(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)
The new Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, Ion Jinga, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Jinga held diplomatic and Government positions for more than two decades, serving as Ambassador to the United Kingdom between 2008 and 2015 and as Doyen of the European Ambassadors to the United Kingdom from 2012 to 2015. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Ambassador to Belgium.
Mr. Jinga was Director-General for European Union Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest from 2002 to 2003. In 2002, he served as a Member of the Romanian delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe and was Coordinator of the delegation’s national secretariat.
At the Mission to the European Union, he served as Deputy Head of the Mission and Chargé d’affaires, a.i., from 2000 and 2001, Deputy Head of the Mission from 1998 to 1999 and as First Secretary from 1995 and 1998. Between those appointments, he served, from 1999 to 2000, as Counsellor at the Directorate for European Union Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also at the Ministry, he was Second Secretary at the Minister’s office from 1994 to 1995 and Third Secretary at the Directorate for European Union Affairs from 1992 to 1994.
In 1991 and 1992, he was head of the Arges County Council’s external relations office, and between 1986 and 1991, was a physicist and engineer at the Institute for Nuclear Energy Reactors at Pitesti, Romania. From 1984 to 1986, he was a teacher at a secondary school in Bucharest.
Mr. Jinga holds a PhD in Law at Alexandru Ioan Cuza Academy in Bucharest, master’s degrees in Advanced European Studies in Administration from the College of Europe, in Bruges, Belgium, and in Public Administration from the National School for Political and Administrative Studies, in Bucharest, and bachelor’s degrees in Law and in Science from the University of Bucharest.
He is married and has one child.