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Children visiting Gov’t House: Too much of a responsibility to be PM; ministers should work more

Victoria Palace, the site of the Romanian Government, held on Thursday a doors open event inviting pupils to tour it as part of the “School otherwise week,” a time of the school year when classes are replaced with educational and informational activities.

“It is very beautiful here at the Gov’t. I like all about it: its big halls, mirrors, architecture,” says nine-year-old girl Delia, to whom Prime Minister “Dan” [Dacian] Ciolos “is ok”, according to Agerpres. The girl had already seen Ciolos on television, adding that she likes “the way he talks.” Delia does not want to become a prime minister when she grows up, but a veterinarian.

Lavinia, her classmate, says she would ask the prime minister to be “good to children” and the ministers “to work some more.”

Sitting in the chair of Education Minister Adrian Curaj in the Government’s meeting hall, Mihai calls on the minister to provide more school textbooks, advising him “to be good and not to steal.”

Most of the visiting children say they do not feel attracted by a political career, let alone becoming a prime minister. Asked whether he would like one day to sit in Ciolos’ seat, an older boy said “honestly, that is too much of a responsibility.”

“I’d rather let others get involved more as it should get involved in such a position,” he said, adding that he would like to become a doctor and everyone should do the job they are paid to do.

Although in the building, Ciolos could not welcome the children because of his schedule, which included a working diner with visiting Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and more meetings.

Government’s Secretary General Sorin Chelmu met the visitors for a couple of minutes .

Despite the missed opportunity to meet the prime minister in person, the children who went to Victoria Palace were given vouchers for free admission to one of five partner museums, April 22-24: Romania’s National Museum of Arts, the National Museum of Old Maps and Books, the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, the Grigore Antipa National Natural History Museum or the George Enescu, all in Bucharest.

At the press centre, the children could select from books arranged by age including story books, dictionaries, encyclopaedias and fiction books.

Public access at Victoria Palace was allowed from the main entrance to the Muntenia Hall, the meeting hall of the Government; the Dobrogea Hall; the Transylvania Hall, the site of official ceremonies; the Moldavia Hall, where the prime minister welcomes high-ranking foreign officials, and the Press Centre.

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