Chair of Committe on Regional Development REGI
My name is Iskra Mihaylova.
I am an Orthodox Christian and I was raised in a family who taught me Christian values, personal responsibility and human empathy.
I am fortunate to be a wife and a mother, and I am proud of my family.
My life so far has offered me plenty of opportunities to travel, friendships I cherish deeply, small successes, some disappointments, friendly support and possibilities for gaining knowledge and experience, all of which make me who I am.
As early as my student years, in the wonderful northern Saint Petersburg, back then known as Leningrad, I learned an important lesson – a foreign culture is not an obstacle: getting to know it is a rare treasure. Learning more about other people’s traditions and customs can only make you more tolerant and wiser. To speak foreign languages, to get to know people from different nationalities, cultures and religions is the most valuable and pleasant way to broaden your horizons and enrich your background knowledge.
This experience I gained during my early university years and my convictions about it were reinforced anywhere I went around the world, in all places I was fortunate enough to be able to study, work, communicate, express my opinions, or represent my country – in the EU Member States, Israel, the U.S., Georgia, China.
I firmly believe that it is precisely because of the differences in our faces, religions, traditions, customs and cultures that our world is so diverse and so beautiful. I thank all my friends from all parts of Europe and the world, who have given me the gift of friendship and who have made my tiny personal world a little larger.
Perhaps this is why I stand so firmly behind the idea of the European Union – this confluence of differences in the name of prosperity and development. And this is why I am a defender of the free movement of people and I support all common EU initiatives and exchange and cooperation programmes.
To me, education is a great value. The right to education is a right of all human beings that allows them to choose their future, to create and to change things for the better.
I support all objectives of the EU in the field of education, science and innovations because I believe that this is the only way in which we can guarantee the future of our states and of the entire European Union.
For years I worked for the implementation of the EU regional cohesion policy in Bulgaria. I am convinced that our country has benefited greatly from it, that it has a future here and that the realization of its significance for our state and for Europe in general is still ahead of us, as well as the accretion of solid knowledge of the effects of the cohesion policy. To be the chairperson of the EU Regional Development Committee is a great honour and a great challenge for me. I would like to thank all people with whom I have been honoured to work as an expert, as a Deputy Minister, as a Member of Parliament and as a Minister. I will continue to rely on their professionalism in the years to come.
I believe in the power of free entrepreneurship and I know that every person would rather work and earn his living proudly than depend on social benefits and charity. That is why I have always worked for and sought support from the people who elected me to represent them. I thank all my friends from the Pazardzhik constituency who have put their trust in my hands, and to all those who supported me and made me a Member of the European Parliament. Free initiative is part of the freedom of the modern person. I know that there are still unexplored entrepreneurial opportunities for the Bulgarian citizens and that with the help of the competitive EU structural and investment funds these may be used.
Last but not least, I believe in the sustainable development of Europe, in the environment-friendly technologies, in green investments and ecological culture, which will naturally lead to further growth based on the protection of our planet and the efficient use of its resources.
Nature has been generous to the land of my native Bulgaria. I know that it is within our powers to save our nature and to ensure prosperity and development. We only have to learn how to do it.
May God give us strength!
Ms. Mihaylova has participated in numerous international forums as a lecturer and as an official representative of Bulgaria in her capacity of expert, Deputy Minister, Member of Parliament, and Minister in EU Member States, the U.S., Israel, China, Georgia, Armenia, Serbia, and Azerbaijan.
Совет ЕС: Эстония поделится с Болгарией ценным опытом 02. 06. 2017
Мы продолжаем исследовать тему будущего председательства Эстонии в Совете ЕС, и если в прошлом сюжете мы знакомились с нынешним, а также одним из предыдущих председателей Совета ЕС, то теперь посмотрим на тех, кто будет председательствовать после нас.
С двумя следующими странами – Болгарией и Австрией – Эстония образует своеобразное трио. Что это значит, узнаем из брюссельского сюжета нашего корреспондента Михаила Малкина.
Chair of Committee on Regional Development REGI
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