Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Country-Specific Information: Last updated:  [09/24/20] Bulgaria has 19,573 reported cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Bulgaria has 785 reported fatalities from COVID-19 within its borders. Bulgaria is following WHO and ECDC guidance on threat mitigation. Grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, and stores remain open. Supplies including food and medicine remain plentiful. Masks: All persons must cover their …

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Training on Proactive Online Investigations

On September 23rd, Resident Legal Advisor Jessica Kim, in partnership with Embassy Sofia’s FBI Legal Attaché Office, delivered a training on proactive online investigations, electronic evidence, and cybercrimes for investigating magistrates of the National Investigative Service of Bulgaria. FBI Assistant Legal Attaché Dustin Overby initiated the training with an overview of cybercrime trends. RLA Kim …

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OPEN Program

Deadline:  October 6, 2020 The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions. What courses are available during the winter semester of 2021? Using Educational Technology Critical Thinking in the Classroom Teaching Grammar Communicatively Teaching English to Young …

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U.S. Citizens Voting Assistance

Voting Message for 2020 General Election (released on August 18, 2020) The  Federal Voting Assistance Program and the Department of State’s page on  Absentee Voting Information are the most up-to-date voting information resources for Americans living abroad. Please visit these websites to learn about deadlines and procedures for registering and voting. Overseas U.S. citizens usually need to register every year, which means mailing in your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) so that you’re …

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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program is Open

The Embassy is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the next round of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. This program is one of the preeminent U.S. government-funded exchange programs and is designed to expand communication between the people of the United States and the partner countries in the interest of …

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Virtual Judicial Exchange

On September 16, U.S. Embassy Resident Legal Advisor Jessica Kim facilitated a virtual judicial exchange between Bulgarian judges and U.S. judges. Chief United States Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers and United States District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. provided an overview of the U.S. federal criminal process, with the Bulgarian judges sharing similarities and differences …

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19 Years Later: Images from Ground Zero

 After September 11: Images from Ground Zero documents the devastation and reconstruction of the World Trade Center. This breathtaking collection of images is the only existing photographic account of the attacks, and Joel Mayerowitz – the only photographer to be given unimpeded access to Ground Zero in the wake of 9/11. Sofia, 1 September 2020 …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting 2020

Location: Bulgaria Event: It’s the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  Have you registered to vote? To vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens must complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  or request a ballot through your state’s portal in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, …

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Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel to Bulgaria Due to COVID-19

Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Bulgaria due to COVID-19. Improved conditions have been reported within Bulgaria. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Bulgaria. Read the  country information page . If you decide to travel to Bulgaria: See the  S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19. Visit …

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Green Libraries – Summer Campaign of Sofia City Library

The sixth edition of the traditional Summer campaign of the Sofia City Library, called Green Libraries has started. The Library promotes reading and attracts new readers by leaving library buildings and going to the Sofia’s parks. On the first day of the campaign on August 1, 3D pens and BeeBot robots from the American Corner …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Health Alert: Ministry of Health Order revises and extends entry restrictions and quarantine requirements. Entry restrictions:  U.S. citizens are still prohibited from entering Bulgaria unless they meet one of the exceptions to entry restrictions found in the current Ministry of Health Order.  The entry restrictions apply to all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all …

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Statement on the Visit to Bulgaria by Ambassador Khalilzad

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Bulgaria July 29-30.  He and U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa held meetings with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, and Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov. Ambassador Khalilzad thanked Bulgaria for its ongoing contribution to the NATO mission in Afghanistan and provided both Ministers with an update …

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Ambassador Mustafa Visits Varna’s Prevention Directorate

Young volunteers donate their time to Varna’s Prevention Directorate, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, to fight drug addiction in their community. Ambassador Mustafa met with them in Varna, and was inspired by their work and dedication. We are proud to see youth lead the way, and are grateful for their tireless efforts …

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Official Inauguration of the Maritime Coordination Center in Varna

We celebrate the Bulgarian Navy and the military’s official inauguration of the Maritime Coordination Center in Varna, which is an important step towards greater NATO and regional cooperation in the Black Sea region. The Ambassadors of Georgia, Romania, and the United States were invited by Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov, Admiral Emil Eftimov, and Rear Admiral …

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Meet Our YES Alumni – Tsvetomil Ivanov

Tsvetomil Ivanov is one of our first Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program alumni. He spent a year in the United States, and, as an exchange student, where he represented Bulgaria to his host school and family. He’s keeping up the good work even today: while museums were closed due to the health crisis, …

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Do You Have Questions About Absentee Voting? 

The Voting Assistance Officer will be available online on Friday (July 17) from 2 – 4 p.m. to answer any of your questions in English and Bulgarian.  We look forward to answering your questions about absentee voting! Meeting details: To join the video meeting, use this link: https://meet.google.com/iiq-faha-iav To join by phone, dial +359 2 907 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Health Alert: Ministry of Health Order revises entry restrictions and quarantine requirements starting July 16, 2020. Entry restrictions:  U.S. citizens are still prohibited from entering Bulgaria unless they meet one of the exceptions to entry restrictions found in the current Ministry of Health Order.  The entry restrictions apply to all persons, regardless of …

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Farewell Lunch for Female Ambassadors to Bulgaria

At a lunch for female ambassadors to Bulgaria, Ambassador Mustafa said a fond farewell to our friends Ambassador of Finland Paivi Blinnikka, Ambassador of the United Kingdom Emma Kate Hopkins, and Ambassador of Indonesia Sri Astari Rasjid. Although we are sad to see them depart, their legacy of friendly relations with Bulgaria will always be …

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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

The right to peacefully assemble is a fundamental democratic value. Demonstrations and protests are a sign of a thriving, vibrant civil society. Peaceful protest has played a key role in the United States’ 244-year-old democracy. Every nation deserves a judicial system that is non-partisan and accountable to the rule of law. We support the Bulgarian …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria, Sofia Security Alert: Ongoing Protest Activity in Downtown Sofia, July 11-16, 2020   Various political groups are currently protesting and counter-protesting in and around the Council of Ministers.  It is anticipated that recurring protests and counter-protests in the area will continue until at least July 16, 2020. U.S. citizens are recommended to avoid …

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Breeze 2020 – Annual Naval Exercise of Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast

The U.S. and Bulgaria are proud to be together for Breeze 2020. This annual naval exercise of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast will involve 27 vessels, 9 aircraft, and 2,413 sailors from ten countries (Bulgaria, Belgium, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Romania, US, Turkey, and France). Breeze 2020 will improve the military readiness of all participants. The …

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Ambassador Mustafa Meets Several Young Political Leaders

Ambassador Mustafa met  with several impressive young political leaders. Although they come from different parties, they all share a common passion: Bulgaria!  With this in mind, they discussed encouraging young people to get involved politically, the importance of engaging voters locally, and ways our two countries can work together, we have forged a strong partnership …

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Message for U.S. citizens: Voting 2020

Location: Bulgaria Event: July 4th Voting Message Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! To vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens must complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee …

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Ambassador Mustafa Visits Military Medical Academy and Pirogov Hospital

The Ambassador is kicking off our Fourth of July Celebrations with visits to Military Medical Academy and Pirogov Hospitals to say a very heartfelt thank you to the staff that have been on the front lines in caring for the Coronavirus patients in Sofia.  She presented baskets and small gifts to General Mutafchiyski and his …

