His Eminence (IPS) the Metropolitan Andrei awarded, yesterday, the prime-minister Emil Boc the highest distinction of the Cluj Metropolitan See, “The Transylvanian Cross”, for his “attachment” to the Orthodox Church, during the first edition of the Rachitele (e.n. the premier’s birthplace) “Sons of the Village” feast. As the prime-minister was unable to attend the event, he will be handed the distinction on a future occasion, most likely in Bucharest. IPS Andrei also awarded the “Archbishopric Cross” to the Rachitele parish priest, Teodor Boc (the prime-minister’s brother), and several “high praise” certificates to several people hailing from the village, including the mayor of Margau, Sorin Suciu, as well as the prime-minister’s niece, Mihaela Boc, and his brother, Ioan Boc. The certificates were granted in recognition of the recipients’ assistance in works to restore the village church.
The Cabinet head’s parents were also due to receive an award during yesterday’s manifestations. Thus, according to Realitatea.net, Ioan and Anuta Boc were to receive an award and a RON 100-prize for longevity as a couple. Over 800 people took part in the manifestation, including MPs, mayors of other villages, county council members and the Cluj prefect, Florin Stamatian. Prime Minister Emil Boc was expected to take part in the ceremony, but had to cancel his visit at the last moment to attend meetings with the representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the World Bank.