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Culture Minister Lucian Romascanu on Tuesday said that the team that to organise the George Enescu International Music Festival and Competition will be able to ensure the brilliance of the two events for at least three festival-contest-festival cycles.

"We have a team that I am convinced we can rely on for the next editions of both the Enescu contest and festival. The process of setting up the new team for these two events started before my arrival in the ministry. We have managed to take one step further and make not only an organisational reform of ARTEXIM, but also a legal one; there is a new government decision that states what ARTEXIM does, must do and can do. And as far as people go, I am extremely pleased to have brought and brought back to our team some extremely competent people," Romascanu told a news conference.

He added that "the ministry is prepared with what it has to do, mainly to bankroll these two events."

"This team guarantees you that we will have at least for the next three festival-contest-festival cycles the same international level event that the Enescu has so far had," said Romascanu.

He said that there are legislative mechanisms designed to ensure the bankrolling of the Enescu Festival.

"Regarding the budget, I will not give you figures; it was around 50 million for the last edition to date. From the point of view of funding certainty, we have an extremely important issue: amending Ordinance 51 which is the basis for bankrolling cultural projects, which makes two things: the first important issue - it provides for the multiannual funding of projects, which has not been before, and the second very important thing - it makes that, in addition to the priority projects (...) that will be given under state aid schemes, de minimis schemes, there will be certain projects nominated as such by order of the minister, which will be considered strategic projects, and if, somehow, the ministry's budget is not able to cope, calling a project a strategic project makes it possible for a law to exist for the project. And such a law designed for the project can secure separate funding," explained Romascanu.

Regarding the infrastructure necessary for the smooth running of the events, Romascanu showed that his ministry is in "quite advanced talks to take over Sala Palatului."

"There are talks underway with architect Belea for an upgrade to the project in terms of what a performance hall should be in our years. We have the agreement of the General Secretariat of the Government to have a first funding to secure next year's acoustics, and when the funds are fully secured from the Council of Europe Development Bank, we will take over the hall, cover all the costs incurred so far and have the hall completed in 2025. So, for next year, we hope to have only the interior part and the acoustics," Romascanu informed.

Regarding Cristina Uruc's being appointed interim manager of ARTEXIM, Romascanu said that hopefully there will be a competition for holding the position on a full-time basis by autumn.

At the same time, he said that the artistic director of the Enescu Festival, Cristian Macelaru, is paid under a contract with ARTEXIM for the next three series of the festival.

At the event, organised together with ARTEXIM, artistic director of the George Enescu International Festival and Competition Cristian Macelaru shared his artistic vision of the festival. Highlights from the 2023 edition of the Enescu Festival were provided by Cristina Uruc.

Presidential Adviser Sergiu Nistor presented Uruc with the High Patronage diploma of the President of Romania for the mentioned events. AGERPRES (RO - author: Daniel Popescu, editor: Florin Marin; EN - author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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