University professor Marian Popescu resigns from the Council of Europe in protest against the appointment of Sorin Cimpeanu Minister of Education

Romania’s representative to the Council of Europe within the European Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education (ETINED), university professor Marian Popescu made public the fact that he resigns from this position in protest against the appointment of Sorin Cimpeanu Minister of Education in the government by the liberal Florin Citu.

Marian Popescu is an expert in the performing arts, specialized in recent years in the field of Ethics and Academic Integrity, he was the president of the Ethics Commission of the University of Bucharest when, in 2012, the commission gave the verdict of plagiarism to Victor Ponta’s doctoral thesis. weather prime minister of Romania. Marian Popescu is also on board the Geneva Fraud and Plagiarism Research Institute (IRAFPA).

Marian Popescu declares that his approach is a moral one, as Minister Sorin Cimpeanu should validate his mandate on ethics and integrity issues at the Council of Europe / ETINED. University professor Marian Popescu writes that “For eight years, my professional life has taken another course. I had moved away from the Performing Arts, my main field of expertise, to focus, being a university professor, on the field of Ethics and Academic Integrity. 2012 when I was elected president of the Ethics Commission of the University of Bucharest.

The public opinion, the media then summoned us to express our point of view regarding the plagiarized doctoral thesis of the acting prime minister. I did it even though things were already known, the evidence being obvious … but something essential was missing: beyond a journalistic investigation, it was (and still is) essential that the university that awarded the doctorate be the one that, recognizing its mistake. , to propose the withdrawal of the title. The University of Bucharest did it through the Ethics Commission. We had to put pressure then, including from the political direction. “

Popescu also states that in the years that have passed he has worked on regulations and codes, “I came into contact with European structures in the field of ethics and academic integrity. I was actually discovering a field. In 2016, Minister Mircea Dumitru called me the representative of the Ministry of National Education in the platform of the Council of Europe, ETINED, dedicated to Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education.Although the mandate was for two years, as soon as he came, Minister L.Pop “wiped” me.

In the meantime, I contacted IRAFPA, the Geneva Fraud and Plagiarism Research Institute in Geneva. I’m on his board now.

In the meantime, I created CARFIA, the first center for integrity in the academic sphere, of the University of Bucharest. This year, MEN appointed me, again, national representative in ETINED for 2020/2021. ETINED, IRAFPA are voluntary activities. I do them because I am interested in developing the culture of Ethics and Academic Integrity in Romania. But there were elections and we have a new government … “.

University professor Marian Popescu writes, referring to Sorin Cimpeanu, that “I will not carry out this mandate even now. This time, of my own free will and as a reaction, following the appointment of Mr. Sorin Cimpeanu, Minister of Education. He has been here, he has long been president of the National Council of Rectors, he is a full member of a dubious Academy of Sciences of National Security. “If not a model, of ethics and academic integrity. My interest has been and is to develop a culture of ethics and integrity in our academic environment.”

Moreover, Popescu appreciates that the current minister Sorin Cimpeanu is one of those who prevented the reform in Education. “His interest, as seen since 2014, has been different and has seen the progressive anemia of the spirit of reform in education, especially in the direction of lack of integrity. I regret that I have to announce publicly, but I can no longer work, within the mandate of Romania’s representative at the Council of Europe / ETINED, proposed by the Ministry of Education, after the appointment of Sorin Cimpeanu as Minister, he would have validated my mandate on ethics and integrity issues at the Council of Europe / ETINED. from a moral point of view, this is to represent a ministry led – again – by Mr. Sorin Cimpeanu “, concluded Marian Popescu.

We remind you that over 500 non-governmental organizations and civic movements, from the country and the diaspora, as well as teachers, students, journalists, public figures, sent an open letter to President Klaus Iohannis asking him not to appoint Sorin Cimpeanu at the helm. Ministry of Education. The signatories of the letter drew attention to the fact that it does not meet the integrity criteria necessary for such a position, reminding the president of his presence in the Ponta government, as well as the emergency ordinance favoring plagiarists but also the membership of Gabriel Oprea’s Academy.

Among the signatories, Geeks for Democracy, Corruption kills, Romania Initiative, #RESISTANCE, December 21, 1989 Association, Human Catalyst, Apulum Forum, Carmen Uscatu and Oana Gheorghiu from the Give Life Association, university professors Mihaela Miroiu, Radu Vancu and Marian Popescu, journalist and teacher Emilia Sercan and actress Oana Pellea.

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