Former ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu dies at 57

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Former ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, one of the most respected Romanian diplomats, has passed away aged 57 in a hospital in Nice. He used to be head of cabinet of prime ministers Theodor Stolojan, Adrian Nastase and Calin Popescu Tariceanu, but also adviser of Victor Ponta.

Born in 1961, Constantinescu was president of the International Alliance for the Holocaust Memory, ambassador, special representative of the Romanian Government on energy security issues. He also held various positions of head of the PM’s Chancellery, state counselor or PM’s diplomatic adviser, secretary of state and director general for policy within the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He was personal assistance of PM Petre Romania, head of cabinet of premier Theodor Stolojan, Government spokesperson, head of cabinet of PM Nicolae Vacaroiu, head of cabinet and adviser of ex-FM Mircea Geoana.

He was head of cabinet of ex-PM Adrian Nastase (2004) and head of cabinet of former PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu (2005-2008).

In 2001 he was personal representative of the OSCE Presidency for South Eastern Europe during the Romanian presidency, and in 2003 he was the Romanian Government’s representative upon the Provisional Authority in Baghdad and counselor of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry.

In 2012 the former premier Victor Ponta named him as state adviser.

At the same time, Mihnea Constantinescu was member of the Royal Council set up by late King Michael I, during October 2010-December 2015.

Before joining the diplomatic corps, he was a professor at the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, in the nuclear energy field, where he also held a PhD.

FM Teodor Melescanu said Mihnea Constantinescu’s death is “a bad news for the Romanian diplomatic corps”. “He was one of the most respected ambassadors, proving a great professional expertise, balance and special interest in promoting Romania’s interests, regardless of the political colors of the ruling parties. It’s a huge loss, we’ll take all steps for his repatriation,” Melescanu said.

In her turn, the Custodian of the Romanian Crown, Princess Margareta stated that Mihnea Constantinescu was a prominent Romanian civil servant. „I found out with endless sadness about the sudden and premature death of ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu. Few have served the Romanian state with such an abnegation and patience. For 20 years he was a great adviser of King Michael and for me, but also an irreplaceable friend. Many years ago, he started the first NATO visits of my father, next to  Jonathan Eyal, Simina Mezincescu, Mihnea Motoc and Constanţa Iorga. He was one of the most solid, constant, discrete and professional members of My House”, reads Princes Margareta’s message.

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