Bulgaria will have 18 seats in the European Parliament as Svetoslav Malinov of the opposition Blue Coalition will become Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
The change is made in compliance with the Lisbon Treaty, the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) reported on Tuesday.
Currently, Bulgaria's ruling centre-right party GERB is represented by five MEPs, the Bulgarian Socialist Party has four representatives, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms has three, the far-right party Ataka and the National Movement for Surge and Stability have two each. After the changes, the Blue Coalition will have two MEPs as well.
"In times like these it is important for Bulgaria to have another representative in the European Parliament," BTA quoted Malinov as saying.