Klára Dobrev

Klára Dobrev (born Klara Petrova Dobreva, Bulgarian: Клара Петрова Добрева; on 2 February 1972) is a Hungarian politician who has been serving as Vice President of the European Parliament.

Klára Dobrev

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Vice President of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Serving with See List
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Klara Petrova Dobreva

(1972-02-02) 2 February 1972 (age 49)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political party Hungarian:
Democratic Coalition
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Spouse(s)Ferenc Gyurcsány
ChildrenAnna Gyurcsány (1996)
Tamás Gyurcsány (1997)
Márton Gyurcsány (2015)
RelativesAntal Apró (grandfather)
Alma materBudapest University of Economics
Eötvös Loránd University

Early life and educationEdit

Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria to a Hungarian mother, Piroska Apró, and a Bulgarian father, Petar Dobrev. Her maternal grandfather, Antal Apró, a communist politician, was Hungary's Minister of Industry in the 1950s–60s.

Dobrev holds a degree in economics from the Budapest University of Economics, and a Law degree from the Eötvös Loránd University of Arts and Sciences. During her years at the University of Economics she was a member of AIESEC, and at the organization's 1992 world conference she was the animator board's vice president responsible for public relations. Dobrev spent her internship at MODI XEROX as a marketing assistant at Bangalore, India.

Klára Dobrev (center) with U.S. Ambassador to Hungary April H. Foley (left) and Nancy Brinker, former ambassador to Hungary (right). Budapest, 10 July 2008


Dobrev has held several government positions in the past, including Chief Cabinet to Péter Medgyessy during the 2001–02 election, and vice-president of the Office for the National Development Plan and EU Support, where she served from 2002 until her husband's nomination for prime minister in 2004, when she resigned.

Dobrev is a senior lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University. She is chairperson of the Hungarian section of the UN Women.[1] Dobrev became CEO of the Altus Ltd. in 2009, a development consultant company, owned by her husband.[2]

In 2019, Dobrev re-entered politics, as the lead candidate of the Democratic Coalition's European Parliament list for the 2019 European election. With a stunning and surprising,[3][4][5] 16.05% result for her party, better than all the surveys predicted, she was elected a Member of the European Parliament.[6] Dobrev was elected a Vice-President of the European Parliament on 3 July 2019.[7]

Other activitiesEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Dobrev is married to former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány.


  1. ^ "UN Women National Committees | U.S. National Committee for UN Women". www.unwomen-usnc.org. Archived from the original on 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ Dobrev Klára lesz az Altus vezérigazgatója - Origó, 2009.10.01.
  3. ^ "2019 European Elections: Record-high turnout in Hungary". index.hu. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Megszületett a végeredmény - nagy meglepetések az EP-választáson". Portfolio.hu. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. ^ "A Fidesz diadalát és ellenzékváltó hangulatot hozott az EP-választás". 24.hu (in Hungarian). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  6. ^ "2019". Nemzeti Választási Iroda (in Hungarian). Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Dobrev és Járóka az Európai Parlament alelnökei lettek". Index.hu. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  8. ^ Members European Council on Foreign Relations.