Dragos Pislaru (photo L), a former economic advisor of Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, sworn in, on Monday, at the Cotroceni Palace, seat of the Presidential Administration.
He was appointed on Monday as Labour Minister, by decree of President Klaus Iohannis, upon the nomination by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, following the resignation of Labour Minister Ana Costea on April 14.
President Iohannis urges new Labour Minister to find a good and widely accepted solution in respect to the public pay system
President Klaus Iohannis on Monday said that the new Labour Minister, Dragos Pislaru, takes over the office in a complicated context and wished him good luck and inspiration.
President Klaus Iohannis on Monday said that in respect to the public pay system, there is a complicated situation and told the new Labour Minister, Dragos Pislaru, to find, together with the involved parties, a good and widely accepted solution, meant to improve the situation in the area.
“I cannot overlook an entire complex of issues expecting you, namely the public pay system. It is a complicated situation: for many years now, those in the government, in Parliament have been trying to find solutions to this problem, without having found one that satisfied everyone yet,” Iohannis told the new labour minister.
He said there is a great expectation for an increase in public pay and eliminating imbalances in the system.
“You take over the office in a complicated context and I wish you good luck and inspiration,” Iohannis told the new minister, whom he congratulated and wished good luck with his tenure.
“I wish you, Mr Minister, that together with all the involved parties, with the colleagues in the government, with the trade unions, with all those who can contribute to this discussion, you consider this matter and find a good, widely accepted solution, which should really improve the situation in the area,” the head of state added.
PM Ciolos: LabMin-designate Pislaru’s main objective, continuing talks on restoring pay balance
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Monday that Dragos Pislaru, his pick for labour minister, will continue and complete talks on drawing up a piece of legislation that will restore public pay balance, to which end he will hold a meeting with the trade unions.
“His main missions, objectives will be continuing and completing the talks on the drawing up, if possible, a piece of legislation to rectify some public pay imbalances. I have asked him to meet trade unions as soon as possible to resume talks and find out the bases of such a piece of legislation. The Government does not want to impose a piece of legislation, but it wants an agreement to be reached with the trade unions within the limits of the state budget and see what we can do accordingly. Then, in the days to come he will come up with his schedule, which will be a continuation of what has already been started, but I have asked him, like I have asked other ministers as well, that from now on we enter a new level of the government programme and so we should be concentrating on delivering, on already prepared projects,” Ciolos said Monday in Tulcea, where he attended a debate on a Danube Delta strategy.
He said Pislaru is an economist by trade and when he was a state adviser in his Cabinet he also got involved in employment and remuneration matters.
Ciolos added that he would have liked to designate a woman to replace resigning Labour Minister Claudia Ana Costea, saying that it was very hard pressed because the office tenure will be short.
“Honestly, I would have liked a lady to continue leading the Labour Ministry. It is hard to find and mobilise someone for a short period of time, for a short office tenure to also take over ideas and projects on the fly. Mr Pislaru knows the projects worked out at the Labour Ministry and particularly this public pay bill, our talks on the minimum wage, the jobs creation and professional training that leads to better employment. Mr Pisalru already has ideas and knows well the government programme and I believe he will be operational very soon,” said Ciolos.
Dragos Pislaru’s biography:
Dragos Pislaru, born in Bucharest on 23 March 1976, is an economic analyst experienced in structural reforms, local development and competitiveness increase, according to his resume on www.sape-energie.ro. He graduated from the International Business and Economics Faculty of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies in 1998; he continued with a Master’s Degree in European Integration in 1999; MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2000); Diploma of ‘Entrepreneurship – Case Study Centered Learning’ at the Harvard Business School (2006); PhD in economy at the National Institute of Economic Research of the Romanian Academy (2013).
Pislaru was an associate researcher at the Romanian Center for Economic Policies (December 2000 – November 2005), manager of the Group of Applied Economists (June 2004 – December 2006) and general manager of the GEA Strategy & Consulting Company (December 2006 – November 2015).
He worked on several projects on European policies, as analyst and national expert on competitiveness, sustainable development and economic growth engines.
Pislaru is member of the Consultative College of the Competition Council; of the Romanian Society of Economics (SOREC); of the Competitiveness Institute network; of Team Europe 2005-2008 of the European Commission / Romania and representative of the London School of Economics alumni association of Romania; of the task force for SMEs and business environment improvement of the Ministry of Economy.
He worked as a state counselor on economic matters in the chancellery of Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos since 8 December 2015.
President Iohannis promulgates law on allowances for mothers
President Klaus Iohannis on Monday announced having promulgated a law on allowances for mothers.
“Today [Monday], I signed a decree promulgating a law on child-rearing leave and allowances for mothers,” Iohannis told a swear-in ceremony of Labour Minister Dragos Pislaru