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New Culture Minister: There will be continuity, closer correlation between reform goals, resources

New Culture Minister Corina Suteu says that during her tenure there will be continuity and closer correlation between reform goals and available resources.

“I shall continue dialogue with the independent sector and the civil society, in the spirit of transparency, and keeping a participatory attitude between the cultural administration and the emerging cultural areas. At the same time, attention to public organisations of culture and improving the cultural legislation and administration will continue. Solving the situation at the National Opera of Bucharest is urgent, and, in a broader context, taking up some legal measures related to the showbiz of Romania and the status of creators,” Suteu wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

According to her, filmmaking is an absolute priority. “Initiatives developed over the recent months will be unveiled. Moreover, the latest developments in the Sectoral Strategy in the culture area will be unveiled, the adoption of which depends on achieving some medium and long-term public policies in culture. Improving the legislation on national heritage protection aimed at safeguarding, preserving and capitalising on it also remains a priority direction of the Culture Ministry,” added Suteu.

At the same time, the newly sworn-in minister announced that the Culture Ministry will give a news conference on Thursday to present some of the priorities for the months ahead.

Suteu on Wednesday was sworn-in as Culture Minister in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis, in a ceremony that took place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

Attending the swearing-in ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace were Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Cabinet members, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea and presidential advisers.

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday signed decrees dismissing Vlad Alexandrescu as culture minister and appointing Corina Suteu to replace him.

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Tuesday dismissed Alexandrescu from office and recommended Suteu to take over.


President Iohannis advises reform instead of rash reshuffle, tactful decision-making in culture


President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that culture needs reform and not a rash reshuffle, pointing out that such an inappropriate approach has with good reason triggered an inflammation of the public opinion.

“You take over this portfolio in a very difficult period when, we must admit it, the public opinion is with good reason inflamed about what happens in the field under the authority of the Ministry of Culture. The expectations are high, the Romanian culture institutions need someone who, with firmness, but also with a lot of understanding and a delicate sense of what needs to be done and what can be done, takes over the helm of this ministry. I wish you to succeed with plenty of energy, but also with lots of tact and dedication, as well as much lenience where needed, to solve the many problems awaiting for you,” was the message the head of state conveyed to the incoming Minister of Culture Corina Suteu.

The President stressed that the situation at the National Opera House needs to be solved, but that this is just one of the situations requiring a minister with in-depth knowledge of the Romanian culture and Romanian cultural institutions.

“I think the scope of the Ministry of Culture, which is a part of Romanian culture, needs reform and not a rash reshuffle, it needs decision, but not the imposition of decisions, and I wish you to succeed in changing things in the directions desired by artists, the public, but also by experts in the field. It’s a complicated equation. I wish you plenty of success!” concluded Iohannis.



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