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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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