Ekatherina Zaharieva

Deputy Prime Minister for economic policy, Minister of Regional Development and Minister of Investment Planning in the interim government. 

Born on August 8, 1975.

She has graduated the language school "Bertolt Brecht", Pazardzhik, with German.
Master of Law from the University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski".

From 2001 to 2003 she worked as a lawyer.  In 2003 she was appointed as a legal adviser, and in 2007 - as a director of the Directorate  "Legal, Regulatory and Administrative Services" in the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria.

In August 2009 she was appointed as a Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works with portfolios - legislation, spatial development and projects; state property; housing; concessions; Civil Registration and Administrative Services /CRAS/; regional development; trade companies and state enterprises.

She specialized in "Developing capabilities for assessing the impact of legislation and policies", in project "For better public regulation: the institutionalization of the process of assessing the impact of the state administration," in the Consortium "Jacobs and Associates Europe Limited", in European Law , in "Human rights and Environment" in the Venice Commission in Trieste, Italy; in "Strategic planning and coordination of Impact Assessment of legislation and policies, and public involvement in management decisions" at the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin, Ireland, and in the National School of Administration in Paris, France.

On January 23, 2012 by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria she was appointed as a Chief Secretary to the President.

From March 13 to May 29, 2013 she was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Public Works in the interim government appointed by the President Rosen Plevneliev.

She worked then as a Head of Cabinet of the President.

Fluent in English and German.