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Minister of Defence Luik proposes Mikk Marran to continue as the Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service

1. June 2020 - 12:02
Minister of Defence Luik proposes Mikk Marran to continue as the Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service.
Minister of Defence Luik proposes Mikk Marran to continue as the Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service.

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik submitted a proposal to the Security Authorities Surveillance Select Committee of Riigikogu to name the current Director General Mikk Marran for a new five year term.

Minister of Defence Luik noted that Mikk Marran has done a great job during his current five year term of office, having proven himself to be both highly professional and a good leader. The Security Committee of the Government is familiar with Marran’s work. Luik added that he is very pleased that Marran agreed to remain for another term, since the intelligence domain is very sensitive and has long-term goals. ‘International cooperation in this field is based on trust and requires stability’.

Once the Committee has given its assessment, the Minister of Defence will submit the candidacy of Mikk Marran to the Government of the Republic.

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, he 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 Estonia to NATO.

The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service is a security authority under the purview of the Ministry of Defence, tasked with gathering, analysing and transmitting 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 early warning regarding 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 and international partners.

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