Parliament OKs Mihai R?zvan Ungureanu as the new head of Foreign Intelligence Service

The joint plenum of the two chambers of parliament have voted on Tuesday in favour of naming Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as the new head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), although the social-democrats boycotted the meeting, aiming at the failing to reach the needed quorum.
Out of 554 MPs, there were 289 present, of which 284 cast their votes.
278 voted in favour, 6 were against and 5 MPs did not vote.
In his speech after the nomination, Ungureanu said: “I want to convince my colleagues that the perception of intelligence services is incorrect, meaning that they are not supervised. We need new laws to regulate their services, we need to rebuild the trust needed to register performance. You’ve proven there is a social reason for this nomination through your votes, we need a better intelligence structure. All these issues mean balance and confidence for the Romanian nation. I thank you all.”
Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, nominated to take over foreign intelligence director position couldn’t be heard on Tuesday in the parliamentary committee for SIE control due to the lack of quorum.
The chairman of the committee, Liberal Mihaita Calimente said the hearing failed “as the colleagues from the Social Democrat Party refused to act as MPs and attend the committee’s meeting.”
“We’ll ask the plenary sitting to take a note of the fact that our colleagues were not present (…) but I consider the plenum could convene, as the committee’s notice is just advisory,” Calimente said.

Mihai-R?zvan Ungureanu was born on September 22, 1968. He is a Romanian historian, politician and former Prime Minister of Romania. He was the foreign minister of Romania from December 28, 2004 to March 12, 2007, and he was appointed as Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service later in 2007. Following the resignation of the Emil Boc government he was appointed Prime Minister serving through April 2012 when his cabinet was dismissed following a parliamentary vote of no-confidence, wikipedia.org reads.
Ungureanu was an assistant professor at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University when he was recruited to the diplomatic service in 1998. He subsequently served as State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998–2000), and was a Vienna-based representative of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (2000–2004).
A member of the National Liberal Party (PNL), part of the Justice and Truth Alliance, Ungureanu became foreign minister after the candidate supported by the alliance, as Traian B?sescu, won the presidential election.
On February 2, 2007, Prime Minister C?lin Popescu-T?riceanu requested Ungureanu’s resignation because Ungureanu had failed to inform the government about the detention of two Romanian workers by coalition forces in Iraq.
On November 27, 2007, former President Traian B?sescu nominated Ungureanu to head the Foreign Information Service (SIE), the directorship of which had been vacant since Claudiu S?ftoiu’s March 19 resignation, related to the same scandal in Iraq. A joint session of Parliament confirmed Ungureanu in his new position on December 5, with 295 of 318 MPs present voting in favour.
On February 6, 2012, Ungureanu was given a mandate by President Traian B?sescu to form a new government, which the Romanian parliament approved on February 9, 2012. Ungureanu vowed to continue reforms and promote Romania’s economic and political stability amid the country’s political crisis. As Prime Minister, Ungureanu had become the Democratic Liberal Party’s probable candidate for the presidency when B?sescu’s term expired in 2014, senior party members said, a move echoing Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin’s choice and promotion of Vladimir Putin. After two and a half months, Ungureanu’s cabinet failed to pass a no-confidence vote introduced by the Social Liberal Union. The then opposition leader Victor Ponta on 7 May 2012 replaced him as prime minister.
The political activity of Ungureanu after the premiership was intensive. In July 2012, he founded the non-governmental organization of Center-Right Civic Initiative (ICCD), together with PDL leaders Cristian Preda and Monica Macovei. He spoke about a political and electoral forces, without PNL. The alliance was founded in late August 2012 and included Democratic Liberal Party, National Peasant Christian-Democratic Party, New Republic Party and Center-Right Civic Initiative. On August 31, Ungureanu joined the Civic Force Party.
Ungureanu was elected the Head of the party during The Civic Force party congress in September 2012. Civic Force Party (PFC) became the “electoral vehicle” of ICCD and replaced the ONG in Right Romania Alliance (ARD) membership. After the election, Ungureanu started a European tournee for the accession of PFC to European People’s Party (EPP). On 11 September, he met with the Italian deputy and member of the The People of Freedom (PdL), Claudio Scajola, the Mayor of Rome and Giovanni Battista Re, secretary of Holy See. They welcomed the formation of “an alliance of right in the opposition of left attacks”.
Ungureanu reorganized the party, founding new branches of the PFC around the country. He has held disscusions with the former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, the President of EPP, Wilfried Martens, the Secretary-General of PdL, Angelino Alfano, the Secretary-General of Union for a Popular Movement, Jean-François Copé, and the leader of EPP europarliamentary group, Joseph Daul on the accession of Civic Force at EPP. According to him, the accession folder of the party was accepted and FC started the accession process.
Ungureanu won a seat in the Senate (Romania) on ARD’s party list in the 2012 elections.

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