Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romanian Government
Lazăr Comănescu was appointed minister of foreign affairs of Romania on November 17th, 2015. This is his second term in office, as he previously held the position of minister of foreign affairs of Romania from April to December 2008. He holds the diplomatic rank of ambassador since 1998. From February to November 2015, he served as foreign policy adviser of the President of Romania. For 6 years, from 2009 to 2015, he was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania in the Federal Republic of Germany. From 2001 to 2008 he was the Head of the Mission of Romania to the European Union, respectively (after Romania’s accession to the EU in 2007) the Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union. From 1998 to 2001 he served as the Head of the Mission of Romania to NATO and EU. From 1995 to 1998 he held the position of state secretary within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, during 1995, he was Director General, adviser of the minister of foreign affairs and head of the minister's office. From 1994 to 1995 he was Director of the European Union Directorate and from 1990 to 1994 he was Counselor and (since 1993) minister counselor at the Mission of Romania to the European Union in Brussels. From 1972 to 1982 he was diplomat within the Department of International Economic Organizations of the MFA. From 1982 to 1990 he was lecturer professor of international economic relations of the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.
Minister Lazăr Comănescu graduated the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (Faculty of International Economic Relations). In 1973 he graduated the “Cours de civilisation et langue française contemporaines” of the Sorbonne, in Paris.
He holds a Ph.D. in International Economics since 1983 and from 1995 to1998 he was an Associate Professor of the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. He is a Member of the Scientific Board of the Romanian Institute for International Studies and a Member of the Scientific Consultative Board of the European Institute in Romania. He is a founding member of the Warsaw Central European Forum.