Job Announcement – Heating,Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic (Revised)

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #23-2018  NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                                         Revised closing date. U.S. Mission:                                     U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-23 Position Title:                                    HEATING, ...
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Closing Ceremony for Platinum Lion 2018 Security Exercise

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Bulgarian Chief of Defense GEN Andrey Botsev today attended the closing ceremony for Platinum Lion 2018, a multinational security exercise held at Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria. Soldiers from eight countries – including NATO members Bulgaria, the United States, Albania, Montenegro and Romania – as well as members ...
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“Platinum Lion 2018” Security Exercise Is Taking Place at Novo Selo Training Area

The multinational security exercise Platinum Lion 2018 brings together 700 soldiers and up to 100 units of combat and transport from July 31 to August 10 in Bulgaria. Allies and partners from Bulgaria, the United States, Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro demonstrated various tactics today at Novo Selo Training Area (NSTA) that include ...
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$2 Million U.S. Boat Donation Will Protect Bulgarian Coast

Bulgaria’s coastline will be patrolled beginning today using 4 boats the U.S. donated to the Bulgarian Navy.  Among other tasks, the 3 RHIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) and one patrol boat will help the Bulgarian Navy intercept drug and human traffickers.  Today Ambassador Rubin and Navy Commander RADM Pеtev celebrated the Bulgarian Navy sailors graduating ...
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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Opposite the main entrance of U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria, on Kozyak Street. Event: The demonstration is expected to take place on August 2, 2018 beginning at 5 p.m.   Local police will keep protestors across the street from the Embassy. The Embassy remains open for normal business, closing at 5 p.m., and re-opening at 8:30 a.m. on August 3, 2018. Actions ...
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English Language Camp for Roma Students

Public Affairs Intern Steven Newman met with high school students from Roma communities in the towns of Kyustendil and Pazardzhik who participated during the past school year in an English language program. The students were invited to attend a summer English language camp in Bansko, organized by the Bulgarian NGO Trust for Social Achievement (TSA) ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #FCS2-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:   Revised closing date. Note: This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. Thank you, Secretary Pompeo.  To the Secretary, to Ambassador Brownback, to Administrator Green, Director Mulvaney, to the representatives of more than 80 nations gathered here, and especially to the survivors of religious persecution who honor us by their presence here today: It is my great honor to address this ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the U.S. Alumni Club

For Immediate Release July 27, 2018 Last June the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria supported the enthusiastic team of Tuk-Tam, organization of the Bulgarians with education and experience abroad, in the launch of an alumni club to bring together Bulgarians who completed their higher education in the United States. The U.S. Alumni Club accepts members who ...
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Job Announcement – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic

Position Title:                                   HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) MECHANIC Opening Period:                               July 27, 2018 – August 9, 2018 Series/Grade:                                   LE 1210 06 For More Info:                                   Facility Management Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address:   Sofia_Applications@state.gov Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants /All Sources For USEFM actual FS salary determined ...
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Crimea Declaration

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 25, 2018 Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, ...
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The Eight-day Program of the “Balkan Youth Forum” Wraps Up

The Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Samantha Smith congratulated students as they completed an 8-day Balkan Youth Forum, which ended last Friday with a final presentation of project ideas. Students interested in working together on Western Balkan political and social issues came from 11 countries to the American University in Bulgaria. The closing ...
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Spelling Bee Camp 2018

On July 13th, U.S. Embassy Sofia Public Affairs Intern Steven Newman met with a group of thirty Bulgarian high-school students and their teachers, who are participating in an English language learning, U.S. culture and sport youth camp in the town of Bansko. The students are finalists in the 2018 national Spelling Bee competition organized annually ...
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Ambassador Rubin at Marshall Center Alumni Conference

“Founded in the spirit of the Marshall Plan and the endeavor for closer Euro-Atlantic integration, the Marshall Center’s excellent ongoing work over the past quarter century has been one more vital contribution to the underlying capacity for resilience of our nations. I am thus especially pleased to be here with all of you to support ...
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A To Jazz Festival

It is a pleasure for me to join with colleagues and friends from the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Sofia municipality to welcome you here tonight to another fantastic A To Jazz Festival in South Park. I hope you have a fantastic weekend of music and friendship. Jazz is a unifying force and a ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern Computer Programmer

Note:    This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

Note:   This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student ...
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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at U.S. Independence Day Celebration

(July 3, 2018) Dear Madam President of the Parliament, Dear Madam Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the Military Attaché Corps, Thank you for joining us this evening. Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests, dear friends.  Nicole and ...
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Bulgaria Moves Up To Tier 2 in This Year’s State Department Report on Trafficking in Persons

For Immediate Release – June 29, 2018 Report Recommends Further Steps Needed On June 28, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in Washington, DC. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Panagyurishte

June 28 – U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin toured Panagyurishte today. The Ambassador noted the many ties Panagyurishte has with the U.S. – from U.S. company Freeport-McMoRan’s investment in local copper company Assarel-Medet, to UNI Hospital’s purchase of new, innovative medical equipment from U.S. manufacturers. UNI Hospital is an excellent example of public-private partnership in Bulgaria. ...
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Job Announcement – Human Resources Assistant

U.S. Mission:                                     U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-21 Position Title:                                    HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT                                                             (Local Social Security and Tax Administrator) ...
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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at Security Resilience Seminar

Marshall Center June 26, 2018  (as prepared) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for welcoming me to this venue today. Herbert Salber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Bulgaria, Dr. Matthew Rhodes, Director of Programs in Central and Southeast Europe, Distinguished Participants, Security Resiliency is a critical issue ...
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Security Resilience in the Black Sea Region Seminar

About 40 local and foreign professionals discussed in Sofia issues related to security resilience in the Black Sea region during an international seminar organized by George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies. The ambassadors of the United States and Germany opened the event, as representatives of the two partnering countries which established the Marshall Center ...
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“Diplomacy in the Kitchen”

We introduce you a short video that we called “Diplomacy in the Kitchen” with the participation of the U.S. Embassy’s Agricultural Attaché Jonn Slette in partnership with the HRC Culinary Academy in Sofia’s Head Chef Henry Donneaux. In this video you will find very interesting and useful information on how to prepare delicious meals with ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Rakovski Military Academy

On June 13 Ambassador Eric Rubin visited G.S. Rakovski Military Academy to deliver a lecture on Bulgaria’s important role in the NATO alliance. While at the Academy, Ambassador Rubin was invited to tour the recently renovated King‘s Halls, which are filled with masterpieces of ceramics, wood, and crystal. Tsar Boris III made extensive use of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Rubin – Rakovski Military Academy

Rakovski Military Academy June 13, 2018 Greetings, all, and thank you for welcoming me to the Rakovski Military Academy today. I would like to thank Major General Angelov for hosting me at this institution and for allowing me to speak with all of you today. I greatly appreciate this important opportunity for Allies to speak ...
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Job Announcement – Gardener (Grounds Keeper)

Position Title:      GARDENER (GROUNDS KEEPER) Opening Period:  June 14, 2018 – June 27, 2018 For More Info:      Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address:  Sofia_Applications@state.gov Who May Apply:                            All Interested Applicants /All ...
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U.S. Donation to Bulgaria’s Cyber Investigation Unit Greatly Increases Investigation Capabilities

“We move forward together to combat transnational cyber-crime.” – Attaché Jason Clickner, U.S. Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Yesterday, June 12, Bulgaria’s General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime Cyber Unit received from the United States Secret Service advanced computer equipment and storage media that will greatly increase the Cyber Unit’s investigative capabilities.   The new ...
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Job Announcement – Building Engineer

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 17 – 2018 U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-17 Position Title:                                    BUILDING ENGINEER| Opening Period:                               June 11, 2018 – June 24, 2018 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office, 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail ...
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Sofia Pride 2018

The U.S. Embassy supports Sofia Pride event on June 9.  Embassy officers officially represented the U.S. Embassy at the event and joined Embassy employees, friends, and families participating in the parade. Secretary of State Pompeo recently said: “Dignity and equality are core American values underpinned by our Constitution. We will continue to stand up for ...
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Roundtable Discussion “Cultural Bridge – Talking About Landscape Photography”

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin and Nicole Simmons hosted a roundtable discussion at their residence in Sofia today titled “Cultural Bridge – Talking About Landscape Photography.”   Guests of honor photographers Deborah Bright (USA) and Alexander Ivanov (Bulgaria), as well as other well-known Bulgarian photographers, discussed their thoughts and experiences photographing the world around us. The discussion ...
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Bulgarian and American Airmen Celebrate June 1, Children’s Day

Bulgarian and American airmen celebrated for the first time together June 1, Children’s Day, with 150 Bulgarian children of different ages from Bulgarian schools and kindergartens which have received humanitarian assistance in projects, funded by the Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation. The American pilots and airmen from the Oregon National Guard are in Bulgaria for ...
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General Konstantin Popov Enjoys a Flight in a U.S. F-15 Fighter Aircraft

General Konstantin Popov, Chair of Bulgaria’s Parliamentary Defense Committee and former Commanding Officer of Graf Ignatievo Air Base, enjoyed a chat and a flight in a U.S. f-15 fighter aircraft with U.S. Colonel Duke Pirak, Commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard. They flew together as part of Thracian Eagle ...
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Opening of Coca Cola’s Newest IT Development Center

Coca-Cola’s choice to build a Development Center for Intelligent Technology in Bulgaria reflects the optimism that the U.S. Mission also feels about Bulgaria’s future. Today we mark the opening of Coca Cola’s newest IT Development Center, and note that Coca-Cola’s continued investment in Bulgaria supports Bulgaria’s economy and workforce. – Ambassador Rubin at today’s launch ...
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Job Announcement – Custodian (On-Call)

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 16 – 2018 U.S. Embassy Sofia    U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 Sofia-2018-16 Position Title:                                    Custodian (On-Call) Opening Period:                               May 25, 2018 – June 9, 2018 Series/Grade:                                   LE 1305 1 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing ...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady Visits Bulgaria

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady toured the Bulgarian National Museum of History yesterday where she marveled at renowned artifacts depicting centuries of Bulgarian history. Bulgaria’s Minister of Interior Valentin Radev added personal insight into the fascinating tour. Deputy Secretary Grady is in Bulgaria to participate in an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs ...
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Ambassador Rubin Speaking at the 2018 Graduating Class of American College of Sofia

You are the backbone of Bulgaria’s National Debate Team, you won a national cyber security competition, you earned awards from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for computer science, you were awarded Presidential medals by two presidents, and you are admitted to some of the world’s top universities, such as Dartmouth, NYC, Tufts, Columbia, Brown, Yale, ...
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“The Cracks” in Bulgaria

The music duo “The Cracks” – Dylan Vaughn and Stephen Kavanagh – with guitars and song, harmonica and percussion will take you on a magical journey of the best of American music: blues, folk, jazz, gospel, ragtime, swing, soul, funk, bluegrass, country and much more. This will be a real celebration at which you’ll want ...
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New America for Bulgaria Campus Center at the American College of Sofia

May 18 – Ambassador Rubin assisted in opening the new America for Bulgaria Campus Center at the American College of Sofia this morning.  This beautiful new building, funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continues approximately 150 years of American-Bulgarian educational ties.
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard in Bulgaria

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard participated in the conference “Democracy That Delivers: Unlocking the Potential of the Western Balkans,” organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy. “We value our relationship with Bulgaria and see your country as a leader, including in ensuring European energy security and in contributing to collective ...
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New Build and Renovation of the Chief of Mission Residence – U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria

The requirement is for works and construction activities including furnishing all labor, material, and equipment required for the alterations, improvements and additions to the residential building in order to accommodate requirements for the residence to serve as the new Chief of Mission Residence (CMR) for U.S. Embassy Sofia. Pre-Solicitation Notice (PDF 30.4 KB)
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National Conference – Roma Educational Integration in Bulgaria

Ambassador Rubin, as a member of the Roma Inclusion Ambassadors Group (RIAG), attended a national conference today focused on Roma educational integration in Bulgaria.  AMB Rubin joined many other attendees discussing this important topic, including:  Swiss Ambassador Denis Knobel; Ambassadors from Italy, Netherlands, and the UK; The German Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission; Bulgarian Deputy ...
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“Space” Food?

