American Energy Expert Delegation Underway in Bulgaria

“It is a sign of America’s commitment to the U.S.-Bulgaria Strategic Partnership Framework that our energy expert team arrived in Bulgaria so quickly after the Prime Minister of Bulgaria and the President of the United States met in the White House.  Our United States energy expert team is in Bulgaria to better understand how we can participate in Bulgaria’s efforts to become an energy hub.  Our team is looking at a broad range of market-based opportunities that would support our shared goal to diversify Bulgaria’s energy sector.” 

U.S. Embassy Sofia Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia announces that an American team of nuclear and fossil fuel experts from the Departments of State and Energy is visiting Bulgaria December 8 to 13, 2019.   U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Ann Ganzer leads the delegation.

Two weeks ago President Trump and Prime Minister Borissov agreed the United States would send a technical team to work with Bulgarian counterparts to explore possibilities for further cooperation in different areas of energy, including nuclear. The arrival of this American expert team is a direct result of the agreement between both leaders.

The expert delegation is visiting energy-related sites and facilities including at Kozloduy, Belene, and the Maritsa East basin.  The team is also meeting with Prime Minister Borissov, Deputy Prime Minister Donchev, Minister of Energy Petkova, Bulgarian government agency representatives, and private sector representatives.

The purpose of the visit is to explore all options to ensure a safe, secure, diverse, and clean energy future for Bulgaria founded on sound economic and commercial principles.