Dan Barna


Dan Barna (born 10 July 1975 in Sibiu, Sibiu County, Socialist Republic of Romania) is a Romanian politician and lawyer, the president of the Save Romania Union (USR) since October 2017. He was elected a member of the Chamber of Deputies in 2016.

Dan Barna
Deputy Prime Minister of Romania
Assumed office
23 December 2020
Serving with Kelemen Hunor
PresidentKlaus Iohannis
Prime MinisterFlorin Cîțu
Preceded byRaluca Turcan
President of the Save Romania Union
Assumed office
28 October 2017
Preceded byElek Levente (acting)
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
21 December 2016
ConstituencySibiu County
Personal details
Born
Ilie Dan Barna

(1975-07-10) 10 July 1975 (age 45)
Sibiu, Sibiu County, Romania
Political partyUSR (2016–2021)
USR PLUS (2021–present)
Alma materUniversity of Bucharest
Politehnica University of Bucharest
ProfessionLawyer

Biography


Barna was born in Sibiu, Sibiu County, Socialist Republic of Romania on 10 July 1975. He graduated from the law school at the University of Bucharest in 1998 and obtained a master's degree in project management from Politehnica University of Bucharest in 2003. After working as a lawyer, he completed a course financed by the European Commission, and became a consultant for EU funds. A consultancy company he founded with a colleague led him to implement a number of projects financed from the European Social Fund. According to a media investigation, he was allegedly involved in a financial scheme during his entrepreneurship time, allegations which he rejected.[1]

In May 2016, he began working for the then Prime Minister of Romania Dacian Cioloș as Secretary of State with the Ministry of European Funds. He then joined the Save Romania Union (USR), a centre-right political party, where he was elected a deputy in Romania's parliament in December 2016, and president of the party in October 2017.[2]

2019 presidential election

Barna's 2019 campaign logo

Barna announced his intention to run in the 2019 Romanian presidential election on 1 July 2019. His candidacy attracted controversy due to him not complying with the legal requirements regarding the mention of a candidate's first-degree relatives income, in the public declaration of assets (document required in a candidate's file, while registering at the electoral board). He stated that his wife's income - who was at the time employed at Petrom - was "classified". Soon after the story sparked, he declassified his wife's annual income and changed his assets statement.[3]

Barna campaigned on a platform of constitutional reform, saying "Romania needs a full-time president, that is, a non-stop president, who does not go away." His running-mate was Dacian Cioloș, who would have become Prime Minister if they had won the parliamentary elections the following year. His election strategy was to convince the electorate to vote for him to hinder the PSD candidate, Viorica Dăncilă, from entering the second round of voting.[2] Barna did not receive enough votes to enter the second round and subsequently endorsed Klaus Iohannis, who was re-elected for a second and last term.

Issues


Barna has said "Gay marriage is not yet a subject for the public agenda, there is no initiative promoting same-sex marriage. Maybe in 20, 30 years next generations will take care of this problem, but for now, this is not a priority."

Electoral history


Barna has contested one Romanian presidential election:

Election Affiliation First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2019 2020 USR-PLUS Alliance[lower-alpha 1]1,384,450
15.02%
 3rd not qualified

Notes


  1. The 2020 USR-PLUS Alliance members were the Save Romania Union and the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party.

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