Ex-Romanian prime minister to start new job at central bank. She’ll be a green energy consultant

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Romania’s first woman prime minister who left politics after she lost the presidential race to Klaus Iohannis in 2019, will begin a new job at the central bank next month, the bank confirmed.

Viorica Dancila has been named a consultant for green energy and not a an adviser for strategy and the sustainability of green energy to Mugur Isarescu, the governor of the Romanian National Bank, as initially reported. She will begin the new role on June 1.

The National Bank of Romania spokesman Adrian Vasilescu later clarified her role.

She will be one of the consultants in the Green Energy Department,” he said. The department is one of five in a larger Committee which is tasked with preparing Romania for adopting the euro. Former deputy chairman of the European Parliament, Mircea Pascu will head the Geopolitical Department, the spokesman told Hotnews.

During her time as prime minister, Ms Dancila supported Mugur Isarescu  for another term as bank governor, going against the wishes of party boss, Liviu Dragnea who favored another candidate.

She was prime minister from January 2018 to November 2019. She was also the first woman leader of the Social Democratic Party, a position she held for six months in 2019 after Mr Dragnea was jailed for corruption.  

She lost the presidential runoff to Klaus Iohannis in November 2019.  

After she left office, she published a book “Viorica Dancila-My Side of the Story,” a rare political memoir where she dished the dirt on former party colleagues.

Mr Isarescu has been the central bank governor since 1990, except for a short period in 1999 when he too, was prime minister.

Ms Dancila, 57, will join a team of about 20 advisers which include another former premier, Petre Roman, who was the first prime minister when communism ended.

Media reported that Ms Dancila had applied for the job and had an interview before landing the job.

She graduated from a Petroleum-Gas University just before the fall of communism and later did a masters in European Public Space.      

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