Daciana Sârbu

Daciana Octavia Sârbu (born 15 January 1977) is a Romanian politician, legal counsellor,[1] and Member of the European Parliament.

Sârbu at the announcement of Victor Ponta's presidential bid, 20 September 2014

Political career

Affiliated with the Social Democratic Party (PSD), part of the Party of European Socialists, she became a member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies for Argeș County following the 2004 elections, and became an MEP on 1 January 2007, with the accession of Romania to the European Union.

Born in Arad, Sârbu graduated from Law School at the West University of Timișoara, where she was awarded a Master's Degree in Commercial law.[2] She also graduated from the National College of Defense in 2002, and later worked for a law practice.[3]

In 1996, Sârbu joined the PSD (known as PDSR at the time), and in 2001 became an Adviser for the Controlling Body of the Romanian Premiership in the Năstase cabinet. She withdrew from this office in 2003, and became a State Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Research, later serving as Head of the National Authority for the Youth. In her party, she became one of the leaders of the youth and women's wings, taking part in the International Union of Socialist Youth structures, and attending its Congress of 2004.

In July 2018, she announced that she decided to leave PSD, continuing her mandate in the European Parliament as an independent MEP until February 2019 and then as a PRO Romania member, within the S&D Group.[4][5]

Personal life

Daciana Sârbu is the daughter of Ilie Sârbu, a PSD member who served as Minister of Agriculture in the Adrian Năstase cabinet and held the same position in the Emil Boc cabinet; he was also President of the Senate in 2008. In October 2006, in China, she quietly wed the former Prime Minister of Romania, Victor Ponta. The couple's relationship had become serious in 2004, after Ponta's son was born. They had a daughter in March 2008 and married in a Romanian Orthodox ceremony in the church in Bucharest's Grădina Icoanei that June.

In the European Parliament

As an MEP, Daciana Sarbu sits on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI),[6] whilst also being a member of the Delegation for relations with the United States, a substitute member on the Committee on Fisheries (PECH), Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China (D-CN). At the start of the 2014 legislature, she was elected vice-chair of the ENVI Committee.[7]


Daciana has a longtime involvement in environmental issues[8] and co-authored an important resolution,[9] adopted in 2010 by a large majority of the European Parliament, concerning the general ban on the use of cyanide mining technologies in the EU.

She is a promoter of the Danube Delta, working with several NGOs to bring the EU authorities' attention to this area that needs special funding for protection and development.[10]


Agriculture is one of her main areas of involvement and she supports the promotion of organic and traditional products,[11] as well as calling for a strategic shift in EU agriculture towards supporting small farms and organic farming.[12] In 2011, as member of the Agriculture Committee, she was the author of a report[13] on the recognition of agriculture as a strategic sector in the context of food security.

Health and Children’s nutrition

One of her main priorities lies with children's nutrition. She has asked the European Commission to design a Child Health Strategy,[14] consisting of integrated policies regarding prevention and nutrition. Besides her initiatives in the European Parliament, she has also founded an association – School for Health[15] – which aims to support parents to learn about healthy food for the benefit of their children, bringing them together with nutrition specialists, physicians and cooks.

In spring 2015, she was a nominee[16] at the MEP Awards in Brussels, being shortlisted for her activity related to Health issues. She has a strong involvement in patients' rights support and in February 2014 she had co-hosted[17] in Strasbourg the launch of the European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights, stating that "Launching the Bill of Rights in the European Parliament on World Cancer Day underlines our will and the commitment of the European Parliament to abolish disparities in cancer care across for the European citizen. In the current socio-economic circumstances in Southern, Eastern and Central Europe, where the public health systems are under constant pressure from austerity measures, cancer patients and their families are the first to feel the impact on their health, finances and quality of life".[18]

She is co-chair of the MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain,[19] an initiative of the European Federation of Neurological Associations [EFNA][20] and Pain Alliance Europe, whose aim is to explore issues of common interest to those affected by neurological and chronic pain disorders, including stigma, quality of life, research and patient involvement.[21]

Rapporteur on the cloning of animals for farming purposes

She is Parliament's S&D group shadow rapporteur on the cloning of animals for farming purposes and has repeatedly stated that EU rules on cloning animals for food must reflect citizens' concerns.[22]

Supporting Romanian workers’ rights in Europe

Politically, she has been very active in supporting Romanian workers’ rights in Europe, in the context of the rising extremist voices in the EU and especially around the deadline for lifting temporary restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian workers in the United Kingdom. She published an article in The Parliament Magazine, where she stated: "The fueling of xenophobic fear, spiced up with apocalyptic terminology that conflates migration with conflict and disaster, isn't just factually inaccurate, it is irresponsible and dangerous. It fosters a deeply divisive, and, at times, hysterical debate which risks handing a victory to the extremist political parties which embody such rhetoric in their policies".[23]

