- Alexandru Athanasiu
Infobox_Prime Minister | name =Alexandru Athanasiu
Prime Minister of Romania
December 13, 1999
December 22, 1999
birth_date =Birth date and age|1955|1|1|mf=y
party =Romanian Social Democratic Party
Alexandru Athanasiu (born
January 1, 1955) is a Romanian politician and jurist. A former leader of the Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSDR), he is a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) since 2001. Athanasiu served as Prime Minister on an interim basis from December 13to December 22, 1999, heading the Romanian Democratic Convention(CDR) cabinet after the resignation of Radu Vasile. On January 1, 2007, with the accession of Romania to the European Union, Athanasiu became a Member of the European Parliamentfor the PSD (inside the Party of European Socialists).
An author of several scientific works, he is the recipient of a
PhDin Law, as well as a professor at the University of Bucharest(since 1999). In 1995, his volume "Legea Asigurărilor Sociale" ("The Law on Social Security") received the Romanian Academy's " Simion BărnuţiuAward".
Bucharest, Athanasiu studied at the Gheorghe Lazăr High School, and later graduated from the Faculty of Law at the local university. Between 1978 and 1982, he was employed by the Bucharest Court of Appeals.
Having joined the newly-created PSDR after the
Romanian Revolution of 1989, Athanasiu was first elected to Parliament as a deputy in 1992, being nominated to the Committee for Labor and Social Protection.
A Minister of Labor in the
Victor CiorbeaCDR cabinet, he retained the office under Radu Vasile and his own premiership, being replaced by Smaranda Dobrescuduring the leadership of Mugur Isărescu. In 1999, he replaced Sergiu Cunescuat the head of the PSDR, leading it into fusion with Adrian Năstase's Party of Social Democracy, PDSR (the fusion led to the creation of the PSD).
In 2000, he was elected to the Romanian Senate on PSDR lists, representing
Bihor County(re-elected in 2004 on PSD lists); he stood on the Committee for Foreign Policies. In 2003-2004, Athanasiu also served as Minister of Education in the Adrian Năstase executive (replacing Ecaterina Andronescu).
Athanasiu is married with two children.
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