MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Kristian Vigenin was elected Minister of Foreign Affairs on May 29 2013 as a member of the Plamen Oresharski Government.
From September 2005, Kristian Vigenin was an observer in the European Parliament and leader of the six-member delegation of the Coalition for Bulgaria. He was a member of the European Parliament, seventh and sixth parliamentary term. With the accession of Bulgariato the European Union, he was confirmed as a member of the European Parliament. In the European elections in May 2007, he was elected to the European Parliament. After the elections, his position as Vice-President of the Party of European Socialists Group from March 2007 was confirmed by the Socialist Group.
In the European Parliament elections in 2009, Kristian Vigenin was re-elected as an MEP. He was elected co-chair of the Parliamentary Assembly Euronest platform for inter-parliamentary co-operation with the Eastern Partnership countries. He was a member of the Conference of Presidents of Delegation in the European Parliament and a member of the Delegation of the European Parliament to the Committee on EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation and a substitute member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
From September 2009 to January 2012, Kristian Vigenin was the coordinator of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the EP.
In 2000, Kristian Vigenin was elected to the National Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, and at the end of 2001 as a member of the Executive Bureau of the party responsible for international relations. At the 45th, 46th and 47th Congresses of the Bulgarian Socialist Party he was re-elected as a member of the National Council, and later as a member of the Executive Bureau and Secretary of the Supreme Council for Foreign Affairs and International Relations. From 2005 to 2008, he was chairman of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Committee of the National Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party. From 2006, he took part in the PES Presidium and coordinated the work of the PES network for Southeastern Europe. From 2010 he was chairman of the Council on Foreign Affairs of the National Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party.
In the 2005 parliamentary elections, he was elected an MP in the 40th National Assembly. Until leaving the Bulgarian Parliament in May 2007, he was a member of the leadership of the Parliamentary Group of the Coalition for Bulgaria's as Secretary for International Affairs and participated in the work of Parliament’s Committees on Foreign Affairs and on European Integration.
In 1998, Kristian Vigenin graduated from the University of National and World Economy, specializing in International Relations and in Macroeconomics. He took part in several training and specialization courses in, among others, Belgium, Sweden and the United States. both in the political field and in regard to professional training and development.
From 1999 to 2001, he worked at the Ministry of Finance. From March 2001, Vigenin started at the Foreign Policy and International Relations Department of the Supreme Council of the BSP, and headed in the period from 2003 to 2010.
Fluent in English, German, French and Russian.
Married with two children.