Special Briefing with Ambassador Huntsman and U/S Thompson

Jon M. Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Andrea L. Thompson, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security   Via Teleconference December 6, 2018 MS NAUERT: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks so much for joining us, and welcome to the State Department on-the-record call about INF. This call will be embargoed until the end of the call. Again, this is ...
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U.S. Embassy Sofia Renovates Plovdiv Primary School  

November 30, 2018 U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, Eric S. Rubin and Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv Stefan Stoyanov inaugurated the renovated building of Dusho Hadjidekov Primary School during a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The United States Government invested USD 94,000 to renovate the Primary School which is one of the oldest in Plovdiv and accommodates 883 ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting in Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the past ...
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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at the Roundtable – Energy Security Risks

Energy Security Risks and Energy Security Agenda in Southeast Europe| Center for the Study of Democracy and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung November 26, 2018  As Prepared for Delivery Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak here today.  I am very happy to see some preeminent energy experts at this event.  I would especially like ...
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Traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner in Bulgaria

For 15 years the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria has hosted a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner in Bulgaria – but the dinner is more than a meal.  Each dinner raises funds for Bulgarian charity.  This year funds raised will go to the Get Ready to Succeed Fund of the Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation. Since launching in 2006, ...
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U.S. Defense Attaché Visits Varna Naval Academy

U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Colonel Shannon Johnson shared his experience regarding leadership with Bulgaria’s Navy cadets at the Bulgarian Naval Academy in Varna on November 14. Colonel Johnson is the United States Senior Defense Official & Defense Attaché to Bulgaria. Over the past 25 years the U.S. government has invested over $300 million dollars in ...
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The U.S. Embassy Renovates Burgas Center for Specialized Educational Assistance

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman, together with Burgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov, inaugurated today the renovated building of the Center for Specialized Educational Assistance in Burgas, Bulgaria. The United States Government invested USD 113,000 in the renovations of the Center for Specialized Educational Assistance, formerly known as Otets Paisiy Auxiliary School. The Center provides ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Tours Bulgaria’s First LGBTI+ Community Center

“Thanks to this initiative, the LGBT community can gather, work together, and provide support in a safe environment.  The U.S. Embassy supports this center and other LGBT programs because we value diversity, and we welcome the contributions of the LGBT community.” – U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin at Rainbow Hub LGBTI+ Center.
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Future of Reality Conference

Bulgarians experienced virtual reality this morning thanks to U.S. businesses and Yao Huange – 1 of 11 women driving technology in New York, according to Forbes. “Bulgaria has the opportunity to take advantage of a well-educated population and diverse workforce which can turn this market segment into an advancing economy. The U.S. Embassy will continue ...
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DCM Friedman Participated in an International Conference, Addressing the Issue of Disinformation

U.S. Embassy Sofia Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman participated in the international conference “Fake News of True Trolls,” addressing the issue of disinformation. In his presentation, he noted, “Societies need to build resilience that will enable them to identify and resist disinformation campaigns. We have to learn to recognize when we’re being manipulated with ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits English Language School in Burgas

Ambassador Rubin visited the Geo Milev English Language High School in Burgas. English is the global language of math, science, engineering, finance, and more. We’re proud of Bulgaria’s youth who study English – and we’re committed to supporting them as they advance in their careers.    
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Secretary Pompeo Meets with Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Zaharieva

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva will hold a bilateral meeting in Washington on Monday, November 5th.  The meeting is taking place at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo. The two officials will discuss issues of bilateral, regional and global interest.
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GIST Technology Idea Competition Returns for 2019, Seeking Innovative Startups

The U.S. Department of State is excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology, Technology Idea (GIST Tech-I) competition. Exact dates and details will be published over the next few weeks on  GISTNetwork.orgFacebook  and  Twitter . GIST Tech-I is a global pitching competition which seeks to identify and select, train, ...
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U.S. Embassy Will Restore and Preserve Bulgaria’s Ancient Thracian Tomb in Sveshtari

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin announced today that he will use the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation to restore, conserve, and modernize display of Bulgaria’s Sveshtari Thracian Tomb – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sveshtari Thracian Tomb is a unique example of Mediterranean sepulchral architecture, and attracts approximately 50,000 visitors every year.  The tomb ...
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AMB Rubin Launches Red Ribbon Day at Sofia Airport

Over 500 Bulgarian students marked Red Ribbon Day with Ambassador Rubin today.  Red Ribbon Day honors U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique ”Kiki” Camarena, who was killed standing up to drug traffickers.  Bulgaria’s National Customs Service and the U.S. DEA partnered to organize today’s event.  The 13 to 17-year-old students honored Kiki’s legacy and the ...
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Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition 2018

Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition is from October 5 to October 25, 2018! 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 to ...
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Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Children’s Playground at the Bishop’s Basilica in Plovdiv

“I applaud the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Plovdiv Municipality for their partnership to restore and display the rich mosaics of the Bishop’s Basilica – the largest early Christian temple found in Bulgaria, and thus a critically important part of the country’s religious history. Bulgaria’s cultural sites are reminders of the incredible history of this ...
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26th Anniversary of the United States Security Assistance Program in Bulgaria

This year 9 Bulgarians graduated from American professional military education courses.  Ambassador Rubin personally congratulated this year’s graduates today on the 26th anniversary of the United States Security Assistance program in Bulgaria. Since 1992, the U.S. Government has invested over $285 million in programs to train and equip the Bulgarian military. Tonight, Deputy Chief of Mission Friedman and ...
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Amcham Business Breakfast with Government

“Bulgaria – U.S. Transatlantic Relations in the Contest of the Global Economic Changes” U.S. companies in Bulgaria have invested millions of dollars in community centers, in environmental conservation, in education, and in healthcare. These companies are not only providing jobs and building the economy, but they are directly investing in Bulgarian communities, families, and children. ...
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U.S. Embassy Sofia Constructs A 3-Floor Extension For Pomorie Kindergarten Detelina

September 17, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Children are part of the heart and soul of a community.  This kindergarten – now full of laughs, love, and life – will nurture the children carrying the torch of Bulgaria’s future, bringing the light of hope and prosperity to Bulgaria’s tomorrows.  It is our sincere hope that this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Statement by the Secretary Tillerson on the Manchester Attack

Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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