Yesterday, May 10, we were visited in the Embassy by the Bulgarian Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technology which develops contemporary technologies for cryopreservation of biologic materials. Bulgaria is one of the biggest manufacturers of “space” food, with the Bulgarian “space” menu being currently in use by many space programs across the world. Not only ...
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NASA Astronaut Richard “Rick” Linnehan Will Visit Bulgaria

NASA Astronaut Richard “Rick” Linnehan will visit Bulgaria May 9-14, 2018.  He will spend time in Sofia and Plovdiv, and will talk about his life as an astronaut.  He will also talk about following dreams, the importance of STEM education, and the opportunities available to those who work hard and are willing to try new ...
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Participants in the National English Spelling Bee Contest Visit the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia was honored to host more than 30 high school students and their teachers on April 27, just one day before the CorPlus National English Spelling Bee. These students were from all parts of Bulgaria, and advanced to the national finals due to their hard work, determination and spelling skills. During ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Visits Razgrad

Ambassador Eric Rubin travelled to the town of Razgrad where he met with Razgrad mayor Valentin Vassilev, visited poultry production company “Ameta,” joined Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov, DPM Donchev, Minister of Agriculture Porozhanov, ADM President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa Pierre Duprat, and local Razgrad officials in a ceremony marking the groundbreaking of an ...
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19th Varna International Music Academy and 7th Varna International Opera Academy

This year the production company “Varna International” has prepared an interesting program with premiere performances and an intriguing international music team. The 19th Varna International Music Academy will be held from May 27th to June 6th and the 7th Varna International Opera Academy in the period May 20th – June 17th. Once again, the Bulgarian-American ...
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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

The White House Office of the Press Secretary April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time ...
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3rd Southeastern Europe Virtual Education Fair at the U.S. Embassy

Seven U.S. higher education institutions “met” with Bulgarian students, university and high school representatives, educators, international education advisors, and journalists at the 3rd Southeastern Europe Virtual Education Fair at the U.S. Embassy. Cultural Affairs Officer Matt Hagengruber noted the U.S. Embassy commitment to supporting STEM education projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Commercial Attaché Maria Galindo ...
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Fully Renovated Math and Science Classrooms in Sofia’s #18 High School

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined Bulgarian Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev, America for Bulgaria (ABF) President Nancy Schiller, and other ABF representatives during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for fully renovated math and science classrooms in Sofia’s William Gladstone #18 High School. Jointly financed by America for Bulgaria Foundation and the school’s state-delegated budget, the project includes five ...
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USAREUR Band to Perform Free Concerts in Three Bulgarian Cities

 April 25, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria is pleased to announce that the highly acclaimed US Army in Europe (USAREUR) Band will be on tour in Bulgaria from May 4th to 6th. The tour will include free live performances in three Bulgarian cities: Russe – May 4th, 19:00 – Dohodno Zdanie Veliko Turnovo – ...
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Earth Day – April 22

On April 22, we observe the 48th annual Earth Day. This Earth Day, we highlight the importance of both environmentally sound waste management and the prevention and reduction of marine debris, which is mostly comprised of plastic waste. The United States is working internationally to encourage innovation in the waste sector, to spur new infrastructure ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Nessebar

Ambassador Rubin, Nessebar Mayor Nikolay Dimitrov and Mrs. Nicole Simmons inspected the reconstruction of the historic John Aliturgetos Church in Nessebar. U.S. Embassy Sofia is financing reconstruction of this important historic treasure through the Ambassador’s Fund For Cultural Preservation. “I’m impressed with Nessebar and looking forward to visiting again for the official opening of the ...
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Job Announcement – Computer Programmer (Revised)

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #13-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED  REVISION:                 Revised closing date.  OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                  COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, FSN-10 ERR*, FP-5** (Applications Development and Support ...
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Job Announcement – Human Resources Clerk

Position Title:                                    Human Resources Clerk Opening Period:                               April 18, 2018 – May 7, 2018 Series/Grade:                                    LE 305 6 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, 16 Kozyak St., 1408 Sofia E-mail ...
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20 BulgarianTeenagers Who Are Studying English Visit the Embassy

On April 17 the Embassy was visited by 20 teenagers from across Bulgaria who are studying English through the project “A Step Toward Success.” Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Bulgarian NGO Trust for Social Achievement, “A Step Toward Success” offers English language and leadership development classes and camps to ...
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Digital Communication Network Еxchange Program in the U.S. for Digital Media Professionals

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning, the new Digital Communication Network exchange program in the U.S. for digital media professionals created and supports a collaborative network of communication professionals from across Europe and Central Asia, working together to strengthen communication skills through the development and dissemination of digital content. ...
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U.S. Defense Attache Col. Johnson Visits Smolyan

“I am grateful to Bulgarian service members for their professionalism and dedication, and we’re here tonight to support their families as well during their deployment.”  – U.S. Defense Attache Col. Shannon Johnson honored Bulgaria’s 101st Alpine Regiment, which is deployed to Afghanistan, on Saturday night at Smolyan’s Garrison Military Club.   Col. Johnson and several U.S. ...
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Celebrating the 25th Fulbright Commission Anniversary

On April 13 Ambassador Rubin joined Bulgarian and American Fulbright alumni, representatives of partner organizations, official guests, and Fulbright friends at a gala marking the 25th anniversary of the Fulbright Commission in Bulgaria. Ambassador Rubin expressed gratitude to the Fulbright Commission, Board and staff, as well as long-standing partners such as the America for Bulgaria ...
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Voucher Examiner (Temp) – FSN-8

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires. POSITION:                Voucher Examiner (Temp) – FSN-8 (Accounts Payable Specialist) OPENING DATE:      April ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Visits “the energy heart of Bulgaria” – Stara Zagora and Galabovo

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin paid a visit to Stara Zagora and Galabovo on March 28-29. The Ambassador toured two of the largest American investments in Bulgaria – AES Maritsa East 1 and ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 and visited some of their community programs that assist hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians. The two thermal power plants ...
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U.S. Passport Execution Fee Increases to $35 on April 2, 2018

Effective April 2, 2018, the cost to execute a U.S. passport using the DS-11 form (first-time applicants over age 16; children under age 16; applicants re-applying after reporting a previous passport lost or stolen) will increase from $25 to $35. Passport execution involves the submission of a passport application in person to a passport acceptance ...
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Job Announcement – Computer Programmer

OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, FSN-10 ERR*, FP-5** (Applications Development and Support Specialist) OPENING DATE:      March 29, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      April 18, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE ...
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“We strongly support U.S. investments in Bulgaria and the American companies working here.”

U.S. Ambassador Rubin: “We strongly support U.S. investments in Bulgaria and the American companies working here.” “Private contract negotiations are not something in which the U.S. Government will play a role.” March 29, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin reiterates American government support for U.S. companies investing in Bulgaria. “We strongly support U.S. ...
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Job Announcement – Legal Advisor

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates POSITION:                LEGAL ADVISOR, FSN-11, FP-4* OPENING DATE:      March 27, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      April 9, 201 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week   ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.  The U.S. Mission in ...
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IT Hub Connect Conference

Ambassador Rubin delivered opening remarks at the IT Hub Connect Conference today at Sofia Tech Park. The Ambassador reiterated that the U.S. is committed to partnerships promoting technological innovation, cyber security and privacy. “When government, industry, and academia work together our achievements are truly remarkable.”
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March Music Days International Festival

(With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria) March Music Days International Festival is one of the oldest and most reputed festival stages in Bulgaria, a festival of modern program strategy and high public rating. Founded in 1961 and organized by Ruse Municipality, every year the festival turns the city of Ruse – the biggest and ...
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Spotlight USA/One Dance Week

“SPOTLIGHT: USA,” a platform of American dance in Bulgaria, will feature U.S. dance companies in performances in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from March 26-28, 2018. SPOTLIGHT will introduce American dance companies to international dance professionals, increase cultural exchange and appreciation between the U.S. and Bulgaria, provide opportunities for American dance to be seen and embraced by international ...
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Ambassador Rubin Honors Macedonian Jews Who Perished in Holocaust

Today, Ambassador Eric Rubin joined U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Tom Yazdgerdi, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily, Paul Shapiro and Radu Ioanid of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov and members of the Bulgarian and Macedonian Jewish communities for the March of the Living ...
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75th Anniversary of the Salvation of Bulgarian Jews During World War II

Bulgarians celebrate March 10 as the Day of Salvation, by which they honor and remember the actions taken by Bulgarian leaders and civilians that ensured no Jewish Bulgarians were deported to Nazi concentration camps during WWII.  Ambassador Rubin joined many others in this year’s ceremony at the Monument of Salvation in Sofia recognizing the 75th ...
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2018 Fall Residency with the International Writing Program

Are you an aspiring writer who would like to attend a special 12-week residency program in America? Consider applying for the International Writing Program Fall Residency at the University of Iowa. This program brings 35 writers together from around the world for an intensive 12-week program designed to spur creativity, support professional development, and promote freedom ...
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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF) (Revised)

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #08-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                 Revised closing date. OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates / All sources POSITION:                 Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level: FSN-03 Trainee level:               FSN-02 OPENING DATE:         March 7, ...
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22nd International Sofia Film Fest

SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the biggest film festival in Bulgaria. It began in 1997 and attracts more than 85 000 spectators annually. The festival aims to present the best of the contemporary cinema to local audiences and regional Bulgarian and Balkan cinema to international audiences, as well as to encourage cooperation between local and ...
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Ambassador Rubin Launches the 2018 Summer Work and Travel Season

On Friday, February 23rd, Ambassador Rubin launched the 2018 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) Program. Each year approximately 6,000 Bulgarian university students participate, spending their summer in the United States. The event was attended by Consul General Kate McGeary and members of the SWT Alumni Association, who highlighted their SWT success stories and the long-term ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in Financial Management Office

Note:   This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student Intern in Financial Management Office Opening Date:                       February 23, 2018     Closing ...
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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF)

 OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates / All sources POSITION:                Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level:           FSN-03 Trainee level:                          FSN-02 OPENING DATE:      February 21, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      March 6, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix ...
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Job Announcement

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #06-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                Revised closing date. OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent ...
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Statement from the United States Mission to Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy to Bulgaria is saddened and troubled to see the display of intolerance represented by the Lukov March.  General Hristo Lukov was a Nazi supporter who promoted hate and injustice, and is not someone deserving of veneration. We reiterate our appreciation for the dedicated efforts of the Government of Bulgaria and Sofia Mayor ...
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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Event 1: A counter protest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm, to counter the Lukov March in the evening. Location 1: Meeting at “Tsentralna Banya” Park and proceeding to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, downtown Sofia. Event 2: A protest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. This will be the annual Lukov March. Location 2: Meeting ...
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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Sofia University, downtown Sofia Main entrance of Sofia University at the junction of boulevards “Tsar Osvoboditel” and “Vasil Levski.” Event: A protest on Thursday, February 15, 2018 between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. The protest is organized by the Lukov March organizers to take place during a human rights forum that will be held at the university. U.S. ...
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Ambassador Rubin Praises Bulgaria’s History of Tolerance at International Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2018 “Bulgaria has a history of tolerance worthy of emulation.  A history that evokes national pride and international respect.  Bulgaria’s history of tolerance and inclusivity, as well as more recent progress, should not be distorted by those who seek to divide Bulgarians along racial, political, and social divides.  Let me ...
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National Creative English Writing Competition

Last week 4,000 students from 207 schools all over Bulgaria had 1 hour to write on imaginative topics such as “The girl who danced with a wizard,” “Midnight, on the bridge. Come alone!” “Life was better on the other side,” and “Don’t forget to remember” in the 8th annual CORPLUS Foundation Bulgarian National Creative English Writing Competition.  Eventually a ...
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Chess Event at the Embassy

U.S. Embassy Sofia was delighted to welcome Bulgarian Grand Master Veselin Topalov for friendly chess games with 14 lucky embassy employees and foundation members. The Embassy proudly works closely with Topalov Foundation to promote and support young, talented Bulgarian and American chess players.   One employee managed to play our Grand Master to a draw!
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Job Announcement

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires. POSITION:                Voucher Examiner ( (Accounts Payable Specialist) OPENING DATE:      February 6, 2018 CLOSING ...
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Chargé D’Affaires Martina Strong Visits Kardzhali

Starting her visit to the city of Kardzhali, Chargé D’Affaires Martina Strong visited the regional museum in town to learn more about the history of the region. Mrs. Strong is in Kardzhali on the occasion of the traditional “Month of America,” organized by the local Friends of America Society. Charge d’Affaires Martina Strong launched the ...
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Solicitation Announcement

