Ovidiu Raețchi

Ovidiu Raetchi at the UN Headquarters

Ovidiu Alexandru Raețchi (born September 15, 1979) is a Romanian politician. In December 2016, he was elected member of the Chamber of Deputies in Bucharest constituency. He is a member of the National Liberal Party(PNL).Also, Ovidiu Raețchi was elected Vice President of the Committee for Defence, Public Order and National Security of the Chamber of Deputies. In July 2017, the Executive Political Bureau of the National Liberal Party (PNL) appointed him as chairman of the party's National Defense and Security Committee,[1] a structure that coordinates PNL's national defense and security policies and develops the governing program on this field of the main Opposition party from Romania.

In 2012, Ovidiu Raeţchi was elected a member of the Chamber of Deputies in Diaspora Constituency representing the Middle East and Africa.[2] In the 2012 elections he obtained 52%, mainly votes from the Romanian soldiers in Afghanistan, the Romanians from Israel and some Arab countries (Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco).[3]

In the 2012-2016 legislature he was a member of the following standing committees:

Committee for Defence, Public Order and National Security
Committee of the Romanian communities abroad

As part of his parliamentary work, Ovidiu Raetchi initiated the laws that established Romanian Community Centers abroad, the vote by correspondence for Romanians that reside abroad, and has initiated draft laws aimed at the protection of Romanian citizens who work in foreign countries. Raetchi has also initiated draft laws for the restoration of buildings with seismic risk; the establishment of the National Museum of the Victims of Communism; preventing and combating domestic violence; and the protection of people with Down syndrome. Ovidiu Raetchi is also the originator of the law of an Advocate for Diaspora, deputy Ombudsman specialized in issues of Romanians living abroad.[4]

Also, he took controversial steps like supporting the Syrian opposition by opening a political representation of the revolutionaries in Bucharest or supporting the expulsion of the Assadist ambassador to Bucharest.[5] He claimed that Persian Gulf countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia) should be a strategic priority of the Romanian state.

He intervened in the evacuation scandal of the Literature Museum, by addressing to the Presidents of both Houses of Parliament a letter in which he proposed to move the Romanian Literature Museum in the Palace of Parliament.[6] He asked the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies to amend the Regulation of the Chamber of Deputies to ensure transparent and open voting to requests of immunity waiver.[7]

As a member of the Defence Committee he pleaded for increasing the Army's budget so that it meets NATO criteria. In April 25, 2014 he asked the National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa to increase the budget for the modernization of the Romanian Army.[8]

He insisted on numerous occasions for a national debate on the monarchy. On April 5, 2014 he sent a letter to the Presidents of both Houses of Parliament on the need to open a debate on a hypotheses of monarchy in Romania.

Until he was elected member of the Chamber of Deputies he was President of the Foundation Protecting the Citizens Against Abuses of the State.

In June 2015, Raetchi announced that he will run for mayor of Sector 5: " You never refuse a manly, heavy battle with The Social-Democratic Party. You go in the ring and send your opponent to go take a walk. The new system of the parliamentary elections - based on a list system - almost cancels the charm of an open fight in two. That's why you don' t refuse a mayor race if you like confrontation.[9]

In the local elections held in June 2016 Ovidiu Raeţchi obtained 26.30% (19 232 votes), ranking No. 2, after the Social-Democrat candidate - Daniel Florea and in front of the former mayor Marian Vanghelie. Ovidiu Raeţchi's percentage was the best score of a Liberal candidate obtained in the local elections in Bucharest in 2016.[10]

Ovidiu Raeţchi is the initiator of the "Central Garden" which proposes the redevelopment of the area around the Parliament's Palace. It requires the demolition of the wall surrounding the courtyard of the Parliament House and the integration of 35 hectares of green space by building a park covering the area around the Parliament Palace, the Academy and Izvor Park.[11]

On July 18, 2016, he became Vice President of PNL Bucharest, after the meeting of the Political Bureau of the National Liberal Party.[12]

In November 2016, Ovidiu Raeţchi initiated the "Liberal School" project, an initiative which involved organizing seminars and workshops with teachers, experts, political leaders and civil society. The topics addressed in these debates and seminars were "Political philosophy", "Conservatism", "Libertarianism", "Feminism", "Political Communication", "Management of the election campaign" and "History of Romanian liberalism" . Party leaders like Ionut Stroe, Radu Carp, members of civil society and journalists like Ovidiu Neacsu were among the "teachers" who gave lectures and seminars. Also, Ovidiu Raeţchi released the "Liberal", an ideological publication of the National Liberal Party.[13]

