Ivailo Kalfin

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Ivailo Kalfin
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
17 August 2005 – 27 July 2009
Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev
Preceded by Solomon Pasi
Succeeded by Nikolay Mladenov
Personal details
Born (1964-05-30) 30 May 1964 (age 49)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater University of National and World Economy
Loughborough University

Ivailo Georgiev Kalfin (Bulgarian: Ивайло Георгиев Калфин, born 30 May 1964) is a Bulgarian politician. A three-term deputy, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Deputy Prime Minister from 2005 to 2009. Kalfin is a member of European Parliament.1

Biography

Born in Sofia, Kalfin received his higher education at the University of National and World Economy (1983–1988) and the Loughborough University (1998–1999). His foreign language skills include English, French, Russian and Spanish. He is married and has a daughter.

Kalfin founded the Social Democrats National Movement and served as the deputy president of the Common Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria-European Union between 1995 and 1998. A deputy in the 37th (1994-1997), 38th (2000-2001) and 40th (since 2005) National Assembly of Bulgaria, Kalfin has been part of the Bulgarian National Bank's Consultative Council since 2004. He observed the elections in Kosovo in 2001 and 2004 as part of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe missions in the region and has also worked as a senior university lecturer and manager in several consulting companies.

Between 2002 and 2005, he was also an economic advisor to the President of Bulgaria, Georgi Parvanov. He became the Minister of Foreign Affairs and a Deputy Prime Minister in 2005. He is a member of Internet Society - Bulgaria

Relations with the Republic of Macedonia

On 24 July 2006, at the opening of a working conference with the heads of Bulgarian embassies and consulates abroad, Kalfin became the first Bulgarian Foreign Minister to publicly voice his opinion against the mininterpretation and misappropriation of the Bulgarian history by the Republic of Macedonia, saying that: 2 3

We have declared our support for [the Republic of] Macedonia's [EU] membership. But I have to say immediately that it would not be normal for this support to be unconditional. There are criteria that have to be fulfilled. We would particularly much insist on the observance of the principles of good-neighbour relations and the lack of aggression towards the Bulgarian nation or history on behalf of the Macedonian authorities.

On 28 July 2006 Kalfin appealed to the Skopje authorities to replace the director of the Macedonian cultural and informational center in Sofia Stefan Vlahov-Mitsov:

The Macedonian authorities should clearly prove that it is inadmissible for an official of a diplomatic representation abroad to participate in that country's political life.

His statement was provoked by Mitsov's alleged participation in the management of UMO Ilinden-Pirin, a controversial party largely regarded as Macedonist and anti-Bulgarian by the Bulgarian public.

European Parliament

In the European Parliament, Kalfin is serving as:

  • Vice-chairman of the Committee on Budgets,
  • Member of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis
  • Member of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo
  • Substitute at the Committee on Budgetary Control
  • Substitute at the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
  • Substitute at the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia

References

  1. ^ Ivailo Kalfin elected to European Parliament post - The Sofia Echo
  2. ^ "Kalfin's ultimatum to the Republic of Macedonia". paper.standartnews.com. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  (Bulgarian)
  3. ^ "Netinfo - Kalfin's ultimatum to the Republic of Macedonia". news.netinfo.bg. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  (Bulgarian)

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