Cătălin Predoiu

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Cătălin Predoiu
Cătălin Predoiu 2008.jpg
Prime Minister of Romania
Acting
In office
6 February 2012 – 9 February 2012
President Traian Băsescu
Deputy Béla Markó
Preceded by Emil Boc
Succeeded by Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu
Minister of Justice
In office
29 February 2008 – 7 May 2012
Prime Minister Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Emil Boc
Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu
Preceded by Teodor Meleșcanu (Acting)
Succeeded by Titus Corlăţean
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
1 October 2009 – 23 December 2009
Prime Minister Emil Boc
Preceded by Cristian Diaconescu
Succeeded by Teodor Baconschi
Personal details
Born (1968-08-27) 27 August 1968 (age 48)
Buzău, Romania
Nationality Romanian
Political party PNL (2014–present)
Other political
affiliations
PNL-AT (1991–93)
PDL (2013–14)
Alma mater University of Bucharest
Profession Lawyer
Religion Orthodox Christian

Cătălin Marian Predoiu (Romanian pronunciation: [kətəˈlin preˈdoju]; born 27 August 1968, Buzău) is a Romanian lawyer who served as the interim Prime Minister of Romania from February 6 to February 9, 2012, following the resignation of Emil Boc.[1] He had previously been the Minister of Justice of Romania since 29 February 2008.[2]

Lawyer[edit]

Cătălin Predoiu graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Bucharest in 1991. In 1994 he completed a training program in commercial law at the Caen Bar in France. Since 2003 he is a member of the Council of Bucharest Bar Association.[3]

Between 1994 and 2005 he taught commercial law as a lecturer at University of Bucharest.[3] Predoiu published several articles and studies about commercial law and has received a prize from the Romanian Academy as a co-author of a law treatise.[4] He completed his Ph.D. degree in commercial banks in 2004.[3]

Predoiu was an associate lawyer at the Zamfirescu, Racoți, Predoiu (ZRP) law partnership until 2008 working as a commercial and corporate governance lawyer.[3] His law firm assisted Rompetrol, the company owned by fellow Liberal Dinu Patriciu,[5] as well as the American company Cross Lander during the controversial privatization and bankruptcy of ARO SUV producer.[6]

Predoiu was a member of the board of directors of the state-owned CEC Bank until March 2008, when he resigned due to incompatibility of office.[7]

Politician[edit]

Predoiu became a member in 1991 of the National Liberal Party - Young Wing (a splinter from the National Liberal Party led by Dinu Patriciu and Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu), however this party was soon disbanded in 1993.[7]

On February 29, 2008, in a move that surprised even other leaders of National Liberal Party, Prime-Minister Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu proposed him as Minister of Justice, his candidature being approved by President Traian Băsescu.[7]

He was a candidate from PNL for the Chamber of Deputies in Buzău, however, he got only 28.9% of the votes, losing to Social-Democrat Marian Ghiveciu, who got 46.6%.[8] His term as Minister of Justice was extended in the new Emil Boc Cabinet (since 22 December 2008), composed of Social Democratic Party and Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) members. This brought criticism from his party, the National Liberal Party, which led to Predoiu's self-suspension. He argued that he accepted this new nomination only to continue his work at the ministry. He was the only independent minister in the first Boc Cabinet.

In the second Boc cabinet, he was one of three independent ministers of that government (together with Mihail Dumitru and Teodor Baconschi) and the only member of the Tăriceanu cabinet still in office.

In December 2009, he was reappointed Minister of Justice, and became the only independent minister, after Dumitru was replaced and Baconschi became a member of PDL. He was replaced in his function on 8 Mai 2012.

In October 2011, the Ministry of Justice signed a 1.5 million lei contract with RVA Insolvency, a company to which Predoiu's father-in-law was an associate.[9] According to the Ministry, the conflict of interest laws did not apply in this case because the contract was financed by the World Bank, not the government budget.[9]

In 2013, Predoiu became a member of the PDL, being named the First Vice President and Shadow Prime Minister of the party.[10] Following the alliance of PDL and PNL, National-Liberal presidential candidate Klaus Iohannis expressed his support for Predoiu as prime-minister.[11]

In 2014, following the merger between PDL and PNL, he became First Vice President of PNL until an unification Congress in the summer of 2017. In the Romanian legislative election of 2016, Predoiu won a seat in the Chamber of Deputies in Călărași on PNL's party list.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Emil Boc
Prime Minister of Romania
Acting

2012
Succeeded by
Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu