This is the official website of the campaign to elect Peter Costea, PhD, to the European Parliament in the May 2019 elections. Welcome! This page is designed primarily for the international audience and international visitors interested to know details about him and his candidacy. Dr. Costea formally made known his intention to run in a press conference held in Arad, Romania, on November 24, 2018.
Dr. Costea will run as an independent. To be placed on the ballot in the May 2019 elections he will need 100.000 signatures, and to win, 3% of the votes cast. The elections are expected to be held on May 26, 2019, the last Sunday of the month. Romania currently has 32 members in the European Parliament, but this number has been increased to 33 for the upcoming 2019 elections.
Dr. Costea’s life has been one of distinguished accomplishments which reflect perseverance and a winning attitude in the face of adversity. Born in communist Romania, he is the son of a minister. During his youth he experienced severe persecution because of his faith and the religious upbringing he received in his family. To escape persecution, he left Romania, alone, as a refugee, in 1978. Prior to that time, the communist regime stripped him of his Romanian citizenship. In November 1978 he entered the United States and became a US citizen in 1985. He educated himself in universities in the United States and Switzerland. His terminal degrees are a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, Massachusetts, and a JD (Juris Doctor) degree from the University of Houston.
Since January 1991 Dr. Costea has continuously practised law in Houston, Texas. He specializes in labor and employment nondiscrimination law. Prior to 1991 he also taught at different universities, and spent a full year in South Africa in 1989 teaching international relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. In December 1989 he actively participated in the Romanian Revolution.
In 2006 Dr. Costea and other like-minded citizens of Romania initiated a constitutional amendment to define the natural family in Romania’s Constitution. Since 2007 he has been the President of Romania’s Families Alliance, a position he still holds today. He shares a pro-family and pro-life perspective and strongly believes in the rule of law and the sanctity of democratic intercourse. He has been an active participant in the October 2018 constitutional referendum related to marriage and family.
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