Romanian EU affairs journalist and communications expert Dan Carbunaru has been picked as the spokesman for the new coalition government, and is expected to be formally appointed in the coming days.
The journalist is the CEO and founder of the Calea Europeana, a multi-media platform that promotes European and global affairs and the Trans-Atlantic Partnership
His LinkedIn page says: “I strongly believe in promoting of European and Trans-Atlantic values,” adding he’s worked in Bucharest and Brussels for the past 20 years.
Mr Carbunaru is currently accredited at the EU where he reports Romania-related stories. He has accepted the proposal and is expected to be formally named shortly.
He has reported from there since Romania joined the EU in 2007 and covers visits by the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and government officials, according to the radu-tudor.ro blog.
„I accepted the proposal from premier Ciucă. I think that my experience will lead to better government communication,” he told Hotnews.ro on Friday.
Mr Carbunaru moderated a dialogue between Jean-Claude Juncker, then President of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019 and ordinary Romanians in May 2017 and during an EU summit in Sibiu in 2019.
He moderated other dialogues with European Parliament lawmaker Corina Cretu, a former European Commissioner for Regional Policy, and Tibor Navracsics, who was the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports in the Juncker administration.
He also moderated a round table for the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani from 2017-201, Markku Markkula and Karl-Heinz Lambertz, two other senior EU officials.
His CV says he is an expert in international communication and teaching public speaking, including a EU project involving Moldovan judges.
In Romania, he’s worked for news agency Mediafax, Gandul, the public broadcaster TVR and private station B1TV.
Former colleague Ciprian Dumitras in Romania said: “Dan is first of all, a team-player. He really knows how to motivate people, how to create and keep a team together,” calling him ”an inspirational leader.”
Before working in Brussels, he coordinated the Romanian interior minister’s public relation department from 2005 to 2007. He founded Calea Europeana the next year.