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Titus Corlățean

Titus Corlățean (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈtitus korləˈt͡se̯an]; born 11 January 1968) is a Romanian politician and diplomat, former Minister of Justice and of Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), part of the Party of European Socialists, and was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for Brașov County in the 2004 elections. He became an appointed Member of the European Parliament on 1 January 2007, with the accession of Romania to the European Union. He was elected to that body late in the same year, resigning in 2008 after being returned to the Chamber. In 2012, he was elected Senator for Bucharest.

Titus Corlățean
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
6 August 2012 – 10 November 2014
Prime MinisterVictor Ponta
Preceded byAndrei Marga
Succeeded byTeodor Meleșcanu
Minister of Justice
In office
7 May 2012 – 6 August 2012
Prime MinisterVictor Ponta
Preceded byCătălin Predoiu
Succeeded byVictor Ponta (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1968-01-11) 11 January 1968 (age 51)
Medgidia, Romania
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Bucharest
National School of Administration, Strasbourg

Corlățean was born in Medgidia, and graduated from the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Law in 1994. He also earned a certificate from the International Institute of the École nationale d'administration in Paris (1995).

Between 1994 and 2001, Corlățean worked as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before joining Prime Minister Adrian Năstase's Chancellery in 2001-2003 (first as Adviser on Foreign Policy Issues, and, after 2003, as Secretary of State for the Romanian Diaspora). He has been a member of the PSD since 2002, serving as spokesperson for its Coordinating Committee after 2004.

In the Victor Ponta cabinet, Corlățean served as Justice Minister (May–August 2012) and as Foreign Minister (August 2012—November 2014).[1] He resigned from the latter position following the first round of the 2014 presidential election, in which he was blamed for not setting up enough polling places for the Romanian diaspora.[2]

Corlățean is married and the father of one daughter. In 2004, he was appointed Knight of the Order of the Star of Romania; in 2014, he was appointed Grand Cross of the Order pro merito Melitensi.[3]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ (in Romanian) Profile Archived 2013-01-17 at the Wayback Machine at the Romanian Government site; accessed November 29, 2012
  2. ^ (in Romanian) Cristian Fierbinţeanu, "Titus Corlăţean şi-a anunţat demisia", Mediafax, November 10, 2014; accessed November 10, 2014
  3. ^ (in Romanian) Profile at the Foreign Affairs Ministry page; accessed May 2, 2016

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