Romanian Tourism Minister’s public funds use investigated

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Romania’s Chamber of Deputies has approved creation of a committee to investigate how Tourism Minister Elena Udrea has spent public money.

The committee will be made up of deputies of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR).

Sixty-four Democrat Liberal MPs and four minority representatives did not vote but ensured the necessary quorum.

Democrat Liberals and the national minorities’ group did not designate a representative on the committee.

The vote in the lower house followed PNL and PSD’s request for an inquiry into the Tourism Ministry’s use of public funds for advertising contracts for the promotion of Romania as a tourist destination.