Romanian education minister criticized for alleged plagiarism

Liberal Minister of Education of Romania (PNL) Sorin Cimpeanu has come under fire, including from ruling coalition partners, after allegations of plagiarism reported by the media. The case reveals the growing rivalry between the ruling coalition partners as the Social Democrats (PSD) prepare to take the lead in their deal with the Liberals next year.

“Keeping someone suspected of plagiarism in place is detrimental to a party,” commented Social Democratic State Secretary Bogdan-Radu Balanişcu (PSD).

Minister Cimpeanu has defended himself, arguing that the allegations of plagiarism are only meant to obstruct the legislation of the package of education laws.

The PSD state secretary, however, also criticized the laws initiated by Minister Cimpeanu – adding that the Social Democrats would propose a series of amendments.

The package of laws is already the subject of public criticism for the lack of real reforms included.

The PSD representative admitted that the allegations of plagiarism and a possible decision to reshuffle Minister Cimpeanu “is an internal matter of the Liberal Party” which must be settled after the investigations[ontheallegedplagiarismwillbecompleted[ontheallegedplagiarismarecompleted[surleplagiatprésuméserontterminées[ontheallegedplagiarismarecompleted

“What I do know is that as long as you keep a man in power who is tainted from that viewpoint, you are hurting your own party, and that’s something the PNL should think about,” he said. Bălănişcu.

Liberal spokesman Ionuţ Stroe said he “listened to Minister Cimpeanu and understood that there was no plagiarism,” News.ro reported.

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Helen D. Jessen