The Employee Association at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is offering a solicitation for a Concessionaire Agreement to operate the cafeteria at the Embassy compound, located in the Lozenets neighborhood. Experienced companies are invited to register by calling Val Petrov at +359 2 937-5129 or emailing PetrovVI@state.gov   by  February 7, 2018, 4:00 pm, if interested ...
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Call for Applications for the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative

Are you ready to bring entrepreneurship to the next level? Become a Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) fellow! YTILI connects entrepreneurs and startups throughout the United States and Europe, with a focus on deepening economic ties and promoting business opportunities across the United States. If you are young (ages 24-35), enthusiastic, and creative with innovative, ...
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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ...
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Ambassador Rubin Attends the 2nd Annual America for Bulgaria Foundation All-Grantee Forum

(As prepared) “Good morning. I am delighted to join you this morning for this second ABF All-Grantee Forum, and it is wonderful to see this fantastic turnout. I am consistently inspired and impressed by all that you are accomplishing here in Bulgaria, all of you working together, and it is an honor for me to ...
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Job Announcement

OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, FSN-7, FP-7 OPENING DATE:      January 19, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      February 1, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week NOTE: Due to the agency specific skills, knowledge, and abilities required the selected applicants may be hired at a developmental level one grade lower than the full ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the Power of the Bulgarian Spirit

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the Power of the Bulgarian Spirit Sanya Zhekova, Petar Stoychev and Prof. Pimpirev are among the new ambassadors of “The Power Is in You” campaign On Jan 10, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Mr. Eric Rubin announced the continuation of “The Power Is in You” campaign, which congratulates Bulgaria ...
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AE E-Teacher Courses for RELO Belgrade Region – Spring 2018

The US Embassy in Sofia is offering three slots to teachers of English (Bulgarian nationals) on an online course taught by World Learning. The title of the course is: Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting. The training starts on April 3, 2018 and continues for 8 weeks. For ...
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Improvements to Safety and Security Information, January 8, 2018

United States Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to its safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory that will provide one of four standard ...
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On December 22, 1914, Stefan Panaretov Presented His Credentials as Bulgaria’s First Minister to the U.S.

“His Majesty, the King of the Bulgarians, has deigned to appoint me his representative near the Government of the United States.” Dr. Stefan Panaterov, first Bulgarian Special Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States, to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on Dec. 22, 1914.  
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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India

Entrepreneur Liubov Kirilova represented Bulgaria at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in November 2017.   The United States and India co-hosted the 2017 GES with the theme Women First, Prosperity for All focusing on support for women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.   Liubov Kirilova is a C-Level professional working in the financial-tech tech industry, telecommunications, payments industry ...
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Protest in front of U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

United States Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Sofia reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness ...
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Job Announcement

Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student Intern Computer Programmer Opening Date:                       December 11, 2017    Closing date:                         ...
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Call for Proposals for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is currently accepting proposals for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories: CULTURAL SITE:  includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites. Restoration of a historic building, an archaeological survey as a component ...
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Worldwide Caution Issued December 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Job Announcement

Vacancy Announcement #14-2017 U.S. Embassy OPEN TO:                 All interested candidates / All sources        POSITION:                Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level:          FSN-03 Trainee level:                         FSN-02 OPENING DATE:     December 4, 2017 CLOSING DATE:     December 17, 2017 WORK HOURS:       Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See ...
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Job Announcement

U.S. Embassy Sofia Foreign National Student Intern Program # FCS 3 – 2017    Note:     This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual.  Open to:                                Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                ...
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14th Annual AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Dinner

November 21 –  Ambassador Rubin spoke at the 14th annual American Chamber of Commerce in Sofia Thanksgiving Charity Dinner.  The dinner raises funds for the “Get Ready To Succeed” and “We Can” funds of the BCause Foundation.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, the “Get Ready To Succeed” fund awarded 100 scholarships to outstanding students who ...
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Pre-solicitation Notice – Travel Management Services for U.S. Embassy, Sofia Government Employees

The requirement is for Travel Management Services for official domestic and international travel of Government employees and their dependents. Solicitation Number:  PR6897234 Date: November 20, 2017 Department of State, American Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria. Please note this solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date. The Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria ...
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European Travel Alert

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria European Travel Alert November 17, 2017 The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, ...
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Message from Consular Section

Dear Non-Immigrant Visa Clients, please be advised that beginning November 15, 2017 cash payments of the Non-immigrant Visa application fee can be made only at UniCredit Bulbank. Please note: cash payments made through DSK Bank after November 14 will not be accepted. Also, you may use our online payment option Trustly service. Find all details ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement

Deadline for application: December 10, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.  The Institute will take place in June and July 2018. The embassy will select one principal and two alternate candidates to compete for slots on ...
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Job Announcement

 Voucher Examiner (Temp)   VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 12A- 2017 U.S. Embassy Sofia   E X T E N D E D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT #12-2017 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED OPEN TO:                 All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for six Study of the U.S. Institutes for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other professionals. The program will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in June 2018 or later.  ...
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Professional Fellows Program 2018

Are you working to improve your community? We invite you to apply for the Professional Fellows Program. Participants spend six weeks in the United States learning and sharing what they know about citizen advocacy, NGO development and community organization. The program is completely free, and the deadline to apply is November 30.
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Protest in front of U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Embassy has been informed that a protest will occur between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 directly across from the embassy’s main entrance on Kozyak Street.  Up to 120 protestors may attend.  The embassy will remain open but advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 SUSI for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

Deadline for application: December 29, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators. The institute will take place over the course of five weeks in June 2018. The Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and a one week ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits the Burgas Center for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities

Ambassador Rubin toured the Burgas Center for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities with Burgas Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education Yordanka Benova-Ananieva and Center Director Diana Kostova.  The United States, in partnership with Burgas Municipality, completely renovated the building housing the Center.  The Center, which reopened in March 2017, is located at the entrance of ...
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2018 Community Solutions Program Application Now Open!

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017! Are you working to support positive change in your home country? Helping preserve your community’s biodiversity for the next generation? Working to create job opportunities for at-risk youth? Bridging ethnic and cultural divides in your community? If so – come join the next generation of global leaders and apply for the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Rubin: “Proud today to stand arm-in-arm with Bulgaria, our close ally and partner”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2017 U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin spoke today at Burgas Free University, stressing ties between Bulgaria and the U.S., and reminiscing about his first experience in Bulgaria 25 years ago. “I am optimistic about Bulgaria’s future.  I first came here in 1992, a time that your professors and parents will remember ...
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U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery 2019 Restarting – All Prior Entries Must Be Resubmitted

October 19, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017 will need to be resubmitted. We regret this inconvenience but in order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process we must restart the entry process ...
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Red Ribbon Event at Sofia Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2017 October 17, 2017 the 8th annual Red Ribbon event was hosted by Bulgarian National Customs Service and United States Drug Enforcement Administration at Sofia Airport. Acting U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew McClearn said to 450 students attending, “Choosing a drug-free lifestyle is one of the most important things ...
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Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition – 2017

Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition is from October 9 to October 25, 2017! Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee aims to strengthen the English language skills of Bulgarian students and to share innovative and interactive teaching methods with teachers. More than 6500 students from 304 schools participated in 2017 Spelling Bee. Similar ...
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Registration for the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition – 2017

Registration for the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition is from October 9 to October 25, 2017! The Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition was initiated in 2011. The competition is open to students from 6th to 12th grade and each year more than 4000 participants have the opportunity to express their creative thoughts in English. The students have ...
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20 American Companies Arrive In Bulgaria To Create Business Ties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017 “I’m confident I will be doing business in Bulgaria within the next few months.  The Bulgarian market is extremely open and interested in engaging with U.S. companies.”  – Charles Alvarado, Director of International Sales, Amalie Oil Company Over the weekend, 21 American businesses from 13 U.S. states arrived in ...
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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program – DV 2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at 19:00 h., Bulgarian time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at 19:00 ...
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Student Workshop in Fun Programming During EU Code Week

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Maria Gabriel as 5th graders programmed Finch Robots at the American Corner in Sofia City Library. The students, from 94 Elementary School “Dimitar Strashimirov” were celebrating European Code Week by learning to program Finch with simple commands.  The U.S. Embassy and Global Libraries – Bulgaria ...
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Renowned American Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Visits Bulgaria

Renowned American cartoonist Daryl Cagle was on a visit to Bulgaria October 5-10. Cagle opened an exhibit at the House for Humor and Satire in Gabrovo and delivered lectures at Sofia University, New Bulgarian University, and the Red House in Sofia. Daryl Cagle talked about the importance of the editorial political cartoons for the freedom ...
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Government of Turkey Suspension of Visas to U.S. Citizens

The government of Turkey announced the immediate suspension of visa services to U.S. citizens, effective October 8, 2017.  According to the government’s announcement, this includes the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at border posts, and the online Turkish electronic visa (e-visa).  U.S. citizens planning travel to Turkey, and who have questions regarding this regulation should ...
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Trade Winds 2017

TRADEWINDS will be in SOFIA & BUCHAREST – October 15 to 20, 2017 TRADEWINDS, the largest annual United States government-led trade mission, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, will be in Sofia from October 15 to October 17. Twenty U.S. exporting, SME companies will have nearly 100 appointments with qualified Bulgarian companies, potential representatives ...
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The Embassy Opens New e-Auction of Used Property

The U.S. Embassy would like to announce that another e-Auction of surplus property (office and residential furniture, equipment, appliances, etc.) has started. The e-Auction will end on Sunday, October 8. To access the auction site on the Internet, please follow this link: https://online-auction.state.gov/en-US The on-line auction is open to the public. You must be 18 years ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for young Americans and Europeans. The program will take place in June and July 2018.  The institute will be hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. All costs of the participants will be covered. ...
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A Few Words in Person with Artist Acacia Johnson

The photo exhibit “Polaris” by Alaskan-born artist Acacia Johnson will be on display at Synthesis Gallery in Sofia (55 Vasil Levski Blvd., Sofia) through 16th October. Traversing remote landscapes in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and Nunavut, Acacia Johnson seeks moments that seem to fall away from reality around the edges, into another realm. The official opening ...
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Turkey Travel Warning

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria Turkey Travel Warning September 29, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the continuing threats from terrorist groups in Turkey.Due to the persistent threat of terrorism, the U.S. government restricts travel by U.S. government personnel to certain areas in southeast Turkey and limits the activities of U.S. government personnel ...
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Combined Education and Training Programs in Bulgaria

This week the U.S. celebrated 25 years of Combined Education and Training Programs in Bulgaria with an anniversary reception at the Ministry of Defense’s Lozenetz Residence.  Our combined education and training programs have enabled 4,757 military officers, enlisted members, and civilian officials from Bulgaria’s Ministries of Defense, Interior, and Foreign Affairs to benefit from the ...
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ANUGA 2017 Trade Fair

Dates:  October 07-11, 2017 Location:  Cologne, Germany, Koelnmesse Profile and Attendance: ANUGA is the world’s largest food and beverage trade show. This year, 158 U.S. companies will be featured in eight different USA Pavilions, the largest program of this kind worldwide. Among them will be 42 companies exhibiting at ANUGA for the very first time! ...
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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2019

For Immediate Release September 29, 2017   The Department of State made the formal public announcement of Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 program on September 13, 2017. The DV-2019 will be conducted entirely electronically at dvlottery.state.gov . The registration period will run from 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2017, through 12:00 noon, EST, ...
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International Biennale of Glass 2017

The International Biennale of Glass is a project without an analogue in Bulgaria. The Biennale team consists of young professionals offering the audience a rich cultural program with an international participation and diverse events. You will have the opportunity to visit exhibitions, lectures and workshops in different locations of the country. With its first edition, ...
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Sofia Biting Docs Film Festival

October 2-12, 2017 SOFIA BITING DOCS presents a selection of documentary films, going into topics such as human rights, environmental problems, discrimination, disrespect for diversities, integration of minority groups – on the face of it, seemingly overexploited, but actually topical, controversial issues of key importance for the society, raising discussions and arguments. The festival focuses ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 19, 2017 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the ...
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Protest in front of U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, September 20

The Embassy has been informed of a planned protest directly across Kozyak Street from the Embassy’s main entrance the afternoon of Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  The Friends of Russia and the Orthodox World plans to stage a protest between the hours of 4 pm and 8 pm.  The embassy will be open for normal services but advises U.S. ...
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Аnniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between the U.S. and Bulgaria

