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Valeriu Matei

Valeriu Matei
Valeriu Matei, director la Institutul Cultural Român "Mihai Eminescu" din Chișinău (16525967165).jpg
Member of the Moldovan Parliament
In office
1990–2001
Personal details
Born (1959-03-31) 31 March 1959 (age 60)
Cazangic
Political partyParty of Democratic Forces
Spouse(s)Claudia Postică

Valeriu Matei (born 31 March 1959 in Cazangic) is a Moldovan-Romanian writer and politician. He served as member of the Parliament of Moldova between 1990–present. Matei is a member of Academy of Sciences of Moldova, and a honorific member of the Romanian Academy since 2011.[1] He run at the 1996 Moldovan presidential election.

Career He made his poetic debut in 1980 in the newspaper The Youth of Moldova (Chișinău). In 1981 he started publishing in the literary press of Romania. In January 1986 he published the manuscript The pillar of flame. In 1987, Valeriu Matei is one of the protagonists of the events that triggered the 1989 Revolution against the Soviet occupation of the territory. He becomes a member of The Writers’ Union of Moldova and of The Theatrical Union and a founding member of the Democratic Movement. In May 1989 he participates in the creation of The Peoples’ Front of Moldova, being a member in the Council and in their Permanent Bureau and their spokesperson. He writes the final document of the first Great National Meeting About sovereignty and our right to have a future. The study The work of Nicolae Milescu Spătarul – a source for the study of the historical ethnology of the peoples of Siberia and of the Extreme Orient is published. In 1990 he is chosen deputy in the Parliament of Chișinău, president of the Parliamentary Commission for the Mass-Media, member in the Presidium of the Parliament. On the 16th of December he is a leader of the second Great National Meeting proclaiming the independence of all Romanians from the territories occupied and annexed by the soviets and their right to reunite with Romania. He also writes The Proclamation (The Final Document) adopted by this meeting and participates, on the behalf of the Republic of Moldova at the Conference OSCE (The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) in Copenhagen. In 1991 Valeriu Matei is the main author of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Moldova from the Soviet Union. During 1993–1994 he is a member in the Permanent Bureau of the Intellectuals Congress, the director of the publishing house Hyperion and editor of the weekly The Messenger. In 1994 he releases his volume The Death of Zenon. He is re-elected as a deputy in the Parliament of Moldova on behalf of and as the president of the Party of Democratic Forces in 1994 and 1998. He becomes vice-president of the Parliament and president of the Commission of cooperation between Moldova and the EU. 2003 marks the release of his volumes of poetry The morning of the great city, Orpheus and the solitude and The imaginary Greece. He publishes his volume Ziliada in 2008 and the anthology The Elegies of the prodigal son in 2010. Valeriu Matei has published numerous articles of journalism, essays about literature and has translated from French poetry, Russian poetry and Spanish poetry. He became a Member of the Romanian Academy in 2011. Literary Prizes: The Prize for Poetry of the magazine Transilvania (1987), the prize George Bacovia (1991), the Great prize for contemporary Romanian poetry Nichita Stănescu (1995), the prize Mihai Eminescu by The Romanian Academy (1996), the prize for poetry by the International Academy Mihai Eminescu (1996), the medal Mihai Eminescu (2000), the great prize Nichita Stănescu for Opera Omnia and the trophy Nichita Stănescu (2002), The star of Romania in the rank of colonel (2004), the prize for Literature of the Romanian diaspora from Germany (2004), the prize Poesis at the International Festival Poesis (2007), the Prize of the Writers’ Union (Republic of Moldova, 2008, 2010), the medal Dimitrie Cantemir (2013), the medal Mihai Eminescu (2014), National prize George Bacovia (2015).

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