Gheorghe has been appointed to head the ministry’s communication department. One of the most outspoken political commentators in Romania during his time at Realitatea TV, he hosted political talk shows on which he invited national decision makers in Romania to explain their actions.
According to the minister, Gheorghe has been “overwhelmed” by the volume of work at the ministry and is making “physical and psychological efforts to cope.” Bittman, who is also a television personality and a member of the rock band Holograf, has been appointed counsellor on population issues. Vladescu said Bittman had been hired for his “celebrity” and his job would be “to establish direct contact with the public.”
Vladescu said that contrary to public opinion that the Ministry of Finance was “a fortress populated by monsters,” the people who work there are very good at what they do. Vladescu promised that Bittman would not use his artistic abilities and start singing “the anthem of taxes.”