September 19, 1903 marks the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Principality of Bulgaria and the United States of America. On that date John B. Jackson, U.S. Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary to Greece, Romania, and Serbia, resident in Athens, presented his Accreditation Letter from U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to His Royal Highness Ferdinand, Prince of Bulgaria. ...
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U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin Marks Start of Bulgarian School Year in Razhdavitsa

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin today spoke to children, educators, and parents at St. St. Cyril and Methodius School in the village of Razhdavitsa. The school and Bulgarian NGO Amalipe Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance invited Ambassador Rubin to welcome students at the start of the new academic year. Kyustendil Mayor Petar Paunov and Regional Governor ...
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Worldwide Caution

September 14, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide ...
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First English Language Camps for Bulgaria’s Disadvantaged Youth

This September, the ‘Trust for Social Achievement’ (TSA) has organized its first English and leadership development camps as part of their ‘A Step Toward Success’ project. The camps focus on community engagement for Bulgaria’s disadvantaged children and youth and serve as a step towards forming a community of successful role models, as well as encouraging ...
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Apply Online for YES Bulgaria

The open competition for YES Bulgaria will take place ONLINE  during the months of September and October 2017. Interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to complete a preliminary online application located at  https://ais.americancouncils.org/yes  by the October 31, 2017 deadline.  A selection committee will evaluate online applications and select semifinalists in November. Semifinalists will receive a ...
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European Travel Alert

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria European Travel Alert August 31, 2017 The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq ...
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YES Abroad Students Arrival

On August 31 four American students arrived at Sofia Airport as participants in the cultural and educational exchange program YES abroad. Lilly, Macana, Delani and Margaret will spend the next ten months attending a Bulgarian school and living with a Bulgarian family. YES abroad is a U.S. Department of State program for intercultural dialogue and ...
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Apollonia Festival of Arts 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria is happy to support the Apollonia Festival of Arts, which is taking place Aug. 27th  to Sept. 5th in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. Our selection for you from this year’s festival program is the play by American playwright Charles Evered called “Class”, which relates a story about theatrical art ...
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Virtual College Fair – International Students Day

Need help getting started with university admissions? Join us for CollegeWeekLive’s International Students Day, a free online college fair on August 30th. Plus, get expert advice on starting your applications, writing essays, and getting the best scores. This is your chance to chat with Notre Dame, NYU, and 85+ other schools, as well as EducationUSA ...
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Release of 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

Aug. 15: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom . The Report describes the status of religious freedom in 199 countries worldwide. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.
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NIGHT/Plovdiv, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring the American component of NIGHT/PLOVDIV again this year. On 16 September, the highlights of the program are urban spaces and the international part of the HERE EVERYWHERE curated program. Part of the latter is the world premiere of the audio-visual performance “Liminal” by American artist Mary Franck, which has to ...
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Radar Festival Beyond Music in Varna

The U.S. Embassy is happy to support at this year’s edition of the Radar Festival Beyond Music in Varna a music theater performance, Notes on Hopper, which tells a story about the life and works of renouned American painter Edward Hopper as seen through the eyes of his wife and fellow artist Josephine Nivison. In ...
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Bulgaria and Macedonia Sign Treaty of Friendship

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 1, 2017 The United States congratulates Bulgaria and Macedonia on the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Good-neighborliness and Cooperation. This important, forward-looking agreement recognizes the already strong ties between the two countries and opens the door to even closer cooperation going forward in areas as ...
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Statement by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassies in Bulgaria and Macedonia welcome the approval of the draft Bulgaria-Macedonia friendship agreement.  The agreement acknowledges the close ties between the countries and celebrates a will by both sides to enhance cooperation in the interest of their citizens.  Such engagement sets an encouraging example for resolving issues between neighbors and enhances political ...
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Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

Note:   This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                             ...
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Water Tower Art Fest

This year Foundation “IME” is launching the Short Artists Residency as a continuation of their practice of socially engaged arts in alternative venues. It will be an attempt to do work in collaboration between artists on site working with: performance and installation, interactive actions including the audience and citizens around the places. For more information ...
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“United States-Bulgaria Cooperation: The Way Ahead”

Speech by Ambassador Rubin As prepared for delivery Atlantic Club of Bulgaria Central Military Club, Grand Concert Ballroom July 7, 2017 Honorable guests, Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the Bulgarian government. Thank you all for coming.  Let me add a special note of thanks to Solomon and Gergana Passy, as well as ...
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U.S. Cadets Repaint the Fence of “The Nightingale” Kindergarten in Varna

A team of 25 U.S. Cadets along with four U.S. officers have repainted the fence of “The Nightingale” kindergarten in Varna. The U.S. cadets are taking part in the CULP (Culture and Language Proficiency Program) supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation, Sofia. The community relation project was part of their cultural exchange and contribution ...
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Inauguration of the Renovated Day Center for Youth with Disabilities

On Wednesday, June 28, Col Shannon Johnson, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché with U.S. Embassy in Sofia and Burgas Mayor Mr. Dimitar Nikolov inaugurated the renovated Day Center for Youth with Disabilities. The renovation of the Day Center is the result of close cooperation between the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation and the ...
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State Department Releases 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

 “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security.  But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why ...
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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate Day Center for Youth with Disabilities

June 27, 2017 On Wednesday, June 28, Col Shannon Johnson, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché with U.S. Embassy in Sofia, and Burgas Mayor Mr. Dimitar Nikolov will inaugurate the renovated Day Center for Youth with Disabilities. The renovation of the Day Center is the result of close cooperation between the U.S. Embassy’s Office of ...
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Summer Work Travel Academy Cultivates Entrepreneurship

From June 18-23, the Summer Work and Travel Regional Entrepreneurship Academy brought together 30 alumni of the Summer Work Travel J-1 Visa Program (SWT) from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia to learn about how to design and launch businesses. Taking place in the village of Dolna Banya, the participants took part in workshops, team-building activities, role-playing games and networking opportunities over the ...
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U.S. Sergeants Donate to the Zelenikovo Orphanage

TSgt Rosanne McConnell (Washington DC Air National Guard) and TSgt Rose Selko (Oregon Air National Guard) – 159th Fighter Squadron Louisiana Air National Guard, deployed to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, raised 1200 BGN and donated shoes and a dishwasher to the Zelenikovo orphanage in Brezovo Municipality. The children surprised them with reciting Bulgarian poems and ...
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Anti-Corruption Protest Downtown

June 14, 2017 U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. citizens that on Wednesday, June 14, organizers from “Justice for Everyone” and “For the Nature” will be staging a protest downtown at the Palace of Justice.  The protest organizers have petitioned Sofia Municipality and will be allowed to gather between the hours of 18:30 to 20:00.  Traffic ...
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Amalipe Open Heart Festival

From June 9th to 11th U.S. Embassy Political Officer Daniela Ionova-Swider attended the 14th Annual Children’s Roma Festival “Open Heart” in Veliko Tarnovo, organized by the Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance “Amalipe.” More than 2,000 children of different ethnic groups from over 250 schools participated in the festival, which featured a “United in Diversity ...
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Job Announcement

Information Assistant/ Photographer – FSN-7 OPENING DATE:  June 12, 2017; CLOSING DATE: June 25, 2017. This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires.
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Sofia Pride 2017

On June 10 Acting Deputy Chief of Mission David McCormick attended the 10th Annual Sofia Pride Parade, standing onstage with other Ambassadors as a Statement of Support to Sofia Pride was read to the crowd.  This year the Statement was signed by an unprecedented 19 Chiefs of Mission, along with UNICEF and UNHCR. As part ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong at an American College of Sofia Ceremony

Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong joined the students and administration of the American College of Sofia (ACS) at a ceremony renaming the Science Building after ACS alumnus Carl Djerassi. In addition to expressing her gratitude for Djerassi’s many contributions in science and education, Chargé d’Affaires Strong praised ACS and its students for representing American values and ...
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Statement of Support to Sofia Pride 2017

We would like to convey our support to all participants of this year’s Sofia Pride on 10 June 2017. Promoting equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is an important aspect of a tolerant and respectful civil society. For ten years now, Sofia Pride has promoted essential democratic values such as ...
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Bulgaria Will Host the Multinational Exercise “Saber Guardian – 2017”

Exercise “Saber Guardian 2017”, a U.S. Army Europe-led, multinational exercise, will take place in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania July 11 – 20, 2017. SG17 is larger in both scale and scope over previous iterations. Approximately 25,000 service members from 23 allied and partner nations will take part, and the exercise highlights participant deterrence capabilities, specifically ...
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U.S. Embassy Sofia Holds a Reception in Honor of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation

Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong held a reception Wednesday night at the Ambassador’s residence for members and friends of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF). This year marks the 10th anniversary of the foundation for Creative Writing, which since its inception has been supported by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. ...
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10th Annual Sofia Pride

The 10th anniversary Sofia Pride and march in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people will take place on Saturday, 10 June 2016 starting behind the Monument to the Soviet Army at 6:00 pm. Democracy is most secure when all persons live freely without fear of violence and discrimination, ...
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U.S. Cadets and Officers Help Renovate “The Golden key” Kindergarten in Burgas

A team of 25 U.S. cadets along with three U.S. officers have repainted the fence and playground of “The Golden key” kindergarten in Burgas. The U.S. cadets are taking part in the CULP (Culture and Language Proficiency Program) supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation, Sofia. The community relation project was part of their cultural ...
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AUBG Commencement Ceremony

Former Ambassador Beyrle was the keynote speaker at the AUBG commencement ceremony that took place in Blagoevgrad on May 21st . One hundred ninety-four graduates from 17 countries received a world-recognized diploma. “I believe that AUBG is the most important and the most enduring legacy of the partnership between Bulgaria and the United States over ...
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Community Service Project for the Kindergarten in Stroevo, Bulgaria

Airmen from the United States Air Force in Europe completed a Community Service Project for the Kindergarten in the village of Stroevo, near Plovdiv, Bulgaria.  The Airmen are part of the annual Thracian Eagle 2017 training at Graf Ignatievo AB. Seventy two American volunteers donated total of 352 hours of labor. The airmen raised 1625 ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Congratulates Class 2017 from the American College of Sofia

Ambassador Eric Rubin was the keynote speaker at the American College of Sofia (ACS) Graduation Ceremony for Class 2017, which took place at the ACS campus on May 20th. One hundred forty one graduates received their diplomas from one of the oldest American educational institutions outside the United States. “I congratulate all of you for ...
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U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Opens Volunteer Day in Sofia

Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong delivered opening remarks at today’s Volunteer Day, a joint initiative of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and BCause Foundation which encourages corporate volunteering in Sofia and other cities around the country. This May’s volunteer theme in Sofia is Museums and Cultural Sites. Support to Bulgaria’s cultural heritage ...
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USS Oscar Austin Visits Varna

Last night the U.S. Navy and the Commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice-Admiral (VADM) Christopher Grady hosted a reception aboard the USS Oscar Austin during its port visit in Varna. Honorable guests included Ambassador Rubin, Deputy Defense Minister Atanas Zapryanov and Bulgarian Navy commander RADM Petev.  VADM Grady and Amb. Rubin once again reiterated the significance ...
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U.S. and Bulgarian Military Organize Eyeglass Distribution Event

May 15 – Last week, the U.S. Civil Affairs Team deployed at NSTA, the Bulgarian Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Tactical Group and medical staff from the Bulgarian Military Medical Academy assisted residents of the Padarevo village, Kotel Municipality, Bulgaria with the fitting of eyeglasses. Ninety-two Padarevo residents received new eyeglasses, donated by the U.S. based NGO ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Stara Zagora

Ambassador Eric Rubin spends the day in Stara Zagora meeting with Mayor Zhivko Todorov to discuss the city’s priorities and visiting Trakia University which has ongoing projects with several American universities, a center for technical cooperation supported by USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and several centers to develop technical competencies funded by the America for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Rubin – Dedication of Ronald Reagan Statue in Sofia

I am honored to be here to represent the United States Government and President Trump at the dedication of this beautiful statue of President Ronald Reagan. For so many people in this part of the world, President Reagan represented more than just his country and his Administration. First of all, he represented America, and America’s ...
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Unveiling of the Bust of President Ronald Reagan in Sofia

On May 10, 2017 Ambassador Rubin accompanied Bulgarian and U.S. dignitaries at the unveiling of the bust of President Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President, in Sofia’s South Park alley, which was named after Reagan in 2011. The idea for the monument emerged several years ago as an expression of gratitude by many Bulgarians who ...
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Bulgaria’s Spelling Bee Finalists Visit the U.S. Embassy

May 5 – Bulgaria’s Spelling Bee finalists visited the U.S. Embassy on Friday afternoon. They met with Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong who congratulated the students on their success and encouraged them to continue to study and do well in school.  They also met with other Embassy officers to learn about more about how ...
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European Travel Alert (May 2, 2017)

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates ...
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U.S. Air Force F-35 Fighters Visit Graf Ignatievo AB

Two U.S. Air Force F-35 fighters visited Graf Ignatievo AB on Friday, April 28. President Rumen Radev, Defense Minister Stefan Yanev, Chief of Defense Lt. Gen. Andrei Botsev, 3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, and Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong attended the event. “We are grateful to our Bulgarian friends for their ...
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IVLP “Youth Leadership” in Cleveland, Ohio

IVLP “Youth Leadership” exchange project participants travelled to Cleveland, Ohio, the final stop of their program. At John Marshal School of Civic and Business Leadership they learned about how to encourage youth to start-up their own businesses. The participants were excited to take part as judges for “Talking Bees” speech and debate competition among students ...
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2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit: Registration is Open!

