Adina Ioana Valean
Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Adina Ioana Vălean is the Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. From 2014 to 2017, she has been Vice-President of the European Parliament, on behalf of the EPP Group, in charge of ICT.
Apart from her work in the ENVI Committee, she is a member of the Delegation for relations with the United States of America. Previously, she had been a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, where her work was focused on telecommunications, energy, as well as research and innovation.
Adina Vălean has been a member of the European Parliament since 2007.
In the previous mandate, she was rapporteur on the Connecting Europe Facility; a financing instrument which aims at funding €33.2 billion worth of investments 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.
A strong believer in the benefits of a strong EU-US relations, she is a steering committee member of the Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue and has developed a keen interest in the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; the benefits of which she has long advocated. With a solid commitment to the internet economy, entrepreneurship and innovation, she has been elected member of the steering committee of the European Internet Forum, as well as board member of the knowledge4innovation platform. With a particular interest in securing the competitiveness of the European automotive industry, Adina Vălean is co-chair of the Forum for Mobility and Society.
She is a member of PNL (Romanian National Liberal Party) and from 2004 to 2006 was a member of the Romanian Parliament. Valean’s main focuses, while in the National Parliament, concerned 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 Vălean was a social activist, member of several foundations and associations, which promote tolerance, dialogue and a liberal economic market. Adina Vălean began 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 Bachelor degree in Mathematics. She is married and has one child.