Natalia Yuriivna Korolevska (born 18 May 1975 in Krasnyi Luch) is a Ukrainian politician and ex-Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine. Since 23 December 2011 she has been the party-leader of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party. On 22 March 2012 the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party was renamed Party of Natalia Korolevska “Ukraine – Forward!”.
Korolevska was born in the former USSR in 1975, her father was a miner, her mother a teacher. Korolevska graduated from the East Ukraine Volodymyr Dahl National University in 1997 and the Donetsk State Academy of Management in 2002 (speciality “Manager of organizations”). From 1992 Korolevska worked in several management functions, starting in a company set up by her older brother Kostiantyn, earning a “Leader of middle business” award in 2004.
From 2002 until 2006 Korolevska was a deputy of the Luhansk regional parliament. During the Presidential election 2004 she supported Victor Yanukovich. Korolevska was a member of Council of Entrepreneurs under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Korolevska became a member of All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland” (a part of Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko) in autumn 2005 because “she is sure that the block of Yulia Tymoshenko is the future”. Korolevska decided to enter national politics: “I knew the most complex problems of the Donbass and sincerely wanted to solve them, but saw and understood that it is impossible to do at the level of the regional council. It is in this spirit that I arrived in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) in 2006. Disappointment came quickly enough: it seems that everyone here is well aware of the difficulties, but nobody makes an attempt resolve them and to help the people.” During the 2006 and 2007 parliamentary elections, she was elected as a deputy to the Verkhovna Rada. Korolevska is the current chairman of the committee on issues of industrial and regulatory policy and entrepreneurship in the Verkhovna Rada.
Korolevska represented her party early December 2011 at the Congress of the European People’s Party (party leader Tymoshenko was in custody at the time).
On 23 December 2011, Korolevska was elected the leader of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party (just like her former party, that party was also a member of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc). Hence she did not change faction in the Verkhovna Rada.
On 14 March 2012 Korolevska was expelled from her “Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko-Batkivschyna”-faction after refusing to vote for the inclusion of a proposal in the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada (according to the faction; Korolevska claimed her “voting card” was stolen and that she wanted to vote for the proposal). The faction stated Korolevska was expelled “for breach of parliamentary ethics and cooperation with the Presidential Administration”; she had been reprimanded previously. Two deputies of the “Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko-Batkivschyna”-faction, who were like Korolevska members of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party, resigned from the faction in protest against Korolevska’s expelling the same day.
On the 22 March 2012 party congress the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party was renamed Ukraine – Forward!. In the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election this/her party won 1.58% of the national votes and no constituencies and thus failed to win parliamentary representation.
Despite that in June 2012 her party had stated it would not cooperate with the Party of Regions in a new parliament and in October 2012 had threatened Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych with impeachment Korolevska became Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine in the Party of Regions led and appointed by Yanukovych second Azarov Government on 24 December 2012.
On 24 February 2014, just after the “Maidan revolution”, the Verkhovna Rada dismissed Korolevska