Bogdan Aurescu

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Bogdan Aurescu
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
4 November 2019
Prime MinisterLudovic Orban
Florin Cîțu
Preceded byRamona Mănescu
In office
24 November 2014 – 17 November 2015
Prime MinisterVictor Ponta
Gabriel Oprea (Acting)
Victor Ponta
Sorin Cîmpeanu (Acting)
Preceded byTeodor Meleșcanu
Succeeded byLazăr Comănescu
Personal details
Born (1973-09-09) 9 September 1973 (age 47)
Bucharest, Romania
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Bucharest
National Defence University

Bogdan Lucian Aurescu (born 9 September 1973) is a Romanian diplomat, currently Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Orban Cabinet (since 4 November 2019).

He was Presidential Advisor for Foreign Policy to the President of Romania from May 2016 to November 2019 and Foreign Affairs Minister from November 2014 to November 2015.[1][2] Previously, he held the position of Secretary of State in the Romanian MFA – Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs (2009–2010, 2012–2014), Secretary of State for European Affairs (2004–2005, 2010–2012) and Secretary of State for Global Affairs (2012).

Between 2004 and 2009, Aurescu was his country's chief counsel (Agent of Romania) in the Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea case, a boundary dispute with Ukraine that Romania brought before the International Court of Justice.[3]

Between 2010 and 2011, he was the head of the Romanian delegation for the negotiations on the Romanian-American Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement, and of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and USA.

In November 2016, he was elected by the UN General Assembly as member of the UN International Law Commission for a five years’ mandate (2017–2021).

He is also Professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, having started his teaching activity in 1998.


Adrian Năstase has promoted Bogdan Aurescu to the post of Undersecretary of State and later, to the Secretary of State. Aurescu was Adrian Năstase's assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest for the Public International Law discipline and they wrote together, legal treaties.[4] In 2004, the Aurescu candidature was delegated by PSD in Dimbovita for the Parliament elections but he did not win.[5]

In November 2014, Adrian Năstase attended an event called by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister Bogdan Aurescu. Recently released from prison, where he was imprisoned being sentenced twice for the corruption offenses, Năstase was next to Aurescu, who had just been appointed Foreign Minister, at a book launch event.[6] In April 2015, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Adrian Năstase, who was twice sentenced for prison, returned to the Government, more precisely to the Ministry of Foreign Affaris, at the invitation of the acting minister Bogdan Aurescu to the meeting of an advisory council. The ministry led by Aurescu then argued that the invitation was made "because of his rich institutional and professional expertise".[7]

In June 2015, Prime Minister Victor Ponta was charged by the National Anticorruption Directorate for several corruption offenses. At that time, Bogdan Aurescu was a member of the Ponta Government and remained in office until November 2015, when Victor Ponta resigned.[8]


  1. ^ Andreea Marinas (24 November 2014). "Bogdan Aurescu, appointed as Romania's new FM". The Romania Journal. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Bogdan Aurescu, propus la conducerea MAE. Preşedintele Băsescu a semnat numirea lui Aurescu în funcţia de ministru de Externe". Mediafax. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. ^ Cătălina Mihai (24 November 2014). "Bogdan Aurescu, ministrul de externe – biografia 'eroului de la Haga'". Gândul. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  4. ^ Adrian Năstase. "Biografie". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ Alex Costache. "condamnat-pentru-coruptie-adrian-nastase-da-iarasi-lectii-tinerilor-diplomati-la-chemarea-mae-alina-bica-nu-ar-putea-tine-si-ea-prelegeri/". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  6. ^ Amos News. "Aurescu și-a lansat o carte în prezența lui Adrian Năstase". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  7. ^ Claudiu Zamfir. "Adrian Nastase, chemat de Aurescu la Ministerul de Externe, "datorita expertizei institutionale si profesionale considerabile" pe care o detine". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ Hotnews. "Premierul Victor Ponta, urmarit penal de DNA in dosarul lui Dan Sova. Presedintele Iohannis i-a cerut demisia, premierul refuza sa demisioneze, soarta lui atarna de votul deputatilor". Retrieved 21 January 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Teodor Meleșcanu
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Lazăr Comănescu
Preceded by
Ramona Mănescu
Minister of Foreign Affairs