Rosen Plevneliev

Rosen Asenov Plevneliev has been President of Bulgaria since January 2012.

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Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (Bulgarian: Росен Асенов Плевнелиев; born 14 May 1964) has been President of Bulgaria since January 2012. He was Minister of Regional Development and Public Works from July 2009 to September 2011 as part of the cabinet of Boyko Borisov.[1] In October 2011, Plevneliev was elected as President in a second round of voting; he was inaugurated on 18 January 2012.[2]


Rosen Plevneliev was born in Gotse Delchev. He is descended from Bulgarian refugees from southern Macedonia who resettled from today's village of Petrousa in the municipality of Petrotsani in Drama regional unit, Greek Macedonia, in 1913. The Plevneliev family name refers to the Bulgarian name of the village, Plevnya (Плевня, "barn").[3]

Plevneliev studied at Blagoevgrad Mathematical and Natural Sciences High School, from which he graduated in 1982. In 1989 he graduated from the Higher Mechanical-Electrotechnical Institute, Sofia, and in the same year become a fellow at the Institute for Microprocessing Technology, Pravets. In 1990 he started a private building company in Bulgaria. Among other projects, the company built the Sofia Business Park.

He is married to Yuliyana and they have three sons: Filip, Asen and Pavel.[4]

Political career

Plevneliev became Minister of Regional Development and Public Works under Prime Minister Borisov on 27 July 2009.

He was announced as GERB's candidate for President of Bulgaria on 4 September 2011.[5] He subsequently won the presidential election in a second round held on 30 October 2011, with a majority of 52,58.[6] He defeated Ivaylo Kalfin from the Bulgarian Socialist Party in the second round. He took the presidential oath on 19 January 2012 and officially took over from his predecessor Georgi Parvanov on 22 January 2012. Among his priorities are administrative reforms, energy efficiency and energy independence and removing of ambassadors of Bulgaria in foreign countries who have served as secret agents during the Communist regime.

Plevneliev advocates for closer relations between Bulgaria and the People's Republic of China.[7][8]