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Bulgaria and U.S. Embassy Sofia Sign Letter of Intent for Cooperation in Healthcare

Health impacts all facets of life of every Bulgarian. The U.S. Embassy looks forward to partnering with the Bulgarian government to enhance the quality of life of its citizens by combatting infectious diseases, discussing best practices for e-health initiatives, and promoting educational exchanges of medical professionals.  ~Ambassador Mustafa On Friday, June 26, 2020 Ambassador Herro …

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U.S. Government Announces $200,000 USD To Support Independent Media and Civil Society In Bulgaria

The United States strongly supports independent media and civil society as essential to a robust democracy in Bulgaria. U.S. Embassy Sofia, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, is pleased to announce $200,000 USD in new funding available for independent media groups and civil society actors in Bulgaria.  This assistance will help strengthen civic engagement …

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Internship Opportunity – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

U.S. Embassy Sofia Foreign National Student Intern Program # FCS 1 – 2020   Note:   This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                …

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State Department Releases International Religious Freedom Report 2019

Respect for religious freedom is both a core American value and one of the fundamental freedoms reflected in many international human rights documents. The 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom released on June 10 details the status of religious freedom in 199 countries and territories around the world. Speaking at the launch of the report …

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Virtual Media Bootcamp

Apply now to take part in our next virtual Media Bootcamp! If you are a high school student, interested in journalism, want to work with an international or local media expert for a week, this is your chance. We are sponsoring a week-long virtual Media Bootcamp June 28 – July 5, 2020, in partnership with …

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Message for U.S. citizens: Voting 2020

Location: Bulgaria Event: Voting 2020 – Ballot Collection All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. …

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Internship Opportunity – Student Intern in the Public Affairs Section  

Note:    This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student Intern in the Public Affairs Section    Opening Date:                      June 4, 2020 Closing date:             …

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The United Against COVID-19 Fund Has Helped Nearly 300 Settlements in Bulgaria

A total of BGN 1,006,475 were distributed among 112 medical institutions, non-governmental organizations, municipalities, community centers, schools, micro and small companies. The United Against COVID-19 Fund ended its activities on May 31, 2020, after helping about 700,000 people in need in nearly 300 populated areas in Bulgaria. Within just a month and a half, BGN …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Corrected Health Alert: Ministry of Health Order revises entry restrictions starting June 1, 2020. Entry ban:  The Bulgarian government ordered a prohibition on all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all border crossings, by air, sea, rail and road transport, which went into effect on June 1 and is available at the  Bulgarian Ministry of Health website . Exceptions:  Those excepted …

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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

During the COVID-19 global outbreak Embassy Sofia is required to issue a MASCOT message to all Americans advising when a U.S. Government-arranged flight to the U.S. has seats available.  Three U.S. Government-arranged flights are stopping in Sofia this week on their way back to the United States from other destinations.  These flights are standard flights …

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Ambassador Mustafa Meets with Speaker of the National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva

Ambassador Mustafa met with Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria Tsveta Karayancheva to discuss a range of issues, including Bulgarian and American efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to enhance both countries’ economic recoveries. In the coming days Ambassador Mustafa will meet, in most cases virtually, with a number …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Bulgarian Ministry of Health Order issued May 14, 2020 continues restricted entry to Bulgaria through June 14, 2020. Bulgaria continues to temporarily bar admission to third-country nationals, including U.S. citizens.  This includes all border crossing points with any means of transport, including aviation, maritime, rail, and road. The ban does not apply …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Direct U.S. Government flights to Alexandria, Louisiana  International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  There will be two U.S. Government flights that will fly directly from Sofia, Bulgaria to Alexandria, Louisiana.  They will have capacity for private U.S. citizens to fly on a reimbursable basis, leaving Sofia Airport on or …

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“United Against COVID-19” Fund Donates over BGN 1 Million to Projects Supporting Communities

An open letter from the Bulgarian Donors Forum, America for Bulgaria Foundation, U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria to present the activities of the United Against COVID-19 Relief Fund. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Donors Forum, America for Bulgaria Foundation, U.S. Embassy and American Chamber …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria  Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 15-16, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 14-15, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 13-4, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Assistant Secretary Risch’s Call with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Zaharieva

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch spoke with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva today.  Assistant Secretary Risch thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its support in resolving U.S. citizen emergencies during this unprecedented situation.  Assistant Secretary Risch said the U.S. government will continue to support Bulgaria’s efforts to meet the requirements for the Visa Waiver Program.  Assistant Secretary Risch also noted the Summer Work and Travel program is still being reviewed and the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 12-13, 2020  International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 11-12, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 10-11, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 9-10, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War

The following is a joint statement by the U. S. Secretary of State and the Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release May 7, 2020 MEDIA NOTE   Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 8-9, 2020  International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 7-8, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Pottinger’s Remarks About the May 4th Movement

Good morning everyone.  I’m Matt Pottinger, the Deputy National Security Advisor, speaking to you from the White House.  I bring warm greetings from the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. We gather today online, from a thousand different places, because a pandemic still prohibits us from meeting in person.  But through the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 6-7, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 5-6, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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“United Against COVID -19” Fund Distributes More than 960,000 Lev to Organizations All Over Bulgaria

The Fund received nearly 700 applications; 106 of them are being funded Eight hospitals, 13 non-governmental organizations and three municipalities are among the applicants who received funding from the United Against COVID-19 Fund in the second and final call for proposals.  If more funds are raised, the Fund will be able to support more of the submitted proposals.  Thirty-two …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 4-5, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 3-4, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 2-3, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 1-2, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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U.S. Donates Fastest, Most Reliable COVID-19 Test Machine to Bulgaria

“Our donation of a state-of-the-art COVID-19 diagnostic machine to Bulgaria will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with accurate and quick testing. This donation demonstrates our commitment to the long-term U.S.-Bulgaria partnership.” ~ Ambassador Herro Mustafa U.S. Embassy Sofia is pleased to announce that the United States Government has donated funds to purchase for Bulgaria …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 30-May 1, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria  

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 29-30, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Delayed Opening of the DV-2021 Entrant Status Check

The Department of State has postponed the opening of the Entrant Status Check for DV-2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. The E-DV site can be found here:  https://dvprogram.state.gov/  The Department’s resources are currently being used in its role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are being prioritized for the assistance to U.S. citizens overseas. The delayed …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 28-29, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 27-28, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 26-27, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 25-26, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid …

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“United against COVID-19” Fund Donates Nearly BGN 674,000 to 74 Local Community Projects

Hospitals, civic organizations, community centers, and small businesses may submit project proposals for the second round of funding until 6:00 pm on April 27, 2020. The “United against COVID-19” Fund will provide financial support to 74 projects in more than 65 locations in Bulgaria following the first round of applications, which ended on April 16.  The beneficiaries include hospitals, civic organizations, community centers, and social enterprises.  A total of BGN 673,984 will be allocated among …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 23-24, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 22-23, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 20-21, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 19-20, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Travel to Sofia Airport after Bulgarian Ministry of Health Order issued April 17, 2020 restricts vehicle entry into Sofia The Bulgarian Minister of Health announced on April 17, 2020 that entry and exit of vehicular traffic into Sofia is forbidden, except for: (1) trucks providing transport services; (2) special traffic vehicles, including …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 18-19, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 17-18, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport.  Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice.  Flights on Friday, …

