Cristian Ghinea is co-president of the USR-PLUS delegation to the European Parliament and vice-president of the Regional Development Commission (REGI) . He was Minister of European Funds in 2016. During his tenure he launched 13 billion euro of European funds into the economy. Some programs currently benefitting from these funds tackle large infrastructure, environment and social programs. One such program – ”School for All” – allows 75,000 poor children to stay in school. It also provides scholarships for internships in companies.
Before entering public life, Cristian Ghinea was a journalist at Dilema Veche and later the founder and director of The Romanian Center for European Policy think-tank. He holds a master’s degree in European politics from the London School of Economics.
At the REGI, Cristian Ghinea aims to simplify, streamline and track the impact of European funds. These goals can be achieved in part through „A Modern Country,” through the modernization of Romania, through an effective use of the instruments made available by the European Union: European funds and governance. Ghinea is also a member of the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament, the place where the ethical use of European money is verified.
Vlad Marius Botoș
Vlad Marius Botos is a member of the USR-PLUS delegation and part of the RENEW group. He is 33 years old and was formerly the manager of a multinational automotive company. In 2008, he, along with some friends of his, founded The Arad Movement. The Movement’s objectives were to upkeep the local architectural heritage of Arad, maintain its green spaces and to defend citizen’s rights.
Botos has been a member of the Union Save Romania Party (USR) since its inception and he believes that a change in the political ideology in Romania can only take place when honest people join forces to strive for worthy goals. He is the current president of the USR Arad branch, where the community of people who want to make Arad County and Romania a better place is constantly growing.
He is a member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, where he has initiated projects aimed at increasing the level of information and safety of those who use different household items and dangerous appliances and is keenly interested in finding the best ways to inform the consumer about the nutritional qualities of food. Botos is also active in the Regional Development Commission, where the European cohesion fund regulations are negotiated.