Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Baconschi stated on Wednesday that several diplomatic missions may be closed down in 2011 because the Ministry’s budget will be smaller, Agerpres reports. “Although the issue has been kept in stand-by for two years, I believe that 2011 will without doubt call for a political decision to close down 14 offices. (…) The RON 176 M limit that the Finance Ministry has set for expenditures on goods and services covers strictly the operational costs of the 155 diplomatic missions,” Baconschi stated during the meeting held by Parliament’s joint external relations commissions. The meeting also tackled and approved the 2011 budget for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the Minister, there are plans to set up a consular office in Catania, a consular point within the Czech Embassy in Kabul and a general consulate in Erbil. Likewise, Baconschi pointed out that there are plans to move the consulate from Montreal to Vancouver. During the meeting Baconschi also claimed that according to unofficial information one of the Romanian candidates will win a leadership position within the European External Action Service. The Foreign Minister explained that the said candidate is Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, the Romanian ambassador to China whose bid to head the delegation of the European Union to Beijing was initially rejected.