Head of Romanian Intelligence Service resigns

Newsroom 27/01/2015 | 17:15

George Maior, head of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) has stepped down today. Maior handed in his resignation to Romanian president Klaus Iohannis , according to a press release of the Presidential Administration.

“The director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, Mr. George Maior, handed in his resignation from the helm of the Romanian Intelligence Service, on Tuesday, January 27, and mister Klaus Iohannis accepted it,”” according to the press release.

At the beginning of this month, the Romanian president said he was analyzing the option of appointing new directors at the head of SRI and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), according to Adevarul Live.

After Maior’s resignation, Prime-Minister Victor Ponta said SRI should not return under political control.

As per Resolution no. 32 of the Romanian Parliament, on October 4th, 2006, George Cristian Maior was appointed the 4th Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, according to the CV posted on the SRI webpage.

In November 2004, Maior was elected Senator in the Romanian Parliament, where he held the following positions: Chairman of the Committee for Defense, Public Order and National Security; member of Special Joint Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate for the Parliamentary Oversight on the Foreign Intelligence Service Activity, member of the Senate Committee for Human Rights, Cults and Minorities, and member of the Social Democratic Party parliamentary group.

Between 2000 and 2004, he held the position of State Secretary and head of the Department for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Defense Policy within the Ministry of National Defense. In that capacity, he was responsible for coordinating the strategic and military dimension of Romania’s NATO accession process.

Between 1992 and 1997, he was a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within the Department of Treaties and Department of Strategic Affairs, and between 1997 and 1999, he was chargé d’affaires at the Romanian Embassy in Dublin, Ireland. In 2004, he was conferred the rank of Ambassador.

He was born in Cluj Napoca, on November 16th, 1967. He graduated from the “Gheorghe Şincai” College in 1986, receiving the General Certificate of Education in History and Literature. He then attended the courses of the Law College at the Babeş Bolyai University until graduation in 1991.

Otilia Haraga

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