At 100 years since Romania’s Great Union, the Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania (CECCAR), the professional institute managing the national accounting profession, organised, on 13 April 2018, the professional-academic event 97 Years of History for the Romanian Accounting Profession at 100 Years since Romania’s Great Union, together with the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, and the “Nicolae Balcescu” Land Forces Academy of Sibiu.
The symposium was hosted by the municipality of Blaj, a city with an important historical role in the development and assertion of the national consciousness of Romanians, at the Cultural Palace, winner of the 2017 Grand Prix awarded by the European Union for cultural heritage conservation.
The event, which explored the history of the Romanian accounting profession, closely related to the evolution of the unified Romanian state, was opened by an outstanding recital of beloved nationalistic songs, given by the “Nicolae Balcescu” Land Forces Academy Chorus. Professional accountants from all around the country, together with important national and local officials, listened to a selection of songs from the Romanian Army’s repertoire, representative as remarkable musical compositions infused with powerful patriotic sentiments.
Officials of important local and national institutions and organisations conveyed their messages to the professional accountants. Among these were Mariana Boariu, representing the Blaj Mayor’s office, Augustin Lazăr, the Prosecutor General of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, Dan Maier, Deputy Chief of Administration for Medium-sized Taxpayers of the Regional Directorate General of Public Finance of Cluj, and George Constantin Păunescu, President of the General Union of Romanian Industrialists.
The commemorative gathering hosted by the Blaj Cultural Palace continued with a speech by Prof. Ioan Bolovan, PhD, Vice-rector of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, on the subject The Centennial of the Great Union of 1918, while the President of CECCAR’s Superior Council, Prof. Robert-Aurelian Șova, PhD, reviewed the 97 years since the first regulation of the Romanian Accounting Profession, recalling the important figures and significant episodes that formed the basis of the accounting profession’s evolution to a unitary structure which still exists today.
Prof. Dorel Mateș, PhD, President of the CECCAR Arad Branch, and Prof. Costel Istrate, PhD, President of the CECCAR Iași Branch, spoke about the evolution of the Romanian accounting science from its beginning and up to the present day. The last speech belonged to Prof. Ovidiu-Constantin Bunget, President of the CECCAR Timiș Branch, who gave a presentation regarding The Future of the Accounting Science, bringing the potential future challenges and opportunities for the profession to the public’s attention.