Ivailo Kalfin, who was foreign minister in the outgoing Stanishev administration before being elected as an MEP at the head of the Bulgarian Socialist Party-dominated Coalition for Bulgaria ticket, has been named deputy chairperson of the European Parliament’s committee on the budget.
Before Stanishev’s party was defeated at the hands of Boiko Borissov’s party GERB, Kalfin’s name had been mentioned as a possible Bulgarian candidate European Commissioner. This has fallen away after Borissov’s victory.
Unconfirmed media reports have named Roumyana Zheleva as a possible successor to Kalfin as foreign minister when prime-minister-to-be Borissov names his cabinet, which he said on July 16 he would do on July 21.
Two other Bulgarian MEPs were elected into the leadership corps of committees – Filiz Hyusmenova (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) was re-elected as deputy chairperson of the European Parliament’s committee on regional development, while Metin Kazak will be deputy chairperson of the sub-committee on human rights.
The leaderships of half of the European Parliament’s committees were voted in Strasbourg on July 16 and the other half will be voted in Brussels early next week.