Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and the Mayor of the Year 2021 laureates, Source: Krasimir Svrakov for Brand Media Bulgaria

Here are the winners of the ‘Mayor of the Year’ 2021 awards in Bulgaria

Here are the winners of the ‘Mayor of the Year’ 2021 awards in Bulgaria

Hundreds of citizens took part in the voting process to determine the best of the best in local leadership

Today, the ‘Mayor of the Year’ 2021 official ceremony was held in Sofia Tech Park and the best Bulgarian mayors took an award in one of the seven categories. Municipalities were divided by population size into small, medium and large, as the voting process took place online, where citizens were able to support their favourite local leader.

Nine years of success

For the ninth year in a row, the ‘Mayor of the Year’ awards is bringing regional authorities together, creating an informal network where they can share the best practices. While last year’s awards were somewhat focused on the pandemic and the way local leaders handled the medical emergency, this year’s awards showed a shift in the policy agenda as they featured a new ‘Green Municipality’ category.

Here are the winners:

Mayor of the Year

Small Municipality - Georgi Dimov, Mayor of Bozhurishte

Medium Municipality - Nikolay Dimitrov, Mayor of Nesebar

Large Municipality - Kalin Kamenov, Mayor of Vratsa

Mayor of the Citizens

Small Municipality - Grigor Daulov, Mayor of Chavdar

Medium Municipality - Ivaylo Simeonov, Mayor of Elin Pelin

Large Municipality - Stanisalv Vladimirov, Mayor of Pernik

Smart City

Small Municipality - Tihomir Yanakiev, Mayor of Sozopol

Medium Municipality - Julian Naidenov, Mayor of Silistra

Large Municipality - Georg Spartanski, Mayor of Pleven

Sports and Youth Initiatives

Small Municipality - Penyo Nenov, Mayor of Byala

Medium Municipality - Dobromir Dobrev, Mayor of Gorna Oryahovitza

Large Municipality - Hristo Grudev, Mayor of Asenovgrad

Urban Environment

Small Municipality - Vasko Stoilkov, Mayor of Slivnitza

Medium Municipality - Nikolay Mitkov, Mayor of Parvomay

Large Municipality - Valentin Revanski, Mayor of Yambol

Tourism and Culture

Small Municipality - Silvia Krasteva, Mayor of Tryavna

Medium Municipality - Emil Kabaivanov, Mayor of Karlovo

Large Municipality - Zhivko Todorov, Mayor of Stara Zagora

Green Municipality

Small Municipality - Vladimir Dzhambazov, Mayor of Dolna Banya

Medium Municipality - Donka Mihaylova, Mayor of Troyan

Large Municipality - Tanya Hristova, Mayor of Gabrovo

The 'Mayor of the Year' 2021 is organised by - the portal of Bulgarian municipalities, with the media partnership of TheMayor.EU.

Boyan Tomov, the founder of, expressed his support for local governments in bringing regional issues to the national stage. He continued: "Every success is dictated by the way you work - whether you do it with heart and soul, or for something else."



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