President Traian Basescu said on Wednesday that the Romanian Intelligence Service-SRI employs only 4.5% officers that also worked before 1989. “The Intelligence Service was a NATO-compatible structure before the rest of Romania”, Basescu said.

The President says that the populace still perceives SRI as heir of the former political police, Securitate, but this perception is wrong.

“The intelligence services must be always kept under control”, Basescu warned, mentioning that the required transparency would eventually increase the popular trust in the institution, mainly if applied in the financial area.

Traian Basescu also said that the legislation should enable the information services to gather their data, in order to protect citizens, but at the same time the individual rights and freedom must be protected.