Traian Basescu signs Diaconescu appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister

President Traian Basescu signed the decree to revoke Teodor Baconschi from his position of Minister of Foreign Affairs and to replace him with senator Cristian Diaconescu.

„The ceremony when Cristian Diaconescu takes the oath of office for the position of minister of Foreign Affairs is to be held on Tuesday, January 24, at 7 pm after the decrees are going to be published in the Official Gazette of Romania”.

Senator Cristian Diaconescu was born on July 2, 1959 and graduated from the Law Faculty of the Bucharest University.

He started his activity within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was a diplomat with the permanent delegation of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), then deputy to the Head of Mission in the political-military and security fields of OSCE; he was scientific secretary with the International Law and International Relations Association and diplomat with the OSCE Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was director of the OSCE Department of General Law and Consulate Directorate within the aforementioned ministry.

He was appointed secretary of state for European integration matters within the same ministry.

He was appointed minister of Justice in March 2004 with the mission to negotiate and close the chapter 24 of Justice and Home Affairs during Romania’s process to join the European Union.

Cristian Diaconescu became PSD senator for Constanta on November 2004.

Starting on 2005, Diaconescu was elected by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) as deputy chairman, a position held by February 2010.

Following the elections on November 30, 2008, Cristian Diaconescu became senator of Bucharest after the redistribution.

He is an associated professor at the Public International Law section at Hyperion University (1993), professor at the National Defence College (1997) where he lectured on the European and Euro-Atlantic cooperation and security; professor at the Human Rights Institute; member of the Foundation of the National Defence College (1995).

On December 18, 2008, the National Executive Council of PSD proposed Cristian Diaconescu to take over the portfolio of minister of Foreign Affairs in Emil Boc Government. He was validated in the Parliament as minister of Foreign Affairs on December 22, 2008, together with the entire Emil Boc government, taking the oath of office in the same evening at Cotroceni Palace in the presence of President Traian Basescu.

Cristian Diaconescu held the portfolio of minister of Foreign Affairs by October 1, 2009, when the social-democratic ministers resigned from the coalition government shared with PDL.

Diaconescu resigned from PSD on February 24, 2010 and joined the independents group in the Romanian Parliament. Cristian Diaconescu has been honorary chairman of the National Union for Romania’s Progress from May 1, 2010.

On February 7, 2011 he was elected Senate vice-president and reelected on September 5, 2011.

He is married and has one child.

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