Brussels, 30 October 2006
The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, today presented the member designate of the European Commission proposed by the Romanian Government, in agreement with him. The nominee is Mr Leonard Orban, currently Secretary of State coordinating Romania’s preparation for accession to the European Union. Mr Orban will be responsible for multilingualism.
« It is with great pleasure that I announce » said President Barroso, « the Romanian Commissioner designate. With the enlargement of the European Union to 27 members next January, the Commission will also enlarge. I am sure that Mr Orban, on the basis of his personnel, political and professional experience, qualities and commitment will successfully carry out the responsibilities which I wish to assign to him. »
As is the case with Ms Kuneva, the Bulgarian Commissioner designate already nominated, Mr Orban will attend hearings at the end of November in the European Parliament, which will give its opinion on the nomination in the following weeks. The hearings before the Parliament will take place according to the procedure adopted in 2004 during the formation of the Barroso Commission.
The curriculum vitae of Mr Orban can be found in annex.
See also MEMO/06/401 which sets out the nomination procedure.
Date and place of birth: 28 June 1961 at Brasov, Romania
Marital status: Married; one child
1987 – 1992: Graduated in economics at the Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
1981 – 1986: Graduated in engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Brasov
Trainings and seminars on European Union affairs
As of December 2004: Secretary of State within the Ministry of European Integration coordinating Romania’s preparation for accession to the European Union;
December 2004 - April 2005: Chief Negotiator with the European Union;
May 2001 - December 2004: Deputy Chief Negotiator with the European Union;
1993 – 2001: Parliamentary counsellor on European and international affairs within the Romanian Parliament, Chamber of Deputies;
1986 – 1993: Engineer - Institute of Research for Machine Manufacturing Technology Bucharest, Enterprise for Special Industrial Constructions Bucharest, Tractor Manufacturing Company Miercurea Ciuc.