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U.S. Companies Donate Generously to Fight COVID-19

Coca-Cola System is supporting front-line personnel fighting COVID-19 in Bulgaria by donating over 140,000 liters of drinks for medical stаff in over 26 hospitals.  It also generously supported the “United against COVID-19″ initiative to support local community organizations in Bulgaria.  Coca Cola has donated over $120 million globally to support efforts to fight COVID-19. McDonalds …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 16-17, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 15-16, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 14-15, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 13-14, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Protective face masks compulsory April 12 – 26, 2020 On April 11, 2020, the Bulgarian Minister of Health ordered that all persons, when in indoor or outdoor public places (including public transport, shopping facilities, parks, churches, monasteries, temples, halls, streets, bus stops, etc.) are required to wear a face mask or other nose …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 11-12, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 10-11, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 9-10, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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“United Against COVID-19” Fund to Donate More than BGN 800,000 to Fight Crisis

The Bulgarian Donors Forum, America for Bulgaria Foundation, the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria have united efforts to establish the “United against COVID-19” response fund to support local communities across Bulgaria.   Twenty-one companies, foundations and individuals have contributed to the Fund so far, which will support community projects …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 8-9, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – Entry Restrictions

Location:  Bulgaria  Event:  Bulgarian Ministry of Health Order issued April 6, 2020 continues restricted entry to Bulgaria.  Bulgaria has temporarily barred admission to third-country nationals, including U.S. citizens.  It has also barred admission to all travelers arriving from following EU Member States and Schengen countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, …

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Prime Minister Boyko Borissov Holds Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa

Today Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa met to discuss efforts underway in both countries to address the coronavirus epidemic and additional U.S. Embassy-supported initiatives to assist Bulgaria during the state of emergency. “The current situation requires that we stand united, in solidarity, and help one another. In this way, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 7-8, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 6-7, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 4-5, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport. Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice. Flights on April 4, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for  April 3-4, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Bulgaria …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 2-3, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport.  Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice. Flights on Thursday, April …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov today.  Secretary Pompeo congratulated Bulgaria on its quick actions to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases, and the two discussed further efforts to mitigate this crisis.  Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Borissov also emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Bulgarian strategic partnership.

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia – Join Ambassador Mustafa for a Town Hall Meeting

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (March 29, 2020) Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Join Ambassador Mustafa on Facebook live Monday, March 30, for a Town Hall Meeting Ambassador Mustafa will hold a virtual town hall meeting for American citizens in Bulgaria on Monday at 3 pm on Facebook.  She will discuss the current situation regarding COVID-19 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria – Air Travel

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for March 29-30, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport. Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice. Flights on March …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria – Voting

Voting—avoiding postal issues during COVID-19 pandemic The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is tracking the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on active duty military, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens abroad and recommending ways to avoid any postal issues that may result from changes made by international postal operators. In its role under …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria – Sofia Flight Information

Last updated: June 5, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Bulgaria at this …

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U.S. Embassy Sofia Press Statement

U.S. Embassy Sofia and the America for Bulgaria Foundation Announce a Financial Gift Program To Support Bulgarians Helping Neighbors and Communities During COVID-19. “Bulgarians are delivering food to neighbors, caring for quarantined medical providers, assisting elderly residents, and more. These actions reflect the strength of Bulgarians – their connection to each other and to community. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Restriction of Movement in Public Spaces and on Travel to Larger Cities in Bulgaria   On March 20, 2020, the Government of Bulgaria issued additional counter-epidemic measures throughout the Republic Bulgaria effective from 00:00 hours on 03/21/2020 (midnight 3/20/2020): Prohibition of visits to any parks, city gardens, sports and city playgrounds and establishments located in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  The government of Bulgaria has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines …

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Message from Consular Section – Cancellation of All Visa Applications

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of March 15, 2020, the United States Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is cancelling routine visa appointments.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for …

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Update on Travel Restrictions to the United States

In order to ensure you have the most current information regarding COVID-19 and its impact on travel to the United States, you should visit  www.dhs.gov  and  www.whitehouse.gov . There you will find information about President Trump’s proclamation from March 11 regarding the travel restrictions on foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen zone. The restrictions do not …

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Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons

HEALTHCARE  Issued on: March 11, 2020 On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk).  I found that the potential for widespread transmission of a novel (new) coronavirus (which has since been renamed “SARS-CoV-2” …

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Celebrating the Women’s History Month

Today we celebrate strong, wise, and amazing Bulgarian women.  It is Women’s History Month, and what better way to mark the month and International Women’s Day than by honoring traditional Bulgarian nosiyas and the deep traditions that Bulgarian women keep alive.  Our Bulgarian colleagues lead the way as we honor and explore Bulgarian culture.

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Ambassador Mustafa Visits a Shelter for Female Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Children

This week Ambassador Mustafa visited a shelter for female victims of domestic violence and their children.  Bulgarian NGO Animus Association opened the shelter and a crisis center to provide housing, health care, psychological assistance, and services to help victims reintegrate into society.   U.S. Embassy Sofia appreciates the work of this non-governmental group, and all others, …

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U.S. Delegation of Energy Experts Meets with Energy Minister Petkova

Today a U.S. delegation of energy experts met with Energy Minister Petkova and her team to talk about ways to improve Bulgaria’s air quality using new technology. –  Lou Hrkman, U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management; – Angelos Kokkinos, U.S. Department of Energy Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary/Clean Coal …

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Media Bootcamp 2020

The Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria in partnership with the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission are organizing a week-long Media Bootcamp for high school students interested in journalism. The training is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and will be held from June 28 – July 5, 2020, at the campus of the American University …

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24-rd SOFIA International Film Festival

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

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Digital Communication Network Exchange – June 2020

From June 2 – 24, 2020, in collaboration with the Digital Communication Network, World Learning will recruit 16 professionals for a three-week exchange, funded by the US Department of State Office of Citizen Exchanges, to explore new trends in digital communication, participate in fellowships with professionally relevant organizations, and attend important events and conferences.  Applications …

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Bulgaria National Day

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the Government of the United States, I send my best wishes to all Bulgarians on your National Day. The deep friendship between the United States and Bulgaria is rooted in our shared commitment to democracy, prosperity, and security.  The past year has seen our relationship rise to …

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International Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

On Sunday Bulgaria’s next top lawyers presented arguments on highly contentious issues of public international law at the Supreme Court of Cassation and we are impressed! Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”, and American University in Bulgaria teams participated in the international Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. “Each team put …

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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy appreciates the efforts of the Government of Bulgaria to oppose the so-called Lukov March and ensure public calm. General Hristo Lukov was a Nazi supporter who promoted hate and injustice. While the Embassy fully supports the democratic principles of free speech and assembly, we condemn xenophobia, hate speech, or incitements to violence …

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Ambassador Herro Mustafa Visits Haskovo

Ambassador Herro Mustafa visited Haskovo on February 21 to speak at the school where Nelly Genova, our “Ambassador for a Day” competition winner, studies. Ambassador Mustafa met with the Nelly’s friends and teachers, the school’s principle Deyan Yanev, and our Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the school, Deena Whitwam. The Ambassador also took Nelly to …

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Ambassador Herro Mustafa Visits Graf Ignatievo Air Base

Ambassador Herro Mustafa visited the future home of Bulgaria’s F16 fighter jets. The Ambassador toured Graf Ignatievo Air Base where she met with Major General Tsanko Stoykov, Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force. The Ambassador also met some of the newly selected candidates for F-16 flight training in the United States.

