Minister of Waters and Forests Doina Pană resigns

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Doina Pană has resigned on Wednesday from the position of minister of Waters and Forests, alleging illness, reads an official press release by the ministry.

I inform you that my health condition won’t allow me to continue the activity as a minister. Therefore, I file my resignation from the minister position over health problems (…) I assure you of my support to carry out the ruling programme from my position of MP,” reads her resignation filed to PM Tudose.

In a report attached to the resignation, Doina Pană says she has carried out her mission, to drastically decrease the illegal woodcutting in Romania. “By the actions and concrete measures taken in the forestry field during my two mandates as minister of Waters and Forests (March-December 2014 and June 2017-January 2018), as well as through my activity in the Romanian Parliament, I consider I have accomplished my mission: the drastic decline of the illegal woodcutting across forests in Romania,” says the document.

Sources from the government told news agencies that PM Mihia Tudose would send the proposal for Pană’s successor at the helm of the Ministry of Waters and Forests to the Presidency next week.

Doina Pană was born in 1957 in Bistrita-Nasaud county and she is an electrotechnical engineer by profession, and she also has a master degree in Public Administration. She has a son established abroad and she is widow.

Doina Pană has been working in education for almost 30 years and has been deputy manager of Infoel College for ten years.

She used to be school general inspector in Bistrita-Nasaud this year, but also secretary of state in the Education Ministry in 2008.

In 2004, Pană was county councilwoman and she ran for an MEP seat in 2009.

The former minister won a deputy seat in the elections in 2016, being the only female deputy in Bistrita-Nasaud county. She was minister delegate for Waters and Forests before in the Ponta Government, during March-December 2014.

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