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May 8, 2021

Ex education minister accused of using EU funds during term

For three months, Ecaterina Andronescu was both the Minister of Education and the director of a project worth EUR 4.7 M, running on public money, daily ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ reports.

Andronescu supposedly received European funds for a project of professional formation – the specialisation of doctoral candidates at the Bucharest University of Polytechnics.

The contract to access the funds was signed with the Management Authority for the Sector Operational Programme for the Development of Human Resources (AMPOSDRU), and the Ministry of Education, led last year by none other than Andronescu, acts as an intermediary body in the running of the contract. Documents obtained by the publication indicate that Andronescu held, alongside the office of rector of the Bucharest University of Polytechnics, the position of director of the project “Competitive Training of Doctoral Candidates in Priority Domains of a Knowledge-based Society”, which would place her in a conflict of interests.

Namely, in the very situation that the former minister was fiercely criticising last week on TV channels, when invited to comment upon education minister aide Melania Mandas Vergu’s incompatibility. At the time, Andronescu was voicing concern that debates stirred by the “Vergu case” may endanger other similar projects.

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