Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev to address the European Parliament
The President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, will deliver a speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday at 12.00. The future of Europe and the current challenges that the EU is facing are expected to be among the topics addressed.
Rosen Plevneliev is the fourth democratically-elected President of the Republic of Bulgaria and its first President to address the European Parliament since Bulgaria joined the European Union on 1 January 2007.
Mr Plevneliev won the "European personality of the year in South-eastern and Central Europe" award in 2015 for his contribution to stabilizing and improving relations between the European states and in particular between Balkan neighbours.
In July 2009, Mr Plevneliev, who has a background in research and engineering, was appointed Minister of Regional Development and Public Works and introduced a new approach to managing EU funds. He was elected President in October 2011.
President Plevneliev and EP President Schulz will hold a joint press point after his formal address to plenary.
Debate: Wednesday, 8 June - 12.00-12.30
Press point: Wednesday, 8 June, 12.30
Note to Editors: EU Heads of State addressing Parliament during the 8th term
The latest EU Heads of State to address Parliament were:
- King Felipe VI of Spain, on 7 October 2015,
- President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, on 25 November 2015,
- President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, on 2 February 2016,
- President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on 13 April 2016, and
- King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, on 25 May 2016