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Tourism Ministry wants corps of tourism attachés, with diplomatic rank, under MAE coordination

The Tourism Ministry is proposing the setting up of a corps of tourism attachés, with diplomatic rank, under the direct guidance and coordination of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), in order to render efficient the activity of the eight Romanian representations whose goal is to promote touristic Romania abroad, Tourism Minister Mircea Dobre (photo) stated at the start of the Government meeting on Friday.

“The eight Romanian state representations that must promote Romania abroad from the standpoint of tourism, we can state very clearly, are not working on the basis of international law rules, are not recognised by the host states as entities that represent the Romanian state abroad. As a result, the eight Tourism Ministry employees did not manage to establish relations of institutional cooperation between the ministry and counterpart entities in the countries in which they carry out their activity. For this reason, most of the events organised there were done via the Foreign Affairs Ministry, with the help of the embassies and trade attachés. We want the reorganisation of the office of external representation through the setting up of a corps of tourism attachés, with diplomatic rank, under the direct guidance and coordination of the MAE,” Mircea Dobre  explained when asked by Premier Sorin Grindeanu to explain his new approach within the ministry.

Grindeanu also wanted to find out the Foreign Minister’s opinion on the topic.

“There’s no problem. From a juridical standpoint, in case they will be transferred to the Foreign Ministry during their missions, they will be able to enjoy diplomatic privileges and immunities, however they will remain under double subordination. Subordinated to you and to the Foreign Ministry,” Teodor Melescanu pointed out.

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