Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria
|Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria
Граждани за европейско развитие на България
|Founded||December 3, 2006|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Politics of Bulgaria
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Граждани за европейско развитие на България, Grazhdani za evropeysko razvitie na Balgariya), abbreviated GERB (Bulgarian: ГЕРБ, the word "герб", which is "ГЕРБ" spelled lowercase, meaning "coat of arms"), is a Bulgarian centre-right political party established on March 13, 2006.
GERB is headed by Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, former mayor of Sofia and former member of the National Movement Simeon II. The establishment of the party followed the creation of a non-profit organization with the acronym (in Bulgarian) GERB — Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, earlier the same year. The name of the party is not stated to be an acronym, but is spelled in all caps nonetheless.
In early January 2007, and early February 2007, it came second in public polls on party support with around 14%, trailing the Bulgarian Socialist Party which had around 25%. Its stated priorities are fighting crime and corruption, preserving family as the cornerstone of society and achieving energy independence.
GERB won the Bulgarian parliamentary elections on July 5, 2009. According to the parallel vote counting, GERB had received 39.7% of the popular vote. After that elections, it was formed a new government, led by Borisov, with a fully-GERB members composition.
GERB won the 2009 European Parliament election in Bulgaria with 24.36% of the vote. The party elected five MEPs and joined the European People's Party-European Democrats Group in the European Parliament (in the EPP section). On June 6, 2007 GERB applied formally to join as a member-party the European People's Party and joined EPP on February 7, 2008.
GERB won the Bulgarian parliamentary elections on May 12, 2013, obtaining a majority, with 30.5% of the popular vote, and 97 MEP's elected, becoming the first government party re-elected in the history of the post-communist Bulgaria. However, designated to form a new government, Borisov refused the offer and it's speculate that GERB will fall in the opposition.
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- Official website (Bulgarian)
- Official website (English)
- GERB's page on the European People's Party website