Bulgarian pres. uses Colo. photo in speech

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev attracted ridicule when he used a picture of mountains in Colorado as an example of his country's beauty.

Bulgaria, Azerbaijan confirm gas deal

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Azerbaijan will make good on commitments to supply Bulgaria with 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year, Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov said this week.

Bulgarian candidate says not anti-Russia

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The presidential candidate of Bulgaria's ruling party says he won't be "anti-Russian" despite recent disagreements with Moscow over energy projects.

Bulgarian impeachment bid loses support

SOFIA, Bulgaria, March 31 (UPI) -- A bid to impeach Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov hit a roadblock Wednesday when a conservative party withdrew its support in Sofia.

Assembly seeks Parvanov impeachment

SOFIA, Bulgaria, March 26 (UPI) -- The Bulgarian National Assembly has begun proceedings seeking the impeachment of President Georgi Parvanov for allegedly violating the constitution.

Gazprom in Sofia on South Stream talks

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Gazprom chief Alexei Miller paid a working visit to Bulgaria Tuesday to meet with government officials to discuss the South Stream natural gas pipeline.

Athens lauds Russian pipelines

ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline and South Stream gas pipeline would be beneficial to southern Europe, said Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

Sofia lays down law on South Stream

SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 27 (UPI) -- Russian energy giant Gazprom must respect the national rights of Bulgaria when making deals concerning regional energy security, officials said.

Italy, Bulgaria hold talks on South Stream

ROME, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- There is an interest to form strong bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Italy in order to move forward with the South Stream gas pipeline, officials said.

Bulgaria calls for action on South Stream

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Work toward execution of the South Stream gas pipeline to Europe needs increased attention, said Russian and Bulgarian leaders during talks in Moscow.

Bulgaria highlights role in Nabucco

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Agreements with Nabucco suppliers for 141 billion cubic feet of gas annually places Bulgaria as a key partner to the project, the Bulgarian president said.

Supplies are top concern for Nabucco

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The most important issue surrounding the Nabucco natural gas pipeline to Europe is securing enough supplies, the Turkish president said in Ankara.

U.S. envoy in Sofia on energy talks

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. envoy for European affairs and Eurasian energy arrived in Bulgaria Tuesday to meet with top officials in Sofia on energy policy, officials said.

Controversy over Bulgaria's National Day

SOFIA, Bulgaria, March 3 (UPI) -- A ceremony in Sofia for Bulgaria's 130th year of independence was marred Monday by political bickering over mourning for last week's eight train fire victims.

Analysis: Iran in from cold?

Iran has emerged as an unlikely champion of Europeans concerned by their growing dependence on Russia, giving the Nabucco pipeline project a fillip.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent
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Georgi Parvanov
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis (C), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov talk after a meeting in Athens on September 4, 2006. Leaders of Russia, Greece and Bulgaria agreed to provide greater support toward a stalled 280-kilometre (174-mile) pipeline project to carry Russian oil from Bulgaria to Greece. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

Communist Party (1981–1990)

Georgi Sedefchov Parvanov (Bulgarian: Георги Седефчов Първанов, IPA: ) (born June 28, 1957) is the current President of Bulgaria; he has been elected after defeating his predecessor Petar Stoyanov in the second round of the presidential elections in November 2001 and he came into office on January 22, 2002. Georgi Parvanov started his second presidential mandate following victory in the 2006 presidential elections. Parvanov supports membership of Bulgaria in NATO and the European Union. According to Bulgarian law Bulgarian president is not allowed to be a member of a political party thus Parvanov is independent and he left the Socialist Party after his success in the presidential elections, although of course he identified as a socialist. Parvanov often declares being a 'social president' as his election platform was such — focusing on social care for the "unemployed, disadvantaged and poor."

Georgi Parvanov was born in the village of Sirishtnik, Pernik Province on June 28, 1957 and he grew up in the nearby village of Kosacha. In 1975 Parvanov graduated the secondary school in Pernik and in 1981 he finished his undergraduate education at the Sofia University, by gaining a major in history, specializing in the history of the Bulgarian Communist Party. In 1988 Parvanov defended his doctoral thesis in history, which is titled "Dimitar Blagoev and the Bulgarian national question 1879-1917".

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