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Chef de Cuisine John Cadieux Demonstrates Best Practices in Cutting American Beef

“Food is one of my favorite ways to blend cultures. Like all the facets of our bilateral relationship, we are stronger together. There are recipes just waiting to be discovered that combine Bulgarian and American culinary techniques.” – Ambassador Mustafa. Today Ambassador Mustafa welcomed American Certified Chef de Cuisine John Cadieux as he demonstrated best …

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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release February 5, 2020 Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of Bulgarian Judge Andon Mitalov   Today, I am designating Bulgarian Specialized Criminal Court Judge Andon Mitalov due to his involvement in significant corruption.  In his official capacity, Mitalov was involved in corrupt …

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Ambassador Mustafa Visits a Crisis Center to Shelter Child Victims of Human Trafficking

Ambassador Mustafa joined a ribbon cutting for a crisis center to shelter child victims of human trafficking. Pulse NGO Chair Ekaterina Veleva, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, Ambassador Mustafa, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova, and Deputy Justice Minister and Vice Chair of the Anti-trafficking Commission Nikolay Prodanov officially opened the shelter.  February …

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Ambassador Mustafa Leads Senior Bulgarian Delegation to the United States

U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa is leading a senior Bulgarian delegation to Washington, DC and Houston, Texas to discuss energy diversification and liquid natural gas supply January 27 and 28, 2020. The Bulgarian delegation includes: Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova; Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States Tihomir Stoychev; ICGB Executive Officer and Board Member Teodora …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting 2020

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, …

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Statement by the Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy commends recent actions of the Bulgarian government to defend the country’s independence and sovereignty from malign influence, including the January 24 announcement of the expulsion of two Russian Embassy officers for espionage and the January 23 announcement of charges against three Russian citizens for attempted murder. We support the long-term efforts of …

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A Bulgarian Rose Brings Harmony Even Amongst Different Religious and Ethnic Backgrounds

On Religious Freedom Day Ambassador Herro Mustafa received a rose sculpture from the Grand Mufti of Bulgaria. In addition to her previous calls on Bulgaria’s Orthodox Patriarch and meetings with Jewish organizations in Bulgaria, Ambassador Mustafa met with the Grand Mufti.  Ambassador Mustafa welcomed the Grand Mufti’s efforts to promote interfaith dialogue among all faiths …

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Roma New Year at the Embassy 

Ambassador Herro Mustafa welcomed 12 students from the village of Karadjovo at the Embassy. “Our distinguished guests, these wonderful children from the Vasil Levski school, are here to share with us some Roma traditions as well as their hopes and wishes for happy life and a better world,” said Ambassador Mustafa. The incredibly talented children performed …

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Fulbright Grants Competition 2021-22

The Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange is glad to inform you that the Fulbright grants competition for Bulgarian citizens for the AY 2021-22 is open! The application submission deadline is April 30, 2020. The Commission offers Fulbright awards for research and study in the U.S. for: – Visiting Scholars (3-5 months)Graduate Students (10 months) Doctoral Researchers (6 months) Civil Society Representatives (3-5 months) 

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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Boyse Meets with President Radev

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Boyse and a U.S. government delegation met with President Radev to discuss issues of mutual interest, including security, energy, and rule of law. In attendance were Ambassador Mustafa and other U.S. officials who participated in the first U.S.-Bulgaria Strategic Dialogue earlier this day in Sofia.

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Joint Summary of Conclusions of the Strategic Dialogue between the United States and Bulgaria

On January 8, 2020, the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Bulgaria launched a high-level bilateral Strategic Dialogue, a forum for consultation and cooperation on global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual interest to both our countries.  This Dialogue was agreed to during the November 25, 2019 meeting between President …

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U.S. Delegation at High-Level U.S.-Bulgaria Strategic Dialogue in Sofia

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central European Affairs and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Matthew Boyse is leading a U.S. delegation at the high-level U.S.-Bulgaria Strategic Dialogue today in Sofia.  Discussions will center on global issues, defense and security, economy/trade/energy cooperation, and rule of law.  Deputy Assistant Secretary Boyse is joined by Ambassador …

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Ambassador Mustafa Meets with Minister of Defense Karakachanov

Ambassador Mustafa attended a lunch meeting today with American and Bulgarian military leaders to advance development of our 10-Year Bilateral Defense Plan with Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov.  The U.S. Department of Defense Director for European Policy, Central and Southern Europe from the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Alton Buland, also joined the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia

Location: BULGARIA, countrywide Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay …

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Ambassador and U.S. Department of Justice Officials Meet with Minister of Justice

Ambassador Mustafa met today with Minister of Justice Danail Kirilov and his deputies to discuss rule of law issues in advance of the U.S.-Bulgaria Strategic Dialogue on Wednesday.  The Ambassador was joined by Paul Vaky, Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe/Near East at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, …

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U.S. Ambassador Mustafa Visits Bulgaria’s Southern Border

U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa visited Bulgaria’s southern border to underscore America’s commitment to partnering and cooperating with Bulgaria to strengthen border security. Bulgaria’s Kapitan Andreevo is the busiest border crossing in Europe.  The United States supports Bulgaria’s work to ensure security at Bulgaria’s borders – which is also the EU southern border.  The …

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“Toys for Tots”

The U.S. Marines at the Embassy just finished their annual Christmas toy drive.  With the help of the U.S. Embassy community and the Anglo-American school, “Toys for Tots” brought presents to over 220 Roma children in four centers under the Health and Social Development Foundation (HESED) in Sofia and Kyustendil.  HESED is a leader in …

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Ambassador Herro Mustafa Visits the Sofia Synagogue

Ambassador Mustafa visited the Sofia Synagogue, the largest in Southeastern Europe. She was welcomed by President of Shalom Dr. Alexander Oscar and President of the Central Israelite Spiritual council Sofia Cohen, who explained the history of Jews in Bulgaria and the activities of the Jewish community in Sofia. In a discussion joined by other minority …

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Ambassador Herro Mustafa Visits American College of Sofia

Ambassador Mustafa made her first visit to the American College of Sofia. She toured the school, ate lunch and spoke with students about politics, world affairs and the life of an ambassador. Did you know that ACS is one of the oldest American schools outside of the U.S.? It goes all the way back to …

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E-Teacher Program

Deadline for application: January 15, 2020 The American English E-Teacher Program offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions. What courses are available during the spring semester of 2020? Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting For course description, …

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U.S. Department of State AS Denise Natali Takes Part in Western Balkans Resilience Forum

Interior ministers from the Western Balkans gathered together today at an event hosted by the U.S. and Bulgarian governments to talk about countering violent extremism. All countries agreed to do more together. U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary Denise Natali leads America’s delegation, and Ambassador Mustafa also attended the forum this morning.

