Bulgarian Euro-Left

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Bulgarian Euro-Left
Founded 1997
Ideology Social democracy

The Bulgarian Euro-Left (Bulgarian: Българска Евролевица; transl. Bulgarska Evrolevista - BEL) was a pro-Western social-democratic[1][2] political party in Bulgaria. The party was established on 22 February 1997 in Sofia.[3][4] The party was formed by former members of the Bulgarian Socialist Party.[5][6]

The party contested the April 1997 parliamentary election as the Civil Union for the Republic – Bulgarian Euro-Left, winning 5.5% of the vote and 14 seats in the National Assembly.[4][7] Two deputies from the Bulgarian Business Bloc joined the BEL in February 1998.[4]

The BEL was admitted into the Socialist International as an observer affiliate in 1999.[8] The Party was in favour of Bulgaria's ascension to the European Union.[9]



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  8. ^ http://www.socialistinternational.org/viewArticle.cfm?ArticlePageID=59
  9. ^ Elena A. Iankova (16 April 2009). Business, Government, and EU Accession: Strategic Partnership and Conflict. Lexington Books. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-7391-3057-5.