Eyebrows have been raised in Romania after the beautiful blonde friend of a top government adviser was named head of the country’s tax collection agency despite her apparent inexperience.
Mihaela Triculescu, 42, previously held posts including as the accountant of a public services firm in a small village between the years 2015 and 2017.
But now the accountancy graduate, from the southern Romanian city of Craiova, finds herself as head of Romania’s tax collection agency (ANAF).
She faces a busy workload with the country’s 2019 budget not yet drawn up and the government needing to somehow raise an extra 4.6 billion EUR (4.1 billion GBP) to meet its financial targets.
Ms Triculescu was appointed by Romania’s prime minister Viorica Dancila on the recommendation of finance minister Eugen Teodorovici.
However, local media claims she owes her position to her friendship with the prime minister’s chief advisor Darius Valcov.
She reportedly has little experience in public administration and has previously failed to land a number of positions with the ANAF.
Mr Teodorovici said Ms Triculescu had 19 years’ private sector experience and had been appointed to make the tax collection agency more effective.
He said: “Better VAT collection and better tax collection in general are what we need. There are significant sums of money that can be brought to the budget by more effective control exerted by ANAF.”
Triculescu was reportedly picked for her experience in insolvency procedures, the Government stated in a press release.
She will continue to run her own insolvency bureau which is ironically involved in a large number of court cases against the tax collection agency.