Who are the new ministers?
Danut Andrusca, nominated as Economy minister:
A first-term, low profile PSD deputy for Neamt County, who used to manage state companies and is seen as close to Neamt county party leader Ionel Arsene, who was recently accused by anti-graft prosecutors of traffic of influence.
Radu Oprea, nominated as Business Environment minister: A PSD Senator for Prahova county, Oprea was indicted by the Prosecutor General in 2016 for tax evasion and money laundering. A company he controls was known in the past for a large number of contracts with the state.
Viorel Stefan, nominated as new deputy PM: A PSD deputy serving as head of the budget-finance commission of the House of Deputies, he had served as Finance minister in the Grindeanu government, also led by the PSD, in the first half of 2017. At the time, he was ousted from the government following criticism by both then-PM Sorin Grindeanu and party leader Liviu Dragnea.
Eugen Teodorovici, nominated as Finance minister:
He has a 24-year career in public institutions, more than half of which in the European funds sector. Used to serve as Finance minister in the Ponta Government several years ago.
Ioana Bran, nominated as Youth and Sports minister: A 31-year old PSD deputy for Satu Mare county and secretary of the House of Deputies. According to local media, she is the younger daughter of Satu Mare-based millionaire Ioan Bran, the owner of an alcoholic drinks enterprise.
Lucian Sova, nominated as Transport minister:
a deputy-head of the Bacau branch of the PSD, he has served as Communications minister since last summer. In 2015, he was close to becoming Transport minister, but failed due to his involvement in a judiciary case involving former Constitutional Court judge Toni Grebla. Sova was a business partner with Russian citizen Boris Golovin in the Bucharest-based Regional Romlines SA road transports company, the activity of which has been suspended for years. Golovin is a former Spetnatz (GRU) troops, who settled in Romania after 1990.
Nicolae Burnete, nominated as Research minister:
He is the head of the Senate of the Cluj Napoca Technical University. In 2012, he was part of the National Ethics Committee, a body that decided that then-PM Victor Ponta did not plagiarize in his PhD, despite massive proof of the contrary.
Sorina Pintea, nominated as Health minister: She is the manager of the Baia Mare County Emergency Hospital. She was elected in the Senate on PSD lists in the 2016 general elections, but abandoned the parliamentary position in order to retain the management of the Baia Mare hospital. Local media has reported that in 2011 her son was placed in preventive arrest, then sentenced to 6 years for drugs trafficking.
George Ivascu, nominated as Culture minister:
An actor, he has been heading the Metropolis Theatre in Bucharest, funded by the city hall, since 2007. He declared last year he is a member of the masonry.
Anton Anton, nominated as Energy minister:
A deputy for ALDE party, he has worked mostly in education, especially as a PhD coordinator at the Technical Constructions University in Bucharest. He served as secretary of state in the Tariceanu Government in 2005-2007, then a Education minister in October-December 2008.