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Ponta Cabinet has been invested by Parliament


The Ponta Cabinet was invested on Monday by Parliament by a vote of 284 to 92. The Ponta Government needed 231 votes to be validated. The vote was secret. The group of the Social Liberal Union has 232 parliamentarians and the groups of the National Union for Romania's Progress and of the national minorities different from the Hungarian one in the Chamber of Deputies also supported the Ponta Cabinet.

Chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor told a plenary session of Parliament on Monday that the UDMR MPs will not vote for the programme of the Ponta Cabinet and it will join the ranks of the Opposition.

Premier Victor Ponta and his Cabinet ministers took the oath of investiture, on Monday evening, in front of President Traian Basescu, in a ceremony carried out at the Presidential Cotroceni Palace. Prime Minister Victor Ponta came to Victoria Palace immediately after the ceremony of investiture at Cotroceni Palace.

The newly appointed ministers are to take over their offices on Tuesday, given that the first Ponta Cabinet Meeting is scheduled same day in the afternoon.

 Ponta Government lists as follows:

Andrei Marga, Minister of Foreign Affairs


Andrei Marga is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Andrei Marga, a philosophy professor and former rector of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (western Romania), was born on May 22, 1946, in Bucharest. A philosophy graduate (1971). PhD in philosophy, prepared in Germany and received in Cluj-Napoca with the thesis 'Herbert Marcuse's Philosophy' (1976).

Minister of Education (December 5, 1997- December 28, 2000), in the Ciorbea, Radu Vasile and Isarescu Governments.

From 2008 to 2012 he served as rector of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, holding this position in the period 1993-2004 as well. Dean of the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (1990-1992); pro-rector of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (1992-1993).

Andrei Marga is Doctor Honoris Causa of several important universities in Romania and abroad. A Herder Prize laureate in 2005. In 1999, the distinguished Cluj professor was awarded the French decoration 'Grand officer of the National Order of Merit.'

On April 2, 2001 he was elected on the board of the freshly set up European Universities Association (EUA). In 2002 Professor Andrei Marga was awarded the medal 'Les Palmes Academiques' by the French Ministry of National Education, the oldest French distinction, which is granted to a civilian for outstanding academic merits.

In November 2009, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano conferred on him the Order of Merit 'Stella della solidarieta italiana in grado di Cavaliere'.

Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church bestowed on him, on March 16, 2011, in a ceremony carried out at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Cluj-Napoca, the highest distinction of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the 'Patriarchal Cross,' for merits in the development of theological education and in the dialogue promotion between religion, science, philosophy and art.

In 2010 Andrei Marga became a member of the Writers' Union of Romania.

He is married to Delia-Felicia Marga, PhD, a university lecturer at the Faculty of Economic Science and Business Administration of the Babes-Bolyai University.


Florin Georgescu, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister


Florin Georgescu is the new Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in the Ponta Cabinet.

Florin Georgescu was born on November 25, 1953, in Bucharest.

He graduated from the Faculty of Finance and Accounting of the Bucharest Acedemy of Economic Studies in 1976, as chief of class, and made postgraduate studies in financial management at the University of Missouri Kansas City, as a Fulbright Alexander Hamilton fellow (August 1991-May 1992). He obtained a PhD in economics, specialized in finance and money circulation (1989).

After graduation, he worked in the Ministry of Finance as an economist, financial controller, head of office and then general manager of the State Control Department, Bucharest. On May 28, 1992, Florin Georgescu was appointed Secretary of State with the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

In the Vacaroiu Government, he served as Minister of Finance (November 19, 1992- December 11, 1996).

Elected deputy for Olt County (southern Romania) in two legislative periods on the lists of the Social Democratic Party (1996-2000 and 2000-2004).

In parallel with his MP activity, in 2000 Florin Georgescu served as a member of the Board of the Bank for Investment and Development (BIB), as well as president of the Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania.

Since 2004 he has been holding the position of First Deputy Governor and Deputy Chairman of Romania's National Bank Board.


