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Radu Vasile, Former Prime Minister, Senator (PD)

Radu Vasile
Former Prime Minister of Romania (PNTCD)
Former Senator (PD)

Born: October 10, 1942, Sibiu

Married, three children (Mihai, Tudor, Ioana)

Religion: Orthodox

Nationality: Romanian


  • 1967 - Graduate, with exceptional results, of the Faculty of History - University of Bucharest. For political reasons (his father having been a political prisoner, a lawyer, deceased in 1986) he was barred access to higher education immediately after graduating school
  • 1977 - Ph.D. in economic doctrines
  • After 1990 - Refresher studies in European Integration (Salonic and Munchen)

Professional activity

  • 1967-1969 - Historian, "Village Museum", Bucharest
  • 1969-1972 - Scientific researcher, "Nicolae Iorga" Institute of History, Romanian Academy
  • 1972 - Assistant lecturer, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest. Not being a Communist Party member, he is barred promotion in a higher Education hierarchy

After 1989

  • Assistant professor, vice-dean, Faculty of Trade, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
  • 1993 - Professor, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest

Political activity

  • 1990 - Member of the Christian-Democratic National Peasant Party (CDNPP), Head of the Economic Department of CDNPP. Spokesman for CDNPP. Member of the Board of Executives of the CDNPP, Vice-president
  • Secretary General of CDNPP and President of the CDNPP Parliamentary Group in the Romanian Senate (until February 1998)
  • 1992-1994 Director, "Dreptatea", daily
  • 1993-1998 - Vice-president of the Romanian Senate (in two consecutive legislation); Head of the Romanian Delegation to the "Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe"
  • 1997 & 1998 - Vice-president of the "Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe"
  • 1998-1999 - Prime Minister of Romania
  • Founding member of "the Central European Forum" together with Bronislaw Geremek, Raymond Bare and Helmuth Schmidt
  • 2000-2004 - Senator (PD)

Scientific activity, papers presented, publications


  • "World Economy, Avenues and Stages of Modernization" (2 editions: 1987 & 1997)
  • "Currency & Economy" (1994)
  • "Currency & Fiscal Policy (1995)
  • "From the Iron Century to the II World War" (1998)
  • author of the 5 university courses "A Handbook of History of Economics" (6 issues, last in 1995)
  • 25 papers presented at academy research symposia in the country and abroad
  • talks delivered at the "Ecole doctorale", University of Sorbone, on history-related topics
  • published poetry under the pen name Radu8 Mischiu

Member of the editorial board of "Romania and the European Union"

Foreign languages

  • French, English, and Italian


  • Poetry, satirical literature, chess and football

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