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Andrei Chirileasa
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Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Romanian PM accused of plagiarism

Romania's prime minister Nicolae Ciuca is accused of plagiarism by journalist Emilia Sercanu, who claims in a PressOne article that at least 42 pages of his PhD thesis includes plagiarized content.

The PhD title helped PM Ciuca be promoted faster and without having to sit for an exam, Emilia Sercanu explained.

Nicolae Ciuca defended his PhD thesis in Military Sciences in 2003. He now defends himself against accusations of plagiarism, arguing that his thesis was drafted in line with the legal requirements in force at that time. He asked the commission of ethics at the institution that awarded his title (UNAp - National University of Defense) to review his thesis again.

Ciuca admits that "some terms are also present in other theses," but he claims that "they are only standardized phrases and formulations."

This is the line of reasoning followed by former prime minister Victor Ponta in a similar situation, Emilia Sercanu stated - adding that former PM Ponta eventually lost his PhD title.

President Klaus Iohannis, the political sponsor of PM Ciuca, backed him again. Iohannis agreed with a review to be carried by the UNAp, which is highly unlikely to admit its own wrongdoing in extending the PhD title to Ciuca.

"Until a final decision of the competent institutions, President Klaus Iohannis will not make any further clarifications on this subject," the Presidency said in a statement.

andrei@romania-insider.com

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Andrei Chirileasa
Editor-in-Chief

Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Romanian PM accused of plagiarism

Romania's prime minister Nicolae Ciuca is accused of plagiarism by journalist Emilia Sercanu, who claims in a PressOne article that at least 42 pages of his PhD thesis includes plagiarized content.

The PhD title helped PM Ciuca be promoted faster and without having to sit for an exam, Emilia Sercanu explained.

Nicolae Ciuca defended his PhD thesis in Military Sciences in 2003. He now defends himself against accusations of plagiarism, arguing that his thesis was drafted in line with the legal requirements in force at that time. He asked the commission of ethics at the institution that awarded his title (UNAp - National University of Defense) to review his thesis again.

Ciuca admits that "some terms are also present in other theses," but he claims that "they are only standardized phrases and formulations."

This is the line of reasoning followed by former prime minister Victor Ponta in a similar situation, Emilia Sercanu stated - adding that former PM Ponta eventually lost his PhD title.

President Klaus Iohannis, the political sponsor of PM Ciuca, backed him again. Iohannis agreed with a review to be carried by the UNAp, which is highly unlikely to admit its own wrongdoing in extending the PhD title to Ciuca.

"Until a final decision of the competent institutions, President Klaus Iohannis will not make any further clarifications on this subject," the Presidency said in a statement.

andrei@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Gov.ro)

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