Museum appointments legit - Franceschini (2)

Minister says ruling 'strange'

(ANSA) - Rome, May 25 - Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said Thursday that the government will appeal against a ruling striking down five of 20 top museum director appointments put out to an international selection process. "We'll immediately appeal to (top administrative court) the Council of State," he said. "I'm worried about how Italy looks to the rest of the world and about the practical consequences, because as of today some museums don't have a director.
    "I find it strange that the sentence talks of foreigners, when in reality they are European directors and this contrasts with the European Court of Justice and the Council of State.
    "I am an experienced lawyer and politician. I know that you should not comment on sentences but combat them in the right place".
    He added that he was astounded that the TAR had described the procedure as confused. "The international selection was conducted by an impartial committee," he said.