Iliana Iotova
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Iliana Iotova

Iliana Iotova
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6th Vice President of Bulgaria

22 January 2017
PresidentRumen Radev
Boyko Borisov
Ognyan Gerdzhikov (Acting)
Boyko Borisov
Margarita Popova
Member of the European Parliament

2007 - 16 January 2017
Personal details
Iliana Malinova Iotova

(1964-10-24) 24 October 1964 (age 56)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political partyBulgarian Socialist Party
Iotova with the Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Sofia

Iliana Malinova Iotova (Bulgarian: [1]) (born 24 October 1964) is a Bulgarian politician who has been serving as Vice President of Bulgaria since 2017. She was the running mate of Rumen Radev, who defeated GERB nominee Tsetska Tsacheva in the second round of the 2016 presidential election. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 2007 until her resignation on 16 January 2017. She speaks Bulgarian, French and English.


Born in Sofia, Iotova studied in the Lycée Français de Sofia. She received a master's degree in Bulgarian and French philology from the University of Sofia and later specialized at the École nationale d'administration (ENA, National School of Administration) in Strasbourg, France, and the Center for European Studies (CEES) of the University of Strasbourg.

Early career

From 1990 to 1997, Iotova worked at Bulgarian National Television as a reporter, editor, director and presenter of news and current affairs programmes. She then worked as the director of the press service of the Bulgarian Socialist Party.[2]

Political career

Career in national politics

In the 2005 national elections, Iotova was elected to the National Assembly.

Member of the European Parliament, 2007-2017

Iotova became a Member of the European Parliament in 2007 and was re-elected in 2014. There she was part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group.

In parliament, Iotova served on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (2007-2009), the Committee on Fisheries (2009-2014) and the Committee on Petitions (2009-2014). From 2012 until 2013, she was also a member of the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering. From the 2014 elections, she served as vice-chairwoman of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, under the leadership of chairman Claude Moraes. In this capacity, she was her parliamentary group's rapporteur on a 2015 report calling for the equitable distribution of 40,000 refugees across the European Union.

In addition to her committee assignments, Iotova served as chairwoman of the parliament's delegation to the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee and as member of the delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean. She was also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).[3]

Ahead of Bulgaria's 2016 presidential elections, Iotova was officially nominated as the Bulgarian Socialist Party's running mate for presidential candidate Rumen Radev. After her election to the Vice Presidency, she resigned her MEP seat.


  1. ^ Results from the elections 2016 (in Bulgarian)
  2. ^ " " (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Members of the European Parliament on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime) European Parliament.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Margarita Popova
Vice President of Bulgaria

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