Elena Udrea
Romanian politician
Elena Udrea
Elena Gabriela Udrea is a Romanian politician. A member of the Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L), she has been a member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies for Bucharest since 2008. In successive Emil Boc cabinets, she served as Tourism Minister from 2008 to 2009 and as Regional Development and Tourism Minister from 2009 to 2012.
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Former Romanian presidential candidate Elena Udrea charged with corruption
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Elena Udrea, pictured, has strongly denied claims that she accepted £1.3 million worth of bribes while a member of the Romanian government between 2008 and 2012 suggesting prosecutors are 'biased'.
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Radu Mazare o reclama pe Elena Udrea - Romania International
Google News - over 5 years
... la parcarea supraetajată de la Spitalului Judeţean Constanţa, realizată cu fonduri europene, că va mai aştepta trei săptămâni până când va sesiza Comisia Europeană în legătură cu această situaţie şi crede că după aceea Elena Udrea “va lua viteză”
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Romanian healthcare system awaits life-saving cash injection - The Diplomat Bucharest
Google News - over 5 years
The money, however, was accessed through Elena Udrea's Ministry of Tourism and Regional Development. A major measure to reduce the number of days a patient spends in hospital – but also to bring more money to the National Healthcare House – would be
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Ministry seeks partnership to build Bucharest-based spa - ACTmedia
Google News - over 5 years
The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism (MDRT) plans to forge a partnership aimed at the construction of a spa center in Bucharest, Minister of Regional Development and Tourism Elena Udrea told a press conference on Wednesday
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Romania's government is considering lowering the VAT on food in the tourist ... - Balkans.com Business News
Google News - over 5 years
Romania's government is considering lowering the VAT on food in the tourist industry to 9% to aid investors, Tourism Minister Elena Udrea said. The VAT is currently 9% only for accommodation and breakfast. According to Udrea, investors have requested a
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Romania to launch Ceausescu tourist trail - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
The country's tourism minister Elena Udrea has confirmed that she is working on a 'red circuit' that will 'follow the traces of communism and the dictatorship'. The tour will include Ceausescu's native village of Scornicesti and the Doftana prison
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Romania's "Red Circuit": Equal Distributions Of Fun! - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
"Western tourists are very interested in Ceausescu's history, provided we can sell it properly," Elena Udrea, Romania's controversial Tourism Minister, told the Agence France Press. The tour will include Ceausescu's childhood home, the jail where he
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Romania to promote Ceausescu tourist trail - AFP
Google News - over 5 years
BUCHAREST — Tourists travelling to Romania will soon be able to follow the trail of former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, tourist minister Elena Udrea said Wednesday. "We are working on a 'red circuit' that would follow the traces of communism ... -
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I sa furat geanta cu proiecte avizate de Elena Udrea - Evenimentul Zilei
Google News - over 5 years
Maşina primvicepreşedintelui PDL Constanţa, Nicoale Anghel, a fost spartă astăzi de persoane necunoscute care i-au furat o geantă plină cu documente, buletinul de identitate şi portofelul. Printre actele furate erau și documentații avizate de
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Udrea: Sper ca revenirea economică a României să reprezinte şi revenirea PDL - Antena 3
Google News - over 5 years
Elena Udrea, vicepreşedintele Partidului Democrat-Liberal, şi-a exprimat, printr-o postare pe blogul personal, speranţa că revenirea economică a României va însemna şi revenirea de facto a PDL. "În urmă cu un an, România era obligată să ia măsuri
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Minister Udrea inaugurates double-decker bus route covering Bucharest tourist ... - EMportal
Google News - over 5 years
Minister Elena Udrea voiced belief that this pilot program, implemented alongside the RATB will be a great success and in this case the line will be expanded in other Romanian cities too. 'Normally, these busses are equipped to run also in the winter
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Bucharest City Tour Route Launched - Argophilia Travel News
Google News - over 5 years
I am confident that this project will be successful, and hope that these tours will increase the appeal of the capital, and Bucharest will regain its rightful place among the most visited European capitals, - said Elena Udrea, Minister of Regional
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CCSB survey : USL – 59% from the voting intentions of the Bucharest ... - ACTmedia
Google News - over 5 years
... Vasile Blaga – 19%, Corneliu Vadim Tudor – 17%, Traian Băsescu - 15%, George Becali - 13%, Emil Boc - 12%, Elena Udrea - 11%. The CCSB survey was made in July, on a sample of 1004 people, maximum error at the level of trust of 95% being +/- 3.2%
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elena Udrea
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 41
    In January 2015, she was questioned by prosecutors from the National Anticorruption Directorate on charges of money laundering and false statements on declarations of assets, as part of a wider investigation into the Microsoft licensing corruption scandal.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, she stepped aside as PMP president, with Eugen Tomac taking over the party on an interim basis. The following month, she was indicted on two counts of influence peddling and one count of money laundering. The case was able to proceed after her parliamentary immunity was lifted. A second case involves charges of receiving bribes for a 2011 gala event in honor of boxer Lucian Bute.
  • 2014
    Age 40
    In January 2014, Udrea, whom Blaga was preparing to expel from the PD-L, resigned from the party following disagreements with his leadership record, and joined the People's Movement Party (PMP).
