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April 18, 2021

EUR 78,000 luxury rent paid for Baconschi from public funds, paper reports

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Baconschi, is accused that, during the last part of his ambassadorial mission to Paris, he lived in a luxury apartment which he kept also after he had left his post. The Romanian state paid rent for ten more months, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) (headed by Baconschi himself – A/N) in the amount of EUR 78,000. ‘The sum is huge and totally unjustified. MAE probably paid the money for one, possibly two weekends Baconschi spent in Paris when he was no longer ambassador,’ said ex-PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu, quoted by jurnalul.ro. According to Tariceanu, the flat was empty for the rest of the time. Baconschi denies in a press release all the recent press allegations, saying the contract was extended for the following ambassador who currently stays in the same apartment. ‘Extending the contract for the new ambassador who was going to come to his post was less costly than terminating it and paying estate agent fees for a new lease agreement. (…) I never set food in that flat again after I became minister of foreign affairs,’ Baconschi said. He noted that, until the new ambassador arrived to Paris, the apartment was occupied by the interim Mission head, charge d’affaires Roxana Iftimie, currently the Ambassador of Romania to Luxembourg. But MAE does not corroborate Baconschi’s story, saying that the apartment remained unoccupied for a period of ten months (from January until September 2010 – A/N), when the new Romanian Ambassador Bogdan Mazuru arrived to Paris. All that time, MAE was led by Teodor Baconschi, who had been appointed as Foreign Minister in December 2009, having been called back from his post in Paris.

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