Speaker profile

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Ms Adina-Ioana Valean
    Vice President, European Parliament and EIF Steering Committee Member

ABOUT

Adina Ioana Valean is the Vice President of the European Parliament, on behalf of the EPP Group, elected for the first two and a half years of the legislature.

In the 2014-2019 legislative term, she is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and a member of the Delegation for the relations with the United States, as well as a substitute in the Committee on International Trade. Her work is focused on telecommunications, industry and energy.

Adina Valean has been a member of the European Parliament since 2007. Her current work is a continuation of what she initiated in her previous mandates, as a member of the ITRE, PETI and LIBE Committees.

Most significantly, she has been rapporteur on the Connecting Europe Facility, a financing instrument which will fund €33.2 billion worth of investment to improve Europe's transport, energy and digital networks. She takes an incisive approach towards reassessing public financing which she thinks should be primarily used for completing the single market, by increasing competition and incentivising private investment, without distorting the market.

With a particular interest in securing the competitiveness of the European automotive industry, Adina Valean has been designated co-chair of the Forum for the Automobile and Society. As member of the INTA Committee, she has also developed a strong interest in the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, for which she is a convinced supporter. For her work in ITRE, she has been elected member of the steering committee of the European Internet Forum, as well as a member of board of the knowledge4innovation platform. 

Adina Valean is a member of PNL (Romanian National Liberal Party) and from 2004 to 2006 she was a member of the Romanian Parliament. Her activities in the National Parliament were focused on market and labour issues. Prior to that, she acted as the Secretary General of the National Liberal Party's youth wing and Secretary of the National Liberal Party Committee on business, privatization and competition policy. She joined the National Liberal Party in 1999.

Before becoming a politician, Adina Valean was a social activist, member of several foundations and associations promoting tolerance, dialogue and a liberal economic market. Adina Valean started her professional career as a teacher of Mathematics in Bucharest. She has a Master's degree in European Integration and Security Studies, postgraduate studies in National Security and Defence Management and a degree in Mathematics. She is married and has one child.


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