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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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! Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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! Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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  ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

“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 ... Read More»

“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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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.! Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

“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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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! Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 Nuland held talks in Sofia on January 20, 2016 with Prime ... Read More»

Roma New Year at the Embassy

Charge d’Affaires Martina Strong and U.S. Embassy staff celebrated Roma New Year on January 14 with children from Graf Nikolay Ignatiev School in the village of Graf Ignatievo, Plovdiv Region. The children performed the New Year’s tradition of “survakane” for good health and prosperity, sang songs, and danced celebrating the Day of Bango Vasili or ... Read More»

Local Girl Scouts Troop Visits the Embassy

Yesterday, we welcomed the members of our local Girl Scouts troop, who were learning about the Embassy and the US Government. Following their visit, the Girl Scouts were awarded the “Inside the Government” badge, which they can now proudly display on the Girl Scouts sashes. Read More»

The U.S. Army War College Honors the Late Bulgarian Major General Neyko “Nick” Nenov

Today the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks honored the late Bulgarian Major General Neyko “Nick” Nenov by inducting this strategic leader into the International Fellows Hall of Fame.  General Nenov was inducted into the U.S. Army War College’s International Fellows Hall of Fame for rising to the top level of the profession ... Read More»

New GDBOP Joint Task Force Headquarters Is a Symbol of Bulgarian-U.S. Cooperation

A US$1.9 million facility that houses a joint task force of Bulgaria’s General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will assist in countering drug trafficking activity in the Balkan region, according to U.S. and Bulgarian officials who participated in the building’s opening ceremony today. Citing the successful seizures ... Read More»

Hostage Situations and Personnel Recovery

On 15 October 2015, OSAC Bulgaria Country Council held its fourteenth event for OSAC constituents and American Chamber of Commerce members on Hostage Situations and Personnel Recovery. More than 50 participants from 34 private companies, 2 educational institution, and 4 government agencies attended the event. Participants discussed case studies with hostage situations within the private ... Read More»

Security Leadership for Non-Security Professionals Workshop

On May 5, 2015, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Bulgaria Country Council, held a workshop on Security Leadership for Non-Security Professionals at the Hilton Hotel, Sofia. Two-and-a-half years after Ambassador Ries launched OSAC in Sofia, the Council met for its 13th event, which was followed by a farewell cocktail for one of its founding ... Read More»
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