Mariana Campeanu, Minister of Labour, Family and Social Protection


Mariana Campeanu is the new Minister of Labour, Family and Social Protection.

MP Mariana Campeanu was born on May 1, 1948, at Boloci, Teleorman County (southern Romania). She graduated from the Faculty of Economic Calculus and Economic Cybernetics of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (1971). Between 2003 and 2004 she participated in several refresher programmes in management and, in 2004-2005, attended training courses for public officials in public administration management.

Mariana Campeanu worked as an economist statistician at the Statistics Division of Ilfov County (1971-1973), then as an economist at Bucharest Central Directorate of Statistics (1973-1984), and from 1984 to 1998 she served as head of office with the National Commission for Statistics. In 1998-2001 she served as Director General of the Ilfov Directorate of Labour and Social Protection, and between 2001 and 2007 she held the position of head manager of Ilfov County House of Pensions and other Social Security Rights. On May 15, 2007, Mariana Campeanu was appointed president of the National House of Pensions and other Social Security Rights, with the rank of Secretary of State, until September 2008. Minister of Labour, Family and Equal Opportunities (September 25 to December 22, 2008), in the Tariceanu Government.

Since 2010 she has been a deputy.

Since 1997 Mariana Campeanu has been a member of the National Liberal Party.


Victor Paul Dobre is Minister Delegate for Administration


Victor Paul Dobre is Minister Delegate for Administration in the Ponta Cabinet.

Victor Paul Dobre was born on February 11, 1952, in Galati (eastern Romania).

Between 1971 and 1977 he attended the Faculty of Mechanics of the Polytechnic Institute in Galati. He also attended the training courses of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brussels and of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bordeaux (1992). In 1998, he graduated from the Higher School of Administration in Rome, Italy. In 2005 he graduated from the National Defense College.

Between 1977 and 1980 Victor Paul Dobre worked as an engineer on the Galati Shipyard. Between 1980 and 1984 he was employed as an engineer by the Naval Industrial Plant. Head of the Naval Industrial Plant from 1984 to 1990. Between 1990 and 1996 he served as General Secretary of Galati Chamber of Commerce.

A member of the National Liberal Party since 1991. Since 2006 he has been vice-chairman of the National Liberal Party.

Between 1996 and 2000 Victor Paul Dobre was Galati County Prefect. Between 2004 and 2005, he held the position of vice-chairman of the Galati County Council. Secretary of State with the Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reform in the period 2005-2008.

MP in the 2000-2004 legislative period.

As of January 21, 2005, he held the position of Secretary of State for Relation with Prefectures in the Ministry of Administration and the Interior.

Victor Paul Dobre is married, with one child.


Corneliu Dobritoiu, Minister of National Defence


Corneliu Dobritoiu is the new Minister of National Defence.

Corneliu Dobritoiu was born on September 18, 1955 in Bucharest. He graduated from the Dimitrie Cantemir Military Upper Secondary School at Breaza, Prahova County (southern Romania) in 1974 and then from the Nicolae Balcescu Academy of Ground Forces in Sibiu (central Romania) in 1977.

He worked as an officer with Mechanized Regiment 1 in Bucharest and then as a battalion commander with the Institute of Military Medicine in Bucharest.

Since 1994 he has been working with the operative structure of the Ministry of National Defence, first as an expert in political and military analysis in the Directorate for Political and Military Analysis and International Military Relations with the Ministry of National Defence (1994-95). In 1995 he finishes taking the defence courses organized by the George C Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, the College for Strategic Studies and Defence Economics and is in parallel head of the Romania's military liaison team as part of the Mil-to-Mil Romanian-American cooperation programme.

In 1995-96 he was chief of the international contact point bureau of the International Military Relations Directorate of the Ministry of National Defence (MApN), then chief of the section for evaluating international military relations with the International Military Relations Directorate (1996-98).

