Ivailo Kalfin

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Ivailo Kalfin
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Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 November 2014
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
Preceded by Yordan Hristoskov
Personal details
Born (1964-05-30) 30 May 1964 (age 50)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political party ABV
Alma mater University of National and World Economy
Loughborough University

Ivailo Georgiev Kalfin (Bulgarian: Ивайло Георгиев Калфин, born 30 May 1964) is a Bulgarian politician. A three-term deputy, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Deputy Prime Minister from 2005 to 2009 in the Stanishev Cabinet. Kalfin was a member of European Parliament between 2009 and 2014.[1] Since November 7, 2014 he is Deputy Prime-Minister of Bulgaria, and Minister of Labor and Social Policy in the Second Borisov Cabinet.

Biography[edit]

Born in Sofia, Kalfin received his higher education at the University of National and World Economy (1983–1988) and the Loughborough University (1998–1999). His foreign language skills include English, French, Russian and Spanish. He is married and has a daughter.

Kalfin founded the Social Democrats National Movement and served as the deputy president of the Common Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria-European Union between 1995 and 1998. A deputy in the 37th (1994-1997), 38th (2000-2001) and 40th (since 2005) National Assembly of Bulgaria, Kalfin has been part of the Bulgarian National Bank's Consultative Council since 2004. He observed the elections in Kosovo in 2001 and 2004 as part of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe missions in the region and has also worked as a senior university lecturer and manager in several consulting companies.

Between 2002 and 2005, he was also an economic advisor to the President of Bulgaria, Georgi Parvanov. He became the Minister of Foreign Affairs and a Deputy Prime Minister in 2005. He is a member of Internet Society - Bulgaria.

Relations with the Republic of Macedonia[edit]

On 24 July 2006, at the opening of a working conference with the heads of Bulgarian embassies and consulates abroad, Kalfin became the first Bulgarian Foreign Minister to publicly voice his opinion against the mininterpretation and misappropriation of the Bulgarian history by the Republic of Macedonia, saying that: [2] [3]

On 28 July 2006 Kalfin appealed to the Skopje authorities to replace the director of the Macedonian cultural and informational center in Sofia Stefan Vlahov-Mitsov:

His statement was provoked by Mitsov's alleged participation in the management of UMO Ilinden-Pirin, a controversial party largely regarded as Macedonist and anti-Bulgarian by the Bulgarian public.

European Parliament[edit]

In the European Parliament, Kalfin served as:

  • Vice-chairman of the Committee on Budgets,
  • Member of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis
  • Member of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo
  • Substitute at the Committee on Budgetary Control
  • Substitute at the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
  • Substitute at the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ivailo Kalfin elected to European Parliament post - The Sofia Echo
  2. ^ "Kalfin's ultimatum to the Republic of Macedonia". paper.standartnews.com. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  (Bulgarian)
  3. ^ "Netinfo - Kalfin's ultimatum to the Republic of Macedonia". news.netinfo.bg. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  (Bulgarian)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Solomon Pasi
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Nikolay Mladenov