President Rosen Plevneliev and vice president Margarita Popova took office at an official ceremony on Sunday.
Plevneliev took over from two-term Socialist President Georgi Parvanov at a military ceremony in front of the Monument of the Unknown Soldier attended by the highest state officials, generals and foreign diplomats.
After the ceremony Parvanov, outgoing vice president Angel Marin, Plevneliev and Popova had a meeting in the building of the Presidency.
"Europe has its Programme 2020. Bulgaria will also draft its national programme for development until the year 2020. We will coin it together in a wide public debate and we will unite around it. We will stick by it, irrespective of who is in power," Plevneliev said in his first address as president. "Several days ago, speaking from the highest rostrum, I vowed to be the pragmatic president of modern Bulgaria," he added, referring to his inauguration speech before Parliament on Thursday. "I will work for growth, for employment, for justice and efficient administration of justice in the best interest of the citizens. I will work for the balanced development of the regions, for a better business environment, for more investments, for education, for innovations, for Bulgaria with a modern infrastructure, for the cultural and spiritual development of the nation, for a state with a good reputation in this global world."
Plevneliev's first official meeting as president was with Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy.