Rosen Plevneliev

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Asenov and the family name is Plevneliev.
Rosen Plevneliev
BG President Rosen Plevneliev.JPG
5th President of Bulgaria
Assumed office
22 January 2012
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
Marin Raykov
Plamen Oresharski
Vice President Margarita Popova
Preceded by Georgi Parvanov
Minister of Regional Development and Public Works
In office
27 July 2009 – 9 September 2011
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
Preceded by Asen Gagauzov
Succeeded by Lilyana Pavlova
Personal details
Born Rosen Asenov Plevleniev
(1964-05-14) 14 May 1964 (age 50)
Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria
Political party GERB (Before 2012)
Independent (2012–present)
Spouse(s) Yuliyana Plevnelieva
Children Filip
Alma mater Technical University of Sofia

Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (Bulgarian: Росен Асенов Плевнелиев; born 14 May 1964) has been President of Bulgaria since January 2012. He was the 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. His family relocated to Blagoevgrad when he turned 10 years old.[3] He is descended from Bulgarian refugees from southern Macedonia who resettled from today's village of Petrousa in the municipality of Prosotsani in Drama regional unit, Greek Macedonia, in 1913. The Plevneliev family name refers to the Bulgarian name of the village, Plevnya (Плевня, "barn").[4]

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.[5] 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 Plevnelieva and they have three sons: Filip, Asen and Pavel.[6] His hobby is underwater diving.[3]

Political career[edit]

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.[7] He subsequently won the presidential election in a second round held on 30 October 2011, with a majority of 52,58% of the vote.[8] 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.

As a result of the 2013 Bulgarian protests against monopoly and high electricity prices, the conservative government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov tendered its resignation on 20 February 2013. President Plevneliev, acting in accordance with the constitution, offered a mandate to form a new government within the term of the current Parliament to GERB, BSP and DPS but after each of them declined, Plevneliev appointed a caretaker government on 13 March 2013, with Marin Raykov, the Bulgarian ambassador in Paris as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 2013, due to the prolonged protests against the involvement of oligarchy in politics and the government, Plevneliev organised the 'Dialogue with citizens' initiative, which involved three debates, focused on market economy, the judicial system and media freedom.

Plevneliev advocates for closer relations between Bulgaria and the People's Republic of China.[9][10]

Plevneliev criticises constantly and sharply the policy towards immigrants in the UK by its Prime Minister, David Cameron.[11]


In January 2014 it became known that the tax authorities are inspecting Plevneliev and his relatives. The topic generated some controversy, as some people say that any citizen can become an object of a tax inspection, while others point to what they perceive as too many tax inspections of critics of the Oresharski Government.[12]


Lilov, Grigor (2013). Най-богатите българи (1st ed.). Sofia: „Кайлас” ЕООД. ISBN 978-954-92098-9-1. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Asen Gagauzov
Minister of Regional Development and Public Works
Succeeded by
Lilyana Pavlova
Preceded by
Georgi Parvanov
President of Bulgaria