Gheorghe Raducanu named Foreign Minister advisor on issues of ethnic Roma living abroad

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Gheorghe Raducanu was appointed on Thursday advisor to the Foreign Minister on the issues of ethnic Roma with Romanian citizenship living abroad, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs.

Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said that MAE is already aware of the need to set up such a position in order to come forth to the support of all Romanian citizens who live abroad, with appropriate and well-adjusted instruments.
“I am confident that Mr. Raducanu will continue efforts for the integration and observance of the rights of Romanian citizens in the European Union and beyond the boundaries thereof. His long expertise in the NGO sector stands proof for that,” said Teodor Baconschi.

Foreign Minister Baconschi made the appointment on the same day French Secretary of State for European Affairs with the Foreign Ministry Pierre Lellouche arrived in Bucharest. He said that he would discuss with Romanian officials the issue of the illegal immigration to France of thousands of Roma who live in very precarious social conditions, “a problem of concern to the government and various French municipalities.’

Former Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu too had an advisor on Roma issues, appointed in July 2009, before the former trip to Bucharest of Pierre Lellouche.
Aged 58, Gheorghe Raducanu has been working since 2004 as an expert with the Bureau of European Roma Policies and Strategies of the European Roma Travelers Forum (Strasbourg, France).

Between 2000-2006, he was a parliamentary expert on Inter-ethnic relations and Social Communication (Chamber of Deputies), as well as head of the Press and International Relations Department of the Roma Party; over 2001 and 2005, Raducanu also filled the position of Presidential Administration advisor on national minorities.

Gheorghe Raducanu is a founding member of several associations and foundations that include the Roma Party, the Ethnic Roma Federation, Romani CRISS, and is also chairman of the Roma Union association. In 2009 Gheorghe Raducanu was appointed Honorary Ambassador to the Permanent Representation of the ‘Pro-Europe” Roma Party in Brussels.

A bachelor of Economic Sciences of the Academy of Economic Studies, Raducanu attended postgraduate courses of Inter-ethnic relations and social communication and holds a master’s degree in European Public Space – the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. Apart from Romanian, Gheorghe Raducanu speaks Romani, French and English.

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