These documents distributed were predominantly in Bulgarian (although some in German) - which meant very few of the parliamentarians present were able to read them.
German MEP Gabriele Zimmer intervened to condemn such distribution and said "we should suspend this hearing until we have a proper atmosphere." The session was not suspended but Parliamentary officials were instructed to take the papers back, but a number of people refused to hand them over generating an air of disorder and chaos.
But I've been doing some digging, and thanks largely to Google Language Tools (by no means perfect but a substantial help here), we can look closer at these documents, which are Mrs Jeleva's official declarations to the Bulgarian Court of Auditors, which she is by law required to do annually.
However, these still paint quite a confusing picture.
Her 2009 declaration (web) (pdf) for example, states "nothing to declare" on all accounts, stating that she owns no property and has no source of income of any kind.
The year previous, her submitted 2008 declaration (web) (pdf) records "refunds" from the European Parliament for an amount totalling €73,000 (item 7.3) as well as shares in the Global Consult firm amounting to some €2,500 (item 7.2). This figure similarly appears in her 2007 declaration (web) (pdf - item 7.3).
Also circulated in the meeting were Mrs Jeleva's financial declarations to the European Parliament.
One of them, filed on 20 June 2007, says that she is the manager of the Global Consult company.
Another, filed on 14 November 2007, says she has "nothing to declare" on all accounts, and the same goes for the years 2008 (filed 9 January 2009) and 2009 (filed 1 July).
So why is that interest stated on the Bulgarian records until 2008, not stated at all on the numerous European Parliament declarations after June 2007? What happened to that company?