Five nominated envoys were heard by Parliament’s foreign affairs committee and received their approval for the position on Wednesday, according to Mediafax. The five were Catalin Avramescu, currently head of the Romanian president’s chancellery, nominated for the position of Ambassador to Finland and Estonia, Bogdan Claudiu Filip – named ambassador to Jordan, Daniel Banu (to Serbia), Manuela Vulpe (to Argentina) and Ion Valcu (to Spain). The most controversial nomination was that of Avramescu, who was criticized by some MPs about the opinions he voiced in public, on several occasions, about parties, Parliament and the Szekler Land. In the end, his nomination was accepted in a tight 16-15 vote. Yesterday, opposition Social Democrat Party said Avramescu was given the ambassador position as a reward for “kissing up” to President Traian Basescu, according to Mediafax. Another controversial nominee was Vulpe, who was allegedly involved in a sex scandal with FM Teodor Baconschi in 2007, while she was ambassador to Mexico.