Ovidiu Ioan Silaghi

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Ovidiu Ioan Silaghi
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Minister of Transport
In office
7 May 2012 – 21 December 2012
Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce and Business Environment
In office
5 April 2007 – 22 December 2008
Succeeded byElena Udrea (Minister of Tourism
Constantin Niță (Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce and Business Environment
Vice-Chair of European Parliament Committee on Budgetary Control[1]
In office
31 January 2007 – 2 April 2007
Member of the European Parliament
In office
4 September 2013 – 10 June 2014
In office
1 January 2007 – 02 April 2007[2]
Member of the Romanian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies) for Satu Mare County
Assumed office
11 June 2014[3]
In office
2012 – 3 September 2013
In office
17 December 2004[4] – 2008
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Satu Mare County[5]
In office
1996 – April 2007
Personal details
Born (1962-12-12) 12 December 1962 (age 59)
Satu Mare, Satu Mare County, Romania
Political partyNational Liberal Party (PNL)
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE)

Ovidiu Ioan Silaghi (Romanian pronunciation: [oˈvidju iˈo̯an ˈsilaɡi]; born 12 December 1962) is a Romanian politician. A member of the National Liberal Party (PNL), he became Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises in the second Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu cabinet (April 5, 2007).


Born in Satu Mare, Satu Mare County, Socialist Republic of Romania, Silaghi graduated in Mechanical engineering from the Transylvania University of Braşov (1987), and later (2004) took a master's degree in Public administration from the Vasile Goldiş University in Arad. From the time of his graduation to 1990 (after the Romanian Revolution), he worked as an engineer in his native city, and soon after opened his own private enterprise. In 1999–2004, he was president of the Satu Mare Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.

Silaghi joined the PNL in 1990, and was president of its youth wing section in Satu Mare until 1996, while serving as vice president of the main local section. He had other leadership positions until 2000, ultimately becoming president of the PNL section in 2001–2004, and a delegate to the central leadership body in 2002-2004. Between 2000 and 2004, Silaghi was also a member of the Satu Mare City Council.

In the elections of 2004, Silaghi was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for Satu Mare County, sitting on the Committee for Budget, Finance and Banks (until September 2005), the Committee for Information Technology and Communications (after September 2005), and the Committee for Industries and Services (after February 2007).

He became an observer to the European Parliament in September 2005. On 1 January 2007 he became a Member of the European Parliament for the PNL, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, with the accession of Romania to the European Union, before being nominated for a ministerial position in early 2007.

Silaghi is married and has two children.


  1. ^ "European Parliament / MEPs". Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  2. ^ "European Parliament Attendance in plenary session during the 6th parliamentary term" (PDF). Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Structura Parlamentului României 2012-2016".
  4. ^ "Structura Parlamentului României 2004-2008".
  5. ^ "pnl.ro - biography - OVIDIU IOAN SILAGHI". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.

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