The National Ethics Council of the Ministry of Education will look into the possible plagiarism by Petre Toba during its meeting on 11 December, if they receive a formal complaint or not in the meantime, after the press has published information that his doctoral thesis was plagiarised.
On the other hand, during its first meeting, the Ethics Council will discuss a possible plagiarism reported by the mass-media and will decide if Toba’s Ph.D paper would be assessed.
‘Even if in the meantime we do not receive any formal complaint regarding a possible plagiarism by Minister Petre Toba, we will still address the case’, sources from the institution told Mediafax.
Press One informs, under Emilia Sercan’s signature, that more than 250 of the 390 pages of the thesis with which in-coming Home Affairs Minister Petre Toba obtained his title of doctor in Military Sciences and Intelligence were copied word for word from specialised literature or from papers available on the internet, without using quotation marks and complying with national and international rules for quoting from scientific works.
Contacted to comment on the situation, Minister Petre Toba said his Ph.D paper was a practical paper. ‘What I can guarantee is that I worked on my thesis in good faith, I did an applied paper and I have had the chance to implement what I studied there in my second term as General Inspector of the Romanian Police’, he said.
Petre Toba completed his doctoral studies at the Military Strategy ad Security Chair, the Operations, Strategic Studies and Security Department of the ‘Carol I’ National Defence University.