George Maior

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George Cristian Maior
George-Cristian Maior

George-Cristian Maior (November 16, 1967, Cluj-Napoca) is a Romanian politician and diplomat. He was a member of the Romanian Parliament, elected as a senator from the Social Democrat Party.[1] He was the head of the Romanian Intelligence Service between October 2006 – January 2015.[2] His father is Liviu Maior, minister of education (1992-1996) and ambassador in Canada.[3]

Biography[edit]

George Cristian Maior was born on November 16th 1967. He is the son of the Romanian historian Liviu MaiorLiviu Maior. He graduated the Law Faculty of Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (1988-1991) and in 1992 he obtained a Master of Arts in International and Comparative Law from the Faculty of Comparative Law of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

In 1998, he obtained the doctoral title in International Law at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, with the thesis “National and European in the jurisprudence of the Strasbourg European Court” which was nominated for the Most Prize[4] awarded by UNESCO.[5] In 2001 he graduated the Defence National College[6] from Bucharest.

After graduating the Master in 1992, he works as a diplomat in the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry,[7] between 1997-1999 being appointed as chargé d'affaires at the Romanian Embassy in Ireland. After winning of the elections by the Social Democrat Party, George Maior has been appointed as State Secretary and Head of the Euro-Atlantic and Defense Policy Department of the National Defense Ministry.[8] From this position, he led the NATO[9] joining negotiations, concluded with a successful active integration[10] of Romania in the Alliance and signed several contracts for the acquisition of military equipment (2 frigates and numerous flying equipments). On August 24th 2004 he received the diplomatic rank of Ambassador.

At the elections that took place in November 200 he was elected as a senator for the Alba County, on the PSD lists. In this quality he was chairman of the National Security, Public Order and Defense Committee[11] of the Senate of the Romanian Parliament (June 2005 – 5 October 2006), vice-president of the Committee for the investigation of allegations regarding the existence of CIA detention centers on Romanian soil,[12] member in the Committee for Human Rights, minorities and cults, member of the joint Standing Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate for the exercise of parliamentary control over the activity of the Foreign Intelligence Service[13] and member of the Romanian Parliament’s delegation at the Occidental European Union’s Gathering. In November 2005 he was the only Romanian guest at the international conference “Information in the XXI century”. He resigned from the Romanian Parliament on October 5th 2006, being replaced by Liliana Lucia Tomoiagă.[14]

On the October 4th 2006 George Maior has been validated by both the Romanian Parliaments’ Chambers as Head of the Romanian Intelligence Service with 285 votes “for” and 123 “against” from the total of 408, after initially had received 7 out of 9 favorable votes in the specialized committee of the Parliament. He was appointed in the Decision no. 32 of the Romanian Parliament.

George Maior has published papers and articles referring to human rights, public law concepts, as well as global defense policies. George Maior is the Godfather of the couple Victor Ponta and Daciana Sarbu.

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