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American Energy Expert Delegation Underway in Bulgaria

“It is a sign of America’s commitment to the U.S.-Bulgaria Strategic Partnership Framework that our energy expert team arrived in Bulgaria so quickly after the Prime Minister of Bulgaria and the President of the United States met in the White House.  Our United States energy expert team is in Bulgaria to better understand how we …

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Bulgarian-American Professor of History from Ohio Theodora Dragostinova Visits Bulgaria

Bulgarian-American professor of history from Ohio State University Theodora Dragostinova visited Bulgaria to meet with Bulgarian students and academics in Sofia and Veliko Turnovo. The focus of her presentations was the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. In addition to the two major Bulgarian universities, the universities of Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo, professor …

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Ambassador Herro Mustafa Visits the Foundation Maria’s World  

“You are angels,” said Ambassador Herro Mustafa to the people working at Maria’s World, a foundation aiming to improve the life of people with intellectual disabilities by helping them achieve their full potential and overcome social isolation. “I thank you on behalf of humanity for your work,” said Ambassador Mustafa. She visited the center of …

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Foreign Leaders, Ambassadors Join Top Admiral in Europe

By U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs | Dec. 10, 2019 Senior leaders and U.S. Ambassadors from Bulgaria and North Macedonia joined Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) to observe flight operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Dec. 9, 2019. Distinguished …

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Amassador Mustafa and Prime Minister Borissov on USS Harry S. Truman

Amassador Mustafa and Prime Minister Borissov took to the skies and landed on water today. They visited the United States aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. “Together we are stronger in all areas – we are NATO allies, defense partners, energy partners, business partners and much more. On water and on land, we are stronger …

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Europe Must Put Security First with 5G

EU communications ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday [1]  to discuss how to safeguard emerging fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks. Their decisions could have lasting impacts on European countries’ ability to protect their people’s privacy, and ultimately, safeguard their freedoms. 5G networks will soon touch every aspect of life, including critical infrastructure. Innovative new capabilities will …

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Ambassador Mustafa – “U.S.-Bulgarian Relations: The Next 30 Years”

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Atlantic Club Sofia   Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be with you today to commemorate the deep friendship between the American and Bulgarian people and to celebrate our strategic relationship.  I have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome I have received since my arrival last month and …

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10th Anniversary of the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) Program

Charge d’Affaires Justin Friedman delivered opening remarks at the event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) Program, a.k.a. the Second Line of Defense. The U.S. Government has invested in Bulgaria more than USD 40.6 million under this program. The program was launched in 2008 when DOE began working together with …

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo November 25, 2019 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the …

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Message from Consular Section: Change of Documents Pass Back Service

Dear Consular section clients, please be advised that our regular pick-up/drop-off service between 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. at the main entrance of the Embassy will be moved to 2:30 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. On Thursday, November 28 the service will not be available due to an official holiday. For emergencies involving …

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Strategic Partnership Framework

The United States and the Republic of Bulgaria have forged a strong and enduring relationship as friends, strategic partners, and Allies that share transatlantic commitments.  Recognizing the significant challenges currently facing our two countries and the international order, we affirm the need to develop and solidify the cultural, economic, institutional, and military ties that bind …

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Joint Statement by President of the United States Trump and Prime Minister Borissov

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary November 25, 2019 We, the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, reaffirm the strong friendship and alliance between our two countries.  As friends and Allies, we dedicate ourselves to deepening our security cooperation and to promoting economic growth and prosperity for our …

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Internship Opportunity – Student Intern in Public Affairs Section

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

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Ambassador Mustafa Remarks – AmCham Welcome Breakfast

November 22, 2019 AmCham President Olivier Marquette, AmCham Board Members, AmCham Colleagues Ladies and Gentlemen: It is a pleasure to be here today.  I appreciate your warm welcome.  I have been in Bulgaria for a little over a month, but I already feel welcomed here.  It has been a busy time, and also very rewarding.  …

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Brigadier General Meyeraan Participates at the U.S.-Bulgaria Joint Commission

Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman and U.S Air Force Brigadier General Jessica Meyeraan joined Bulgarian Deputy Defense Minister Zapryanov and Deputy Chief of Defense Vice Admiral Eftimov to deliver remarks at the 20th U.S.-Bulgaria Joint Commission. The U.S. – Bulgaria Joint Commission is the most senior level group established under our 2006 Defense Cooperation …

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U.S. Department of State Official Diplomatic Blog Praises Bulgaria As a Reliable NATO Ally

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of State Official Blog DipNote praises Bulgaria as an ally on which America can depend. The Department of State DipNote states that the Republic of Bulgaria and the United States have cultivated a relationship that is a paradigm of the close ties America enjoys …

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U.S. Embassy Sofia Press Statement

“Advancing intellectual property protection would strengthen rule of law in Bulgaria, as well as enhance Bulgaria’s investment climate.” ~ White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Vishal Amin.  On November 18, 2019 the White House led a delegation to Bulgaria to discuss Intellectual Property protection. White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Vishal Amin led the delegation, …

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U.S. – Bulgarian Energy Cooperation Has a Bright Future

(Mediapool.bg) Interview with Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at U.S. Department of State Bulgaria has already made some important steps towards diversifying its energy supplies and the U.S. will be happy to help with implementation of the vision of Prime Minister Borisov for the country to be a …

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Call for Applications for the 2020 (SUSI) for Scholars

Deadline for application: December 20, 2019 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for six Study of the U.S. Institutes for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other professionals. The program will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning …

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Edward Serrota’s Photo Exhibition in Sofia

“Edward Serrota’s photos and stories remind us that things were not always as they are now. Tonight, we hope this exhibit evokes your own memories. We hope you will go home and talk with your family and friends about the realities of life without freedom. Remembering the past helps to ensure that the path forward …

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RAND: Fighting Disinformation Online – A Database of Web Tools

RAND Corporation The rise of the internet and the advent of social media have fundamentally changed the information ecosystem, giving the public direct access to more information than ever before. But it’s often nearly impossible to distinguish accurate information from low-quality or false content. This means that disinformation—false or intentionally misleading information that aims to …

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U.S. Mission Sofia Builds $265,000 USD Housing Unit for Elderly with Special Needs

“U.S. Mission Bulgaria Good Neighbor projects continue to support Bulgaria and Bulgarians.” ~ U.S. Ambassador Mustafa at a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate a new Sliven housing unit built for elderly residents with special needs. Elderly citizens with special needs now have the option of residing in a new housing unit specially designed for them, …

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Call for Applications for the 2020 SUSI for Secondary School Educators

Deadline for application: December 14, 2019 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2020 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators from Bulgarian nationals. The institutes will take place over the course of five weeks in early June 2020. The Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and a …

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President Rumen Radev Holds Meeting with U.S. Ambassador Herro Mustafa  

President Rumen Radev held a working meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa. The meeting took place at 2, Dondukov Blvd. Members of the executive teams of the two institutions took part in the meeting as well. The topics of discussion included current issues of mutual interest in the field of energy, economy, rule …

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Ambassador Herro Mustafa Visits Haskovo District

