20:37, 21 December, 2012
YEREVAN, DECEMBR 21, ARMENPRESS: Romanian Parliament has endorsed new Cabinet of Victor Ponta on December 21, due to which Armenian Varujan Vosganian was appointed as the Minister of Economy of Romania. As reports Armenpress, minister-delegates of Energy and Small and Medium Enterprises, the business environment and tourism are going to be subordinated to Varujan Vosganian. Newly appointed Ministers will swear in in Presidential Cotroceni Palace, Bucharest.
Armenian community in Romania is glad with the appointment of Varujan Vosganian.
“We think that he is one of the great individuals of Diaspora who has a lot of achievements and represents as real Armenian,” said the leader of one of communities. According to him Varujan continues the tradition as Armenians used to have ministers, parliamentarians and politicians in Romania.
Being devoted to Armenian origin, language and culture Varujan Vosganian is accepted as a Romanian politician, defender of Romanian values and interests. “I am a 100 % Armenian and 1000% Romanian,” he has once jokingly noted.
Born in Craiova to a family of Armenian ethnicity, Vosganian studied at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza High School in Focşani. He then studied Commerce at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (graduated 1982) and Mathematics at the University of Bucharest (graduated 1991), gaining a Ph.D. in economics in 1998. In 1990, he became president of the Armenians’ Union of Romania and he was twice (1990-1992 and 1992-1996) elected a member of the Chamber of Deputies, and twice a Senator (1996-2000 and 2004-2008), on the lists of the National Liberal Party.
Between 1996 and 2003, he was the leader of Uniunea Forţelor de Dreapta, a small right wing liberal party, which was eventually merged into the National Liberal Party.
Vosganian has written several books, especially on economics and politics, but also fiction and poetry. He is a member of the Romanian Writers’ Union, and since 2005, he has served as its vice president. Vosganian is also a leading member of the Romanian Humorists’ Association.
One of his achievements is his book titled “The book of whispers” about Armenian Genocide. Varujan Vosganian noted that it was a victory for him to speak Armenia. According to him culture is the most important tool of fight because the book is more powerful than thousands of political speeches, talks and diplomatic efforts. On the author’s words his book is about the Armenian identity. It is concluding the destiny of Armenian nation. Vosganian believes that for forgiving there must be a dialogue. We cannot forgive yet because the one in front of us is blind and deaf.