Minister – Delegate for Relations with Romanians Abroad
Maria Ligor was appointed minister delegate for relations with Romanians living abroad on July the 7th, 2016. She has been a diplomat since January 1996.
Before serving as Ambassador of Romania to Canada, between 2013 and 2016, she was Ambassador-at-Large, Special Representative for the Promotion of Democracy. Since November 2012, she is a member of the Board of Governors of the European Endowment for Democracy and an elected member of its Executive Committee. She is also the Permanent Representative of Romania to the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Between 2006 and 2011 she was the Ambassador of Romania to the Kingdom of Spain. Maria Ligor also held, in the same period, the position of Permanent Representative to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
She served as an ad interim Secretary General of the MFA, in April and May 2012. Previously, between 2003 and 2006, she was the Director General for European Affairs (EU and bilateral relations).
As a diplomat, she worked in Brussels at the Mission of Romania to the EU (1998-2002), at the Embassy of Romania in Luxembourg (1997), and at the MFA Headquarters, at the Political Planning Directorate, the Directorate for the European Union, and the Directorate for Western Europe. In 1997, she was a Robert Schumann Intern at the European Parliament, and in 1996 completed a stage at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Maria Ligor obtained in 1995 a Master’s Degree from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and in 2000, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Political Sciences from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Her training includes studies at the European Institute of the University of Geneva, and programs such as Managing and Shaping Change in the Information Society, Harvard University, JFK School of Government, Kokkalis Project, in Athens. In Romania, she specialized in International Relations at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1990.
She was awarded the Romanian National Order for Merit (rank of Knight), in 2004, and in 2007, the Order of Diplomatic Merit (rank of Officer), as well as the Cross of the Royal House of Romania, in 2010, and the Order of the Holy Emperors Constantine and Helena, conferred by Patriarch Daniel. In 2012 she received the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel la Catolica of Spain.
She is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and has a passive knowledge of Italian.
Maria Ligor was born in Bucharest on 1st January 1967. She is married and has one daughter.