“Now we look forward to seeing rapid progress on this project.”  – U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa regarding the Interconnection Greece-Bulgaria gas transit pipeline. U.S. Ambassador Herro Mustafa travelled to Haskovo District in Bulgaria today to inspect construction progress on the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria gas transit pipeline. Ambassador Mustafa joined Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Azerbaijani …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Visit of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of the Republic of Bulgaria to the White House on November 25, 2019, to celebrate the strong and enduring relationship that exists between the two nations.  The United States and Bulgaria are NATO Allies and the President looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen the …

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Ambassador Herro Mustafa Takes Part in Food and Drink Trade Show

Ambassador Herro Mustafa took part in the opening of a 18th annual Inter Food and Drink trade show at Sofia’s Inter Expo Center. American cuisine is as diverse as American people.  We take pride in our culinary heritage, while still continuing to be bold creators.  American food products set global trends, but our products also …

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Call for Proposals for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small Grants 2020

Small Grants Program   The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). Deadline for submitting proposals: December 9, 2019. The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories: CULTURAL SITE: includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological …

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Ambassador Mustafa Says Independent Media Are Vitally Important

Ambassador Mustafa delivered opening remarks at a Solutions Journalism Conference in Sofia. Ambassador Mustafa stressed the vitally important role independent media play in a democratic society. “Bulgarians have many reasons to be optimistic.  In just the few weeks that I have been here, I have met so many people who are committed to doing good …

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Call for Applications for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

Deadline for application: January 15, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for young Americans and Europeans. The program will take place in June and July 2020.  The institute will be hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. All costs of the …

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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

The United States commends recent actions of the Bulgarian government to defend the country’s independence and sovereignty from malign influence. We support the long-term efforts of the agencies involved in investigating and exposing violations of Bulgarian law. Bulgaria is a strong NATO ally and EU partner and has an unalienable right to define its own future.

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New Solicitations – Provision, Delivery and Installation of New Chiller

PR8753791 (October 23, 2019 –  November 1, 2019) Provision and delivery of new chiller unit for U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria  (PDF 182 KB) PR8753927 (October 23, 2019 –  November 1, 2019) Installation of new chiller unit (provided by the Embassy) for U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria  (PDF 165 KB)

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MDAO Program

ECA’s Mission-Driven Alumni Outreach (MDAO) Program   You can apply for a special grant of up to $20,000 USD to make a difference in your community.  The U.S. Embassy invites all alumni of our programs to submit project proposals by November 10.  Budget requests cannot exceed $20,000 USD for projects in Bulgaria, or $40,000 for …

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2020 Community Solutions Program Application Now Open

Deadline: October 30th, 2019. The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides community leaders from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program in the United States from August to December 2020. CSP fellows gain valuable experience …

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Solicitation Announcement – Packing/Shipping Companies

Packing/Shipping companies with prior Embassy experience, good local staff and warehouse facilities are invited to provide response to solicitation set out by the Embassy of U.S.A, Sofia.  Please send an e-mail to: Sofia_GSO_Customs_and_Shipping@state.gov and until 4:00 pm, October 31, 2019 if interested in obtaining the solicitation package.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov today.  The Secretary and Prime Minister reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Bulgaria strategic relationship and discussed ways to advance the partnership.  Secretary Pompeo applauded Bulgaria’s commitment to military modernization, including the recent …

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Event for Industry: Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Europe District will host an “Event for Industry: Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” in Sofia, Bulgaria on Wednesday, 06 November 2019 at 0900 hours. LOCATION: InterContinental Sofia 4, Narodno Sabranie Sq. Sofia, Bulgaria PURPOSE: USACE Europe District has upcoming construction projects for the U.S. Army …

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AmCham Business Breakfast with the Bulgarian Government

U.S. Embassy Sofia Chargé d’Affaires Justin Friedman joined Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and other government leaders Monday morning at a breakfast to celebrate the strong business ties between the United States and Bulgaria. The breakfast was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and is an annual event that highlights the many American companies that …

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Open Competition for Participation in “Shaping Participatory Democracy”

Open competition for 6 week exchange program in USA Professional Fellows Program for Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and the United States of America. 30 participants (from the five selected European countries) will be included in two delegations visiting the U.S.A: the first delegation between April 15-May 29, 2020, and the second delegation between October …

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The 2020-21 Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program is Open

The Embassy is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the next round of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. This program is one of the preeminent U.S. government-funded exchange programs and is designed to expand communication between the people of the United States and the partner countries in the interest of …

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Registration for the Tenth Creative Writing Competition in English Begins

The National Creative Writing Competition in English will be held in November 2019. The competition was created to encourage Bulgarian students to think creatively, write and have fun in English. Over the past year, more than 4,000 participants have participated in their works! Registration for the competition will start on October 4 at the competition …

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Registration for the Tenth National Spelling Bee Competition Begins

Register for the competition at :  http://spellingbee.bg/news/registration . Registration will start on October 4 and continue until October 20, 2019 or until the seats are filled. The schools, which will participate in the competition with up to 15 students (incl.), Pay a lump sum of BGN 35 for participation at the school once, and for those …

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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2021

The Department of State made the formal public announcement of the Diversity Visa 2021 (DV-2021) program on September 25, 2019. The electronic Diversity Visa system will be open for registrations beginning at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 2, 2019, and will close for entries at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), on November 5, …

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Amgen Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation in Bulgaria

The U.S. has supported Bulgarian health care for more than 100 years.  America-based Rockefeller Foundation invested more than 100 million leva in Bulgaria in the 1920s and 1930s to build Bulgaria’s health care infrastructure. Today, American company Amgen celebrates 10 years of innovation in Bulgaria, joining the long tradition of U.S. cooperation in support of …

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Chargé d’Affaires Friedman Аttends Forbes Bulgaria Relaunch

“I am pleased that Forbes, which has a long and successful tradition of business journalism in the United States, has relaunched in Bulgaria. It is my hope that Forbes Bulgaria will be a positive example of independent and professional media in Bulgaria. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are critical components of vibrant, …

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Bulgarian Special Forces Paratroopers Trained Side-by-Side with U.S. Air Force Service Members

The joint Bulgarian-American preparation “Thracian Autumn 2019” is being held for the 11th year in Bulgaria. It is attended by over 620 servicemen from the Bulgarian Armed Forces and nearly 100 servicemen from U.S. servicemen in Europe. During the trainings this year, U.S. instructors are teaching their Bulgarian colleagues how to use the new flying …

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Job Announcement – Administrative Clerk

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Position Title:                                    Administrative Clerk (on as needed basis up to 30 workdays/year) Opening Period:                               September 30, 2019 – October 6, 2019 Grade:                                                Grade 3 …

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Chargé d’Affaires Justin Friedman on the Preview Opening of The Bishop’s Basilica in Plovdiv

Built tessera by tessera, hand in hand, the restored Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis reveals stories from the past to inspire future generations. This incredible project restored 2,000 square meters of 4th-6th century mosaics. Chargé d’Affaires Justin Friedman joined the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Plovdiv Municipality yesterday for a preview opening of The Bishop’s Basilica …

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Chargé d’Affaires Friedman Visits Kindergarten in Haskovo

Chargé d’Affaires Friedman visited Haskovo’s Bell Kindergarten and observed the great work school faculty and staff are doing to educate children.  In 2015 the U.S. government funded a $200,000 USD renovation of the school bathrooms, kitchens, windows, wood doors, façade restoration, and constructed a canopy over the entrance and installed outside lights.  This U.S. Embassy Sofia …

