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May 18, 2021

Georgica Severin was appointed as Interim Manager of the Public Radio

Former Senator of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Georgica Severin, was voted on Wednesday by the joint plenum of the Deputies’ Chamber and Senate, with 214 pros, 58 cons and one abstention, as Interim Manager of the Romanian Broadcasting Company (SRR).

Georgia Severin’s appointment was made after the joint plenum of the two Chambers rejected also on Wednesday the activity reports issued by SRR for the years of 2015 and 2016, which involves the dismissal of the current leadership, headed by the President and the General Manager, Ovidiu Miculescu.

The joint Culture Committees issued a report rejecting the activity report of SRR for 2015, and the Committee’s opinion was approved by the plenum with 233 pros, 65 cons and five abstentions.

Also on Wednesday, the plenum rejected the activity report for 2016.

PNL claimed that the current SRR leadership was “politically executed” by PSD.

The Chairman of the session, Florin Iordache, announced that thus the current SRR leadership, headed by Ovidiu Miculescu, was dismissed. The joint Culture Committees will propose an Interim President and General Manager, who will be approved by the plenum, in order to organize new hearings and appointments.

On February 1, the Supreme Court has definitively decided that Ovidiu Miculescu, the President – General Manager of the Romanian Broadcasting Company, was incompatible, and it definitively rejected his request to cancel the report of the National Integrity Agency, which established in October 2013 that Miculescu was simultaneously, for two years, a member of the SRR Board of Directors and SRR Manager.

On February 15, the media organization ActiveWatch notified the Culture Committees of the Parliament on Ovidiu Miculescu’s incompatibility, asking them to adopt the required measures to restore legality.

National Integrity Agency (ANI) sent a letter asking the Parliament to implement the Supreme Court’s decision – to take not of the cessation of the mandate held by the President of the Romanian Broadcasting Company.


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