Elena Yoncheva

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Elena Yoncheva
Member of the European Parliament
for Bulgaria
Assumed office
2 July 2019[1][2]
Personal details
Born (1964-05-27) 27 May 1964 (age 57)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Alma materMoscow State University

Elena Nikolova Yoncheva (Bulgarian: Елена Николова Йончева) (born 27 May 1964) is a Bulgarian freelance journalist and politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019.

A former Bulgarian National Television correspondent, Yoncheva has reported from many conflict areas. She has authored more than 25 TV documentaries on these conflicts,[3] and while reporting from Iraq in 2003, she had a narrow escape from tragedy being rescued from armed civilians by an Iraqi official.[4] In June 2013, she was injured by a tear-gas grenade while reporting from Istanbul, Turkey.[5]

Early life[edit]

Yoncheva was born on 27 May 1964 in Sofia, to parents Nikola and Larisa. She datеd Sergey Stanishev, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria, between 1994 and 2009; they had known each other since their student years in Moscow, Russia.[6]

Career in journalism[edit]

Yoncheva has reported from Kosovo, Algeria, Chechnya, Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela, Colombia and other hot spots. Yoncheva has also authored a documentary on the Bulgarian Antarctic base, the Roma in Lom and on other topics. In 2008, she became a participant in bTV's television series Dancing Stars. Since October 2013, she is co-anchor of TV7's show "The Original", together with Ivan Garelov. Yoncheva filmed the documentary "The Border" which denounces the trafficking of migrants through Bulgaria, which is allegedly facilitated by Bulgarian authorities.[7]

Member of the European Parliament, 2019–present[edit]

Yoncheva was elected to the European Parliament on the Bulgarian Socialist Party ticket, during the 2019 European Parliament election in Bulgaria.[8] As part of her campaign for a Member of the European Parliament, she shared evidence allegedly proving corruption in the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.[9]

In parliament, Yoncheva is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. She is also member of the Democracy, Rule of Law & Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group.[10]

In addition to her committee assignments, Yoncheva is part of the parliament's delegations for relations with Israel and to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.[11]


  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Elena Yoncheva". United Nations Development Program. Archived from the original on December 23, 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  4. ^ Petrov, Plamen. "The Bulgarian Press on the War in Iraq". Worldpress.org, April 15, 2003. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  5. ^ "Elena Yoncheva was injured by a tear-gas grenade in Istanbul". Dnevnik. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  6. ^ "Елена Йончева призна, че е разделена със Станишев". mediapool.bg. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  7. ^ "Elena Yoncheva presented her film on human trafficking". Darik News.
  8. ^ "Европейски парламент :: Европейски парламент 2019". results.cik.bg. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  9. ^ "Opposition BSP MP Elena Yoncheva Accused Minister of Culture of Corruption". Novinite.
  10. ^ Democracy, Rule of Law & Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group, 2019–2024 European Parliament.
  11. ^ "Elena Yoncheva on EP's website". Website of the European Parliament.

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