Kristian Vigenin (Bulgarian: Кристиан Вигенин; born 12 June 1975 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian politician and Member of the European Parliament. He is a member of the Coalition for Bulgaria, part of the Party of European Socialists, and became an MEP on 1 January 2007 with the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union.
He graduated 91st in German Language Gymnasium in 1993, and was awarded his bachelor's degree in International Economics and Macroeconomics at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia in 1998.
During the last years,[when?] Vigenin took part in multiple political and professional trainings and specializations in Belgium, Sweden and USA among others.
From March 1999 to March 2001, he was employed as a senior expert in European Integration Directorate of the Customs Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria (subdivision of Ministry of Finance). In March 2001, he started working in Foreign Policy and international activity Directorate of the Supreme Council (SC) of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). Vigenin led the Directorate in 2003. Currently, he is the principal head of Foreign policy, European integration and international cooperation section of the National council of BSP.
His political career began in 1994, when he was one of the founders of the Bulgarian Socialist Youth (BSY) and for three consecutive mandates, until 2000, he was a member of the Executive bureau of the organization, International secretary and vice-president respectively. At that time, Vigenin was responsible for the international activity of BSY, during which he attained an observer status of BSY at the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) in 1996 and full-right member in 1998. He led BSY to become an associated member of the youth organization of the Party of European Socialists (ECOSY) in 1997.
In 2000 Kristian Vigenin was elected as a member of the Supreme Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and in the end of 2001, member of the Executive Bureau of the Party, responsible for international activity. Vigenin was re-elected as a member of the Council on 45th, 46th and 47th Congress of BSP and respectively – member of the Executive Bureau and its Secretary, responsible for foreign policy and international activity. During his mandate BSP was associated as a full member of the Socialist International (in 2003) and the Party of the European socialists (in 2005).
In 2005, Vigenin was elected as Chairman of the District organization of BSP “Poduyane” (Sofia) and member of the City Council of BSP Sofia. He was re-elected to both positions in 2008.
Since 2006, Vigenin was part of the Presidency of PES and coordinates the operation of the PES network for South-eastern Europe.
In the local elections of 1995, Vigenin was elected as a district counsellor in Poduyane and held the position until it`s abolishment by the democratic majority in the Parliament in 1999. He was a MP candidate at 24-th multi-mandate local districts (MMLD) on the 1997 and 2001 parliamentary elections. He was positioned No. 4 in the Coalition for Bulgaria (CB) 24th MMLD list and No. 1 on the Coalition for Bulgaria list for 31-t MMLD – Yambol on the 2005 parliamentary elections. He was elected as a member of the Parliament from Yambol. Thirty first MMLD had the highest rate of votes in favour of Coalition for Bulgaria – the socialists won 4 out of the 5 mandates for the area. Vigenin was a member of the Presidency of the Parliamentary Group Coalition for Bulgaria.
As a Secretary responsible for International activities he took part in the sessions of the Foreign affairs and European integration Committees until he left the Parliament in 2007. In September 2005 Vigenin became an observer in the European Parliament and the head of a six-member delegation of CB. After the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union he was appointed as member of the European Parliament. He held first position in the national list of Platform “European socialists” for the elections for EP in May 2007. He was elected as MEP together with four other socialists namely Iliyana Yotova, Atanas Paparizov, Marusya Lyubcheva and Evgeni Kirilov – 5 socialists out of the 18 Bulgarian MEPs. After the elections his post of vice-president of the Group of the European socialists (a post he held from March 2007) was reconfirmed by the PES Group with secret voting and four votes against.
Kristian Vienin was placed third on the BSP EP election list in 2009 and chosen to be one of the 17 Bulgarian MEPs. He was elected Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and a Substitute of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food afety (ENVI). In September 2009, he was elected to become the S&D Group Coordinator to the AFET Committee.
On 3 May 2011, Vigenin was elected as EP Chair of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, a new body created by the initiative of the European Parliament.
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