Dr Antonyia Parvanova (1962), Bulgarian, Paediatrician and Public Health policy expert, is currently Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Alliance of the Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), and seats as a full Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She is also the ALDE group coordinator for the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.
Following her career as a clinician and researcher in Bulgaria and in the UK, Dr Parvanova started her political career when elected Member of the Bulgarian Parliament in 2001. There she was Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Public Health and worked actively on public health and healthcare legislations at national level.
In the European Parliament she initiated several public health policy actions, notably the campaign on patients' rights in Europe in 2007. At the same time, she also took part in the debate on Combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union, stressing on the need to combat the spread of the epidemic in neighbouring countries from central Europe. She now continues being actively involved in public health dossiers currently being discussed in the European Parliament, such as the pharmaceutical package or the proposal for a Directive on Patients' rights in cross-border healthcare.
Throughout her professional and political activities, she has been actively involved in the Women's Rights debate, looking most particularly at societal and health related issues, at both national and EU level. She focuses her action on sexual and reproductive health issues, with a specific emphasis on the ones affecting women.
Looking at access to care and treatment, she notably initiated in Bulgaria the establishment of a national fund facilitating and reimbursing In Vitro Fertilisation treatments for women and couples affected by reproductive disorders. In the European Parliament she managed to include in the EP Resolution on the Stockholm programme a text urging the Commission to propose a directive on elimination of violence against women.
She is also launching a project called "The other face of Bulgaria" aiming to prevent the cases of violence against women by disfiguring their faces with acid and to help the victims of these crimes. Dr. Parvanova is also actively working on the issues of children's rights and child protection. She intends to launch a campaign in Bulgaria and at European level for the protection of children against violence, elimination of the discrimination of the state towards children victims of such crimes and adopting harsher punishments for the perpetrators.