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March 2, 2021

Otopeni Airport director sacked only five days after appointment

Transport Minister Radu Berceanu yesterday dismissed the general director at the ‘Henri Coanda’ Otopeni Airport, Sorinel Ciobanu, who was appointed to the post last week, Mediafax reports. Berceanu took the decision as he had not received from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) a written stand on whether the party endorses Sorinel Ciobanu.

The transport minister sent an official letter Friday to Social-Democrat Deputy Premier Dan Nica wherein he required a formal answer over Sorinel Ciobanu’s appointment as the airport’s director. Ciobanu was brought to trial in 2008 for damage worth EUR 4 M resulting from a land swap. Ciobanu explained his sending to court relied on a decision taken not by him, but the National Assembly of Shareholders and the Board of Administrators at the ‘Aurel Vlaicu’ (Baneasa) International Airport. Prosecutors with the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) charge Ciobanu, along with five more persons, on causing the company a money damage in excess of EUR 4 M, after he gave the all-clear to a land swap involving the airport and a private individual who received a tract of land in Voluntari in exchange for one of similar surface area in Baneasa area.

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