Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu is currently the President of the Senate of Romania, the second highest position in the Romanian state hierarchy.
He served as Prime Minister of Romania from 2004 to 2008, becoming the first liberal to take this office after the collapse of the Communist regime.
Born on 14 January 1952 in Bucharest, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu graduated from the Faculty of Hydrotechnics, Technical University of Civil Engineering and obtained an MSc in Research Mathematics and IT from the University of Bucharest. Between 1980-1991, he pursued an academic career , as a lecturer in the Faculty of Hydrotechnics, before becoming a politician.
In the early 1990s he founded Radio Contact, Romania’s first private radio station. Its great success changed the landscape of the Romanian media, making an important contribution to the democratization of the Romanian society in the early years since the Revolution of December 1989.
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu entered politics in the early 1990s and contributed to the revival of the oldest liberal party in Europe, the National Liberal Party (PNL). In May 1990, at the first post-Communist elections, he won a seat in the newly formed Parliament, in the Chamber of Deputies, representing PNL. He returned to Parliament in 1996 and won four consecutive mandates in the Chamber of Deputies.
From 2004 to 2008, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu served as Prime Minister of Romania. The government he led introduced a series of liberal reforms, including a flat income tax regime of 16% on companies’ profits and on personal income, at the beginning of 2005. Romania tripled its GDP during his premiership, and the most important achievement of the “Tăriceanu Government” was the accession of Romania to the European Union on 1 January 2007.
From 2012 until present, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu has also won two consecutive mandates of senator. In March 2014 he was elected President of the Senate.
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu resigned from PNL in 2014 as the leadership of the PNL imposed the decision for the party to abandon the liberal political identity, the political ideology and its historical tradition and to join the European People’s Party (EPP).
Currently, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu is the president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Romania (ALDE Romania), a political party he founded in 2015, currently represented in the Parliament and in all county structures, affiliated to the ALDE Group in the European Parliament. The Party claims a center-right political orientation with a liberal doctrine centered on defending citizensߴ rights and freedoms and promoting a liberal philosophy in the economy.