Save the date for the 2017 SelectUSA Summit, from June 18-20, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Registration is OPEN! Further information is available on the SelectUSA Summit website . We’re thrilled to announce that registration is open for the fourth SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, DC area on June 18-20, 2017! If you represent a business and you are ...
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10-day ExchangeYouth Leadership Program

A group of ten Bulgarian youth are participating in a 10-day exchange program on Youth Leadership funded by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and the State Department.  The participants are students, NGO practitioners, and professionals from all around Bulgaria and were selected from a nation-wide call for applications that resulted in over 120 applicants.  They ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability

Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC – April 19, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at a time. Iran ...
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Southeast Europe Cyber Security Workshop Held in Sofia April 19-20, 2017

The George C. Marshall European Center (GCMC) for Security Studies, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, conducted a cyber-security workshop entitled “Regional Cooperation to Improve Cybersecurity International Norms and Policy Best Practices”. The workshop focused on addressing challenges in the cyber environment while adhering to the fundamental values of a democratic society, and ...
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Protest in front of U.S. Embassy

Monday, April 10, 2017 The Embassy has been informed of a planned protest directly across Kozyak Street from the Embassy’s main entrance this afternoon, Monday, April 10, 2017.  The Association of Syrians in Sofia plans to stage an anti-U.S. protest between the hours of 4 pm and 6 pm.  The embassy remains open but advises U.S. citizens ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Kardzhali

March 31, 2017 – As part of his first Kardzhali visit, Ambassador Eric Rubin participated in a Tolerance and Mutual Understanding Day organized by the Olga Lengyel Institute and Israeli-Bulgarian Institute. “Bulgaria has a proud history of religious tolerance that we are all aware of,” said Ambassador Rubin and also stressed that we need to ...
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Doing Business with the Embassy

An audience of 30 business people heard a presentation today about how to do business with the U.S. Embassy. Embassy representatives described how interested parties can learn about opportunities to work with the Embassy and how U.S. government rules make the process fair and transparent. During a question-and-answer session after the presentation people learned details ...
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Creative Writing Competition in English in 2017

Representing more than 180 schools, 4,700 Bulgarian students participated in the Creative Writing Competition in English in 2017. This essay contest is organized by CORPlus Foundation, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and AUBG.  Congratulations to Preslava Guzeleva and Tsvetelina Tetimova from Burgas,  Tsvetina Cherganska from Gotse Delchev, Alexandra Parvanova from Ruse, Mikaela Zlatanova from Svishtov, ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits the School of Politics

Ambassador Rubin spoke on March 9 in Pravets  about U.S.-European Union relations and the EU’s critical role in shaping and sustaining a strong and successful Europe.  Ambassador Rubin was hosted by the New Bulgarian University’s Dimitri Panitza School of Politics, which is holding a four-day educational model for civic leaders, titled “Bulgaria in the EU ...
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National Spelling Bee 2017

Cultural Attaché Tammy Paltchikov attended the kick-off of the seventh national Spelling Bee which took place at the 31st Secondary School in Sofia.  From February 24 until March 2, 2017, more than 6,600 students from 304 schools around Bulgaria will take part in the competition. The winners and runners-up in the school competitions will represent ...
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Worldwide Caution

Last Updated: March 6, 2017   As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This ...
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U.S.-Bulgarian Trade Has Seen Tremendous Growth

“I know this is a time of challenges and crises, but it is also a time of opportunities for US-Bulgarian bilateral relations”, said Ambassador Eric Rubin while speaking in front of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria members. Ambassador Rubin was a guest at the AmCham’s business lunch on March 2, 2017. The Ambassador spoke, ...
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U.S. Soldiers Visit Secondary School in Zimnitsa

Mayor Milen Stamov of Zimnitsa invited the 1/8 IN, which is deployed at Novo Selo Training Area, to visit St. Kiril and St. Metodii Secondary School. Seven soldiers joined students and teachers for Pink Shirt Da for activities to teach tolerance and celebrate diversity. The 1/8 IN is training at NSTA with troops from Bulgaria ...
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America for Bulgaria Foundation “Little Heroes” Project

On February 21st Ambassador Eric Rubin took part in the launch of the America for Bulgaria Foundation project “Little Heroes,” which will transform the Pirogov Hospital’s Children’s Ward. The project will turn parts of Pirogov into a space similar to what many Bulgarian children have already enjoyed at Muzeiko. Ambassador Rubin together with ABF’s President ...
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Protest Advisory

Pro-Nazi and Nationalist Groups to March and Protest on Saturday, February 18, 2017 The Embassy has been informed of a planned march and protest through parts of the city on Saturday, February 18th.  The organizers of the protest plan to march from NDK to 1 Trakiya St., approximately during the hours of 1700 to 2100.  Information ...
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U.S. Army Troops and Military Equipment to be Deployed at Novo Selo Training Area

U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team from Ford Carson, Colorado will be stationed at Novo Selo Training Area (NSTA.)  Effective February 15, 120 U.S, troops have deployed to the training range  and 15 Bradley fighting vehicles, two tracked personnel carriers  M 113, and various types of vehicles and ancillary equipment are expected to arrive ...
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International Space Camp

Have you ever dreamed of travelling to outer space? Here is your chance to experience what it is like to be an astronaut and scientist on a space mission! The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is accepting applications for International Space Camp, which will bring together educators and students from all over the world to build ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin in Pazardzhik

February 2 – Ambassador Eric Rubin just launched a $153,000 U.S.-funded project in Pazardzhik. The U.S. State Department is financing the English language education for 200 students in underserved areas of Bulgaria. The project aims to give these children access to better opportunities. Ambassador Rubin, U.S. Embassy officials, and America for Bulgaria Foundation representatives wished ...
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Month of America in Kardzhali

February 2 – The Month of America in Kardzhali started yesterday with the opening of a photo exhibition. 17 Kardzhalians who have visited the United States shared their photos and spoke with guests about their experience. Counselor for Public Affairs Brian Stimmler took part in the exhibition opening after having visited Kardzhali’s Hristo Botev Foreign ...
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Embracing Life after Hate

He has a kind look and a soft voice. Both are contrary to the massive amount of tattoos covering his arms. He looks at people in the eyes in the attempt to start a talk and often he ends the conversations with a hug. This is Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi, who has embraced a ...
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International Festival of Masquerade Games in Pernik

January 30 – Over the weekend Amb. Eric Rubin visited Surva, the International Festival of Masquerade Games in the town of Pernik. This event is one of the most emblematic folklore festivals in Bulgaria. Every year thousands of visitors from all around the world enjoy the magic of this unique festival, whose main goal is ...
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In Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Today, January 28, on UN International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Ambassador Eric Rubin spoke at the workshop, “Diplomats rescue Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.” The event, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski,” gathered diplomats, faculty members and ...
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Turkey

January 25, 2017 U.S. citizens are warned of increased threats from terrorist groups in Turkey.  Carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey at this time, and avoid travel to southeast Turkey due to the persistent threat of terrorism.  The Department of State has placed restrictions on official travel by U.S. government personnel to Istanbul ...
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U.S. Embassy to Fund Bulgarian Cultural Preservation Projects: Call for Proposals

The United States Embassy is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2017 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  AFCP is an annual competitive, worldwide program dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. AFCP supports preservation projects in the following three categories: Cultural Sites including (but not limited to) historic buildings and sites, ...
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Leading U.S. IT Companies Offer E-government and Cybersecurity Solutions to Government Officials

Nine leading U.S. IT companies presented e-government and cybersecurity solutions to 40 high-level Bulgarian government officials from 22 government agencies at U.S. IT Day, organized by the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Department of Commerce in Bulgaria on December 12-13th, 2016, in Pravets, Bulgaria.  The Pravets event was the latest in a series of major IT ...
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Marine Security Guard Delivering Presents to Kids

Ambassador Eric Rubin accompanied several of the Marines serving at USEMB Sofia to the University Children’s Hospital, where they presented more than 200 gifts to children who are patients in that hospital. The Marines organized the 2016 Toys for Tots, gathering donated gifts from the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria community. U.S. Marine Corps Security Detachments ...
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Diplomats, Military and Media Observe Multinational Training at Novo Selo Training Area

On Tuesday, December 20th, U.S. Amb. Eric Rubin and CHOD General Konstantin Popov observed the final phase of the multinational joint training Platinum Lion 17-1.  Deputy CHOD VADM Emil Eftimov as well as the Ambassadors of Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Moldova, along with media representatives, also attended the event.  This is the first time that ...
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General Assembly Meeting and Physical Security Conference

On December 1, 2016, the OSAC Bulgaria Country Council held its annual general assembly meeting at the U.S. Embassy, Sofia. Four years after Ambassador Ries launched OSAC in Sofia, Ambassador Eric Rubin provided the keynote address to the membership, stating that the challenges, global threats and risks we face today are serious, complicated and unpredictable ...
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Roma Children Wished Ambassador Rubin a Happy New Year

On January 13th, Amb. Eric Rubin welcomed Roma students from the Hristo Botev school in the Bulgarian city of Stamboliyski to celebrate the coming Roma New Year, also known as Vassilitsa, with them. The students performed for the Embassy community, sharing their Roma traditions and wishes for a happy life and a better world. The ...
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Leading U.S. IT Companies Offer E-government and Cybersecurity Solutions to Government Officials

December 16, 2016 For Immediate Release Nine leading U.S. IT companies presented e-government and cybersecurity solutions to 40 high-level Bulgarian government officials from 22 government agencies at U.S. IT Day, organized by the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Department of Commerce in Bulgaria on December 12-13th, 2016, in Pravets, Bulgaria. The Pravets event was the latest ...
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OneBeat 2017

OneBeat returns for its sixth year, convening innovative musicians from every region of the world in the U.S. for an exhilarating month of performances, discussions, interactive music-making events, and more. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a uniquely powerful way to connect people across political and cultural barriers. OneBeat fellows are ...
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15th Annual McHappy Day

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined famous Bulgarian TV stars, musicians, and athletes at the opening of the 15th annual McHappy Day charity initiative that took place at McDonald’s Restaurant at Slaveykov Sq. on November 23rd. This initiative helps children with oncology diseases in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna hospitals. The funds that have been raised so far ...
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Panel Discussion with Young Entrepreneurs

The key focus of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 #GEW2016 is on youth, women and marginalized groups and opportunities in agro and food sectors, where they can develop their potential as self-starters and innovators. The U.S. Embassy is bringing together young business and agro business entrepreneurs on November 18 at the American Corner as part of ...
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Panel Discussion with Young Entrepreneurs

The key focus of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 #GEW2016 is on youth, women and marginalized groups and opportunities in agro and food sectors, where they can develop their potential as self-starters and innovators. The U.S. Embassy is bringing together young business and agro business entrepreneurs on November 18 at the American Corner as part of ...
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Opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebration

DCM Martina Strong opened the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration at the Central Military Club in Sofia. This year’s GEW is focused on entrepreneurship, including among women, youth and minority communities. In September, the Trust for Social Achievement (TSA), co-organizer of the event, launched its second program of Business Alternatives (BA), aimed at young adults from ...
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Opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebration

DCM Martina Strong opened the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration at the Central Military Club in Sofia. This year’s GEW is focused on entrepreneurship, including among women, youth and minority communities. In September, the Trust for Social Achievement (TSA), co-organizer of the event, launched its second program of Business Alternatives (BA), aimed at young adults from ...
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U.S. Embassy Promotes Global Entrepreneurship Week

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria is pleased to support this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) that is going to take place from November 14th till November 30th. It will bring together young entrepreneurs, farmers, professional organizations, NGOs, and government representatives in a number of initiatives aimed at increasing global prosperity, building secure communities, and solving ...
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Conference: Аccess to Information

Attorney Kevin Goldberg is speaking to Bulgarian journalists, government officials and NGO representatives about the Freedom of Information Act in America. Goldberg, whose visit is hosted by the Access to Information Programme and sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, will discuss the challenges to providing full access to public information and best practices to ensure that ...
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International Conference: “Museum Exhibits and Standards: A Look Ahead”

Sofia, November 28-29, 2016 1, “November 15th” Street (next to the Parliament Building) At the Large Salon of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences A conference sponsored by the Bi-National Commission for the Preservation of Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage Free of charge and open to the public. The Bi-National Commission for the Preservation of Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage ...
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Statement by the U.S. Embassy on Bulgarian Presidential Election

The U.S. Embassy congratulates President-elect Rumen Radev and looks forward to working with him to advance the goals Bulgaria and the United States share, including increased prosperity for our people, transatlantic ties and values, NATO engagement and solidarity, defense modernization, and border security. The United States is committed to continuing to strengthen and deepen the ...
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Open Call for 2017 Professional Fellowship Exchange Program in U.S.

