Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu proposed in personal name a common management of Vatican and of the Romanian state over the Batthyaneum Library in Alba-Iulia. As a result, a representative of the National Liberal Party demands PM Dacian Ciolos to dismiss the Minister.
“Witnessing these severe actions showing lack of professionalism and responsibility against national interest and legitimate rights of the Romanian state, the National Liberal Party demands Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos to immediately dismiss Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu’, Radu F. Alexandru declared.
“The proposal made by the Culture Minister is a strictly personal initiative. It was not discussed before his departure by anyone and with anyone in Bucharest. No state authority, Foreign Affair Minister, Prime Minister, President, nobody empowered Vlad Alexandrescu, the Culture Minister, to present such proposal”, Radu F. Alexandru further declared.
The Batthyaneum Library and the book fund owned by them became the property of the Romanian state after the Grand Union in Alba-Iulia, based on the Treaty of Trianon.
“Besides the unacceptable and obnoxious way the Culture Minister ignored the Constitution and the laws of our country, the offer made by Vlad Alexandrescu in Vatican (…) may bring severe prejudice to Romania in international relations as well”, the Liberal further showed.
Nonetheless, PNL spokesperson Ionut Stroe declared on Tuesday that the demand of Vice-President Radu F. Alexandru concerning the dismissal of the Culture Minister is also a personal request, not assumed by the party, and that a dialogue with the Culture Minister was more adequate at the time being.
The Head of Culture is not making his first diplomatic gaffe. On his return from Vatican, he had declared that the reason for His Holiness Pope Francis not to visit Romania was the “Cathedral Plaza” building, whose investor is presently in a trial with the Catholic Church and the Ministry of Culture.
The statements made by the Minister were denied by the Apostolic Nuncio in Bucharest, who declared that His Holiness Pope Francis wished to visit Romania.
Afterwards, Alexandrescu withdrew his statement but members of the Parliament requested his resignation for causing a diplomatic scandal between Romania and Vatican.
PM Ciolos denies any intention of a government reshuffle
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos denied on Tuesday any intention of a government reshuffle in the near future. “For three months we’re talking every month about a reshuffle, and we’ll probably keep talking about it. I have told you, when I think it’s necessary, I’ll make the decision and announce it. Not until then,” Ciolos told representatives of the Association of Romanian Municipalities. On the list of Ministries allegedly about to be dumped there are Internal Affairs Minister Petre Toba, and Aura Raducu, the European Funds Minister. Also, the Ministers of Labour and Agriculture, Ana Costea and respectively Achim Irimescu, might leave the Government immediately after Easter, journalists of News.ro reported, mentioning sources within the Government.