The Honorable Petar Stoyanov
Former President, Bulgaria
Petar Stoyanov was President of the Republic of Bulgaria from 1997 till 2002.
In addition to his straightforward policy with regard to Bulgaria’s foreign political priorities, accession to EU and NATO, Petar Stoyanov has also been commended for his unswerving position against corruption and abuse of power, for his support for the rule of law and the rights of citizens and for his reputation of a politician who has gained no personal profit from being in power.
Petar Stoyanov’s landmark achievements as President of the country won him an unprecedented public support. During the first year of his mandate, President Stoyanov’s approval rating was 85%. Even at the end of his mandate his approval rating was positive – 50% approval as opposed to 41% disapproval (MBMD data).
Petar Stoyanov was born in 1952. Following his successful completion of Law Studies, Petar Stoyanov worked as a civil and commercial litigation lawyer in his native town of Plovdiv from 1977 till 1992. After the lifting of the Iron curtain, Petar Stoyanov became deputy minister of justice during the rule of Bulgaria’s first noncommunist government since 1944.
In 1997 President Stoyanov received the “Leader of New Europe” annual award for “exceptional achievements in building the image of new Bulgaria in the world”.
In 1998 the Bulgarian President received the Annual Award of the American Bar Association and the Anti-Defamation League’s Courage to Care Award. He was awarded the Annual Award of the Association of Russian Lawyers in Moscow in 1999.
Petar Stoyanov is founder and chairman of the “Petar Stoyanov Centre for Political Dialogue” Foundation, established in 2002 in Sofia.
In 2003, Petar Stoyanov was elected member of the European Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission. Petar Stoyanov is also member of the Board of Directors of the Global Fairness Initiative, founded by President Bill Clinton.
Since December 2009, Petar Stoyanov has been President of the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation – CGDC in Geneva and Vienna whose main objective is to promote dialogue between different nations and religions.
Petar Stoyanov is married to Antonina Stoyanova, Senior Legal Officer with the WIPO, Geneva. They have two children.