Between 1998 and 2000 he was staff officer with the Cooperation and Regional Security Directorate in the International Military Staff, NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Afterwards he takes the courses for ambassadors and generals of the NATO College in Rome, Italy, which he finishes in 2004, and the higher course of defence management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, the US, which he finished in 2005.

In 2004 Corneliu Dobritoiu is appointed deputy to the MApN Secretary of State and head of the Euro-Atlantic and Defence Policy Department. On May 15, 2006, by a decree of Romania's President Traian Basescu, two-star Major General Corneliu Dobritoiu was promoted to the rank of three-star Lieutenant General and retired from the Ministry of National Defence having the new rank.

Since 2006 he has been a member of the National Liberal Party.


Eduard Hellvig, Minister of Regional Development and Tourism


Eduard Raul Hellvig is the new Minister of Regional Development and Tourism.

Hellvig, who is general secretary of the National Liberal Party, was born on October 27, 1974, in Zalau, Salaj County (western Romania).

He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (western Romania) in 1997. He took postgraduate courses in security and defence: the National Defence College, the Carol I University in Bucharest (2005-2006), the George C Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2006).

He was programme coordinator with the Soros Foundation, Cluj branch (1995-96), programme director with the Institute of Political Analysis in Cluj-Napoca (1996-97), broker with BVB-TVM SA (1997-98), member of the editorial staff of Sfera politicii (1997-98). From 2001 to 2003 he held the position of managing director of the Institute of Social Studies and in 2004 he was executive manager of Sintezis Romania.

He was political adviser to Interior Minister Constantin Dudu Ionescu (1999-2000), adviser to candidate for Romania's President Constantin Mugur Isarescu (2000), head of the staff in Crin Antonescu's campaign for the presidential election (2009).

He became a deputy in the November 2004 parliamentary election.

Over 2006-2007 he was a deputy in the European Parliament and was member of the group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

He is married, with one daughter.


Ioan Mang - Minister of Education


Ioan Mang is the new Education Minister.

Ioan Mang, vice leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in the Senate, was born on July 15, 1958 in Ineu, Arad county (western Romania).

He was elected in the uninominal college no. 4 from the constituency no. 5 of Bihor.

According to the website of the Senate, Ioan Mang is a member of the Commission for Education, Science, Youth and Sport and of the Commission for Equality of Chances.

Since 2003, he has been university professor at the Oradea-based University.

He has been vice president of PSD Bihor (since 2001), interim president of PSD Oradea (2004-2005) and county advisor (2004 -2006).

He wrote eight books in the IT field and over 80 articles published in specialized magazines.

Since 2007, he has been a member of the Association for PCs Engineering and Information Technology from Romania.


Vasile Cepoi, the new minsiter of health


Dr. Vasile Cepoi is the new minister of health.

The head of Health Directorate of Iasi County (east) Vasile Cepoi was appointed State Secretary at the Health Ministry, on Jan 12, 2012.

He became the director of the Health Insurances House, Iasi in 2001, and State Secretary at the Health Ministry, in 2003, but he was dismissed from the post in Feb 2004.

He was appointed chief executive manager of the National Health Insurances House in 2005, where he was working till 2008.

He worked as a physician at the Iasi-based C.I Parhon Hospital, and became the head of the Public Health Directorate, in Iasi, later.

Vasile Cepoi is known as an expert in healthcare management.


Mircea Diaconu, Minister of Culture


Mircea Diaconu is the new Minister of Culture.

Mircea Diaconu, manager of the C I Nottara Theatre in Bucharest, was born on December 24, 1949, in the village of Vladesti, Arges County (southern Romania).

He graduated from the I L Caragiale Institute of Drama and Cinema in Bucharest (1971).

In 1972 he was employed by Liviu Ciulei with the Bulandra Theatre, where he acted till 1982, after which he was employed by the C I Nottara Theatre.

He was the first actor in Romania to hand in his resignation and become a free lancer (1990).

He carried out an intense activity as a journalist.