In 2015, following a derogatory statement by Nigel Farage against foreign-born doctors working in the UK,[24] Daciana Sarbu has written a letter addressed to several UK medical organisations, asking for their cooperation in defending the image of immigrant doctors and nurses working in the UK: "As a Romanian citizen, I feel even more obliged to protest against such claims, since the insult is also directed at Romanian doctors and nurses who have left their families behind and work tirelessly every day in your country. I know that there is great appreciation in the UK for medical staff from my country, not only since they are the product of a highly regarded medical education system, but also for their consistently good work and integrity. Romanian doctors and nurses working abroad are honest, reliable and exceptionally well-trained".[25]


  1. "2014EP BIOGRAPHY MEP Daciana Sarbu (PSD-UNPR-PC)". Agerpres. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16.
  2. "2014EP BIOGRAPHY MEP Daciana Sarbu (PSD-UNPR-PC)". Archived from the original on 2017-08-16.
  3. (Romanian) http://www.revistavip.net/Sarbatoritul_saptamanii/Astazi_este_ziua_Dacianei_Sarbu._La_multi_ani!/760/
  4. "MEP Daciana Sarbu, Victor Ponta's wife, resigns from PSD". Nine O'Clock. July 9, 2018.
  5. "8th parliamentary term | Daciana Octavia SÂRBU | MEPs | European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  6. European Parliament MEPs - Daciana Sarbu http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/33989/DACIANA+OCTAVIA_SARBU_home.html
  7. Vice-chair of the ENVI Committee - https://twitter.com/dacianasarbu/status/486176365302251521
  8. Agent Green and Daciana Sarbu start cleaning race - http://www.packagingeurope.com/Packaging-Europe-News/29664/Agent-Green-and-Daciana-Sarbu-start-cleaning-race.html Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  9. European Parliament resolution on a general ban on the use of cyanide mining technologies in the European Union - http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+MOTION+P7-RC-2010-0238+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN
  10. Common vision needed to save Danube Delta - http://www.wwf.eu/?199253/Common-vision-needed-to-save-Danube-Delta
  11. Romanian organic vegetables sold as a premiere in Carrefour hypermarkets of Bucharest - http://www.agerpres.ro/english/2014/04/22/romanian-organic-vegetables-sold-as-a-premiere-in-carrefour-hypermarkets-of-bucharest-12-34-21
  12. MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION on recognition of agriculture as a strategic sector in the context of food security - http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A7-2010-0376&language=EN
  13. Agriculture is a strategic sector for food security - http://www.momagri.org/UK/points-of-view/For-Members-of-the-European-Parliament-Agriculture-is-a-strategic-sector-for-food-security_828.html Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  14. Question for written answer to the Council - http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=WQ&reference=E-2013-004510&language=BG
  15. School for Health - http://www.scoalapentrusanatate.ro/ Archived 2015-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
  16. MEP awards 2015 - https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/mep-awards-2015-europes-oscars-just-hours-away
  17. he European Cancer Patients Bill of Rights - http://audiovisual.europarl.europa.eu/Assetdetail.aspx?id=1f4fa667-a3c9-4b01-9e7e-a2c801077fc2
  18. Launch of european cancer patient's bill of rights - http://www.ecpc.org/news-categories/policy-and-advocacy/132-ecpc-policy-initiatives-news/174-photos-and-declarations-launch-of-european-cancer-patient-s-bill-of-rights Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
  19. Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain - http://www.brainmindpain.eu/who-are-we/
  20. EFNA hosts Advocacy Workshop for national patient groups - http://efna.net/efna-hosts-advocacy-workshop-for-national-groups/
  21. Pain Alliance Europe, MEP Interest Group: Brain, Mind, Pain - http://www.pae-eu.eu/?page_id=833
  22. Cloning ban should also apply to imports - https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/opinion/cloning-ban-should-also-apply-imports
  23. UK press and politicians urged to end 'xenophobic attacks' - https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/uk-press-and-politicians-urged-end-xenophobic-attacks
  24. Farage: NHS should not hire doctors who ‘don’t speak very good English’ - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/04/nigel-farage-nhs-doctors-poor-english
  25. (Romanian) Daciana Sarbu defends the Romanian doctors in the UK - http://www.ziarulromanesc.net/focus/diaspora/3835-daciana-sarbu-sare-in-aprarea-medicilor-romani-din-marea-britanie.html Archived 2015-03-27 at the Wayback Machine