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Georgi Pirinski

former Chairman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Member of the European Parliament

In the late 1970s, Pirinski was an aide to then Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Lukanov and then at the age of 31 became Bulgaria’s youngest deputy minister (of foreign trade). A vice-premier during the Georgi Atanasov and Andrey Lukanov governments and a foreign minister during the Zhan Videnov government, Pirinski was the Chairman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria from 11 July 2005 to 25 June 2009. In 2014 he was elected Member of the European Parliament where he was Member of the Committees on Employment and Social Affairs and on Budget Control until 2019.