Ambassador George Ciamba is a career diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania in December 1990. In 2004 he was granted, by Presidential Decree and according to the law, the diplomatic rank of Ambassador, in recognition for his contribution to NATO accession and EU accession negotiations. From November 2018 until November 2019, ambassador Ciamba was Minister for European Affairs, running the Ministry of Foreign Affairs team responsible for Romania’s first presidency of the EU Council, from 1st January until 30 June 2019. During this period, he was the Chair of the EU General Affairs Council/GAC.
As Minister for European Affairs and Chair of the EU GAC, ambassador Ciamba coordinated internally, together with line ministries of the Romanian Government and with the crucial support of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU, and externally, in close cooperation with the EU Member States and the European institutions, the common effort of negotiations that led to the successful conclusion of 90 legislative files.
Besides this coordination effort, Minister Ciamba was regularly invited to present the EU Council’s position at the plenary sessions of the European Parliament (in Strasbourg and Brussels), and signed, on behalf of the EU Council, all legislative acts adopted under ordinary legislative procedure together with the president of the European Parliament. In the six months of the Presidency, ambassador Ciamba was an active promoter of cohesion and convergence within the EU member states and a supporter of the enlargement process. As chair of the EU General Affairs Council, he worked on the adoption of the Gas Directive, advanced negotiation on the adoption of Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and kept an active dialogue on Brexit.
From January 2017 until November 2018, he served as Secretary of State for Bilateral and Strategic Affairs in the Euro-Atlantic Area, coordinating a wide range of subjects, from the strategic affairs - including NATO, US, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation, cyber security and minority rights - to the bilateral relations with the EU Member States, candidate countries and regional cooperation formats. In 2016, as a Special Representative for Economic Diplomacy, he contributed to promoting and developing economic projects of strategic interests to Romania, and to consolidating the inter-institutional relations for the country’s international representation in the economic field.
Since November 2012 and until 2016, he served as Secretary of State for European Affairs, promoting an active participation of Romania at all EU levels and the national contribution to the elaboration of EU policies. He coordinated the sectoral positions in all the configurations of the EU Council and participated in the General Affairs Council (GAC). He represented Romania abroad as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Hellenic Republic (2005-2012) and to the Republic of Turkey (1999-2003) and as Permanent Representative of Romania to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (2001 – 2003). From July 2003 to January 2005, he served as Secretary of State for Multilateral and subsequently, Global Affairs in the MFA, coordinating dossiers related to the EU, NATO, the Council of Europe, the UN and other international organizations.
In 2019, he received the Order of the Star of Romania, as a recognition of Romania’s successful Presidency of the Council of the European Union; in 2012 he was awarded the Order of the Phoenix – Grand Cross Grade, by the President of the Hellenic Republic; in 2000 received the National Order of Merit in the Rank of Commander from the President of Romania and in 1999 the title of Romanian Ambassador of the Year, awarded by Romanian Daily Nine O'clock and by Aspen Romania in 2019, the Leadership Award for the success of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Starting with January 2020, George Ciamba serves as Ambassador of Romania to the Hellenic Republic. He speaks English and French fluently.