Attila Cseke

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Attila-Zoltán Cseke (born June 9, 1973) is a Romanian lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), he was a member of the Romanian Senate for Bihor County from 2008 to 2012, representing the same county in the Chamber of Deputies from 2012 to 2016 before returning to the Senate. In the Emil Boc cabinet, he was Minister of Health from December 2009 until his resignation in August 2011.


He was born to ethnic Hungarian parents in Marghita and in 1991 completed secondary studies at the city's Industrial High School. From that year until 1993, he was an administrator at a food company in his native town. From 1996 to 2000, he attended the Juridical and Administrative Sciences Faculty of the University of Oradea, specialising in Law. He also completed postgraduate studies in Public Law there in 2002, and received a master's degree in Private Law from the same institution in 2004. In 2001, Cseke interned at a notary public office in Marghita; from that year until the following, he worked as a reviewer at the UDMR's Bihor County chapter. From 2002 to 2005, he was a legal adviser to the President of the Bihor County Council.[1]

Cseke's political involvement began in 1997, when he joined the UDMR. From 2002 to 2003, he was president of its Bihor County chapter's commission for supervising regulations. In 2003, he became a member of the party's Union Representatives’ Council. From 2003 to 2005, he was executive vice president of the Bihor County UDMR, as well as a member of its county operative council. Following the 2004 local election, he joined the Oradea City Council, where he was secretary of the legal committee. He resigned in January 2005 to become Secretary of State at the Romanian Government's Secretariat General, serving there until December 2008. From 2007 to 2009, he was executive vice president of the UDMR, dealing with local public administration matters.[1]

Cseke was elected to the Senate in 2008.[2] From that time until early 2010, he served on two committees: rules; and justice, appointments, discipline, immunities and confirmations. From that point, he was on the defence, public order and national security committee.[3] In December 2009, when four ministerial portfolios were assigned to the UDMR in a cabinet led by the Democratic Liberal Party's Emil Boc, Cseke's party assigned him to the Health Ministry.[4] The following month, he proposed a tax on fatty, salty and sugary foods, with the revenue to be used in the public health sector.[5] He has called for reforms in Romania's health care system, including a focus on allowing family physicians to practice medicine rather than become entangled in bureaucracy, saying it risks total paralysis otherwise.[6] He also cautioned that cuts in investment and infrastructure would be necessary as a result of the ongoing financial crisis,[7] but said that doctors and nurses, already too few in number, would not be laid off.[8] He resigned in August 2011, citing insufficient allocation of funds for the health system and what he indicated was a dismissive attitude toward health care by the rest of the government.[9] At the 2012 local election, he ran for mayor of Oradea, finishing second with 18.9% of the vote.[10] That December, he was elected for a seat in the Chamber, where he was vice president of the public administration committee.[11] At the 2016 election, he returned to the Senate, becoming leader of the UDMR delegation there.[12]

From 1997 to 2000, Cseke was a member of the Hungarian Students' Union in Bihor County. From 1998 to 2000, he was part of the Oradea chapter of the European Law Students' Association Romania. In 2001, he joined the Oradea branch of the Association of Hungarian Doctoral Students and Young Researchers from Romania. In 2003, he became part of the consultative committee of the Biharia Euroregion. From 2004 to 2006, he was an alternate member of the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Romania-Hungary Cross-Border Cooperation Programme. From 2004 to 2009, he was president of the Coordinating Council on Bihor County Hungarian Youth. He is unmarried.[1]


  1. ^ a b c (Romanian) Profile at the Romanian Government site Archived June 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.; accessed July 6, 2010
  2. ^ (Romanian) Election results,; accessed July 6, 2010
  3. ^ (Romanian) Parliamentary profile Archived August 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.; accessed July 6, 2010
  4. ^ (Romanian) "Marko Bela, Kelemen Hunor, Laszlo Borbely şi Attila Cseke - miniştrii desemnaţi de UDMR" ("Marko Bela, Kelemen Hunor, Laszlo Borbely and Attila Cseke - Ministers Named by the UDMR"); Mediafax, 18 December 2009; accessed July 6, 2010
  5. ^ David Charter, "Romanian Health Minister Attila Cseke to introduce 'fat tax' in battle against obesity"; The Times, 16 January 2010; accessed July 6, 2010
  6. ^ (Romanian) "Attila Cseke: Sănătatea are nevoie de o reformă reală, punctul de plecare să fie medicul de familie" ("Attila Cseke: Real Health Care Reform Needed, Starting with Family Physicians"); Mediafax, 5 January 2010; accessed July 6, 2010
  7. ^ (Romanian) "Attila Cseke: Vom avea dificultăţi în susţinerea programelor de sănătate şi ale celor de investiţii" ("Attila Cseke: We Will Have Difficulties in Maintaining Health and Investment Programmes"); Mediafax, 5 January 2010; accessed July 6, 2010
  8. ^ (Romanian) "Attila Cseke: Personalul medical este insuficient, nu se pune problema disponibilizărilor" ("Attila Cseke: Medical Personnel Is Insufficient; Layoffs Are Not under Consideration"); Mediafax, 5 January 2010; accessed July 6, 2010
  9. ^ (Romanian) "Cine vine la șefia Sănătății, în locul ministrului demisionar Cseke Attila?" ("Who Will Be the New Health Minister Following Attila Cseke's Resignation"); Evenimentul Zilei, 4 August 2011; accessed August 4, 2011
  10. ^ (Romanian) "Ilie Bolojan recâştigă Oradea" ("Ilie Bolojan Again Wins Oradea"), Evenimentul Zilei, 11 June 2012; retrieved June 14, 2012
  11. ^ (Romanian) 2012- Profile at the Romanian Chamber of Deputies site; retrieved January 6, 2013
  12. ^ (Romanian) Răzvan Pritulescu, "UDMR și-a ales liderii din Parlament" ("UDMR Elects Its Parliamentary Leaders"); România Liberă, 17 December 2016; accessed December 17, 2016

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