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September 30, 2022

New ICR Vice Presidents voted yesterday in Senate

The Institute’s new president wants ICR to promote “validated” works and authors.

The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) has two new Vice Presidents. Horia-Razvan Garbea and Vladimir Simon were voted in office yesterday within the Senate’s plenum. The former received 73 votes in favor, 2 against and two abstentions, while the latter received 72 votes in favor, 4 against and two abstentions. Horia-Razvan Garbea was proposed by the PSD and PNL groups, while Vladimir Simon was proposed by the PDL group.Also yesterday, before the two were voted in office, Foreign Affairs Commission Chairman Mircea Geoana stated, during their hearings, that the Institute is under the Senate’s jurisdiction until a full political cycle is finalized. During the hearings Geoana warned the two Vice Presidents that the whole “media-political war that damaged the Romanian Cultural Institute’s image will probably continue.” “An elections campaign is approaching, there are shockwaves after the referendum, which will continue, the territorial war over who controls what institutions and through what institutions controls other institutions will continue,” Geoana said. He advised the two candidates to mind their own business and to let the politicians engage in politics.

CR New York leadership explains resignations

Corina Suteu, who was until last Friday director of ICR New York, a position she held for six years, outlined in a letter the reasons behind her and ICR New York Vice President Oana Radu’s resignations. The decision “comes as a natural answer to the list of measures taken at the expense of the institution I served with passion and competence in the last six years.” According to the document signed by the former director, “the emancipated, modern and systematic vision that the team under Horia-Roman Patapievici’s leadership implemented in recent years is definitively compromised.” That is the reason why the leadership of ICR New York decided not to watch “the institutional agony” that is ICR’s future according to Corina Suteu.


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