The Professional Fellows Division of ECA’s Office of Citizen Exchanges is pleased to announce the program “Sustaining Civic Participation in Minority Communities.” We invite professionals from any region of Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia to apply for participation in a 42-day fellowship in the U.S.A in 2017. We encourage submissions by professionals who are actively ...
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Turkey Travel Warning

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria would like to draw your attention to the latest Turkey Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State on October 29, 2016. Turkey Travel Warning The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.  U.S. citizens should avoid travel ...
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United States Ambassador Condemns Attack on Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Chair

Statement by Eric S. Rubin, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria October 28, 2016 We were saddened and shocked to learn of yesterday’s attack by two men on Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Chair Krassimir Kanev.  The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee is the largest organization for the protection of human rights in Bulgaria.  It is one of the most important ...
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The Rock Band ACIDIC in Bulgaria

The Southern California indie rock band ACIDIC toured Bulgaria through the American Music Abroad Program of the State Department from October 20-25, 2016. The four young musicians performed in Kurdjali, Plovdiv and Sofia and also did a workshop at the Second English Language School in Sofia entitled “From Hobby to Profession”. The students were fascinated ...
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Second Annual Survey of EPI

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) presented the final results of Second Annual Survey of the web sites of the biggest municipalities in Bulgaria based on the E-governance Performance Index at a press conference on October 25, 2016 at the Press Center of the Bulgarian News Agency in Sofia. The event was part of the project ...
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Turkey Travel Warning

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria would like to draw your attention to the latest Turkey Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State on October 24, 2016 and to the security message issued by the Consulate General in Istanbul on October 22, 2016. Turkey Travel Warning The U.S. Department of State continues to ...
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USS Mount Whitney Аrrives in Burgas, Bulgaria

Under the command of Captain Carlos Sardiello, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Burgas, Bulgaria, on October 20, 2016.  During the visit to Burgas, the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, which travels with Mount Whitney, held a concert at the Burgas Music and Stage Arts School. This was a chance for the band and school to ...
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National Youth Conference “Media – Authenticity and Reality”

This morning more than 70 young people got together to participate in the National Youth Conference “Media – Authenticity and Reality.” For a day Sofia university professors and leading journalists will speak to participants from around the country about the role of media and media ethics. Organizers are Ambassador’s Youth Council and United Nations Association ...
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Registration for Participation in Spelling Bee 2017

Dear English language teachers! Did you register your school for participation in the National English Spelling Bee competition 2017? If you haven’t done that – there is still time by October 25th. Competition Rules Registration The competition is organized by CORPLUS Foundation in partnership with America for Bulgaria Foundation and with the support of the U.S. Embassy in ...
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Europe’s First Coho Salmon Farm Launches in Bulgaria

Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong joined Valeri Milovanov, the manager of Coho Farms, in launching Europe’s first coho salmon farm today, Friday, October 14, 2016 in the town of Gorni Okol. U.S. company Water Management Technologies Inc. and Canadian Aquaculture Systems CAS Inc. also took part in the ceremony. The $4 million investment includes ...
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2017 Community Solutions Program Application Now Open!

Application Deadline: November 18, 2016! Are you working to support positive change in your home country? Helping preserve your community’s biodiversity for the next generation? Working to create job opportunities for at-risk youth? Bridging ethnic and cultural divides in your community? If so – come join the next generation of global leaders and apply for ...
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OSAC Bulgaria Conference on Cybersecurity

On October 12, 2016 the OSAC Bulgaria Country Council held a half-day conference for our OSAC constituents and AmCham members on Cybersecurity at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Sofia.  More than seventy participants from American and international companies, AmCham members, law enforcement officers, and attorneys attended the event. Cybersecurity experts briefed the participants on the ...
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U.S. Professor Paul Sracic Visits Bulgaria

U.S. professor Paul Sracic, chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University, who was on a visit to Sofia on an IIP Program, explained the nuts and bolts of the U.S. election process and talked about the role of the media in the U.S. presidential election before journalists, NGO representatives, ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition for FY 2017 projects to combat trafficking in persons outside of the United States. The first stage of competition begins with this Request for Statements of Interest (SOI) that summarize concepts for projects addressing the country and ...
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Voting Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in ...
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U.S. Embassy Joins Bulgaria in Celebrating Completion of Nuclear Detection Architecture

Today the United States Embassy in Bulgaria, representatives of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and the Bulgarian government celebrated the completion of Bulgaria’s nuclear detection architecture.  To mark the occasion, Ambassador Eric Rubin, Deputy Interior Minister Philip Gunev, and other dignitaries gathered at Sofia airport to ...
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Admiral Michelle Howard Visits Bulgaria

Admiral Michelle Howard, USN, and Commander, Allied Joint Forces Command Naples, United States Naval Forces Europe, United States Naval Forces Europe Africa, visited Varna and Sofia on September 27-28. She participated with Pres. Rossen Plevneliev in the one-year anniversary commemoration of the NATO Forces Integration Union (NFIU) in Sofia, one of six NFIUs established over ...
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Business Visa Program (BVP) Promotion

Enroll your company in our Business Visa Program (BVP) to make faster visa appointments & access a direct line for business visa questions. You will get a personalized service and information specific to the company’s situation. To promote the BVP program Charge d’Affaires Martina Strong welcomed Bulgarian business representatives at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia ...
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Delightful American Wines Showcased at the U.S. Embassy

Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong hosted a promotion of U.S. wines from the states of California and Washington. The event, which is eagerly anticipated each year by connoisseurs and experts, was organized by the Foreign Agricultural Service at the U.S. Embassy. More than 10 world famous wineries with a reputation for high quality, including Joseph Phelps, ...
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International Military Education and Training Event at the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy hosted an International Military Education and Training event, at which Ambassador Rubin greeted Bulgarian military and Ministry of Defense civilians. Since 1992, the U.S. Government has contributed over $217 million for military training and equipment in Bulgaria.  The pinnacle is our investment in the men and women of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, ...
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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2018

The Department of State is pleased to announce the beginning of the Diversity Visa lottery program 2018 (DV-2018), commonly known as the “Green Card Lottery.” The registration period will run from 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), on October 4, 2016, through 12:00 noon, EST, on November 7, 2016. During this registration period, applicants may ...
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Opening of the New Fulbright Office in Sofia

Ambassador Eric Rubin attended the opening ceremony of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange’s new office located on Vitosha Boulevard in Sofia.  During the opening ceremony Professor Boyan Dobrev of the National Art Academy presented his new work. By using the “TATTOOWALL” digital printing method, which is being applied for the first time in ...
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Turkey Travel Warning

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria would like to draw your attention to the latest Turkey Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.  U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the ...
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Groundbreaking of the New American College of Sofia Student Center

Ambassador Eric Rubin took part in the groundbreaking of the new American College of Sofia Student Center today. Among the special guests were representatives from the America for Bulgaria Foundation, which donated $8.6 million, covering 80% of the new building expenses. Among the other donors is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through ...
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Graf Ignatievo Media Day

Bulgarian Defense Minister Nenchev witnessed first-hand  today a demonstration of joint air policing operations during the media day at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, near Plovdiv. Four U.S. F-15 fighter aircraft arrived in Bulgaria to conduct NATO Air Policing missions jointly with Bulgaria’s MIG-29s  September 9-16.  NATO air policing is a standing peacetime mission to preserve ...
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CBP Assistant Commissioner Mark R. Koumans Visits Bulgaria

Mark R. Koumans, Assistant Commissioner of the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will visit Bulgaria on September 16-17. In addition to meeting with officials from the Ministry of Interior, Assistant Commissioner Koumans will visit the Bulgarian-Turkish border, where he will observe operations and discuss migration issues with Bulgarian ...
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First Day of School for Our American ETAs

Molly O’Keefe has a big smile and a sparkle in her eyes. She is an American, who is ready to spend her second year living and working in Stara Zagora. She is one of 30 English Teaching Assistants who come to Bulgaria thanks to a Bulgarian Fulbright Commission – America for Bulgaria collaboration. These 30 ...
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Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev Bestowed Robert Gipson with the Saint Cyril and Methodius First Grade

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev bestowed American Robert Gipson with the Saint Cyril and Methodius First Grade acclaim for his philanthropic work in Bulgaria. Since 1994 Gipson has granted scholarships for Bulgarian students. He has donated nearly 1.5 million leva throught the Saint Cyril and Methodius Foundation. Each academic year 100 students get up to 2,000 ...
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Welcome to the First YES Abroad Students!

We welcome the first ever cohort of YES Abroad high school students to Sofia!  The three Americans Rachel Freeman, Sophia Pettit and Elijah Septoff will be living with Bulgarian host families and attending the American College of Sofia this academic year. We wish them all the best!
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Turkey Travel Warning

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria would like to draw your attention to the latest Turkey Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  On August 23, 2016, the ...
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Renovation of Izvorche Kindergarten in the Village of Kabile

On Wednesday, August 24, Brigadier General Don Johnson,  Assistant to the Adjutant General for the Tennessee (TN) Air National Guard and Tundzha Mayor Mr. Georgi Georgiev inaugurated the renovated Izvorche Kindergarten. The project was completed jointly by airmen of the 164th Civil Engineer Squadron, part of the TN Air National guard, and service members from ...
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U.S. Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate Nadezhda Kindergarten in Kilifarevo, Veliko Tarnovo Municipality

On Friday, August 26, COL Dean Swick, Deputy Chief of Staff, 412th Theatre Engineer Command (TEC) Engineer Brigade, and Veliko Tarnovo Deputy Mayor Mrs. Snezhana Daneva will inaugurate the renovated Nadezhda Kindergarten in Kilifarevo. The project was completed jointly by soldiers from 375th Engineer Company, 412th TEC and service members from the Chemical Unit, part ...
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U.S. Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate Izvorche Kindergarten in the village of Kabile, Tundzha Municipality

On Wednesday, August 24, Brigadier General Don Johnson,  Assistant to the Adjutant General for the Tennessee (TN) Air National Guard  and Tundzha Mayor Mr. Georgi Georgiev will inaugurate the renovated Izvorche Kindergarten. The project was completed jointly by airmen of the 164th Civil Engineer Squadron, part of the TN Air National guard, and service members ...
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IRS Webinar “Protect your clients and yourself from data theft”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Protect your clients and yourself from data theft” on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bulgarian time. To register and attend this webinar, use the Protect your clients and yourself from data theft webinar link.  Participants should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  This session will be ...
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U.S. Embassy Sofia Roma Fellows Program

This is the fifth year of the U.S. Embassy Sofia Roma Fellows Program. Four fellows worked for 10 weeks in different sections of the Embassy. Ambassador Eric Rubin helped them mark their graduation today. Congratulations! It was a pleasure to have you with us. U.S. Embassy Sofia will announce the 2017 Roma Fellowship Program next ...
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The 20th Century Voice of America

On August 12th the City Art Gallery of Varna was the venue for an amazing recital by American soprano Claron McFadden and her pianist Mike Del Ferro – “The Voice of America in the 20th Century” – featuring some of the most influential contemporary American composers. The diverse program, which ranged from gospel songs, George ...
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Congratulations to the YES Program Finalists!

