Sakskoburggotski Government

The eighty-fifth cabinet of Bulgaria also known as the Tsar's cabinet ruled from July 24, 2001 to August 17, 2005. Although the National Movement Simeon II won half the seats in the 2001 parliamentary election, and therefore could have probably governed alone, a cabinet was formed as a coalition between the winners and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (141 seats out of 240). Although not in a coalition with the Tsar's party, the Bulgarian Socialist Party held two cabinet posts. Their members sat as independents.

Sakskoburggotski Government
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Date formed24 July 2001
Date dissolved17 August 2005
People and organisations
Head of statePetar Stoyanov (2001- 22 January 2002)
Georgi Parvanov (22 January 2002 - 2005)
Head of governmentSimeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Deputy head of government
Member partiesNational Movement Simeon II
Movement for Rights and Freedoms
New Time (2005)
Status in legislatureCoalition Government
Legislature term(s)39th National Assembly
Outgoing formationElectoral Defeat (2005)
PredecessorKostov Government
SuccessorStanishev Government


Original CompositionEdit

Ministry Minister Party
Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha NDSV
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Nikolay Vasilev NDSV
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Lydia Shuleva NDSV
Deputy Ministry and Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Kostadin Paskalev Independent
Minister of Foreign Affairs Solomon Passy NDSV
Minister of Interior Georgi Petkanov NDSV
Minister of Education and Science Vladimir Atanasov NDSV
Minister of Finance Milen Veltchev NDSV
Minister of Justice Anton Stankov NDSV
Minister of Defence Nikolay Svinarov NDSV
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mekhmed Dikme DPS
Minister of Transport and Communications Plamen Petrov NDSV
Minister of Public Administration Dimitar Kalchev Independent
Minister of Environment and Water Dolores Arsenova NDSV
Minister Without Portfolio
(In charge of emergency situations)[1]
Nezhdet Mollov DPS
Minister of Health Bozhidar Finkov NDSV
Minister of Culture Bozhidar Abrashev NDSV
Note: the two independents are functionaries of the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

Changes on December 22, 2001Edit

The government agency on Energy and Energy Resources is transformed into a ministry. Milko Kovachev (NDSV) is appointed its minister.

Changes on May 29, 2002Edit

Bulgaria's Chief Negotiator with the European Union, Meglena Kuneva, is given a cabinet post: the Ministry of European Affairs.

Changes on October 11, 2002Edit

The government agency on Youth and Sport is transformed into a ministry. Vasil Ivanov-Luchano (NDSV) is appointed its minister.

Changes on December 18, 2002Edit

Kostadin Paskalev is removed from cabinet. Valentin Tserovski succeeds him as Minister of Regional Development and Public Works only (he does not become deputy Prime Minister).

Changes on July 17, 2003Edit

On July 17 parliament approved a major cabinet reshuffle. The move was to "optimiz[e] the government's work" according to foreign minister Solomon Passy.[2] The move was announced against the backdrop of sliding approval ratings.

Changes on February 23, 2005Edit

On March 10, 2004 eleven MPs from the NDSV left to form a new political party: New Time. This left the NDSV with a minority. To fix the problem the NDSV-DPS coalition signed an agreement with New Time to keep the government in power until the elections in June. As part of the deal Miroslav Sevlievski (New Time) became Minister of Energy and Energy Resources.

  • Lidia Shuleva is removed from cabinet so Milko Kovachev, formerly Minister of Energy and Energy Resources, can succeed her as Minister of Economy.[4]
  • Mekhmed Dikme is dismissed from his post as Agriculture Minister and succeeded by his deputy Nihat Kabil (DPS).[4]
  • Bozhidar Abrashev is dismissed from his post as Minister of Culture. The government agency on tourism is added to the ministry; and the portfolio is taken up by Nina Chilova (NDSV).[4]

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  1. ^ "AGREEMENT ON COALITION GOVERNMENT SIGNED". Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "FM: Cabinet Reshuffle to Optimize Work". Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Parliament Votes Proposed Changes in Bulgarian Cabinet Today". Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Three Bulgarian Ministers Sacked, New Department Set up". Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 18 February 2014.