significant contribution within NATO, 15 years since the accession to the North-Atlantic Alliance,” a MAE release sent to AGERPRES on Wednesday informs.
The Ministry expresses its belief that Mircea Geoana’s appointment will “contribute to the further strengthening of the role and mission of NATO in the security and collective defence of the Euro-Atlantic area to the benefit of Romania, of all allied states and their citizens.”
PM Dancila congratulates Geoana: We are glad to be represented in NATO by a Romanian with an ample political diplomatic experience
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Wednesday congratulated Mircea Geoana for his appointment as NATO Deputy Secretary General, also adding that he has an “ample” political and diplomatic experience and he is a supporter of the transatlantic connection.
“Congratulations to Mr Mircea Geoana for his appointment as NATO Deputy Secretary General! We are glad to be represented in NATO by a Romanian with such an ample political diplomatic experience, a supporter of the transatlantic connection and the Euro-Atlantic integration of Romania. Good luck, Mircea Geoana!,” she wrote on Facebook.
Senate SpeakerTariceanu: A successful story for Romania
Mircea Geoana’s appointment as NATO Deputy Secretary General is a successful story for Romania, Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stated on Wednesday.
“The appointment of a Romanian official as a NATO Deputy Secretary General proves the key role our country has been playing in the configuration of the Alliance, especially in Europe. I trust that Mircea Geoana will bring his contribution to the strengthening of Romania’s role in NATO. Leaving aside our differences in vision, when it comes to politics, that we used to have, I am glad for Mircea Geoana and I wish him good luck! I even encouraged Mircea Geoana a couple of months ago when he told me about this project of his and I believe he is the right person for the right job!,” Tariceanu wrote on Facebook.
Minister-delegate Ciamba congratulates Geoana for his appointment as Deputy Secretary General of NATO
Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba congratulated Mircea Geoana for his appointment as Deputy Secretary General of NATO.
“I congratulate my colleague and friend Mircea Geoana for his appointment as Deputy Secretary General of NATO. I am sure that he will do, as always, everything possible to improve our common security and defence. All the best Mircea!,” Ciamba wrote on Twitter.