Congratulations to the 2016/2017 cohort of Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program finalists from Bulgaria who will spend the next year attending high school in the United States! We know that they will represent Bulgaria well! We wish them the best of luck in their adventures!
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Cyrus Chestnut Trio at Bansko Jazz Fest

Last night three of America’s most acclaimed jazz musicians performed in the main square of Bansko for an enthusiastic crowd of over 1,000 people from all over the world. The Cyrus Chestnut Trio, featuring Buster Williams on bass, Lenny White on drums, and Cyrus Chestnut on the piano, proved why jazz greats like Miles Davis, ...
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Pre-solicitation Notice – Travel Management Services for U.S. Embassy, Sofia Government Employees (Revised)

Solicitation Number: SBU800-16-Q-0375 Date: August 9, 2016 Please note this solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date. The Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria will launch the solicitation on the Embassy web site under Local Business Opportunities when it is available. The requirement is for Travel Management Services for official domestic and international ...
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Protest at Sofia Courthouse August 9

U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. citizens of a planned protest of motorcyclists in front of the Sofia Courthouse on Tuesday, August 9 at 1900 hrs.  The protesters seek justice following the death of two Bulgarian motorcyclists killed in a vehicular accident on July 24th.  Further reports indicate this protest will also be carried out in ...
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Ryan Hanseler Quartet Finish Their Bulgarian Tour in Burgas on August 4, 2016

The U.S. musician and jazz professor in Amsterdam Ryan Hanseler has performed together with many contemporary jazz legends  – Branford Marsalis, Tim Green, Nnenna Freelon, Terence Blanchard, Tia Fuller, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Along with his Bulgarian fellow musicians: Lyudmil Krumov – guitar; Velislav Stoyanov – Bass; and Nikola Goryalov ...
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70th Anniversary of Fulbright Program

August 1st marks the 70th anniversary of President Truman signing the Fulbright Act into law. During these 70 years more than 325,000 Fulbrighters from over 155 countries have participated in the Fulbright Program. Today, Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. The total number of Bulgarian and American ...
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Perelik Eco Jazz Festival 2016

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined the Perelik International Eco Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 30th. American jazz pianist Ryan Hanseler performed with Bulgarian musicians to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd. An estimated 6,000 people attended the unique event held annually atop the highest peak in the Rhodope mountains. Musicians from the United States, Bulgaria and Serbia performed ...
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Turkey Travel Warning

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria would like to draw your attention to the latest Turkey Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  The U.S. Department of State ...
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Internship Job Fair

American-Bulgarian and SWT Alumni Associations together with the Youth Council organized an Internship Job Fair for students on July 15 at the American Corner.  Ten Bulgarian companies presented their summer internship programs to SWT students.  Among them were big well established companies like VMWare, Devin Ltd, M3 Communications Group, Soft Group Ltd.; startups –  DEV.BG, ...
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CorPlus 2016 Spelling Bee Summer Camp

The CorPlus 2016 Spelling Bee summer camp was held July 10-16 at Balkan Jewel hotel near Razlog. The 30 national finalists and their teachers were rewarded for their effort and hard work while preparing for the 2016 national English spelling competition. Participants improved their English language skills, confidence and self-esteem, and learned about American history, ...
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Alumni Reunion Picnic

American-Bulgarian Alumni Association, SWT Alumni Association, U.S.  Ambassador’s Youth Council and U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office invited a large number of alumni from all USG programs and SWT participants to a picnic at the Tennis club in Borisova Gradina on July 16.  Despite the rainy morning, about 100 alumni attended the gathering.  Former Fulbrighters, IVLPs, ...
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Turkey Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  In light of the July 15 coup attempt and the resulting potential for interruptions to travel and daily life, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time.  This replaces ...
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U.S. Air Force Secretary Discusses Commitment to Defense Modernization and Support for Continued Collaboration with Bulgarian Leadership

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James met on Wednesday with Bulgarian leadership to reaffirm U.S. Air Force commitment to cooperation with Bulgaria on shared NATO objectives and to supporting Bulgaria’s defense modernization, specifically the multi role fighter program. Following her meetings, Secretary James said, “I had very helpful conversations with Defense Minister ...
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Buratino Kindergarten Playground Renovation Project

During Thracian Eagle 2016, the recent joint exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, the 131st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, airmen donated about 3,200 leva for supplies, toys and games for the children of Buratino Kindergarten in the Village of Kostievo, Maritsa Municipality. A total of 212 volunteers ...
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Startup Camp Rijeka 2016

Startup Camp Rijeka is a five-day long mentoring program designed to help develop start up proposals into viable businesses. Successful entrepreneurs and investors from Croatia and America will mentor and help participants to develop their business ideas into actual businesses.  In the past five years of the Startup Camp, 116 young entrepreneurs from 16 countries ...
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Taxpayers Webinar on June 29

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will ...
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Statement of Support to the Sofia Pride 2016

We would like to convey our support to everyone actively participating in or backing this year’s Sofia Pride on June 18, 2016. Promoting the principle of equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is an important aspect of a tolerant and respectful society. Sofia Pride is an opportunity to promote human ...
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Purchase of Software Development services for U.S. Embassy Sofia/RSC Frankfurt Office

Purchase of software development services for the development of the Merit Based Compensation (MBC) Reward Calculation Application for the U.S. Embassy Sofia/RSC Frankfurt Office. PURPOSE This is a U.S. Embassy Sofia Pre-Solicitation Notice only.  Vendors are requested to read the below requirements.  No responses are requested by this notice.  The U.S. Embassy Sofia issues this ...
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U.S. Cadets Repaint the Fence of Kindergarten in Varna

A team of 21 U.S. Cadets along with three U.S. officers have repainted the fence of “SAILOR” kindergarten in Varna. The U.S. cadets are taking part in the so called CULP (Culture and Language Proficiency Program) supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation. The community relation project was part of their cultural exchange and contribution ...
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Brigadier General Johnson’s Visit to Novo Selo Training

Brigadier General Donald L. Johnson, the Assistant Adjutant General for the Tennessee Air National Guard, visited Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria on June 8, in order to advance Operation Resolute Castle.  His visit focused on the review of construction efforts of the 194th Engineer Brigade and the planning of construction for the remainder of ...
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IRS Webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers . Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will be recorded and made available at a later time ...
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Launch of the Modernized Compressor Station Petrich

Ambassador Eric Rubin and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov today marked the launch of the modernized Petrich compressor station. Two leading American companies, Solar Turbines and Honeywell, contributed to the upgrade of this station.  This state-of-the-art compressor promotes Bulgaria’s efforts in energy diversification and energy security. The ceremony also was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav ...
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Rick Steves Films in Bulgaria

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves was in Bulgaria in May to shoot a video for his travel series. One of America’s most respected authorities on international travel was a guest at Amb. Eric Rubin’s residence and took part in the making of a short promotional video for American tourists coming to Bulgaria.
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USS Porter Arrives in Varna

The USS Porter began a visit to Varna on June 8, 2016, in order to conduct routine operations during a routine deployment. CDR Andria Slough is USS Porter’s commanding officer. The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability in the region, and naval capability with our allies and ...
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Sofia Pride 2016

The 9th annual Sofia Pride and march in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people will take place on Saturday, 18 June 2016. The gathering place will be in front of the Soviet Army Monument starting at 5:00 pm. Sofia Pride is the biggest annual event dedicated to the ...
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Amalipe Open Hearts Festival

From June 3rd to 5th U.S. Embassy Political/Economic Officer Justin Heung participated in the Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance Amalipe’s 13th Annual Children’s Roma Festival “Open Hearts” in Veliko Tarnovo.  This year’s festival focused on the themes of friendship and tolerance.  Eighteen hundred children from more than 100 schools that represent different ethnic groups ...
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Summer Lacrosse Camp

Former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Chase Philpot continues to work with the Lacrosse team he started in Burgas last year.  Bulgarian teams participated in a Lacrosse Camp this past week in preparation for the first ever international tournament in Burgas to be held July 1-3, with teams from Poland, Turkey and Switzerland competing for first ...
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U.S. Cadets Take Part in CULP

A team of 22 U.S. Cadets along with two American officers have repainted the fence and cut the grass of the “MAGIC” kindergarten in Bourgas. The U.S. cadets are taking part in the so called CULP (Culture and Language Proficiency Program) supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation. The community relation project was part of ...
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U.S. Military Attend a Clean Up Event in Sliven

On June 4, 2016 the Civil Affairs Team 8231 participated in a local community trash pick up along a five mile mountain trail located at Priroden Park Sinite Kamani, Sliven. The event was attended by about 60-70 local nationals, and seven members of the U.S. Military.   The clean up was split into two groups those ...
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Travel Alert – Europe

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.  The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present ...
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Ambassador Rubin Participates in Coca-Cola’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in Kostinbrod

Ambassador Eric Rubin took part in an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of Coca Cola’s Kostinbrod Production Center. The Coca Cola system employs 2,000 Bulgarians and produces 320 million liters annually. It pays out 53 million euro to local suppliers per year. The event marked also the launch of a five million leva expansion at  ...
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CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske on a Visit to Sofia

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske met with Ambassador Rubin and DCM Strong at the start of his two day trip to Sofia.  Ambassador Rubin encouraged Commissioner Kerlikowske to explore potential areas of CBP assistance and cooperation to the Government of Bulgaria’s border law enforcement efforts during his meetings ...
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Ambassador Rubin Opens New Kitchen and Dining Facility

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin took part in the opening of a new dining facility for the children at Hristo Botev Primary School in the village of Lopyan, Etropole Municipality. The new kitchen and dining room was built with the help of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia Office of Defense Cooperation, which invested over 300,000 leva ...
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International Space Camp

Are you ready for the challenge of a lifetime and the chance to experience the ultimate adventure? To experience real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) principles by flying pilot simulated space missions, rocket launches and testing your mettle in engineering design challenges?  The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is now accepting applications for ...
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Ambassador Rubin – AUBG Commencement Speech

Good morning class of 2016!  I am so happy to be here with you today.  And President Kulinski, thank you for that very warm welcome. Dear Graduates of the Class of 2016, distinguished guests, parents, and members of the faculty, Chairman Manov, Minister Mitov, Ambassador Potodorova, President Kulinski, members of the Faculty, Borad of Trustees, ...
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Congratulations AUBG Class of 2016!

Congratulations to the 22nd graduating class of American University in Bulgaria! During his commencement address, Ambassador Eric Rubin underlined America’s long-term commitment to Bulgaria, an important partner in Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance. He also encouraged the graduates to make a difference in the world with their talents and abilities, and in so doing to ...
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Roma Are Equal

While attending a conference about issues affecting Roma around Europe, diplomats from 11 U.S. embassies, representatives from international and Bulgarian-based organizations that deal with human rights and, more specifically, Roma issues, and friends expressed their support for the truth that Roma are equal. A group of U.S. diplomats from 11 countries traveled to the Roma ...
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Small Grant Winners: Alumni TIES on Refugee and Migration Issues

Dianа Nedeva, Professional Fellows program alumna, participated in the Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (Alumni TIES) on the topic of refugee and migration issues in Zagreb, Croatia, February 22-26, 2016. Forty European alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs participated in the seminar, after which they were provided with an opportunity to develop specific action plans ...
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Summer Work and Travel Photo Contest – 2016

Are you a Bulgarian student participating in the 2016 Summer Work & Travel Program (SW&T)?  If so, this photo contest is for you! Share your Summer Work and Travel adventure and enter the U.S. Embassy in Sofia’s “American Values” photography competition! The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce “American Values,” a photography competition for 2016 ...
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Geopolitics and Regional Security Threats Conference

On May 18, 2016, OSAC Bulgaria Country Council held a conference for OSAC constituents on Geopolitics and Regional Security Threats at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. Three and a half years after Ambassador Ries launched OSAC in Sofia, Ambassador Eric Rubin provided the keynote address to the conference participants, stating that the challenges Bulgaria and ...
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Ambassador’s Speech During a Business Luncheon Hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce

May 20, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) It is a pleasure to join all of you today.  Let me begin with a “thank you” to the superb team at AmCham.  Your excellent work to promote the interests of American companies in Bulgaria is vital to their success.  Although I am a few months late, I ...
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U.S. Embassy Helps Build New Kitchen and Dining Facility for Hristo Botev Primary School in the Village of Lopyan, Municipality of Etropole

