Romania Names Florescu Honorary Consul for N.E.

Prof. Emeritus Radu Florescu (History) has been appointed by the Romanian government as an honorary consul for New England in the first honorary consulate the country has opened in the United States.

Florescu will be honored with a reception on Nov. 12 at Burns Library that will feature speakers from Romania and Bulgaria, including Romanian Ambassador Mircea Geoana.

"It's an award, in a sense," said Florescu, a Romanian native whose late father served as a diplomat in Europe and the US. "I've always been involved in diplomacy, it's my first love."

Florescu's first task as honorary consul will be to organize and implement procedures that will enable Romanian citizens living in the Boston area to vote in the upcoming Romanian election. Florescu noted that this is a crucial vote for Romania, its third since the collapse of communist rule in 1989.

"There are 400 students and faculty in the Boston area and I will run the voting," he said. "That is my main duty now."

Florescu, who also is director of the East European Research Center of New England, has helped organize various events and programs promoting Romanian culture.

-P.C.

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