MEP Ramona Manescu of the National Liberal Party (PNL), in the ruling Social Liberal Union (USL), took the oath of office to become Romania’s new transport minister, at a swearing-in ceremony before President Traian Basescu.
Attending the ceremony were also Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea, Senate Chairman Crin Antonescu, members of the Government as well as advisers to President Traian Basescu.
President Basescu signed a decree appointing Manescu the new transport minister of Romania.
The National Liberal Party (PNL), in the ruling Social Liberal Union (USL), was the rightful recipient of the transportation portfolio. On Sunday, it decided to put forth two names for the nomination – Nini Sapunaru and Ramona Manescu.
Official sources told Agerpres later on that Prime Minister Victor Ponta opted for Manescu, a proposal he then submitted to President Traian Basescu for approval.
The PNL leadership made the new nominations as MP Ovidiu Silaghi, initially recommended for the office, withdrew his bid.
Ponta became an acting transport ministry on July 12, when then Transport Ministry Relu Fenechiu was sentenced by the Supreme Court to five years in prison for repeated abuse of office, under a final sentence in a case called Transformer .***
Ramona Manescu was born on December 6, 1972 in Constanta (south-eastern Romania).
She is a graduate of the Law School of the University in Bucharest (1999). She attended postgraduate studies at the National College of Defence in the National University of Defence (2005) and at the National Intelligence Academy in the High College of National Security (2006). In 2006 also took her master’s degree in international relations and European integration from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest and also finished postgraduate studies of public international law, community law, international relations, European and Euro-Atlantic studies and diplomacy with the Diplomatic Institute in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2000-2005 she worked as a lawyer in the Ramona Nicole Manescu individual law firm.
In 1990 she joined the National Liberal Party. She held several positions in the party, in the youth section, then in PNL.
Between 2002 and 2004 she was a parliamentary expert and in 2005-2007 she was vice-president, in rank of undersecretary of state, with the National Authority for Youth.
She has been a PNL MEP since November 2007; she was reelected in June 2009.
In 2008 she was declared the Europarliamentarian of the year 2008 in education and culture during the gala titled ‘The Parliament Magazine Awards.’