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|Member of the European Parliament|
|Born||23 March 1976|
|Political party||Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party|
Dragoș Pîslaru is a Romanian economist and politician of the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. He also held the position of Minister of Labor, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly in the government of Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș from April 18, 2016 until January 4, 2017.
Early life and education
Pîslaru is a graduate of the Faculty of International Economic Relations within the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (October 1994 - September 1998) with a Bachelor's Degree in International Economics. He attended postgraduate courses, obtaining a diploma of "In-depth Studies in European Integration" also within the ASE (October 1998 - September 1999).
Pîslaru holds a Master of Science - International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom (October 1999 - September 2000) and a Diploma of Entrepreneurship - Case Study Centered Learning at Harvard Business School (July 2006). He holds a doctorate in economic sciences with a thesis held at the National Institute of Economic Research, Academia Română (October 2013).
Pîslaru taught economics at ASE Bucharest as a university lecturer, at the Faculty of International Economic Relations (November 1999 - September 2007). He was associate researcher at the Romanian Center for Economic Policies (December 2000 - November 2005) and executive director of the Applied Economics Group (June 2004 - December 2006).
Pîslaru held the position of administrator / general manager in the strategic consulting company, GEA Strategy & Consulting S.A. (December 2006 - November 2015). As a national analyst and expert, he has been involved in several projects on European policies, in particular regarding economic competitiveness, sustainable development and engines of growth.
Member of the European Parliament
In the European Parliament, Pîslaru serves on the Committee on Labor and Social Affairs (EMPL) where he is the Coordinator of the Renew Europe Group, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), and on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).
Pîslaru is the parliament's rapporteur on the Support Program for Reforms, with a budget of 25 billion euros. He is also part of the working group within the ECON Committee dedicated to joining the euro zone. He is a rapporteur for the Renew Europe group on the implementation of the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP), as well a rapporteur for the implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments.
Pîslaru is also a "shadow" rapporteur on two other files: the Invest EU program file, with a budget of 38 billion euros and the file on the coordination of social security systems at European level.
In addition to his committee assignments, Pîslaru is part of the delegation of the European Parliament for relations with Japan and a substitute for the delegation for relations with the United States of America. He is also a member of the MEPs Against Cancer group.
MEP local offices
As an MEP, Pîslaru opened local offices in Baia Mare, Oradea and Satu Mare. He announced that he will open two other local offices in Timișoara and Craiova.
- Competition Council Advisory Board;
- Romanian Society of Economy (SOREC);
- The TCI network (The Competitiveness Institute)
- Team Europe 2005-2008 - European Commission / Romania;
- Representative of the Alumni Association in Romania of the London School of Economics;
- Working Group for improving the SME and the business environment (under the patronage of the Ministry of Economy).
Programs and projects
- "The impact of EURO adoption in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Case study - Romania "(November 1999 - February 2000)
- "Institutional reform and economic performance in Romania in the process of accession to the European Union" (nov. 2001-Jun. 2002)
- "Performance Evaluation of the Business Sector Policy (EPPA) 2004" (February - October 2004), "Technical Assistance for MA SOP CCE for the Intermediate Evaluation of SOP CCE" (2009-2010)
- "Ex-post evaluation of pre-accession assistance programs for the Cross-Border Cooperation Program in Romania and Bulgaria" (2010)
- "The Pact for Energy" (2013)
- "Elaboration of the national strategy in the field of research, technological development and innovation for the period 2014-2020" (Sector plan in the field of research and development in Industry) (2013)
- "Study evaluation of the access of SMEs to financing" (2012-2013)
- "Elaboration of the National Competitiveness Strategy 2014-2020" (2013).