We mourn the departure of Dr Aurel VAINER

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The Romanian Academy of Scientists expresses its deep sadness at the departure of Dr. AUREL VAINER. President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania, and later Honorary President of FCER, Mr Aurel Vainer was a prominent personality of the Romanian world, who promoted the values of peace and harmonious coexistence, respect, tolerance and love between people, beyond their differences.

Trained as an economist, he has developed a prodigious professional career, coupled with a career as a researcher and teacher in higher education. He has been a researcher at the Institute of Commercial Research and at the Institute for Domestic Trade and Commerce Research, vice-president, first vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Bucharest, vice-president of the Romanian Statistical Society and president of the Board of Directors of the Charity Foundation, Honorary President of the Romania-Israel Cultural Friendship Association, President of the Central European Initiative – Parliamentary Dimension (since 2005) and, between 2005 and 2007, member of the Executive Committee of the European Jewish Congress.

He was a member of the Romanian Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the Political, Economic, Reform and Privatization Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. Dr. Aurel Vainer was a university professor, author of scientific studies and books in the field of economics (economics of trade, marketing, domestic trade).

His work and merits have been appreciated at the highest level with a series of distinctions and decorations: the Order of the Star of Romania, in the rank of knight, the National Order of the Legion of Honour, in the rank of knight, awarded by France, diplomas of excellence, distinctions and diplomas, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa. Dr. Aurel Vainer was an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Scientists (Section of Economic, Legal and Sociological Sciences), deeply attached to our institution, actively participating in its programs and events. With the departure of Dr. Aurel Vainer, our world loses a personality of great professional and scientific value, a noble and bright spirit, a good and just man, a man among people, dedicated to human values, a tireless promoter of respect, understanding and harmony in Romanian society.

Our Academy loses a distinguished member, a chosen man and a great friend. We express our deep regret and deep sadness for this loss and send our condolences to the bereaved family! We ask the Good Lord to place him among his Righteous, in eternal light!

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