Roberta Anastase
President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania
In office
19 December 2008 – 3 July 2012
Preceded byBogdan Olteanu
Succeeded byValeriu Zgonea
ConstituencyPrahova
Personal details
Born (1976-03-27) 27 March 1976 (age 45)
Romania
Political partyDemocratic Liberal Party (PDL)

Roberta Alma Anastase (Romanian pronunciation: [roˈberta anasˈtase]; born 27 March 1976 in Ploiești, Romania) is a Romanian politician and former first female President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania between 19 December 2008 and 3 July 2012.

She was a member of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), affiliated to the European People's Party–European Democrats, and became an MEP on 1 January 2007 with the accession of Romania to the European Union. She also represented Romania at the 1996 Miss Universe competition.

Early life

She attended the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bucharest in the mid-1990s and from 1998 to 2000 she has in-depth her studies in the field of the European issues by studying at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the same university. She was concerned about European and Romanian political systems as well as issues related to citizens' participation in democratic life, their presence in the polls and how the citizens are influenced by electoral campaigns.

In November 2006 and November 2008, she was a member of the European Parliament, the member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Head of the Subcommittee on Security and Defense.[1][2]

Her father, Cornel Anastase, before 1989 was a director of the 1st May factory in Ploiești,[3] and then, a sub prefect of Prahova.[4]

Professional activity

Political activity

Functions, activities in the institution of the central or local public administration

Civic activity

The President of the Chamber of Deputies

On December 20, 2008 she became the President of the Chamber of Deputies, elected by 218 votes. Her opponents were Ludovic Orban (with 69 votes) and László Borbély (with 26 votes). She was also the first woman who chaired the Chamber of Deputies and the youngest person who held this position (aged 32 at that time).

Awards

Other activities

Controversies

On 15 September 2010 Anastase headed the meeting of the Chamber when the pension bill passed. As chairman of the meeting, when putting the bill to the vote, she counted the deputies, stating that the quorum was reached, although there were only 80 deputies present - and therefore that the bill passed. According to Ms. Anastase, more than 160 deputies voted, even 270. The National Liberal Party (PNL) and Social Democratic Party (PSD) groups had previously left the session and thus refrained from voting.[6][7] On 6 October 2010 the Constitutional Court rejected the appeals filed by PNL and PSD and declared the law constitutional.[8] President Traian Băsescu returned the law for a new debate to the Parliament, but for other reasons than those claimed by the opposition.[9]

On 3 July 2012, after the political majority in the parliament had changed when several members of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) ruling party migrated to other parties (especially to the Social Liberal Union, USL), Roberta Anastase was revoked from the position of President of the Chamber of Deputies and was replaced by Valeriu Zgonea (PSD).[10]

References

  1. ^ "Roberta Alma ANASTASE". Europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  2. ^ "Roberta Anastase - Biografie". Ziare.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  3. ^ File din istoria politica a familiei Anastase - Uite cine vrea sa ne conducă!
  4. ^ România Liberă, Spălați de păcate!?
  5. ^ Evenimentul zilei, Confesiunile Robertei Anastase, fosta regină a frumuseții
  6. ^ Cotidianul, Frauda parlamentară e devenit lege în România
  7. ^ Adevărul, Legea pensiilor, fraudată de 66 de ori
  8. ^ Adevărul, Curtea Constituțională reia discuțiile pe Legea pensiilor
  9. ^ Jurnalul.ro, Băsescu nu promulgă Legea pensiilor
  10. ^ Discard.ro "Roberta Anastase a fost revocata din functia de presedinte al Camerei Deputatilor/ Valeriu Zgonea, ales noul sef al Camerei"
Awards and achievements Preceded byMonika Grosu Miss Universe Romania 1996 Succeeded byDiana Maria Urdareanu Political offices Preceded byBogdan Olteanu President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies 2008-2012 Succeeded byValeriu Zgonea