- Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria
Граждани за европейско развитие на България
Leader Boyko Borisov Founded 3 December 2006 Headquarters Sofia Ideology Neoliberalism, Conservatism, Populism Political position Centre-right International affiliation None European affiliation European People's Party European Parliament Group European People's Party Official colours Blue National Assembly: European Parliament: Website http://www.gerb.bg/ Politics of Bulgaria
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Граждани за европейско развитие на България, Grazhdani za evropeysko razvitie na Balgariya), abbreviated GERB (Bulgarian: ГЕРБ, meaning "coat of arms"), is a Bulgarian centre-right political party established on March 13 2006. It has been Bulgaria's ruling party since 2009.
GERB is headed by Boyko Borisov , the current Prime Minister of Bulgaria, former mayor of Sofia, and former bodyguard of the Bulgarian communist leader Todor Zhivkov and ex-Tsar Simeon II. The establishment of the party follows the creation of a non-profit organization with the acronym (in Bulgarian) GERB — Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, earlier the same year. The name of the party is not stated to be an acronym, but is spelled in upper-case nonetheless.
In early January 2007 and early February 2007, it came second in public polls on party support with around 14%, trailing the Bulgarian Socialist Party which had around 25%; its stated priorities are fighting crime and corruption, preserving family as the cornerstone of society and achieving energy independence.
Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov's party GERB won Bulgaria's Parliamentary Elections on Sunday, July 5, 2009. According to the parallel vote counting GERB has received 39.7%.
GERB won the 2007 European Parliament election in Bulgaria, the first time Bulgaria elected Members of the European Parliament, with 21.69% or 419,301 votes. The party elected five MEPs and joined the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament (in the EPP section). On June 6, 2007 GERB applied formally to join as a member-party the European People's Party (EPP) and joined EPP on February 7, 2008.
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- ^ ГЕРБ, Председател (Bulgarian). Retrieved 22-07-2010
- ^ "Socialists Lead GERB in Bulgarian Politics: Angus Reid Global Monitor". www.angus-reid.com. http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view/14267. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- ^ "Socialists Gain, GERB Second in Bulgaria: Angus Reid Global Monitor". www.angus-reid.com. http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view/14698. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- ^ "Official web-site of GERB". gerb-bg.com. http://gerb-bg.com/index1.php?menu=news&id_news=50. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- ^ "Bulgaria's GERB joins European People's Party (SETimes.com)". www.setimes.com. http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/newsbriefs/setimes/newsbriefs/2008/02/08/nb-06. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- ^ Bulgaria's GERB puts up popular minister for president, TrustLaw, 4 September 2011
Political parties in Bulgaria Parties in the
(240 seats)Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (117) · Coalition for Bulgaria (40: Bulgarian Socialist Party · Party of Bulgarian Social Democrats · Agrarian Union "Aleksandar Stamboliyski" · Movement for Social Humanism) · Movement for Rights and Freedoms (37) · National Union Attack (21) · Blue Coalition (15: Union of Democratic Forces · Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria · United Agrarians) · Order, Law and Justice (10)
Parties in the
partiesAgrarian People's Union · Bulgarian Agrarian People's Union · Bulgarian New Democracy · Bulgarian Left · Civil Union "Roma" · For the Homeland · George's Day Movement · Green Party of Bulgaria · IMRO – Bulgarian National Movement · Lider · Movement for an Equal Public Model · National Movement for the Salvation of the Fatherland · National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria · New Time · Political Movement "Social Democrats" · Party of the Liberal Alternative and Peace · Union of the Bulgarian Patriots · The Greens · The Other Bulgaria · Union of Free Democrats · Union of the Patriotic Forces "Defense"
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