Member of the National Audiovisual Council (1998-2002). Currently he is manager of the C I Nottara Theatre in Bucharest.

He is a senator for the National Liberal Party.

He is married, with two children.


Dan Nica - the new minister of communications


Dan Nica is the new minister of communications.

Dan Nica was born in Panciu, Vrancea County (east), on July 2, 1960.

He graduated the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications, in Iasi (east), in 1985 and took specialization courses in management and communications, in France, Austria, Sweden and Canada. He took a Sc.D in Communications, in 2005.

He is the author of the technical report on the implementation of the SDH network in Romania, 1995.

He is an associated professor of the Lower Danube University, the Chair of Tele-communications and Data Transmission (193-1996). He is a co-author of three invention patents, one of which won the silver medal in Brussels.

A Deputy of the Party of Social Democracy in Romanian (PDSR) for Galati (east) and a member o the Parliamentary Commission for industries and services, over 1996-2000, he was re-elected a PDSR Deputy (Social Democratic Party- PSD) for Galati, in Nov 2000.

He was Romania's Minister of Communications and Information Technology between Dec 28, 2000 and July 14, 2004, a PSD Deputy of Galati, over 2004-2008. He was re-elected a deputy of Galati 18 precincts. PSD National Executive Committee proposed Dan Nica for deputy PM of the Emil Boc Government, on Dec 18, 2008. The Parliament validated him as a vice-Prime Minister, together with the entire Emil Boc Cabinet, on Dec 22, 2008.

President Traian Basescu signed the decrees on the revocation from the office of the Minister of Administration and Interior Gabriel Oprea and appointed Dan Nica as an interim, on Jan 13, 2009. Dan Nica was deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Administration and Interior from Feb 11, 2009 when he swore in, till Oct 1, 2009.

He was awarded the Star of Romania National Order, in Knight Rank, in 2002.

From 2006 till now he has been PSD vice-president and the coordinator of the Department for Transport and Communications. He speaks English and French.


Mircea Dusa - Minister for Relation with Parliament


Mircea Dusa is the Minister for the Relation with Parliament in the Ponta Cabinet.

Mircea Dusa was born on April 1, 1955, in the town of Toplita, Harghita Country (central Romania).

He attended the Academy of Economic Studies (ASE) of Bucharest, in the period 1984-1988. In 2004, he enrolled for postgraduate studies in Sibiu, where he also got a Master's degree.

He was the Prefect of Harghita County between 2001 and 2004.

He is a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Chairman of the PSD Harghita County Organization since 1996.

On November 2004, he was elected Deputy in the constituency no 21 of Harghita, on the lists of the National Union PSD+PUR.

Reelected Deputy in the constituency no 21 of Harghita on the lists of the Political Alliance The Social Democratic Party + the Conservative Party. In the parliamentary session February-September 2010, he was the Vice President of the Deputies' Chamber Standing Bureau.


Liviu Marian Pop, minister-delegate for social dialogue


Liviu Marian Pop is the new minister-delegate for social dialogue.

Liviu Marian Pop is born on May 10, 1974, and he graduated the Mathematics and Informatics Faculty of the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca (central-west),, in 1996. He took master degree courses in education management at the Faculty of Economic Sciences Vasile Goldis University, in Arad (west), over 2005-2008, and post university informatics classes at the Nord University of Baia Mare (north), during 2007-2009.

He also graduated courses in Conflict Management (2006), Project Management, Structural Funds (2007) Local Claims and Negotiations (2008). Educational Audit and Laws. Decentralization in European countries. Internal and External Communication (2009).

He was a mathematics teacher in several schools of Maramures County (north), and since 2004, he is deputy education director at the Bogdan Voda College in Viseu de Sus, Maramures.

He is the chairman of the Maramures Free Education Trade Union

He joined the Free Education Trade Union Federation, whose general secretary he became in 2007.


Titus Corlatean, Minister of Justice


Titus Corlatean is the new Minister of Justice.

