The meeting of the Chairpersons of the Energy committees of the EU parliaments is an additional event of the Bulgarian Parliamentary Dimension. As such, it will deliberate on essential energy issues that are part of the agenda of the Union. The discussions dedicated to the energy sector are driven by the notion of a better Europe, guaranteeing more secure, more affordable, and environment-friendly energy for the citizens of the European Union.

The conference will take place in Sofia on 13 and 14 May 2018.




Tsveta Karayancheva started her political career as a municipal councilor in the town of Kardzhali. She was elected Member of the 41st, 42nd and 43rd National Assembly. She has been a Member of the standing parliamentary committees on regional policy, public works and local self-government, agriculture and forestry, and labor and social policy. She was elected Vice President of the Parliament within the current 44th National Assembly. On 17 November 2017 she was elected President of the Bulgarian Parliament. She is the Head of the National Assembly Delegation to the Interparliamentary Union as well as of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the South-East European Cooperation Process.


Chair of the Energy Committee

Delian Dobrev was born on 14 May 1978 in Haskovo. In 2002 he graduated as a Bachelor of Economics at the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He specialized in accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Delian Dobrev is an expert in the field of managing European projects, financial and tax legislation. His professional career began at the KPMG consulting company in Toronto, Canada and the Newton Finance Management Group in Sofia. In 2009 he was elected Member of Parliament from PP GERB at the 41st National Assembly, he was Deputy Chair of the Committee on Economic Policy, Energy and Tourism and member of the Budget and Finance Committee. In 2012 he was appointed Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism. He is Member of Parliament from PP GERB at the 43rd and 44th National Assembly and Chair of the Energy Committee.


Member of the European Parliament (ITRE, AGRI)

Vladimir Urutchev is the longest serving Bulgarian MEP from the EPP Group since Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union in 2007. As a nuclear power engineer with an interest in all forms of clean energy, he is currently a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) and is Vice-President of the European Energy Forum. Together with the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) he took part in several peer reviews on the safety of nuclear power plants worldwide. Vladimir Urutchev is a confirmed environmentalist, which sparked his interest to support environmentally sensitive agricultural developments. He is committed to the development of “green” entrepreneurship and sustainable business models for the circular economy and the careers of the future. Sharing the conviction that young people are the game-changers of tomorrow, he is a leading supporter of various initiatives for development of the entrepreneurial culture among young people in Bulgaria. Vladimir Urutchev is an Ambassador of the Junior Achievement European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork (EE-HUB) as well as a leading supporter of the Agripreneur initiative in Bulgaria to combine the best of rural heritage with the opportunities of modern agri-environmental practices.


Head of Unit for Networks & Regional Initiatives, DG Energy, European Commission

Catharina Sikow-Magny joined the European Commission in 1997 and is currently the head of unit in charge of Internal market I: networks and regional initiatives in the Directorate General of Energy. Before that, she has worked i.a. on international transport, trans-European network policy and financing, internalisation of external costs, and strategic policy research. Before joining the Commission, Catharina Sikow-Magny was a team leader and chief economist in the private sector in Finland. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She holds a Master of Economics degree from the Aalto University, Finland.

Contact persons

Mr. Georgi Tenev

Advisor, Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Department

+359 2 939 32 45; +359 885 236 480

[email protected]

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