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Whiskey Promotion

Do you know: All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Like jazz and creole, bourbon is a truly American product. In 1964 Congress declared bourbon to be a distinctive product of the U.S. and recognized bourbon as America’s ‘native spirit.’ Last night U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Justin Friedman sampled American whiskey at …

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Protest Activity in Sofia: September 11th -13th

Location: Protests are expected to occur in downtown Sofia throughout the remainder of the week at the following locations: · On Wednesday, September 11, beginning at 5pm, demonstrations are expected in the city center, near the Council of Ministers (Independence Square), by protestors supporting the election of the new Chief Prosecutor. · On Wednesday, September …

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Coca Cola Inaugurates BGN 40 Million Facility Expansion in Bulgaria

Coca Cola is an impressive example of the important role U.S. companies play in Bulgaria’s growth. U.S. investment in Bulgaria drives economic expansion, raises Bulgarian worker productivity and wages, and transforms entire communities. An American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria 2018 report estimates that American companies currently employ approx. 30k Bulgarians in Bulgaria, and U.S …

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Lecture: “The Contemporary Art of Divination”

Join us September 4th with enthusiast of the esoteric, curator of culture, Aaron Moulton. Based in Los Angeles, with experience as an art journalist around Europe and America, Moulton is happy to present a lecture titled “The Contemporary Art of Divination” aimed to make us question extraordinary realities. Guest artist and collaborator on this project, L., will …

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Job Announcement – Cook and House-Keeping Assistant

The American Embassy Marine Security Guard (MSG) Detachment is seeking to contract a COOK AND HOUSE-KEEPING ASSISTANT OPENING DATE:                              August 26, 2019 CLOSING DATE:                              September 22, 2019 WORK HOURS:                                40 hours per week EXPECTED STARTING DATE:       January 2020 BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION: Require a person to cook and clean in the …

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Bulgaria’s Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Is World Class

U.S. Invites Other Countries Here To Show Them How It’s Done The premiere United States group working on detection and deterrence of nuclear smuggling, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is bringing 5 representatives from Egypt’s Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority in order to showcase Bulgaria’s outstanding system.  The teams will be in Bulgaria August 18-24, …

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Rhine River Ramblers Dixieland Band Coming to Bulgaria

Rhine River Ramblers Dixieland Band – part of the United States Army Europe Dixieland Band – will tour Bulgaria giving free concerts from August 30th until September 3rd. All concerts are free and open to the public. Here are the times and venues: Kazanlak – Friday, August 30 – Thracian Tomb Park “Tiulbeto” at 8:00 …

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USS Porter in Varna

On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Bulgarian navy the USS Porter visits Varna from August 9th through 11th, 2019. Commanding officer of the ship is CDR Craig Trent. The warship also conducts a routine patrol operation to maintain maritime security in the Black Sea region and to improve combined preparedness and naval …

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Joint U.S. Embassy/Lockheed Martin Press Conference

“We are truly stronger together,” said Charge d’Affairs Justin Friedman at a joint U.S. Embassy/Lockheed Martin press conference in Sofia on August 6th. Charge d’Affairs Friedman welcomed the Bulgarian government’s decision to purchase eight F-16 multifunctional fighter aircraft, munitions, and related equipment. Charge d’Affairs Friedman said the purchase of F-16s will strengthen Bulgaria as a …

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U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 2, 2019 On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article XV of the treaty takes effect today because …

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Statement of Herro Mustafa Ambassador-Nominee to Bulgaria Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Shaheen, and distinguished Members of the Committee, I am honored to appear before you as the President’s nominee to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria. I am thankful to the President and Secretary Pompeo for the confidence they have placed in me to undertake this …

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Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Bulgaria

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson July 30, 2019 The United States welcomes the Bulgarian Government’s decision to purchase eight F-16 multirole fighter aircraft, munitions and related equipment. We salute Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the Bulgarian Government on its commitment to modernize its military through the acquisition of these highly capable, NATO interoperable aircraft. …

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GIST Business Incubation Program 2019

Applications open until July 31, 2019 The U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology, or GIST, Initiative is excited to announce a new program for entrepreneurs in emerging economies. GIST Business Incubation will support international science and technology innovators who are looking to expand their startups into the United States market. It will also …

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IMET graduates visit US Embassy

On 28 June 2019, 11 Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers from the Bulgarian Air Force, Navy, and Land Forces arrived at the US Embassy Sofia in order to meet the US Ambassador to Bulgaria. These 11 officers recently graduated from US Military educational institutions as part of the International Military Education and Training program. Ambassador Rubin …

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Media Bootcamp at AUBG

Our first ever “Media Bootcamp” kicks off Monday morning at AUBG in Blagoevgrad. Twenty high school journalists were chosen to participate in this week-long summer camp funded by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia in partnership with the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission, the Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria, the America for Bulgaria Foundation and AUBG. Some of the …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates American Independence Day with Bulgaria

Free Concert July 1, 7:30 p.m., At NDK Outdoor Summer Stage U.S. Embassy Sofia is bringing the United States Army Europe Band to Sofia to celebrate America’s Independence Day by offering a free concert downtown.  All Bulgarians are invited to experience the U.S. Army’s premier music ambassadors play hits from Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, …

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Ambassador Eric Rubin Welcomes AUBG’s New Interim President

Ambassador Eric Rubin traveled to Blagoevgrad, June 27thto greet the new Interim President of AUBG Dr. David Evans and to meet members of the Board of Trustees. More than 1,000 students from over 40 countries come together to live and study at AUBG’s campus this academic year. Established in September 1991, the University is the first American-style, …

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Message from Consular Section – Change of Pass Back Service

Dear Consular Section clients, please be advised that on July 2nd and July 3rd, 2019 our document pick-up/drop-off service at the main entrance of the Embassy will be provided earlier, between 1:30 – 1:45 p.m.  There will be no document pick-up/drop-off service on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 as the Embassy will be closed in observance of …

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The United States and Bulgaria Increase Funding for Bulgarian Fulbright Commission

The governments of Bulgaria and the United States have decided to increase funding for the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission.  The increased financial support will expand opportunities for Bulgarians and Americans to participate in academic exchange programs, including in the sciences. The annual contribution from the Bulgarian side will increase to USD 182,000 per year, which will …

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Secretary Pompeo Releases 2018 International Religious Freedom Report

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom (IRF), mandated by Congress in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Religious freedom is a fundamental right in the United States. The nation’s founders insisted on free religious choice, and the U.S. Constitution protects religious freedom. The …

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State Department Releases Trafficking in Persons Report 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report today.  The 2019 TIP Report includes narratives for more than 180 countries and territories, including the United States.  The theme of this year’s TIP Report introduction is “The National Nature of Human Trafficking: Strengthening Government Responses and Dispelling Misperceptions” and encourages governments to address …

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Bulgaria Hosts Live Fire Strike Back 2019 Exercises

Bulgaria is hosting multinational joint military exercise Strike Back 2019 at Novo Selo Training Area June 6-20. U.S. Embassy Charge d ’Affairs Justin Friedman represented the U.S. Mission to Bulgaria at Strike Back 2019 today as a battalion demonstrated live artillery and mortar fire exercises.  Bulgaria is hosting Albanian, Greek, North Macedonian, and U.S. troops …

