Social policy in a Romanian technocratic government: What can change in a year?

Social policy in a Romanian technocratic government: What can change in a year?

Monday, 16 May 2016 - 5:00pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Valeriu Nicolae (Secretary of State, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Romania)
Mariela Neagu (New College, Oxford)
Jonathan Scheele (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Jonathan Scheele (St Antony's College, Oxford)

In cooperation with the Oxford University Romanian Society

The “technocratic” government appointed in Romania in December 2015 has around a year to run before it is replaced following parliamentary elections in November 2016.Midway through its life,  Laurentiu Nicolae will give an insider’s view on the challenges the government has faced – and continues to face – in the social policy area and more widely, and how it has addressed them. The subsequent discussion will also look more broadly at the effectiveness of technocratic governments as a response to popular protest. 

Valeriu Nicolae is an experienced advocate for human rights, especially for the Roma. He has been part of the current technocratic government in Romania since it was formed in December 2015, initially as Adviser to the PM on Social Inclusion and Human Rights and, since March 2016, as Secretary of State in the Social Affairs Ministry. Prior to that, he was Regional Director for Advocacy at World Vision International from June 2013 and had founded in 2008 and run the Policy Centre for Roma and Minorities, the first think tank in Romania on Roma issues. In 2015 he was appointed a trustee of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

Jonathan Scheele was the ESC Visiting Fellow for 2012/2014 and is a SEESOX Research Associate. Jonathan served as a European Commission official from 1974 until 2012; his last posting before his retirement was as Head of the European Commission’s Representation in the UK. During his time in the Commission, Jonathan dealt with a wide range of issues, including industrial policy, trade policy, international relations, enlargement and transport. From 2001 to 2006, Jonathan was Head of the European Commission’s Delegation in Romania and, from 2007 to 2010, Director for transport infrastructure policy and financing. Jonathan held the first EU Visiting Fellowship at St Antony’s in 2009/2010. His research interests cover developments in the Balkans and he will be carrying out a comparative study of Romania’s and Poland’s experiences in utilising the potential offered by their accession to the EU. Jonathan will also be researching on the UK’s long term relationship with the EU.