PM changes four ministries


Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has carried out a reshuffle of his ministerial team, making changes to four ministries as follows:

Prof. Mircea Dumitru; Minister of National Education and Scientific Research

Petru Sorin Buse; Minister of Transport

Mrs. Maria Ligor; Minister Delegate for Relations with Romanians Abroad

Dragos Tudorache; Minister of Communications and IT Society

The full press release of the ministerial changes with short biographies as published on the government website is as follows:

“Tuesday, 05 July

Press release on the Ministerial nominations

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has decided today to reshuffle the Government team and made the following nominations that he will send to the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis:

Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru has been nominated for the National Education and Scientific Research portfolio;

Mr. Petru Sorin Buse has been nominated for the Transport portfolio.

Mrs. Maria Ligor has been nominated for Minister Delegate, the Relations with Romanians Abroad portfolio,

The Communications and for IT Society Portfolio will be taken over ad interim by the Head of the PM Chancellery, Mr. Dragos Tudorache.

Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru – biographical data

Mircea Dumitru is a university professor. Since December 2015, he has been Rector of the University of Bucharest and since 2016, Chairman of the Philosophy Committee and Member of the General Council of the National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (CNATDCU). Previously, he was rector of the University of Bucharest from 2011 to 2015, and prorector from 2008 to 2011. He was a member of CNADTCU from 2012 to 2016 and Chairman of the CNADTCU panel of Humanities and Arts from 2010 to 2012. From 2000 to 2008, he was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest.

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bucharest since 1998, and from the same year, Doctor of Philosophy of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

He is author of three books and co-author of a manual of logic and reasoning. He coordinated the collection of Contemporary Philosophy of Polirom Publishing House, Iaşi, and has published dozens of studies and articles in specialized journals and volumes.

In 2001, he received the “Mircea Florian” Award of the Romanian Academy for the work “Modality and incompleteness. Modal logic as higher – order logic ‘Paideia’ Publishing House, Bucharest, 2001. In July 2005, he received the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins, in rank of Grand Officer, conferred by the President of Chile.

As of September 2014, he has been corresponding member of the Romanian Academy. He is a member of the Advanced Reasoning Forum and, of the Institute International de Philosophie, Paris, and President of the Romanian Association of Analytical Philosophy. From 2002 to 2008, he was member of the scientific board of the New Europe College, and from 2011 to 2014, President of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy.

He is fluent in English and knows French and German at an upper intermediate level. He was born in Bucharest on 14 July 1960. He is married and has two children.

Petru Sorin Buse – biographical data

Petru Sorin Buse has a 25-year experience in the global automotive industry. From September 2010 to May 2015, he was Vice President of Inginerie Renault Globale and Director General of Renault Technologie Roumaine (RTR). Previously, within the same Renault Group, from July 2009 to September 2010, he was Deputy Director General of RTR and from September 2008 to June 2009, Deputy Chief Engineer for Russia. From 1996 to 2008, he worked for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, reaching the position of Deputy Director General in this company, in January 2007. In 1990, he emigrated to Canada, where he stayed until 1996, working in the North American automotive industry, rendering services of engineering contracts for General Motors. From 1985 to 1990, he was an engineer at Electronica Bucharest.

He graduated from the Automotive Engineering Faculty in Bucharest, in 1985, and “St. Sava College” in Bucharest, Electro-Mechanics specialisation, in 1979.

He attended training programs for senior managers at the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP) and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and within the Canadian Management Center, Toronto. Since 1996, he pursued technical training in the Toyota Production System (Lean Production Systems, Lean Manufacturing) and in business practices within Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Institute.

He is fluent in English and French and has working knowledge of Italian and Spanish. He was born in Bucharest, on 16 August 1960. He is married and has two children.

Maria Ligor – biographical data

Maria Ligor has been a career diplomat since 1996. On 30 May 2013, she took over as Ambassador of Romania in Canada. Also in 2013, she is the Permanent Representative of Romania to the International Civil Aviation Organization. From January 2012 until May 2013, she was Ambassador with special assignments – Special Representative for the Promotion of Democracy. Since November 2012, she is a member of the Board of Governors of the European Endowment for Democracy and an elected member of its Executive Committee. From July 2006 to August 2011, she was Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and Permanent Representative of Romania to the World Tourism Organization. Earlier, from 2003 to 2006, she was Director General for European Affairs in the Foreign Ministry during the negotiations for EU membership. She made her contribution to the completion of negotiations and to preparations for the signing of the Accession Treaty. She also worked in Brussels at the Diplomatic Mission of Romania to the EU, the Embassy of Romania in Luxembourg, she participated in internships at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

She specialized in political and administrative affairs at the College of Europe, in Bruges, Belgium, and in political science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the European Institute in Geneva, after postgraduate studies in International Relations at SNSPA, Bucharest, and engineering studies at the Polytechnic University. She attended courses in leadership and government management organized by Harvard University, the Kokkalis Programme, Athens.

In 2004, she was conferred the National Order of Merit in rank of Knight, and in 2007, the Order of Diplomatic Merit. In 2010, she received the Cross of the Royal House of Romania, conferred by HM King Michael and the Order of Saints Constantine and Helen, conferred by the Patriarch of Romania. In 2012, she received the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, conferred by the King of Spain.

She is fluent in English, French and Spanish and has working knowledge of Italian. She was born in Bucharest on 1st of January 1967. She is married and has one daughter.”

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