|67th Prime Minister of Romania|
29 January 2018
|Preceded by||Mihai Fifor (Acting)|
|Member of the European Parliament
21 January 2009 – 28 January 2018
|Succeeded by||Gabriela Zoană|
|Born||Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă
December 16, 1963
Roșiorii de Vede, Romania
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Petroleum-Gas University
National University of Political Studies and
Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă is a Romanian politician, a leader of the Social Democratic Party, and the Prime Minister of Romania since 29 January 2018. She is the first woman in Romanian history to hold the office of Prime Minister. In 2014, she was elected as a member in the European Parliament for a second term from the PSD. Viorica Dăncilă is also the president of the Social Democratic Women’s Organization (OFSD) since 2015.
Viorica Dăncilă became a member of the Social Democratic Party in 1996, as part of the PSD organization of Teleorman County. Over the years she has held several positions in both PSD and the local administration. Viorica Dăncilă was a local councilor and a county councilor until 2009, when she was elected MEP for her first term. Also, Viorica Dăncilă occupied several leadership positions in the party, as president of the local organization, vice president of PSD Teleorman and president of OFSD Teleorman.
Before entering politics she was an engineer with Petrom SA and prior to that a teacher at Videle Industrial High School.
Dăncilă’s plans for a new cabinet were approved on 26 January 2018.
In the European Parliament
In 2009, Viorica Dăncilă was elected on the lists of the Social Democratic Party for her first term as a member of the European Parliament. She has been active in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group. During the 5 year term, she did not draft any report as a rapporteur (primary legislator).
In 2014, Viorica Dăncilă was elected for another term as MEP on the Social Democratic Party’s lists. She is also the leader of the Romanian Social Democrat delegation in the EP. Viorica Dăncilă is a vice chair of the EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. She is also a full member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and a substitute member of the Committee on Regional Development.
In 2015, she was shortlisted for the MEP Awards, in the Agriculture category. Two years later, in 2017, she was again nominated, in two separate categories: Women’s Rights & Gender Equality and Research & Innovation.
In the Social Democratic Women’s Organization
In 2015, social democratic women proposed a Pact to the national political forces which aimed to protect women from domestic violence. This was an initiative of Viorica Dăncilă, then the acting chairwoman of the organization, brought up at the OFSD Summer School in Mamaia, on 28–30 August.
In October 2015, she was elected President of the Social Democratic Women’s Organization. As President of OFSD, Viorica Dăncilă asked PSD leaders to ensure a quota of at least 30% female candidates on the lists of the Social Democratic Party during elections. The proposal was approved by the PSD leadership.
As Prime Minister
On 17 January 2018, President of the Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea nominated Viorica Dăncilă as Romania’s first female Prime Minister and the country’s third head of government in a year. Her predecessor, Mihai Tudose, resigned on 15 January after his own party withdrew its backing. President Klaus Iohannis accepted PSD’s nomination and appointed Dăncilă as prime minister-designate in a move harshly criticized by his supporters and main opposition parties. Her cabinet received the vote of confidence from Parliament on 29 January.
In February 2018, Dăncilă was in center of a discrimination scandal. She catalogued as “autistic” the MEPs who “misinform the EU” with regard to changes to the justice laws. Soon after, the Association of Parents of Children with Autism have conveyed that the use of the term “autistic” with a profoundly negative meaning in a political dispute is an offense to those with this condition. Moreover, the National Council for Combating Discrimination began the hearing procedures of Viorica Dăncilă for her perceived discriminatory comments. She later apologized for the statement and said that through the comparison she did not want to insult people with autism spectrum disorders.
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