Elena Yoncheva

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Elena Yoncheva
Elena Yoncheva in 2017
Member of the European Parliament
for Bulgaria
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Member of the National Assembly
In office
19 April 2017 – 1 July 2019
Personal details
Elena Nikolova Yoncheva

(1964-05-27) 27 May 1964 (age 59)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political partyDPS (2024–present)
Other political
BSP (2017–2024)
Domestic partnerSergey Stanishev (1994–2009)
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.[1]

A former Bulgarian National Television correspondent, Yoncheva has reported from many conflict areas. She has authored more than 25 TV documentaries on these conflicts including Ukraine, after filming the war in Donbas she was informed that she was not allowed to enter the country anymore.[2] And while reporting from Iraq in 2003, she had a narrow escape from tragedy being rescued from armed civilians by an Iraqi official.[3] In June 2013, she was injured by a tear-gas grenade while reporting from Istanbul, Turkey.[4]

Early life[edit]

Yoncheva was born on 27 May 1964 in Sofia, to a Bulgarian father, Nikola, and a Russian mother, 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] As part of her campaign for a Member of the European Parliament, she shared evidence allegedly proving corruption in the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Yoncheva was the chair of an inter-institutional negotiation group meant to agree to the details of the Migration Pact and pass it through the European Parliament.[11]

She was nominated as a candidate for MEP from the DPS political party in the 2024 European Parliament election.[12]


  1. ^ "Home | Elena YONCHEVA | MEPs | European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu. 1964-05-27. Retrieved 2024-04-22.
  2. ^ "Elena Yoncheva". United Nations Development Program. Archived from the original on December 23, 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  3. ^ Petrov, Plamen. "The Bulgarian Press on the War in Iraq". Worldpress.org, April 15, 2003. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  4. ^ "Elena Yoncheva was injured by a tear-gas grenade in Istanbul". Dnevnik. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  5. ^ "Елена Йончева призна, че е разделена със Станишев". mediapool.bg. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  6. ^ "Elena Yoncheva presented her film on human trafficking". Darik News. 13 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Европейски парламент :: Европейски парламент 2019". results.cik.bg. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  8. ^ "Opposition BSP MP Elena Yoncheva Accused Minister of Culture of Corruption". Novinite.
  9. ^ Democracy, Rule of Law & Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group, 2019–2024 European Parliament.
  10. ^ "Elena Yoncheva on EP's website". Website of the European Parliament. 27 May 1964.
  11. ^ "Elena Yoncheva on EP's website". 24chasa. 1 February 2023.
  12. ^ "Пеевски повежда листите на ДПС в Кърджали и Благоевград, Чакъров става водач на евролистата". Dnevnik.bg (in Bulgarian). 2024-05-06.

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