Viorica Dăncilă

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Viorica Dăncilă
Viorica Dăncilă June 2019.jpg
Prime Minister of Romania
In office
29 January 2018 – 4 November 2019
PresidentKlaus Iohannis
Preceded byMihai Fifor (Acting)
Succeeded byLudovic Orban
President of the Social Democratic Party
In office
27 May 2019 – 26 November 2019
Preceded byLiviu Dragnea
Succeeded byMarcel Ciolacu
Member of the European Parliament
for Romania
In office
21 January 2009 – 28 January 2018
Succeeded byGabriela Zoană
Personal details
Vasilica Viorica Nica

(1963-12-16) 16 December 1963 (age 56)
Roșiorii de Vede, Romania
Political partySocial Democratic
Spouse(s)Cristinel Dăncilă
EducationPetroleum-Gas University
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă[1] (Romanian pronunciation: [va.siˈli.ka vi.oˈri.ka dənˈtʃi.lə]; born 16 December 1963)[2] is a Romanian politician, former leader of the Social Democratic Party, and was Prime Minister of Romania from 29 January 2018 to 4 November 2019.[3] She was the first woman in Romanian history to hold both the office of Prime Minister and president of the PSD. In 2014, she was elected as a member in the European Parliament for a second term from the PSD. Viorica Dăncilă was also the president of the Social Democratic Women's Organization (OFSD) between 2015 and 2018.

Viorica Dăncilă became a member of the Social Democratic Party in 1996, as part of the PSD organization of Teleorman County.[4] Over the years she has held several positions in both PSD and the local administration. Viorica Dăncilă was a local council and a county councilor until 2009, when she was elected MEP for her first term. Also, Viorica Dăncilă occupied several leadership positions in the party, as president of the local organization, vice president of PSD Teleorman and president of OFSD Teleorman.

Before entering politics she was an engineer with Petrom SA and prior to that a teacher at Videle Industrial High School.

Dăncilă's plans for a new cabinet were approved on 26 January 2018.


Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă (ex Vasilica Rodica Nica[5]) was born on 16 December 1963 in Roșiorii de Vede, Teleorman County. In 1988 she graduated from the Faculty of Drilling of Wells and Exploitation of Hydrocarbon Deposits of the Institute of Petroleum and Gas in Ploiești.[6] In 2006 Dăncilă obtained the master in European Public Space at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest.[6]

Political career[edit]

In the European Parliament[edit]

In 2009, Viorica Dăncilă was elected on the lists of the Social Democratic Party for her first term as a member of the European Parliament and then sat as a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group.[7] During the 5-year term, she did not draft any report as a rapporteur (primary legislator).

Viorica Dăncilă at the National Council of the Social Democratic Pensioners' Organization (December 2014)

In 2014, Viorica Dăncilă was elected for another term as MEP on the Social Democratic Party's list. She was also the leader of the Romanian Social Democrat delegation in the EP and a vice chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.[8] She was also a full member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality[9] and a substitute member of the Committee on Regional Development.

In 2015, she was shortlisted for the MEP Awards, in the Agriculture category.[10] Two years later, in 2017, she was again nominated, in two separate categories: Women's Rights & Gender Equality and Research & Innovation.

She officially left the European Parliament on 28 January 2018[11] to take up the position of Prime Minister in Romania.

In the Social Democratic Women's Organization[edit]

In 2015, social democratic women proposed a Pact to the national political forces which aimed to protect women from domestic violence.[12] This was an initiative of Viorica Dăncilă, then the acting chairwoman of the organization, brought up at the OFSD Summer School in Mamaia, on 28–30 August.

In October 2015, she was elected President of the Social Democratic Women's Organization.[13] As President of OFSD, Viorica Dăncilă asked PSD leaders to ensure a quota of at least 30% female candidates on the lists of the Social Democratic Party during elections. The proposal was approved by the PSD leadership.

As Prime Minister[edit]

Viorica Dăncilă meeting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in April 2018
Viorica Dăncilă in the European Parliament after the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July 2019)

On 17 January 2018, President of the Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea nominated Viorica Dăncilă as Romania's first female Prime Minister and the country's third head of government in a year.[14] Her predecessor, Mihai Tudose, resigned on 15 January after his own party withdrew its backing.[15] President Klaus Iohannis accepted PSD's nomination and appointed Dăncilă as prime minister-designate in a move harshly criticized by his supporters and main opposition parties.[16][17] Her cabinet received the vote of confidence from Parliament on 29 January.[18][19]

She was ousted as prime minister on 10 October 2019, following a vote of no confidence. She remained as a caretaker of the office until the formation of a new government.[20]


In February 2018, Dăncilă was in center of a discrimination scandal. She catalogued as "autistic" the MEPs who "misinform the EU" with regard to changes to the justice laws.[21] Soon after, the Association of Parents of Children with Autism claimed that the use of the term "autistic" with a profoundly negative meaning in a political dispute is an offense to those with this condition.[22] Moreover, the National Council for Combating Discrimination began the hearing procedures of Viorica Dăncilă for her perceived discriminatory comments.[23] She later apologized for the statement and said that through the comparison she did not want to insult people with autism spectrum disorders.[24]

She was also criticized for showing a lack of knowledge for proper grammar in Romanian,[25][26] a lack of verbal fluidity,[27] poor knowledge of terms[28] and subjects related to her tasks.[29] Mircea Dumitru [ro], rector of the University of Bucharest and former Minister of Education, characterized her language as "hard to understand" and "full of syntactic construction errors and logical inconsistencies."[30] After repeatedly avoiding meetings and phone conversations on domestic and international issues with President Klaus Iohannis, the latter asked her to resign, arguing that she "does not cope with the position of prime minister and turns the Government into a vulnerability of Romania."[31] Moreover, Iohannis accused Dăncilă of obeying "orders from the party" and announced that he withdrew his confidence in her.[32]

In July 2018, during a meeting with Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković, she confused the capital of the country, Podgorica, with Pristina, the capital of Kosovo (which is not recognized as an independent nation by Romania).[33]

On 17 May 2018, Ludovic Orban, leader of the main opposition PNL party filed a criminal complaint against Dăncilă for high treason and usurping of official qualities about the transfer of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem without the consent and approval of President Klaus Iohannis.[34] One month later, on 28 June 2018, DIICOT (the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism) announced that it had started the in rem investigation into the matter.[35] On 28 September 2018, DIICOT announced it concluded the investigation and closed the case on the basis of lack of evidence in support of the accusation, stating that the high treason never occurred.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Viorica Dăncilă is married to Cristinel Dăncilă, manager at an oil company and former councillor in the Teleorman County Council.[37][38] She has an adopted son, Victor.[37]

Electoral history[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Affiliation First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2019 PSD 2,051,725
 2nd  3,339,922


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mihai Fifor
Prime Minister of Romania
Succeeded by
Ludovic Orban
Party political offices
Preceded by
Liviu Dragnea
President of the Social Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Marcel Ciolacu (acting)