My name is Dacian Cioloș and I am Romanian politician, born in 1969, on July 27th, in Zalau. I grew up in Pericei, a commune in Sălaj County, a place that will always be ”HOME” for me. From my family I learned that work is life, and from my grandfather I learned that the core of the world consists in the people and in the earth, and that agriculture provides a fair relationship with the world.
I graduated from the Agricultural High School in Şimleu Silvaniei.
I graduated from the Faculty of Horticulture at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca, thus becoming a horticultural engineer.
During my university years, I have been involved and coordinated numerous activities and projects. Among others, I was a student representative in the senate of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and on the board of directors of the Faculty of Horticulture in Cluj-Napoca, as well as coordinator of the internship program for USAMV Cluj-Napoca students in agricultural farms in France, and initiator and founding member of the AGROECOLOGIA professional association.
I studied in-depth agronomy, specializing in "Production and Rural Development Systems" at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie in Rennes (1995–1996), after receiving a French government scholarship.
I followed internships in organic farming farms under the aegis of the Regional Federation of Organic Farmers of Brittany, studying the management of family farms, the principles of sustainable agriculture and the inter-professional organization of organic farming in France. Also, during the same period, I was part of the International Centre for Cooperation for Agricultural Development in Paris-Montreuil, in charge of preparing a decentralized cooperation project between Savoia-Argeş, for rural development.
I completed a scientific master's degree in "Economics of Agricultural, Agri-Food and Rural Development" at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie and Université Montpellier.
I served as a trainee agri-economist at the European Commission in Brussels, within the Rural Development Division of the Directorate-General for Agriculture, in charge of the preparation of the SAPARD programme.
I was Director of the Local Rural Development Programme in Arges, within the framework of the decentralisation cooperation between the Savoia General Council and the Arges County Council.
I was coordinator of the Franco-Romanian cooperation programmes in agricultural and rural development at the International Centre for Agricultural Development Cooperation in cooperation with the National Agricultural Development Association.
I have become a member of the Bruges Group, an independent European group responsible for analyses and proposals on the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP);
I worked at the European Commission, EC Delegation in Romania, as manager of agriculture and rural development, SAPARD;
I became an adviser to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development and a representative on the Special Agricultural Committee at the European Council.
I was Undersecretary of State for European Affairs.
I was proposed for the position of Minister of Agriculture and I held this portfolio until the resignation of the cabinet after the parliamentary elections in November 2008.
I served as the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Commission – the youngest commissioner in the team of President José Manuel Durão Barroso;
In this mandate we coordinated the development of strategies at European and international level to generate political consensus around new policies for agriculture, food security, investment and rural development. In addition to the day-to-day management of a budget of EUR 60 billion, we have proposed and led a major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, which brings more funds to Romanian farmers and allows for a more adapted use of these funds to Romania's specific conditions and needs.
I was appointed special adviser for food security by the former President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
I held the post of Prime Minister of Romania;
I led an independent political government in an election year, with the aim of properly organising local elections and parliamentary elections, but also launching reforms in areas such as Health, Education, Infrastructure, Budgetary Transparency, Debureaucratisation of Public Administration.
I co-founded Platform Romania 100;
Along with four other former colleagues in the 2016 government. We had ambitious goals with our organization then but realistic: articulating a sustainable development project using effectively the natural and human resources that Romania has, leading to the modernisation of the country, creating opportunities for all those who want a better life and strengthening the rule of law.
I founded and was elected President of the Party of Freedom, Unity and Solidarity (PLUS);
I was elected President of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament;
The Renew Europe Group is the third largest group in the European Parliament, which brings together centre-wing, liberal and progressive forces. At a time when the rule of law and democracy are under threat in some parts of Europe, Renew Europe will support people suffering from the anti-European and nationalist tendencies that we see returning to too many countries. We are responsible for a more prosperous Europe for the benefit of all Europeans, investing in the talents of our citizens and unlocking the potential of Europe's internal market. We strongly believe that environmental sustainability, economic growth, fair competition and accountability go hand in hand. Our mission is to renew the European Union. Because our future depends on the future of the EU and that's what it's worth fighting for!
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