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May 6, 2021

Parliament appoints Eugen Nicolaescu as BNR Vice Governor, Daniel Barbu as AEP President

The deputies and senators gathered on Wednesday, in a joint plenary session, validated PNL MP Eugen Nicolaescu as a member of the Board of Directors and Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), with 275 “pros” and 39 “cons”.

The parliamentarians’ voting was secret.

Eugen Nicolaescu was the only candidate for the position of the CA (Board of Directors – e.n.) member and the BNR Deputy Governor.

On Monday, May 15, the joint Budget and Finance Committees of the Senate and of the Deputies’ Chamber, gave their positive opinion, with 31 “pros” and 3 “cons”, for the appointment of the PNL MP Eugen Nicolaescu as BNR Deputy Governor. PSD renounced the BNR Deputy Governor position, which remained vacant after Bogdan Olteanu’s resignation, giving it to PNL, recently stated sources in the PSD leadership for News.ro.

Although the position was vacant since August, 2016, the Parliament hasn’t assigned any person, and the subject was discussed only after the elections of December, last year. The BNR Deputy Governor position became vacant after Bogdan Olteanu resigned in August, 2016.

On October 18, 2016, DNA indicted Bogdan Olteanu for influence peddling, accusing him that in 2008, when he was the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber, he received EUR 1 million and electoral support consisting of marketing and consultancy services from the businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu, in exchange of his interventions to the PM of that time, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, in order to appoint Liviu Mihaiu as Danube Delta’s Governor.


 Daniel Barbu has been validated by the Parliament as President of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP)


The joint plenum of the Deputies’ Chamber and the Senate validated on Wednesday, with 241 “pros” and 63 “cons”, the appointment of Daniel Barbu, proposed by the ALDE groups, as the President of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP).

The deputies’ and senators’ voting was secret.

The joint Legal Committees of the Deputies’ Chamber and of the Senate validated on Monday, with unanimity of votes, the files of the two proposed candidates for the AEP President position, namely Daniel Barbu, proposed by the ALDE groups, and Maria Krause, proposed by USR.

The head of the AEP cannot be member of a political party, having 15 days from the validation of the mandate to waive this quality. The AEP President’s term of office is eight years and may be renewed once.

Daniel Barbu is a professor of political science at the Faculty of Political and Administrative Sciences of the University of Bucharest. In 1997-1998 he was a State Counselor in the Presidential Administration, and in 2003 he joined the Democratic Force, an ephemeral political project belonging to Petre Roman.

Later, Barbu became a PNL member. In August 2012, he was a presidential adviser during the period when Crin Antonescu was the Interim President of Romania following the Traian Basescu’s suspension. In the parliamentary elections of the same year, he obtained a Senate mandate in 2012 and became the Culture Minister in the first Ponta government.

One year later, he had to resign because of a statement for which he was vehemently criticized: “In the debates on the 2014 budget, the following thing really shocked and shook me. I don’t want to look cynical in front of you, with all due respect for that category of our fellow citizens. The budget, the national HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment program, is half of the budget of all the Culture Ministry’s programs (…). In my opinion, we are not in South Africa. There aren’t millions of fellow citizens affected by this hideous scourge of our time. I do not understand, personally. I was shocked when I realized how many Shakespeare Festivals or how large we could make the event, the Shakespeare Festival in Craiova, if we wouldn’t have that program or if that program would be half. ”



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