Mihnea Motoc

H.E. Ambassador
Mihnea Motoc
Minister of National Defence
Assumed office
17 November 2015
President Klaus Iohannis
Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș
Preceded by Mircea Dușa
Ambassador of Romania to the UK
In office
11 September 2015  17 November 2015
President Klaus Iohannis
Prime Minister Victor Ponta
Preceded by Ion Jinga
Succeeded by Dan Mihalache
Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union
In office
April 5, 2008  2 August 2015
President Traian Băsescu
Prime Minister Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Emil Boc
Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu
Victor Ponta
Preceded by Lazar Comanescu
Succeeded by Luminita Teodora Odobescu
Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations
In office
2003  April 1, 2008
Succeeded by Simona Miculescu
State Secretary of Integrity
In office
President Ion Iliescu
Ambassador of Romania in the Netherlands
In office
President Ion Iliescu
Personal details
Born (1966-11-11) November 11, 1966
Spouse(s) Iulia Motoc
Children Luca-Mihnea Motoc

Mihnea Ioan Motoc (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmihne̯a iˈo̯an moˈtok]) is a Romanian diplomat who has served as Minister of Defence since November 2015. Before this appointment, he was the country's ambassador to the UK.

Work history

Motoc has been a Romanian diplomat since the early 1990s, when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania. For most of the 1990s Motoc spent time in various Romanian government posts. He joined the United Nations in 2003, where he spent five years working as the Permanent Representative of Romania.[1] In 2008 he left the UN to become the Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union.[2]


Motoc studied law at the University of Bucharest from 1984 until 1989. Following this he went on to achieve a Certificate of post-graduate studies in Private International Law from the University of Nice in 1991 and a Master's Degree in Public International and Comparative Law from George Washington University a year later.[3]


Personal life

Mihnea Motoc was born on 11 November 1966 in Bucharest.[1] He is fluent in English and French. He is married to Iulia Motoc with whom he has one son, Luca-Mihnea.[3]


  1. 1 2 NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ROMANIA PRESENTS CREDENTIALS, United Nations Press Office, 5 May 2003, retrieved 14 July 2012
  2. Movers and shakers, European Voice, 8 May 2008, retrieved 14 July 2012
  3. 1 2 "Mihnea Ioan MOTOC". Ronline. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2012.

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