Senator Titus Corlatean was born on January 11, 1968, at Medgidia (south-eastern Romania).

He has a degree in law from the Law School of the University of Bucharest (1994). One year later (1995) he got a diploma of thoroughgoing studies in international law and international relations from the University of Bucharest and a certificate in diplomacy and international relations from the Paris-based International Institute of Public Administration. In June 2005 he graduated from the National Defence College and since 2010 he has been a doctor of public international law from the University of Bucharest.

Over 1993-94 he was a research assistant with the Romanian Institute of International Studies and between 1994 and 1995 he was an unemployed assistant professor at the chair of public law (public international law) with the University of Bucharest. Since 2010 he has been teaching human rights at the Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University in Bucharest and public international law at the Nicolae Titulescu University in Bucharest.

He was a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (September 1994-October 2001), personal adviser for foreign policy questions to Premier Adrian Nastase (October 2001-June 2003) and Secretary of State for the Romanians Everywhere (July 2003-December 2004).

Member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), he held the following positions one by one: international secretary of the Social Democratic Youth (July 2002-July 2003), PSD executive secretary for bilateral international relations (July 2003-April 2004), PSD spokesman (April 2004-May 2005), member of the PSD coordinating bureau (April 2004-April 2005), general secretary of the Social Democratic Party (December 2006-December 2008) and vice-chairman of the party starting in February 2010 (he was elected by a vote of 639 at the PSD Congress). Titus Corlatean also held the position of PSD vice-chairman between April 2005 and December 2006.

On December 17, 2004 he was validated deputy in the constituency of Brasov (central Romania) on the lists of the Social Democratic Party. He ended his term in office in December 2007 after being elected a member of the European Parliament. In Romania's Parliament Titus Corlatean was secretary of the foreign policy commission of the Chamber of Deputies (2005-2007), member of the European integration/European affairs commission (2005-2007) and chairman of the subcommission on the Romanians everywhere (2006-2007).

From September 2005 till December 31, 2006 he was a member of the European Parliament as an observer and from November 2007 till December 2008 he was an MEP on the PSD lists. In this capacity he held the position of first vice-chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament.

He became a senator for Brasov in the November 30, 2008 parliamentary election. Currently he is chairman of the foreign policy commission of Romania's Senate.

On April 14, 2011, during the ordinary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which was held in Strasbourg, Titus Corlatean was elected to the position of the chairman of the subcommittee on the Middle East within the PACE Committee on Political Affairs. On October 6, 2011, during the ordinary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which was held over October 3-7, 2011, Titus Corlatean was designated rapporteur of the Assembly on behalf of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population dealing with the subject of trafficking in migrant workers subject to forced labour: the necessity of a thoroughgoing approach. Since December 12, 2011 he has been a member on the joint commission on European integration between Romania's Parliament and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

He has been a member of the Romanian Association of International Law (ADIRI) since 1993 and vice-president of the International Law section of ADIRI since 2003, a member of the Titulescu European Foundation since 2002, a member of the International Law Association, the Romanian section, since 2002.

Titus Corlatean is married, with one child.


Lucian Isar - minister-delegate for the business milieu


Lucian Isar is the new minister-delegate for the business milieu with the Economy Ministry.

In 2006-2008, Isar was Citibank deputy chairman and head of trading unit, executive chairman of the Global Markets Department of Bancpost, a member on the Executive Board of the same bank and Bancpost Deputy Chairman throughout November 2008.

He won first degrees in finance and banks at the Bucharest School of Economics (ASE) in 1999. In 1999-2004, he attended classes in monetary policy at the ASE Doctoral School of Finance and Banks. In 2002 he won a diploma in applied mathematics awarded by the Bucharest University and attended master classes in financial mathematics offered by the St. Catherine College of the Oxford University.

In 2004, he started doctoral classes in risk management at ASE and also attended an MBA programme of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 2007-2009.

Isar, 35, has a job background in financial markets and risk management.

