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Research Minister Florin Roman resigns from office; Virgil Popescu, proposed interim Research Minister. President Iohannis: I will accept Mr. Roman’s resignation and appoint Virgil Popescu interim

Research Minister Florin Roman has resigned from office, the Government Press Office announced on Wednesday.

Previously, Government Spokesman Dan Carbunaru had reiterated that PM Nicolae Ciuca had asked Roman to clarify the plagiarism accusations, mentioning that the latter would also have to bring clarifications about the new accusations surfaced in the public space.

The central press has published information according to which Florin Roman allegedly attended short-term higher education courses within a university college in Alba-Iulia and took the graduation exam for these courses at Cluj-Napoca Babes-Bolyai University (UBB). Thus Roman obtained a graduation diploma, not a licence degree from UBB, as his CV allegedly read.

“The prime minister’s position in this situation is already known. He has publicly asked Minister Roman to clarify the situation. Obviously, today’s elements range within the same category. As such, it is expected of the minister to provide those clarifications,” Carbunaru showed, in a press conference at Victoria Governmental Palace.

According to him, the new accusations against Florin Roman did not make a debate topic in the Government meeting.

“Resignation is an unilateral act. The clarifications requested by the prime minister have been publicly communicated, as a request, ever since the moment the first media materials appeared. (…) I understand that he still has to provide clarifications for the situation presented today,” the Government Spokesman also said, according to Agerpres.


Florin Roman: I am leaving office head high


Research Minister Florin Roman, who has filed his resignation, says he is leaving office “head high.”

“I have filed my resignation from the minister office today, thanking the prime minister and the government team. When white becomes black, when any word you say is twisted, when you assume material errors, nevertheless lynching attitudes are displayed from the first day of term, it is too much. I don’t want this scandal to affect the Executive’s activity,” Florin Roman wrote on his Facebook page.

He added that he would meet Dacian Ciolos in court, who “labelled him as plagiarist without any court or commission issuing a verdict.”

“I will be meeting the one who has coordinated the topic and the attack, Mr. Dacian Ciolos, in court. He labelled me as plagiarist without any court or commission issuing any verdict. As for the rest, to those who set their eyes on the 2 billion euro for ‘connecting’ to digitisation in a monopoly regime, I have only one thing to say: you have won! You haven’t managed to accuse me of criminal acts, nonetheless you have drove to the resignation of a minister due to CV errors. I am leaving the minister office head high! So help me God!,” Florin Roman said.


PM Ciuca proposes Virgil Popescu, Minister of Energy, as interim Research Minister


On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca took note of the resignation of Florin Roman from the Government and sent a proposal to President Klaus Iohannis to appoint Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu as interim Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, said the government’s spokesman, Dan Carbunaru.


President Iohannis: I will accept Mr. Roman’s resignation and appoint Virgil Popescu interim


President Klaus Iohannis said in Brussels on Wednesday that he would accept the resignation of Minister Florin Roman and appoint Virgil Popescu ad interim minister.

“We have received at the Presidential Administration Mr Minister Florin Roman’s resignation. This resignation will be accepted and I shall appoint Mr Minister Virgil Popescu ad interim minister until it is established who will take over this portfolio on a permanent basis,” Iohannis said before participating in the Eastern Partnership Summit.

He pointed out that the actual documents would be signed upon his return to Romania.



Photo: www.gov.ro

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