On Thursday, May 26, Amb. Eric Rubin of the U.S. Embassy to Bulgaria and Etropole Mayor Mr. Dimitar Dimitrov will inaugurate the newly built Kitchen and dining facility for Hristo Botev Primary School in the village of Lopyan, Etropole Municipality. The construction of the brand new facility in the village of Lopyan is the result ...
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MentorMate Opens New Office in Sofia

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong participated in the official opening of MentorMate’s newest facility in Sofia today. MentorMate is a U.S. IT company for specialized software that has been operational in Bulgaria for 15 years and has over 300 Bulgarian employees in four Bulgarian locations – Sofia, Veliko Turnovo, Plovdiv and Varna. ...
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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Bulgarian Law Enforcement Course

Twenty-four Bulgarian law enforcement officers and prosecutors successfully completed a U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) course, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. The course is part of a series offered by the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service’s ATA Program to the Bulgarian government. Its goal is to better prepare nations around the world ...
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Ambassador Rubin Attends the Opening of Bulgaria’s Biggest Automotive R&D Center

Ambassador Eric Rubin participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Visteon’s Technical Engineering Center in Sofia today.  American Visteon Electronics Company operates in 19 countries and has more than 11,000 employees worldwide. Visteon’s new Bulgarian research and development center, with some 700 employees, is the leading supplier of automotive electronics and engineering solutions for a wide ...
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Joint Press Statement: The United States and Bulgaria: Allies, Partners, Friends

On May 7, 2016, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed Bulgaria and the United States’ strong commitment to the bilateral partnership and friendship that have been key to enhancing the security, prosperity, and close ties enjoyed by the Bulgarian and American people over the past ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken is Visiting Bulgaria

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Bulgaria May 6th and 7th. While in Sofia, Blinken will meet Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev, and civil society representatives to discuss the partnership between Bulgaria and the United States. Second in rank in the U.S. ...
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“America Тhrough My Eyes” Exhibition

The American Corner at Veliko Turnovo University showed the best photos from the contest “America Тhrough My Eyes” in an exhibition that opened yesterday.  The photos were taken in the United States by students participating in the Summer Work and Travel Program. The winners in each of the three categories “people” “city” and “nature” received ...
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“American Challenges (In) Tolerance”

Three current Fulbright scholars delivered a panel presentation on April 8th at Plovdiv University. The program was entitled “American Challenges (In) Tolerance” and included Mira Niagolova, a documentary filmmaker teaching at Sofia University, Carol MacCurdy, a contemporary American literature professor teaching at Plovdiv University, and Ron Harvey, a community psychologist, researching recovery programs for drug ...
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Launch of the Modernized Compressor Station Strandzha

Ambassador Eric Rubin and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov this morning marked the launch of the modernized compressor station Strandzha, including the installation of two new gas turbo-compressor units on the site. In his opening remarks, the Ambassador said the launch of the station signifies the commitment of two leading American firms to the Bulgarian market ...
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New Sensata Technologies Plant in Plovdiv

Ambassador Eric Rubin and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov took part in the opening of the new Sensata Technologies plant in Plovdiv today. Sensata Technologies  is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensors, electrical protection, control systems and power management solutions, and the plant in Plovdiv is the second one that this company has opened ...
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International Roma Day – Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my best wishes to all Roma on International Roma Day. On April 8, we celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Roma people everywhere, and the contributions that Roma make to our societies, including the over one million Americans of Romani descent. ...
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Ambassador’s Speech to Atlantic Club: “The U.S. – Bulgaria Partnership”

Thank you very much, Your Majesty, Madam Deputy Prime Minister, Excellencies, friends, members of the Atlantic Club, members of the press. Thank you all so much for coming, thank you for this very warm welcome.  Бих искал да благодаря на правителството и народа на България за много топлото посрещане на мен и семейството ми.  I ...
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Ambassador’s Speech to Atlantic Club: “The U.S. – Bulgaria Partnership”

April 7, 2016 “The U.S. – Bulgaria Partnership” Thank you very much, Your Majesty, Madam Deputy Prime Minister, Excellencies, friends, members of the Atlantic Club, members of the press. Thank you all so much for coming, thank you for this very warm welcome.  Бих искал да благодаря на правителството и народа на България за много ...
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April – Jazz Appreciation Month

Each April, the United States celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), an opportunity to savor a major American contribution to world culture. Initiated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, JAM aims to focus public attention on the music and the many talented composers, musicians and other contributors to the sound. For the enthusiast ...
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YES Program

Congratulations to the 2016 YES High School Exchange Finalists and Alternates!  We are so proud of these young, capable, intelligent, energetic students who will so aptly represent Bulgaria during their high school year in the U.S.!
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Seafood Expo Global

Hall 6 – Booth 1323 Dates:  April 26-28, 2016. Location:  Brussels, Belgium, Brussels Exhibition & Conference Center. Profile and Attendance: More than 1700 exhibitors will be participating in Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global (SEG/SPG). The exhibited range of products includes fresh, frozen, and canned fish and seafood, value-added seafood, and equipment. The exposition has grown ...
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Cultural Attaché Tammy Paltchikov Visits ACS

Educational and Cultural Attaché Tammy Paltchikov visited several 9th grade literature classes at the American College of Sofia (ACS).  Lively discussions of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “The Diary of a Young Girl”, and “Night” highlighted lessons from the past that show the importance of tolerance and inclusion in a peaceful society.  Utilizing quotes and analysis, ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong Visits Blagoevgrad

Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong visited Blagoevgrad, including nearby Rila Monastery.  She met with Mayor Kambitov, Bishop Adrianopolski, and visited the “Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov” Language High School.  Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Alex Bransford shared his positive impressions about the school and students, especially their impressive foreign language skills. The evening was capped off by a rousing ...
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Advisories to U.S. Citizens

The March 23 security message that the U.S. Embassy distributed to U.S. citizens concerning threats in Sofia is no longer in effect. The Embassy appreciates the proactive measures taken by the Government of Bulgaria in response to threat concerns, and the Embassy continues to work closely with the Government of Bulgaria on counter-terrorism issues.  Recent ...
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Blue Water Campaign

Today, March 22, 2016, the U.S. Embassy Sofia is participating in the #Blue4Water campaign and wearing blue in honor of #WorldWaterDay 2016! All communities should have access to clean water to ensure that they are thriving.  Use #Blue4Water and share your picture wearing blue on March 22.
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Travel Alert – Europe

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. ...
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Repainting the School Yard Fence at Prolet Kindergarten in Rogosh

Members of the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron who were deployed to Graf Ignatievo Air Base until recently volunteered to repainted part of Prolet Kindergarten in the village of Rogosh.  They colored the school yard fence in bright rainbow shades. The children who attend the kindergarten shared their gratitude through traditional Bulgarian song and dance. After ...
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“Women in Tech” Roundtable

Ambassador Eric Rubin delivered opening remarks at the “Women in Tech” roundtable discussion, which was hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia’s office of U.S. Global Markets. The theme of the roundtable was, “Developing the Transatlantic Relationship by Empowering Digital Entrepreneurs & Leaders.” The event, inspired by the International Women’s Day (March 8th), brought together ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at the ‘Women in Tech’ Roundtable

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning and welcome to all of you who have joined us here today. The information technology sector is the fastest growing sector in Bulgaria.  The country is also a highly successful regional hub for Service Centers.  These are all great market achievements.  Congratulations to Bulgaria and to ...
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Hilary Shelton Visits Bulgaria

Mr. Hilary Shelton, Senior Vice President of the oldest and most widely recognized U.S. human rights organization, the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, is in Bulgaria this week to promote Roma inclusion and share his experience on fighting discrimination. During his first day here, Shelton met with Roma leaders‎, where he brought up ...
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Solicitation Announcement

The American Embassy in Sofia is looking for experienced and reliable insurers to insure its Government Owned Vehicles with the required by the Bulgarian Law Third Party Liabilities with validity in Bulgaria and abroad. If you are interested please call tel: 939 5665 or send e-mail to: RafailovaVe@state.gov , by March 14, 2016.
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March and Protest on March 3, 2016

U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. citizens of a planned march and protest scheduled on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  The Ataka political party plans to march from National Palace of Culture to the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, between the hours of approximately 1130 and 1500.  The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid those areas during the ...
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On the Occasion of Bulgaria’s National Day – Remarks by Secretary Kerry

On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I congratulate the people of Bulgaria on your National Day. The friendship between the United States and Bulgaria is rooted in our shared commitment to democratic governance, security, human rights, and the rule of law. Both countries underscored that during my visit to ...
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Ambassador Rubin Presents His Diplomatic Credentials to Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev

Today, 24 February 2016, Ambassador Eric Rubin presented his diplomatic credentials to Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. With the approval of the Presidency, the government of Bulgaria has officially recognized Rubin as the Ambassador of the United States of America to Bulgaria. Rubin is expected to serve a three-year mandate. Ambassador Rubin arrived in Sofia on ...
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Atlas Corps Seeks Emerging Global Leaders

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6- to 18-month professional fellowship in the United States. All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States. Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with 2 to 10 years ...
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New U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin Arrives in Sofia

The new U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, Eric Rubin, arrived today at Sofia International Airport with his wife Nicole Simmons. One of Ambassador Rubin’s first official acts was to greet the Embassy’s Twitter followers with “Excited to have arrived in Bulgaria as U.S. Ambassador. First task – relaunch @USEmbassySofia on Twitter. До скоро!”  The Ambassador also ...
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U. S. Embassy Statement on Lukov March

The U.S. Embassy is aware of plans for a public event this weekend to recall the assassination of General Hristo Lukov, who was known for his nationalist and pro-Nazi views.  This controversial event has sometimes been used to spread messages of xenophobia and intolerance.  While the Embassy fully supports the democratic principle of free speech ...
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Demonstration on February 13, 2016

U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. citizens of a planned march and protest scheduled on Saturday, February 13, 2016.  The organizers of the protest plan to march from NDK to 1 Trakiya St., approximately during the hours of 1700 to 2100.  This protest is part of an annual commemoration of the death of Bulgarian General Hristo ...
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Biofach 2016

Dates: February 10-13, 2016 Location: Exhibition Centre Nuremberg; 90471 Nürnberg; GERMANY Profile and Attendance: BIOFACH is the world’s leading trade fair for organic food. 2,141 exhibitors and almost 45,000 visitors from 130 countries, and about 1,000 media representatives from more than 40 countries gathered in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg in 2015. USA Pavilion Directory : A total of ...
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Solicitation Announcement

Companies with prior experience in forwarding services, good local staff and equipment are invited to provide response to solicitation set out by the Embassy of U.S.A, Sofia.  Please call tel: 939 5665 or send e-mail to: RafailovaVe@state.gov , until 4:00 pm Thursday, February 18, 2016 if interested in obtaining the solicitation package.
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The 2016 SWT Season Has Started!

The 2016 Summer Work Travel (SWT) season has started! You may now apply for your visa. Тhis program is your opportunity to spend a summer in the United States to work and travel, meet new friends and experience American culture. See what others have experienced while on their SWT adventure!
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Declassified Photos

U.S. citizens in Bulgaria should be aware that the release of declassified photos of U.S.- or coalition-held prisoners from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests including private U.S. citizens.  The photos are being released as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  We remind you ...
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President Barack Obama Proclamation on National African American History Month 2016

”African Americans have remained devoted to the proposition that all of us are created equal, even when their own rights were denied”, President Obama said. America’s greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and strived to ...
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International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Kyustendil

Kyustendil Mayor Peter Paunov commemorated “International Holocaust Remembrance Day” by hosting various lectures including by the Israeli Ambassador Ms. Irit Lillian and celebrating the opening of the exhibition “The Fragility of Tolerance”.   Mr. Svetlozar Zhelev, Director of the National Book Center from NDK presented books in Bulgarian on the Holocaust as well as announcing an ...
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Fruit Logistica 2016

Dates: 3 – 5 February 2016 9.00 – 18.00  daily Location: Messe Berlin GmbH Messedamm 22 14055 Berlin Profile and Attendance: FRUIT LOGISTICA is the leading international meeting place of the fresh produce trade. From 3rd to 5th February 2016, more than 2,700 exhibitors from more than 90 countries and 65,000 trade visitors from across ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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U.S. AS Victoria Nuland Visits Bulgaria

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland paid a working visit to Bulgaria within the frame of her European trip after she visited Lithuania, Russia and Romania. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria N