Former President of the Republic of Bulgaria
Rosen Plevneliev was the fourth democratically elected Bulgarian President.
Born on 14 May 1964. Graduated Technical University in Sofia, specializing in computer science. Winner of the National Computer Programming competition in 1982.
Until 2009 Plevneliev is a successful entrepreneur. Implemented more than 80 construction projects in Germany. Co-founder and CEO of large-scale international real estate projects in Bulgaria such as Business Park Sofia, the largest business park in Southeast Europe, generated more than 11, 000 working places and attracted 250 hi-tech companies from all over the world, Residential Park Sofia – a large compound of 1000 residential, commercial and office units.
Plevneliev entered politics in 2009 serving as a minister of regional development and public works. He introduced a new approach in the management of European Union funds; started thousands of projects for the modernization of the Bulgarian regions; elaborated a new long-term strategy for highway and road construction; initiated a national energy efficiency program.
Plevneliev was elected President of the Republic of Bulgaria in November 2011 in competition with 17 candidates. His mandate was very difficult and demanding, during а time of an extraordinary instability in the region, Europe and around the world. In his very difficult term, the Presidential institution was a center of institutional stability.
Plevneliev initiated the National Development Program Bulgaria 2020 and the Bulgaria 2030 debate. He set long-term national priorities such as innovations, e-government, e-voting, ambitious modernization program, connectivity, vocational education system, long-term public planning, energy efficiency, liberalization and diversification. He established and is the patron of the first innovation ecosystem and the first hi-tech park in Bulgaria and on the Balkans – Sofia Tech Park.
Plevneliev is a patron of hi-tech industries such as Information and Communication Technologies, outsourcing and automotive. During his term of office, more than 90,000 new jobs were created in hi-tech industries.
Plevneliev is a great supporter of the international rule of law, human rights and freedoms.