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Rasvan Popescu, new Vice President of National Audiovisual Council

Members of the National Audiovisual Council (CNA) on Thursday elected, behind closed doors, Rasvan Popescu as the new Vice President of the body, six months after the office remained vacant.

When the votes were tallied, it resulted there were 8 yeas and 1 nay for Rasvan Popescu. He was President of the CNA over 2007-2012.

The National Audiovisual Council (CNA), Romania’s media watchdog, has decided with majority of the votes to withdraw support to back then body’s head, Laura Georgescu and to submit to the Parliament a bid of her being cancelled from this position.

Rasvan Popescu said on Thursday that his election to the post happened in a troubled context, and noted that, in time, he could contribute to a normalisation of the situation and his experience as former CAN President could make a difference.

He also said that, in his capacity as ex-Vice-President of CNA, he had never had any issues regarding the management of public funds and that the Court of Auditors had always signed out on his terms in office.

He noted that recently he had received the final report of the probe made by the National Integrity Agency (ANI) into him, ‘the conclusion being that there are no legality issues, no significant differences between my financial disclosure and reality and closes the case’, as Popescu said.

Răsvan Popescu was interim Vice-President of CNA from 28 December 2012 to 14 January 2013.

In September 2014, Viorel Vasile Buda resigned from the office of Vice President of the CNA, invoking personal reasons, while maintaining only his capacity as a CNA member.

 

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