Romanian prime minister gets a tougher grip on EU accession

As a part of a major reshuffle of his cabinet, Romania’s head of government has appointed Anca-Daniela Boagiu minister for European integration.

Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu of the centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL) replaced the health and finance ministers from within his own party. Finance Minister Ionut Popescu, who had started a controversial discussion on a flat tax, was replaced by his Secretary of State Sebastian Vladescu. From the PNL’s largest coalition partner, the Democratic Party (PD), vice PM Gheorghe Seculici, also in charge of co-ordinating business activities, was replaced with Gheorghe Pogea, the PD head of the Hunedoara region. In addition, a new ministry for cultural and religious affairs was established, which also went to the PD. 

Mrs. Boagiu, who is also a member of the PD, has been transport minister since the year 2000 and is seen as closer to the prime minister than her predecessor. She was born in 1968 and holds a hydrology engineering degree. Working as a foreign credit expert at the National Road Administration and the International Financial Relations Department of the Transport Ministry, she has major experience in dealing with EU funds. As a member of parliament, she was on the European integration committee for four years. She now replaces her fellow party member, outgoing integration minister Ene Dinga. When investing the five new ministers, President Traian B?sescu commented that doing a better job than Mr. Dinga was not a hard thing to do. 

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