Upon the proposal of Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) and the Security Authorities Surveillance Select Committee of the Riigikogu, the Estonian government on Thursday approved Mikk Marran for a second five-year term as director general of the Foreign Intelligence Service.
According to Luik, Marran has done a good job thus far during his first five-year term, and shown himself to be both highly professional and a good leader. Members of the Security Committee of the Government of the Republic are also very familiar with his work.
Luik added that he was very glad that Marran agreed to serve a second term, as intelligence is a very sensitive field, and its objectives are long-term.
Prior to taking over as director general of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Marran served as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Defense. He began his career at the Ministry of Defense in 1999, since which time he has served as director of various ministry departments as well as undersecretary for defense investments. From 2006-2009, Marran served as director of the Security Bureau of the Permanent Representation of Estonia to NATO.
The Foreign Intelligence Service is a security authority under the Ministry of Defense whose primary task is to collect, analyze and report information on Estonia's external security threats. The Foreign Intelligence Service is also responsible for the security of the state's classified networks and carries out counterintelligence for the protection of Estonian diplomats and military personnel posted abroad. The service is also responsible for the protection of foreign classified information, fulfilling the function of a national security authority.
Editor: Aili Vahtla