Adina-Ioana Vălean

Adina-Ioana Vălean (born 16 February 1968) is a Romanian politician who has been serving as European Commissioner for Transport under the leadership of President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen since 2019.[1] She previously served as a Member of the European Parliament from 2007 until 2019, where she chaired of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in 2019.

Adina-Ioana Vălean

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Vălean in 2019
European Commissioner for Transport
Assumed office
1 December 2019
PresidentUrsula von der Leyen
Preceded byVioleta Bulc
Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
In office
10 July 2019 – 1 December 2019
DeputyZdzisław Krasnodębski
Preceded byJerzy Buzek
Succeeded byZdzisław Krasnodębski
Sixth Vice President of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 18 January 2017
PresidentMartin Schulz
Antonio Tajani
Preceded byRoberta Angelilli
Succeeded byRyszard Czarnecki
Member of the European Parliament
for Romania
In office
1 January 2007 – 1 December 2019
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for Călărași County
In office
28 November 2004 – 1 January 2007
Personal details
Born (1968-02-16) 16 February 1968 (age 52)
Băicoi, Romania
Political partyNational Liberal Party
Other political
Alliance of Liberals and
Democrats for Europe

(Before 2014)
European People's Party
Spouse(s)Crin Antonescu
EducationUniversity of Bucharest
WebsiteOfficial website


Vălean has a master's degree in European Integration and Security Studies, postgraduate studies in National Security and Defence Management and a bachelor's degree in mathematics.

Political careerEdit

Career in national politicsEdit

A member of the National Liberal Party (PNL), and a member of the European Peoples Party, Vălean was elected to the Chamber of Deputies on the Justice and Truth list for Călăraşi County (during the 2004 elections).

Member of the European Parliament, 2007–2019Edit

Vălean became a Member of the European Parliament on 1 January 2007, with the accession of Romania to the European Union. Throughout her time in parliament, she served on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy; in 2019, she became the committee's chairwoman. During her time on the committee, she was the Parliament's rapporteur for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)[2] and the European Union roaming regulations.[3]

From 2014 to 2017, Vălean was one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament under the leadership of President Antonio Tajani; in that capacity, she was in charge of information and communications technology (ICT).[4] She also chaired the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety from 2017 until 2019 and served on the Committee on Petitions from 2009 until 2014.

In addition to her committee assignments, Vălean was part of the Parliaments delegations with the countries of Southeast Europe (2007-2009); the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly (2009-2014); and the United States (since 2014). She was also a member of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD);[5] the European Internet Forum;[6] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Long Term Investment and Reindustrialisation.[7]

European Commissioner for Transport, 2019–presentEdit

In November 2019, the center-right government under Prime Minister Ludovic Orban put forward Vălean and Siegfried Mureșan as candidates to be the country's next European Commissioner.[8] She was subsequently picked to be the next European Commissioner for Transport by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Vălean is married to Crin Antonescu and has one child.[10]


External linksEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Corina Crețu
Romanian European Commissioner