Attila Korodi is appointed as the Minister of Environment following Laszlo Borbelyâs recent resignation.
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Romania Appoints New Environment Minister
Michael Henney, Agricultural Attache
Monica Dobrescu, Agricultural Specialist
Attila Korodi is appointed as the Minister of Environment following Laszlo Borbely?s recent
resignation. Minister Korodi held this position for about 18 months during 2007-2008.
On April 10, Attila Korodi, Hungarian Democrat Party in Romania (UDMR), took the oath of office.
Born in 1977, Attila Korodi graduated in 2001 from the University Politehnica in Bucharest, Economic
Engineering in German language. Two years later he earned his Master of Science in Strategic
Management. In 2005, Mr. Korodi was appointed as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Environment
and Water Management. Two years later, in April 2007, he became Minister.
During his previous tenure, Mr. Korodi opposed agricultural biotechnology. In his speech of March
2008, the Minister praised organic agriculture and advised farmers not to plant biotech-enhanced corn
(2008 was the second year of MON 810 planting in Romania). In April 2008, the Minister requested
the Bio-safety Commission conduct a risk assessment of MON 810 on environment and human health,
as he appeared determine to forbid cultivation of the biotech-enhanced corn. The Bio-safety
Commission, however, issued a decision favorable for MON 810 thus farmers were able to continue
planting such seed.
In December 2008, Mr. Korodi was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, and for a year acted as a
member of the Commission for Environment. Since February 2010 he has been the president of the
Commission for Foreign Policy, within the Chamber of Deputies.
Minister Korodi succeeds Laszlo Borbely who resigned his Ministry due to an investigation into
allegations related to influence peddling and false declaration in financial statements. In his resignation
statement, Mr. Borbely noted he was submitting his resignation to protect the image of the Romanian