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Sorin Frunzăverde

Sorin Frunzăverde (26 April 1960 – 3 November 2019) was a Romanian politician. He served as the Minister of National Defense of Romania on two occasions as well as the Minister of Tourism and Ministry of Water, Forestry and Environmental Protection. He was also the President of the Caraș-Severin County Council a member of the Parliament of Romania and a Member of the European Parliament from 2007-2009. Formerly a member of the Democratic Liberal Party, he joined the National Liberal Party in 2012.

Sorin Frunzăverde
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Sorin Frunzăverde in February 2007
Member of the European Parliament
In office
Minister of National Defense
In office
25 October 2006 – 5 April 2007
Prime MinisterCălin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Preceded byCorneliu Dobriţoiu (acting)
Succeeded byTeodor Meleșcanu
In office
13 March 2000 – 28 December 2000
Prime MinisterMugur Isărescu
Preceded byConstantin Dudu Ionescu
Succeeded byIoan Mircea Paşcu
Minister of Tourism
In office
17 April 1998 – 16 December 1998
Prime MinisterRadu Vasile
Preceded byÁkos Birtalan
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Ministry of Water, Forestry and Environmental Protection
In office
5 December 1997 – 11 February 1998
Prime MinisterVictor Ciorbea
Preceded byIoan Oltean
Succeeded byRomica Tomescu
Personal details
Born(1960-04-26)26 April 1960
Bocşa, Caraş-Severin County, Romania
Died3 November 2019(2019-11-03) (aged 59)
Reșița, Caraş-Severin County, Romania
Political partyPNL (2012-present)
Other political
PDL (1993-2012)

In 2015, he was charged with influence peddling by the National Anticorruption Directorate and convicted the following year. He received a two-year suspended sentence.[1][2]


Early life and careerEdit

He was born on 26 April 1960 in Bocşa, Caraş-Severin County, Romania and educated in Reșița. He graduated from metallurgical faculty of the Politehnica University of Bucharest with a degree in metallurgical engineering. He joined the Reșița Ironworks as an engineer and later became the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Caraş-Severin County. [3]

Political careerEdit

In 1992, he won election to the county council of Caraş-Severin County, becoming president of that body in 1996.

In December 1997, he was appointed as Ministry of Water, Forestry and Environmental Protection in the cabinet of Victor Ciorbea. After Radu Vasile became prime minister in 1998, Frunzăverde moved to the position of [[Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (Romania) |Minister of Tourism).

He twice served as Minister of National Defense. The first appointment, from 13 March 2000 to 28 December 2000, came in the First cabinet of Mugur Isărescu when President Emil Constantinescu chose him to replace defence minister Victor Babiuc, who had left the Democratic Party but refused to leave the ministerial post.[4] He returned to the post from 25 October 2006 to 5 April 2007, in the first cabinet of Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu after defence minister Teodor Atanasiu resigned following a long running dispute with President Traian Băsescu.[5]

He was a Member of the European Parliament, where he was the Head of the Romanian delegation to the EPP, vice-chairman of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Within the European Parliament, he was involved in the EU-Western Balkans dialogue, acting as a member in the Delegation for relations with the countries of south-east Europe and the Delegation to the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee. He pushed for his party to join the European People’s Party group after having been affiliated with the Socialist International.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Frunzăverde was fluent in English, Italian and German, and was married with one child. He died from kidney disease on 3 November 2019 at the age of 59.[6][3]


  1. ^ "A murit Sorin Frunzăverde, fost deputat și ministru din partea PD, la vârsta de 59 de ani". Digi24 (in Romanian). 2019-11-03.
  2. ^ "Liberal Local Leader Sentenced To Prison With Suspension In The 2014 Presidential Elections File". Romania Journal. 2016-01-15.
  3. ^ a b c "Doliu în politică. A murit Sorin Frunzăverde. Fostul lider PDL avea 59 de ani". Adevarul (in Romanian). 2019-11-03.
  4. ^ "Romanian President intervenes in coalition row". BBC News. 13 March 2000. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  5. ^ "Romanian defence minister quits". BBC News. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  6. ^ "Sorin Frunzăverde a încetat din viață". Realitatea (in Romanian). 2011-11-03.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ioan Oltean
Ministry of Water, Forestry and Environmental Protection
5 December 1997 – 11 February 1998
Succeeded by
Romica Tomescu
Preceded by
Ákos Birtalan
Minister of Tourism
17 April 1998 – 16 December 1998
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Constantin Dudu Ionescu
Minister of National Defense
13 March 2000 – 28 December 2000
Succeeded by
Ioan Mircea Paşcu
Preceded by
Corneliu Dobriţoiu (acting)
Minister of National Defense
25 October 2006 – 5 April 2007
Succeeded by
Teodor Meleșcanu