    More Details Hide Details That June, she was elected PMP president, defeating Daniel Funeriu on a 78-22 margin. In August, the PMP candidate for the November presidential election, Cristian Diaconescu, quit the party and went ahead with a campaign as an independent amid moves by Udrea to assume his role. Subsequently, a party congress chose the latter as its new candidate, the only dissenting vote coming from Cristian Preda. At the election, she finished in fourth place, with 5.2% of the vote, and while not explicitly endorsing the Christian Liberal Alliance's Klaus Iohannis for the ensuing runoff, did urge her supporters to vote against the PSD's Victor Ponta.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    In March 2013, Udrea ran for the PD-L leadership but was defeated by incumbent Vasile Blaga on a 51-44 margin.
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  • 2012
    Age 38
    For the 2012 election, Udrea ran in a seat based in the city of Roman.
    More Details Hide Details Although placing second, she won another term through redistribution.
    She resigned from this position in the wake of the 2012 local election that saw the PD-L perform poorly in Bucharest, including Oprescu's winning a new term with a majority of votes cast.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, she also quit her position as PD-L vice-president.
    Along with the rest of the cabinet, she resigned in February 2012 amid anti-government protests.
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  • 2011
    Age 37
    In August 2011, Udrea generated controversy when she wore a Dolce & Gabbana dress that some media outlets claimed cost £14,310, to which she responded that the actual cost was some twenty times less.
    More Details Hide Details Three months later, she appeared on the cover of the Romanian magazine Tabu wearing a rubber dress and thigh-high boots.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    In July 2010, following the departure of Liviu Negoiţă, she became interim head of the Bucharest PD-L chapter, assuming the post on a permanent basis later that year when she was the only candidate to fill it, and vowing in her acceptance speech to "rid" the capital of independent Mayor Sorin Oprescu.
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  • 2008
    Age 34
    As minister, her goals included raising tourism's share of Romania's GDP from 3.5% in 2008 to 10% by 2012, and a renewed focus on the country's spa towns. During the summer of 2009, a parliamentary committee headed by Ludovic Orban of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) investigated alleged abuses at the ministry, including documents signed in Udrea's name by her subordinates, a flawed contracting process, the spending of unallocated funds, and the disbursement of money to town halls based on political rather than tourist-potential criteria.
    More Details Hide Details In September, the committee's report recommended her dismissal and criminal charges for abuse of office, conflict of interest and negligence; she refused to resign and denounced the "fabricated accusations". That October, she became interim Environment Minister following the resignation of her PSD cabinet colleagues, including Nicolae Nemirschi, the previous occupant of that ministry. In December, a new cabinet, also led by Boc, came into office; there, Udrea held the Regional Development and Tourism portfolio.
    At the 2008 legislative election, Udrea won 43.4% of the vote in her district, enough to gain a seat in Parliament for Bucharest once redistribution took place.
    More Details Hide Details Three days after the legislative session opened, she was sworn into the new office of Tourism Minister. All government employees on two floors of the Victoria Palace were evicted in order to make room for the new ministry.
    In these capacities, she promoted the party and spoke approvingly of the president, for instance ahead of the 2008 local election.
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  • 2007
    Age 33
    She returned to this theme in 2007, when she alleged that Tăriceanu had written the president a note soliciting the latter's intervention in the case.
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  • 2005
    Age 31
    In October 2005 she resigned from the PNL, joining the Democratic Party (PD; precursor to today's PD-L) in February 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In December, she was elected the party's executive secretary, becoming a vice-president of the PD-L a year later.
    From February to November 2005, while away from her law practice, Udrea was a state counsellor and head of the Presidential Chancellery under President Traian Băsescu.
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  • 2004
    Age 30
    Moreover, she was characterised as "the blonde from Golden Blitz"—a Cotroceni restaurant once frequented by Băsescu and the owners of which had business ties to Udrea's husband—having been photographed there with President-elect Băsescu in 2004. (Despite rumours to the contrary, she stated in an interview that her relationship with the President was "strictly professional".) Following her resignation, Udrea continued to act as a presidential surrogate, soon afterwards accusing the prime minister of placing a call to a prosecutor on behalf of his friend and business partner Dinu Patriciu on the day of Patriciu's arrest.
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    These controversies centred around the RA-APPS affair and alleged links she and her husband had to the parking firm Dalli, headed by what Băsescu had termed the "personal mafia" of his 2004 election rival Adrian Năstase.
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    She joined the National Liberal Party (PNL) that year, becoming a Bucharest city councillor in June 2004, during the period of the Justice and Truth Alliance.
    More Details Hide Details She held that office until the following February, and during that time was president of the council's committee on law and discipline.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    The businessman became her husband when the couple married on Udrea's 30th birthday in 2003, at the Romanian Consulate in New York City. They divorced in June 2013.
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  • 2002
    Age 28
    Udrea began her political activity in 2002 as a legal adviser to the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
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  • 1997
    Age 23
    Udrea worked as a lawyer in Bucharest from 1997 to February 2005, resuming the practice of law that December.
    More Details Hide Details At Dimitrie Cantemir, she began teaching political systems in autumn 2007, and she has authored or co-authored five works on geopolitics and globalisation. Some of her activities as a lawyer have drawn criticism from the non-governmental Political Investigation Group: for instance, it has questioned the fact that while an opposition city councillor in 2004, she represented the government-run Department for State Heritage Administration (RA-APPS), at one point receiving public contracts worth 710 million lei during a single week.
  • 1996
    Age 22
    Udrea was born in Buzău and completed secondary studies at the city's Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu National College. She then attended the faculty of Law and Public Administration at Bucharest's Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, graduating in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Udrea began studies at the Carol I National Defence University, receiving a master's degree in Military Science in 2007. She began work on a doctorate in the same field, but abandoned the endeavor in 2012.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on December 26, 1973.
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