The Hague, 7 March 2018
In February 2018, Ms Ivanka Kotorova officially took up her duties as the National Member for Bulgaria at Eurojust for a four-year period. Prior to her appointment, she was the Deputy National Member for Bulgaria at Eurojust.
For 28 years, Ms Kotorova has held various regional, district and cassation posts as a public prosecutor at the Bulgarian Prosecution Office, including the Sofia City Prosecution Office, where she specialised in cases involving economic crime and corruption, as well as the prosecution of persons with immunity. Immediately prior to her appointment to Eurojust, Ms Kotorova was Head of the International Department at the Supreme Cassation PO in Sofia.
After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Law from Sofia University, and while already working as a prosecutor, Ms Kotorova was awarded a Master’s Degree in International Trade Relations by the University of Economics in Sofia, as well as a Master’s Degree in European Law by the Universities of Strasbourg and Nantes.
Ms Kotorova has also served as contact point for the EJN, regularly updating the Bulgarian legislation section of the EJN website.
Over the last 12 years, Ms Kotorova has provided training for Bulgarian judges, investigators, police officers and prosecutors on international legal cooperation matters.
In addition to drafting and publishing numerous professional guidelines and publications, Ms Kotorova is the author of one and published co-author of two legal texts.
After her appointment at Eurojust, Ms Kotorova said: ‘This appointment is the natural continuation of my entire career, a huge part of which I have devoted to international legal cooperation. Now I have the privilege to work with high-level professionals, to share with them practical experience, and to be of help to my colleagues in Bulgaria. It’s an enormous challenge but also an honour to be trusted with the responsibilities of this post at such a crucial moment when, for the first time since its EU membership, Bulgaria is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. But these are demands that I feel fully prepared to face.’
Bulgarian Presidency website
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