He is a lecturer in financial affairs, monetary economics and risk management at ASE.


Rovana Plumb - Minister of Environment and Forestry


Rovana Plumb is the new Minister of Environment and Forestry.

Rovana Plumb was elected MEP on the lists of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) within the ballot of June 7, 2009.

Born on June 22, 1960, in Bucharest, graduate of the Faculty of Machinery and Chemical Engineering (1984), has a doctor's degree in the Industrial Systems Management, Polytechnic University of Bucharest (2004).

She attended postgraduate and training courses in Romania and abroad: Portugal (2003), Belgium (2002), USA (1999) and Ireland (1996).

She worked as an engineer in the cosmetics industry between 1984 and 2000.

Secretary of State, Chairperson of the national Authority for the Consumer's Protection (2001-2004).

PSD member since 1994.

She was a Deputy between 2004 and 2007.

MEP, elected on the PSD lists, in the europarliamentary elections of November 25, 2007.

She is married and has two children.


Daniel Chitoiu, the new economy minister


Daniel Chitoiu is the new minister of economy, trade and the business milieu.

Currently an MP representing the city of Giurgiu, Daniel Chitoiu was born on July 11, 1967 in Valcea County.

He is a 1990 graduate of the Finance and Accountancy Department of the Bucharest School of Economics, Bucharest, and a 1992 graduate of specialist VAT studies. He won a Ph.D degree in Economics, finance and foreign currency affairs, in 2004. He attended further specialist courses in 2000-2008.

In 1990-2008, he had a prolific public administration career, holding various offices in the central public administration, including deputy director general at the Bucharest General Public Finance and Financial Audit Directorate with the Ministry of Economy and Finance (1998-2001); financial auditor with Romania's Court of Auditors (2001-2005); deputy chairman in rank of undersecretary of state with the National Tax Administration Agency of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (2005-2007), and chairman in rank of secretary of state with the National Tax Administration Agency (2004-2008).

In 2007, he was elected chairman of the Chamber of Tax Consultants for a five-year term in office.

He joined the National Liberal Party (PNL) in 2006.

He won his first seat in the Chamber of Deputies in November 2008.

He is married, with one child.


Ovidiu Silaghi, Minister of Transports and Infrastructure


Ovidiu Silaghi is the new Minister of Transports and Infrastructure.

Ovidiu Ioan Silaghi was born on December 12, 1961 in the city of Satu Mare (northern Romania).

After graduating from the Mihai Eminescu National College in Satu Mare, the mathematics-physics section, in 1981, he attended the Fine Mechanics Faculty with the Transilvania University in Brasov (central Romania), which he finished in 1987. Subsequently he took some courses for a master's degree in administrative law as well as postgraduate studies specializing in management and international economic relations with the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (2004-2005).

Over 1996-April 2007 he was president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Satu Mare County. In February 2004 he becomes a member of the managing college of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. He also held the position of councillor with the Satu Mare County Council (2000-2004).

He becomes a member of the National Liberal Party in January 1990.

During the parliamentary election of November 2004 he was elected deputy for Satu Mare.

He fulfilled the function of observer with the European Parliament (September 2005-December 2006) and belonged to the group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and to the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, then the one of a member of the European Parliament (January-April 2007).

Concurrently with the governmental restructuring of April 5, 2007 Ovidiu Silaghi is appointed Minister for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Trade, Tourism and Liberal Professions. He held this position till December 22, 2010.


Daniel Constantin, the new minister of agriculture


Chairman of the opposition Conservative Party (PC) Daniel Constantin is the new agriculture minister.

Daniel Constantin was born on June 27, 1978, in Pitesti.

He is an engineer by trade. He is also a 2002 graduate of the Animal Husbandry Department of the Bucharest University of Agricultural Sciences and Animal Health, holding a master's degree in quality and innovation management.

He also attended courses in improving staff efficiency at the Scottish Agricultural College and courses in improving strategic management, at the Public Administration Institute of Ireland.

