Meglena Kuneva`s profile
Meglena Shtilianova Kuneva (born 22 June 1957) is a Bulgarian and EU politician. Born in Sofia, Kuneva graduated in Law from Sofia University in 1981. In 1984 she became a Doctor of Law. She worked as a journalist for the Law Programme of the Bulgarian National Radio while being an Assistant Professor at Sofia University. In 1990 she took a job as Senior Legal Advisor at the Council of Ministers and held it till 2001. In the meantime Kuneva specialized in Foreign Affairs and Environmental Law at Georgetown University and other foreign universities.
In June 2001 she was elected a deputy (Member of Bulgarian Parliament) as a founding member of the Liberal Simeon II National Movement (NDSV) party. In August 2001 Kuneva left parliament because she was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Bulgaria with the European Union. She represented the Bulgarian Government in the Convention on the Future of Europe (the European Convention), which designed the EU Constitutional Treaty (the European Constitution).
In May 2002 she was appointed Bulgaria's first Minister of European Affairs in the government of former Tsar Simeon Sakskoburggotski. She held that job even after the 2005 parliamentary elections, when NDSV became a junior partner in the Bulgarian Socialist Party-dominated coalition government of Sergey Stanishev — the only minister of the former cabinet to retain her post.
On 26 October 2006 Kuneva was nominated to be Bulgaria's first member of the European Commission. European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso assigned her the portfolio of Consumer Protection.Kuneva was decisively approved by the European Parliament on 12 December 2006 with 583 votes "in favour", 21 votes "against" and 28 votes "abstentions". She commenced her mandate as EU Commissioner on 1 January 2007, when Bulgaria officially joined the EU. On 22 January 2007 Meglena Kuneva took an Oath as a European Commissioner at the European Court in Luxembourg.
• “Responsibility for environment damages in the process of privatization” – newspaper “Contemporary law” № 4, Sofia 1994
• “The environment resources as an object of state property” – newspaper “Contemporary law” № 6, 1996
• “Remarks on the Law on preservation of agricultural lands” – newspaper “Property and law”, № 11, 1996
• “Environmental legislation and environmental policy” – newspaper “Bulgarian and the European Union”, ed. Center for the Study of democracy, Sofia 1998
• “Comments and practice on the law on concessions” (monograph), Siela, Sofia 2000
• “Bulgaria 2007 – the future of Europe is in diversity” – newspaper “The unseen Europe”, Documents from the archive of Jean Monnet, Sofia 2003
• Bulgaria and the challenges of the new Constitution of the European Union” – newspaper “Constitution, Foreign policy and European constitutional space”, Friedrich Ebert foundation and the Institute for political and law studies, , Sofia 2004
• “Why this anthem” – newspaper “Anthem of the Saints Cyril and Methodius”, New Bulgarian University, Sofia 2005
• Author of the screenplay for the documentary “Stories of murders”, directed by Iglika Trifonova, Great Award “Golden Rose” at the Bulgarian film festival, Varna 1993
Decorations, Prizes and Distinctions
• 2005 – Gold distinction of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria
• 2005 – Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, Italy
• 2004 – Order of Prince Enrique, Portugal
• 2003 – Legion d’Honneur, France
• 2002 – Order of Civil Merit, Kingdom of Spain
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