WHO IS WHO: Nikolay Tsonev

Politics | April 22, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: WHO IS WHO: Nikolay Tsonev The current Director of the Social Events Directorate at the Defense Ministry Nikolay Tsonev was nominated Bulgaria's next Minister of Defense.

On Tuesday Nikolay Tsonev was nominated as Bulgaria's new Defense Minister in the government of PM Sergey Stanishev, replacing Vesselin Bliznakov.

Nikolay Tsonev was born on June 9, 1956, in the city of Pernik in western Bulgaria. He graduated from the National Artillery Military School in the city of Shumen in northeastern Bulgaria, and in 1986-1989 studied at the Air Defense School "Vassilyevski" in Kiev, Ukraine.

In 1996 Tsonev completed his accounting degree at the University for National and World Economy in Sofia, and in 2005 he completed a degree in philosophy at Sofia University St. Kliment of Ohrid.

In 2002 Tsonev became a professor of strategic planning at the Civic Administration and European Integration Institute, and since 2004 he has been a professor at the University for National and World Economy in Sofia.

Between 1978 and 1992 Tsonev was an officer at the Bulgarian Army. Between 1992 and 1999 he was the manager of several limited liability firms.

In 1999-2000 he was the Director of the Public Procurement Directorate at the Ministry of Defense. In 2001-2002 Tsonev was the advisor of the Defense Minister. Since 2002 he has been the Director of "Social Activities" Directorate at the Ministry of Defense.
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