Ivailo Kalfin of Bulgaria Elected Executive Director of Dublin-Based EU Agency
March 6 (BTA) - Ivailo Kalfin has been elected Executive
Director of the European Foundation for the Improvement of
Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), the Bulgarian Labour
and Social Policy Ministry said in a press release on Friday.
Kalfin's bid, which was backed by the Ministry on behalf of the
Bulgarian Government, was approved by a convincing majority at a
meeting of the Eurofound Management Board on March 5.
Eurofound, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a EU agency
providing knowledge to help develop social, employment and
work-related policies. It researches social, employment and
work-related topics, communicates the results and conclusions of
its research to EU and national policymakers to help them make
policies to improve living and working conditions, develop
employment policies and promote social dialogue, and facilitates
knowledge sharing among and between people involved in this
area at EU level and nationally.
Kalfin, 57, is a qualified economist, having graduated from
Sofia's University of National and World Economy and earning a
master's degree in International Banking from the Loughborough
University in the UK. He was Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister in the Sergei Stanishev Cabinet (2005-2009), Member of
the European Parliament (2009-2014), and Deputy Prime Minister
for Demographic and Social Policy and Minister of Labour and
Social Policy in the second Boyko Borissov Cabinet (2014-2016).
He was elected to three Bulgarian parliaments. Kalfin ran for
President as a candidate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party in
2011, when he reached the second round of voting, and as an
independent candidate in 2016. Speaks English, French, Russian
and Spanish. Married, with one daughter. LG