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Government confirms Marran to continue as Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service

11. June 2020 - 16:23
Government confirms Marran to continue as Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service.
Government confirms Marran to continue as Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service.

On the proposal of Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and the Security Authorities Surveillance Select Committee of the Riigikogu, the government approved the continuation of Mikk Marran as Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service for the next five years.

According to Minister of Defence Luik, Mikk Marran has done a great job during his current five year term of office and proven himself to be both a high-level professional and a good leader. At the same time, members of the Security Committee of the Government of the Republic are also very familiar with Marran’s work.

Luik added that he is very pleased that Marran agreed to remain for another term, since the intelligence field is very sensitive and goals are long-term in nature. ‘International cooperation in this field is also based on trust and requires stability, he noted.

Before taking up the post of Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mikk Marran served as the Permanent Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defence. Marran began his career at the Ministry of Defence in 1999, has led various departments within the Ministry, and also served as the Under Secretary for Defence Investments. From 2006 – 2009, Marran served as Defence Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to NATO.

The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service is a security authority within the area of government of the Ministry of Defence, tasked with gathering, analysing and transmit information on external security threats concerning Estonia. The information collected by the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service provides a significant contribution to the shaping of Estonia’s national defence and security policy. The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service ensures the necessary advance warning for threats concerning Estonia.

The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service also ensures secure communication in national classified networks and engages in foreign counter-intelligence in order to protect Estonia's diplomats and servicemen serving in foreign operations. In addition, the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service protects classified external information that has been transmitted to Estonia, performing the functions of an authorized representative of national security.

In order to perform its functions, the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service cooperates closely with Estonian as well as international partners.

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