Since September 4, 2016, Ovidiu Raeţchi is married[14] to Laura Diana Raeţchi (Sitea, before marriage), the United Nations expert on Middle East and the only Romanian who was part of the negotiating team with Syria. Born in Brasov,[15] Laura graduated from the American University in Bulgaria with a Soros scholarship and also graduated from a masters program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts.[16] From 2006 she is the UN analyst for Sudan and Syria.

Ovidiu Raeţchi has a degree in political science from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, a master's degree in Islamic Civilization Studies at the University of Bucharest, a master's degree in Hebrew culture and civilization at the same university and is currently pursuing two Doctoral degrees at the University of Bucharest and the National School of Political and Administrative Studies.

Also, he published six books of essays and political analysis:

   "Esteistica",  Niculescu Publishing, 2004
   "Agora" Intact Publishing, 2012
   "Anti - Dugin. Christian Democrat Civilization and a project for Russia",[17] 2014
   "The Great Firefly theory" and other ideas of the Right Wing", 2014 
   "Short treatise on love", (Nemira Publishing, February 2017)[18] - a collection of essays in which the author takes a look at the most important questions the humanity has about love. The answers in his essays imply a critical return to classical ideas such as those of Plato, Stendhal, Kierkegaard or Ortega y Gasset. A tonic book, without any solemn stakes, represents an approach from the perspective of the history of culture and philosophy of some essential erotic themes.
    "Putin, the soldier, and Dughin, the philosopher - Russian civilization ahead of a new imperialist error", (Nemira Publishing, October 2017[19])- an anatomy of Russia's expansionist ideology and the mystifications on which it is based. In the last two centuries, Russia has used three expansionist ideologies: • Tsarist ideology: nationalist, imperialist, panslavist, orthodox; • Communist ideology: universalist, imperialist, secular; • Putin-Dughin ideology: nationalist, imperialist, Eurasian, orthodox. The first decades of the USSR were, perhaps paradoxically, the only time the Russian Empire gained a notable seductive power, based on a doctrine of universal coverage, which could capture the attention of intellectuals from that time. Counting on nationalism, Putin and his predecessors, the tsars, chose instead to rely solely on force and fear. The Eurasian Russian Empire that Dughin dreams of is thawed on the basis of two civilization mystifications that make it impossible: an Orthodox and an Asian mysticism. The book tries to explain the two distortions.

As a political analyst, he wrote numerous editorials for Adevărul and Ziare.com.

Ovidiu Raetchi has a measured IQ of 149 and speaks six languages.


  1. ^ "Conducerea PNL a desemnat coordonatorii comisiilor interne de specialitate; Sighiartău: Nu".
  2. ^ "Diaspora Constituency".
  3. ^ "Votes Diaspora Constituency" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Videonews".
  5. ^ "Proposal of Ovidiu Raetchi to involve Romania in the reconstruction of Syria".
  6. ^ "Ovidiu Raetchi suggested to move the Museum of Literature to the Palace of Parliament". 2014-06-13.
  7. ^ "Ovidiu Raetchi wants transparent voting to requests for immunity waiver".
  8. ^ "The Romanian army will obtain more funds".
  9. ^ "Raetchi runs for Mayor".
  10. ^ "Final results at the 2016 Local Elections".
  11. ^ "Central Garden, project of Ovidiu Raetchi".
  12. ^ "Ovidiu Raetchi, vice-president of PNL Bucharest".
  13. ^ "Ovidiu Raetchi, initiator of the Liberal School".
  14. ^ "Wedding of the year in the National Liberal Party".
  15. ^ ""Laura Sitea '00: "AUBG Excels in Nurturing Confidence, and Adaptability in Ambitious Youths".
  16. ^ "Irina Pacurariu. "România deșteaptă la New York: Laura Sitea și Diana Doroftei"".
  17. ^ "Ovidiu Raetchi, Anti-Dughin".
  18. ^ "Ovidiu Raetchi publishes Short Treatise on Love". 2016-10-21.
  19. ^ "You are being redirected".

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