The Senate appointed on Tuesday Radu Boroianu as president of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR).
Boroianu was nominated by the ruling Social Democrat Party and Liberal Conservative Party groups in the Senate; he got 64 votes in favour and 49 against in a secret ballot.
The other candidate was Iulian Tanase, nominated by the opposition National Liberal Party; the vote for him was 49 to 64.
President Iohannis criticizes “sneaky” appointment at ICR
President Klaus Iohannis voiced his concern on the “sneaky” replacement of the leadership of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR).
“ICR is an institution belonging to what we use to call public diplomacy. It is an institution meant to carry further Romania’s positive image, to show the whole world the enormous value of the Romanian culture, what our values and our faiths are,” the President told students at a meeting in Rome on Tuesday according to Agerpres.
The Senate appointed on Tuesday Radu Boroianu as head of ICR; he was nominated by the ruling Social Democrat Party, and defeated the nominee of the opposition National Liberal Party in a secret vote.
“I am worried about the things that happen these days at the ICR, where the leadership is just being replaced in a sneaky way. I think a public debate would be necessary to allow us finding together what we actually want from the ICR. (…) We need professionals, people who know how a cultural project is built, what cultural management means in the 21st century,” Iohannis stressed.
“Perhaps we manage to get the ICR out of the political bargaining area and bring it into the public diplomacy area,” he went on.
The meeting with the Romanian students concluded Iohannis’s official visit to Italy.