President Klaus Iohannis announced on Thursday the appointment of Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu as interim prime minister.
“I have accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Ponta. I have decided today to appoint as interim prime minister Mr. Sorin Cimpeanu. I have signed both decrees,” Iohannis declared at the Cotroceni Palace, Presidential Administration seat.
The President has scheduled consultations with the political parties on Thursday and Friday, to nominate a prime minister, following Victor Ponta’s resignation on Wednesday.
President Iohannis to protesters: I’ve seen you, I’ve heard you, I will consider your requests
President Klaus Iohannis says he will take into account the requests of the thousands of protesters in several Romanian cities over the past two days.
“I have watched very closely the street protests last night. I am very satisfied, there were manifestations without violence, without exaggerations and I have a very important message for all those who were in the streets last night and the night before: I’ve seen you, I’ve heard you and I will consider your requests,” the President declared on Thursday morning at the Cotroceni Palace, seat of the Presidential Administration.
He announced that after the consultations with the political parties, scheduled on Thursday and Friday, he will also discuss with the civil society and “the street.”
Massive public protests began on Tuesday night in Bucharest and resumed after Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned on Wednesday morning, spreading to major cities throughout the country.
President promises to consult civil society
President Klaus Iohannis also announced on Thursday that besides the talks with the parliamentary parties on naming a new prime minister, he will also hold consultations with the civil society on this matter.
“I’ve decided that, next to the consultations with the political parties that I have planned for today and tomorrow I shall, for the first time, consult a new player: the civil society. I will, for Friday afternoon, call a group that represents both the civil society and what we call the street. It is important to me to know their views and options”, Iohannis said.
He appreciated that it was equally important to know the opinions of political parties and of the civil society before making a decision.
Sorin Campeanu’s biography
Sorin Mihai Cimpeanu, Minister of Education and Scientific research, was born on April 18, 1968. He graduated from the Sf. Sava National College in Bucharest in 1986 and from the Land Reclamation and Environment Engineering College of the Bucharest University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV) in 1991. He received a PhD from the same College in 2000.
Cimpeanu worked as a design engineer at the National Institute of Research and Development for Land Reclamation (ISPIF) (1991-1992); coordinator of the Peris-Ilfov Experimental Center with the USAMV Bucharest (1992-1999); coordinating expert at the Ministry of Education and Research – National Centre for the Leonardo da Vinci European Programme (2000 -2003); expert coordinator at the Ministry of Education and Research – National Agency for the partnership of universities with the economic and social environment (APART) (2003-2004).
Cimpeanu started a university teaching career in 1992, going through all the stages. He has been a professor and has been heading the PhD courses since 2006.
He was a deputy chancellor of the Land Reclamation and Environment Engineering USAMV (2004-2008). He served as chancellor of Bucharest University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (2012-2014);
Cimpeanu is also the vice chairman of the Romanian National Committee for the International Hydrology Programme (CIHR) (since 2012); corresponding member of the Academy of Technical Sciences of Romania (since 2012); corresponding member of the Gheorghe Ionescu Sisesti Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (since 2012); General Secretary of National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (since 2012); and chairman of the Romanian Chancellors National Council (since July 2013).
On December 14, 2014, PM Victor Ponta nominated Sorin Cimpeanu for the position of Minister of Education and Research. He was appointed a minister in December 17, 2014 at the Cotroceni Place.
CImpeanu authored over 80 scientific articles and over 10 specialized books and academic textbooks. In 2002 he received the 2002 In Hoc Signo Vinces National Award for his research career from the National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education and in 2004 he was awarded the Merit for Education Medal by the Presidency.
He is a member of many professional associations and organizations and an associate professor at the Higher Institute of Agriculture Lille, France.