Plamen Oresharski

Plamen Oresharski
52nd Prime Minister of Bulgaria
In office
29 May 2013  6 August 2014
President Rosen Plevneliev
Preceded by Marin Raykov (Acting)
Succeeded by Georgi Bliznashki (Acting)
Minister of Finance
In office
17 August 2005  27 July 2009
Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev
Preceded by Milen Veltchev
Succeeded by Simeon Djankov
Personal details
Born (1960-02-21) 21 February 1960
Dupnitsa, Bulgaria
Political party

Union of Democratic Forces (Before 2001)

Supported Socialist Party (Before 2016)

Independent (2013–present)
Alma mater University of National and World Economy

Plamen Vasilev Oresharski (Bulgarian: Пламен Василев Орешарски; born 21 February 1960) is a Bulgarian politician who served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 2013 to 2014.[1] Previously Oresharski was Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2009 in the Cabinet of the Triple Coalition with Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev.

Early life and education

Oresharski was born on 21 February 1960 in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria. In addition to his native Bulgarian, he speaks English and Russian.[2] In 1985, Oresharski graduated from the University of National and World Economy. Between 1988 and 1992, Oresharski completed a dissertation on the topic of "Investments and Investment Analysis", earning the equivalent of a doctoral degree.[3] From 1993, Oresharski was Director of the Division for the State Treasury and Debt of the Ministry of Finance. Between 1995 and 1997, he served on the Governing Council of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange, and from 1997 to 2000 on the board of the UniCredit Bulbank.[4]

Political career

When Ivan Kostov became Prime Minister in 1997, Oresharski served under his administration as Deputy Minister of Finance, a position he held until the 2001 election, when he decided to lecture at the Higher Institute of Finances and Economics.[5] In 2003, he was nominated by the UDF as a mayoral candidate for Sofia. In the same year, Oresharski left the UDF and was for a while part of the BZNS-NS, DP and "Gergyovden" coalition. In 2004, he was a member of the group that was in charge of drafting the economic reports for president Georgi Parvanov.[6]

Finance minister

Oresharski returned to politics in 2005 as Finance Minister in the Socialist-led government of Sergei Stanishev,[7] a position he held until Boyko Borisov replaced Stanishev as Prime Minister in 2009.


Oresharski was elected as an MP in the list of Bulgarian Socialist Party (Burgas) in 2009.[8][9]

Prime Minister

Further information: Oresharski Government

After the May 2013 parliamentary election, which was held earlier than initially expected because of the resignation of the Borisov cabinet, the latter's right-wing party, GERB, won a plurality. However, as it did not possess a majority in parliament and failed to secure backing from another party, the mandate was instead given to the second party: the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). In May 2013 Oresharski was given a mandate to form a cabinet for the BSP by President Rosen Plevneliev.

Following his announcement in media of his proposed cabinet there was a strong dislike amongst some towards Oresharski and his ministers, which led to anti-Oresharski cabinet protests even before the election of such cabinet. Green protesters organized themselves in May 27 and protested on May 28.[10] Nonetheless the cabinet was elected (with one change: Ivan Danov replaced Kalin Tiholov[11]) and he became Prime Minister after a 120-97 vote in Parliament.[12] Hours after the election new national protests were organized for 2 June 2013. However, national protesters reached thousands rallying on streets on 14 June after the appointment of Delyan Peevski, controversial figure, media mogul and previously investigated for corruption, for a head of Bulgarian security agency (DANS). After the first day of protests against his appointment, Peevski gave his resignation, but demonstrators continued demanding the resignation of the whole cabinet. The protests, varying in size from day to day, finally ended with the resignation of the cabinet.[13]

On June 30, 2014, Bulgaria's fourth biggest bank KTB went bankrupt, amid accusations that the government had intentionally withdrawn the deposits of state-owned companies the previous weeks. The bailout would eventually cost the state budget $4 billion, and would double the public debt.

On July 23, 2014, Oresharski deposited the resignation of his cabinet, a little more than a year after its election.[1] The next day parliament voted 180-8 (8 abstained and 44 were absent) to accept the government's resignation.[14] Oresharski on a number occasions described himself as cognizant of the need to "have his resignation in his pocket from the very beginning of his tenure as Prime Minister".[15]

Personal life

Oresharski is married to cardiologist Elka Georgieva and they have one son,[2] Desislav.[16] Oresharski's hobbies include mountaineering and badge collecting from various public events.[16]


  1. 1 2 "Bulgarian Government Resigns". Bulgarian News Agency. July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Пламен Орешарски профил и биография" (in Bulgarian). not specified. Retrieved 2013-12-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Lilov 2013, p. 381.
  4. "Кой, кой е в кабинета "Орешарски" (in Bulgarian). 28 May 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  5. "Кой е бъдещият министър-председател. Прагматикът, еднакво приемлив и за десни, и за леви правителства" (in Bulgarian). 23 May 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  6. Lilov 2013, p. 382.
  7. BBC. "Bulgaria coalition deal ends row". 15 August 2005. Retrieved on 25 May 2013.
  8. Plamen Vasilev Oresharski (biography) (Bulgarian), BSP Burgas
  9. BSP presented the leaders of lists for national parliament (Bulgarian), BSP, May 26, 2009
  10. Bulgarians to Protest 'Mafia' Cabinet Proposal, Novinite, May 28, 2013
  11. In Oresharski cabinet prof. Ivan Danov changes Tiholov! (Bulgarian), Maritza, 28 May 2013
  12. "Bulgaria: Naming of Prime Minister Ends Stalemate". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 30, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  13. ""Протест на радостта" след оставката на Орешарски" (in Bulgarian). 23 July 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  14. "Bulgarian Parliament Approves Government Resignation". Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  15. "Орешарски няма усещане да е загубил всички, уверен е, че ще успокои нещата, готов е на преговори заради "изнервената ситуация", която била "доста негативна" за развитието на страната". mediapool official website. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  16. 1 2 (only available in print in the case of the Pressa edition) "Годината на тримата премиери: Борисов-Райков-Орешарски - 71:78:214" Check |url= value (help) (in Bulgarian). Pressa Daily. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
Lilov, Grigor (2013). Най-богатите българи (1st ed.). Sofia: „Кайлас” ЕООД. ISBN 978-954-92098-9-1. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Milen Veltchev
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Simeon Djankov
Preceded by
Marin Raykov
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Succeeded by
Georgi Bliznashki
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