Update: Who is the new Labour minister?

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PM Dacian Ciolos proposes state adviser Dragoș Pislaru to be the next Labour minister, the Government informed on Monday. The prime minister forwarded the proposal to president Klaus Iohannis, and the president signed the appointment decree. The swearing-in ceremony is due on Monday at 6 p.m.Dragos-Pislaru

Pislaru has been state adviser for economic problems with the PM’s Chancellery since 2015. Previously he has been managing partner at GEA Strategy & Consulting.

Born in 1976, Pislaru is a graduate in international economy at the Economy Studies Academy in Bucharest and has a master degree at London School of Economics and Political Science in London.

Economist by profession, the new Labour minister has nine savings accounts in various currencies, with the largest one being of over RON 320,000 and the smallest of GBP 41. Overall, Pislaru has RON 500,000, over EUR 9,000 and about USD 10,000.

According to his wealth statement, he has a house of 180 sqm and an apartment of 74 sqm. He has no car or yacht.

When it comes to  investments and loans, Dragos Pislaru lent RON 220,000 (about EUR 50,000) and has shares worth RON 68,062 at SCDFEE Electrica and shares worth RON 1,949 at CNTEE Transelectrica. He owns over EUR 90,000 in shares.

Labour minister Ana Costea resigned last Thursday, with PM Dacian Ciolos accepting the resignation. He said he would forward another proposal for this portfolio in the upcoming period.

I accepted the Mrs. Ana Costea’s resignation, which was forwarded today. In the upcoming period I will give Mr. President Klaus Iohannis a new proposal for the Labour minister position,” reads a press release by the Government.

Her resignation was somehow predictable amid tensions over the public salary ordinance draft, which has been opposed by resigning minister.

The Government withdrew the emergency ordinance draft on Wednesday, pledging to resume talks with the trade unions in the upcoming days. “Debates on the public wage grid will continue with or without Mrs. Costea”, the Gov’t spokesperson Dan Suciu said a day ago, adding the premier had asked her to clear up her recent resignation threats but he didn’t receive any clear answer.

Minister Costea endorsed the stance of the trade unions against the draft, threatening she would resign if her stance was not accepted.

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