In 2003, he became adviser to the state secretary for European integration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAPDR). In his capacity as coordinator of the Office of European Integration Advisers with the same ministry throughout 2006 he was in charge with negotiating the financial package awarded to Romania for agriculture, the reform of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the 2007-2013 financial framework.

In 2007-2009 he worked as an independent evaluator of the World Bank under the Makis Project, and in 2008 - 2009 he was administrator of the Roadvision Company and general manager of Provom SRL.

On April 1 2009, he took over the chairmanship of the Agency for Agricultural Payments and Interventions (APIA).

At a February 28, 2010 convention of the Conservative Party Congress he was elected chairman of the party.

On January 10, 2011, Constantin and national leader of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) Crin Antonescu signed a protocol concerning the establishment of the ACD Right-of-Centre Alliance.


Leonard Orban, minister of European affairs


Leonard Orban was picked by Prime Minister-designate Victor Ponta to head the Ministry of European Affairs.

Orban was born on June 28, 1961 in Brasov (central Romania).

He is a 1986 graduate of the Mechanics Department of the Brasov University and a 1992 graduate of the Management Department of the Bucharest School of Economics (ASE), having worked as an engineer in 1986-1993.

He started his public administration career in 1993 at the Chamber of Deputies as a parliamentary adviser on European and international affairs, having held the office throughout 2001.

In 1992-2001, he was also technical secretary of the delegations of Romania's Parliament with the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation (BSEC), 1993-1995; a member on the European Integration Committee of the Romanian Parliament in charge with international affairs, 1995-2001; technical secretary of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies' delegation at the meetings of the chairman of the European Parliament with parliament chairs of the EU candidate members, 1995-2001; technical secretary of the European Union - Romania Joint Parliamentary Committee, 1995-2001 and of the delegation of the Romanian Parliament's Committee on European Integration with the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs (COSAC), as well as a liaison officer of the Chamber of Deputies in the European Parliament, 1998-2001.

In 2001-2004, he was deputy chief negotiator for Romania's accession to the European Union (EU).

In December 2004, Orban was appointed state secretary with the Ministry of European Integration to coordinate and prepare Romania for accession to the EU.

December 2004 - April 2005, he was Romania's chief negotiator with the EU, having coordinated Romania's stance on its status as active observer of the EU, and signed in his official capacity, alongside Romania's President Traian Basescu and foreign minister Romania's accession treaty to the EU.

January 1, 2007 - February 9, 2010 he was the European Commissioner for Multilingualism.

On March 8, 2010, he was appointed presidential adviser on European affairs.

On September 20, 2011 he was appointed to lead the then newly created Ministry of European Affairs, and stayed in office throughout February 6, 2012, when the Boc Cabinet resigned.

On February 9, 2012, he was reappointed to office under the Ungureanu Cabinet, which was recently toppled under a no-confidence vote initiated by the Opposition.


Ioan Rus becomes minister of administration and interior


Ioan Rus is the new minister of the administration and interior.

Ioan Rus was born on February 21, 1955, at Urisor, Cluj County.

He is a 1982 graduate of the Department of Mechanics of the Cluj Napoca Technical University. In 1984, he became a Doctor of Engineering in Construction and Machine Technology.

He worked as an engineer, researcher and university professor in Cluj Napoca starting in 1982. In 1993-2000, he was the director general of the Mercedes-Benz representative office for Transylvania.

He joined the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in 1994.

He was the Cluj prefect in 1995-1996. In the Nastase Cabinet, he was deputy prime minister and interior minister - December 28, 2000 - June 19, 2003, and following a June 19, 2003 reshuffle and restructuring, he was appointed the minister of administration and interior.

He is a member of the General Association of Romania's Engineers (AGIR), the Society of Romania's Automotive Engineers, the Association of Romania's Farm Mechanics Engineers, the US Society of Automotive Engineers and the Romanian Association for the Club of Rome.

He has published books, scientific works, teaching works and scientific research papers.