Political Group: S&D
Phone in Brussels: +32 (0)2 284 57 50
- DEPA Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly
- CPDE Conference of Delegation Chairs
- AFET Committee on Foreign Affairs
- DSCA Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees
Graduate in engineering, University of Rostock, Germany (1965-1971). Doctor of international economic relations and international law, Diplomatic Academy, Moscow (1973-1976).
Director of the Cultural Exchange Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria (until 1990).
Member of the Supreme Council (renamed National Council in 2009) of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) since 1997; chairman of the Committee on foreign policy and international relations of the Supreme Council of the BSP (2001-2005).
MP in the 37th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria; member of the Committee on foreign affairs; chairman of the delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (1995-1997); MP in the 38th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria; foreign policy secretary in the Coalition for Bulgaria parliamentary group (1997-2001); MP in the 39th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria; vice-chairman of the Committee on European integration; member of the Committee on foreign affairs, defence and security (2001-2005); MP in the 40th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria; member of the Committee on foreign policy; member of the Committee on parliamentary ethics (2005-2007).
Member of the European Parliament; first vice-chair of the Committee on Regional Development; member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and of the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia parliamentary cooperation committees; substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the Delegation to the EU-former Republic of Macedonia joint parliamentary committee (2007-2009).
Member of the bureau of the Socialist Group in the Council of Europe (1999-2001); chair of the Committee on economic affairs and development in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) (2003-2007). Honorary member of PACE.
Member of the UNESCO national board (until 1990); permanent representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to UNESCO (1990-1993).
Recipient of the Order of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Bulgaria. Honorary citizen of the town of Nova Zagora, Bulgaria (2005).