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

June 17, 2019 Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Mary Beth Leonard of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Nigeria. Ms. Leonard, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the …

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U.S. Army Europe Statement – June 18, 2019

One soldier died and three were injured during an airborne operation while participating in U.S.-led multinational exercise Swift Response 19 in Cheshnegirovo, Bulgaria, June 18. The airborne jump was immediately suspended in order to attend to the paratrooper.  All casualties were immediately transported to local hospitals where one was pronounced dead, one was admitted for …

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CapitaLiterature 2019

U.S. Embassy Sofia is proud to support the week long creative writing workshop  – CapitaLiterature organized by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. The workshop is organized for 11th consecutive time, focusing on the contemporary immigrant literature. The schedule of CapitaLiterature is designed to meet the needs of both young generation and professional audience.  Literary artists from …

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Official Statement by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

Today the U.S. Embassy Sofia Office of Defense Cooperation formally delivered to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense a Letter of Offer and Acceptance encompassing a potential agreement on Bulgarian acquisition of eight F-16 Block 70 fighter aircraft, weapons systems, associated long term sustainment and support systems, as well as comprehensive training for pilots and support …

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Shabla 2019 Joint Tactical Combat Exercise

“What we saw today is that we are stronger when we are together” – U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman as he joined Prime Minister Borissov, Defense Minister Karakachanov, and Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin at joint military exercises at Shabla firing range.  Bulgaria is hosting Shabla 2019 air, missile, and defense joint military …

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Inauguration of a Wall of Tolerance at the Bishop’s Basilica in Plovdiv

Congratulations to the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Plovdiv Mayor Ivan Totev on yesterday’s inauguration of a Wall of Tolerance at the Bishop’s Basilica.  Ambassador Rubin chose Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words as America’s contribution to this special wall- “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”  

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Ambassador Rubin Receives Bulgaria’s Highest Award- Stara Planina First Order

The U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin received Bulgaria’s highest award- Stara Planina First Order- as a degree of merit for development of bilateral relations on the occasion of Ambassador Rubin’s upcoming departure from Bulgaria. President Rumen Radev stressed that the award is an expression of the extraordinary importance attached to the strategic relationship between our two …

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U.S. Cadets and Officers Help Renovate the “Dimcho Debelyanov” High School, Bourgas

23 American military cadets, and 3 U.S. officers, volunteered their time and effort to repaint the fence and basketball backboards at Dimcho Debelyanov High School in Burgas last weekend.  The cadets are in Bulgaria participating in a Culture and Leadership Proficiency Program supported by U.S. Embassy Sofia’s Office of Defense Cooperation.  This community volunteering project …

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U.S. Alumni Club Holds 2nd Annual Gathering

In June 2018 Bulgarian NGO Tuk-Tam and U.S. Embassy Sofia established a U.S. Alumni Club to be a community of inspiring Bulgarians who want to stay engaged in Bulgaria, regardless of their location.  Members are Bulgarians who earned a degree in the U.S.  At this second annual gathering in June 2019, U.S. Alumni Club members …

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U.S. Embassy Sofia Launches 4th Chapter of ‘Силата е в теб’ Highlights Bulgarian Initiatives

Today the U.S. Embassy in Sofia launched the 4th chapter of its ‘The Power Is In You’ campaign.  The newest chapter, Table, showcases four uniquely Bulgarian organizations that provide a real-life examples of initiatives begun by Bulgarian citizens. Ambassador Eric Rubin described the campaign history. “Almost two years ago we began a campaign to bring …

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U.S. Embassy Sofia Statement on Congressional Notification of Bulgaria F-16 Purchase

June 4, 2019 U.S. law requires the executive branch to notify Congress of potential arms transfers to NATO allies that exceed $50 million.  Bulgaria’s planned acquisition of eight F-16s falls in this category. Yesterday’s Congressional Notification was routine and we do not anticipate Congressional objections. Notifications are a matter of public record.  It is important …

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The Tarnovo Constitution in the U.S. Library of Congress

The Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States Tihomir Stoytchev donated copies of the Tarnovo Constitution, printed on the occasion of its 140th anniversary, to the U.S. Library of Congress. During a ceremony Ambassador Stoytchev reminded that the Tarnovo Constitution, which was drafted in 1879, is among the most democratic and liberal documents of its time. The …

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Gas Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy Sofia Charge d’Affaires Justin Friedman joined Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the gas Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria. We welcome this ceremony as a sign of broad commitment to the gas Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria by the Bulgarian and Greek sides. …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin on Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria

We welcome this ceremony as a sign of broad commitment to the gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria by the Bulgarian and Greek sides.  The IGB project carries the promise of energy diversification and greater energy security not only for Bulgaria but also for the region.  Energy security is a critical part of national security, as well as …

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The Legendary Ingramettes Sing at the American College Sofia

An Embassy team just enjoyed the heavenly voices of the Legendary Ingramettes with Sherman Holmes performing live at the American College in Sofia. Next they will be in Vratsa (on May 22nd, at the City Concert Hall, 6 p.m.), Pleven (May 23rd, at the Catholic Church, 7 p.m.) and Sofia (May 24th, NDK’s Lumiere Lidl …

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Soldiers from Six Countries as Participate in Beyond Horizon Military Police Exercise in Bulgaria 

Six nations are currently participating in Beyond Horizon military police exercises at Bulgaria’s Novo Selo Training Area near Sliven. Bulgaria’s Deputy Chief of Defense Vice-Admiral Emil Eftimov, Bulgarian Military Police Director Brigadier General Borislav Sertov, and U.S. Defense Attaché Colonel Shannon Johnson attended today’s exercise in support of military service members and their hard work …

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Opening Remarks by Ambassador Rubin at Tourism Conference

Dear Madam Minister Angelkova, Dear Deputy Minister Georgieva, Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning, Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak here today.  I am very happy to see many tourism experts, professionals and distinguished hospitality industry representatives at this event. Bulgaria’s tourism industry plays a critical role in the country’s economy, prosperity …

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Ambassador Eric Rubin Visits the Newly-Relaunched Free Europe – Bulgaria

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Drake Weisert, U.S. Embassy Press Attaché Samantha Smith, and other embassy colleagues met with the staff of newly-relaunched Free Europe- Bulgaria. Since January 2019, Free Europe-Bulgaria has produced objective multi-media reporting and analysis in Bulgarian, and partnered with local media to amplify existing projects that promote …

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U.S Army Soldiers Compete in Bulgarian ‘Strong Man’ Competition

Story by  Spc. Ethan Valetski 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   SLIVEN, Bulgaria – Without a trail to follow, and a 95-pound jug of water on each of their backs, five U.S. Soldiers hiked up the steep Bulgarian mountain. Soldiers on rotation at the Novo Selo Training Area followed in the footsteps of Hadji Dimitar, a Bulgarian revolutionary who scaled a mountain with …

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U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback Visits Sofia

On May 9, U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback visited Sofia, met with Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva, and with leaders of the various religious denominations represented in Bulgaria. Ambassador Brownback toured three religious landmarks of Sofia – the Orthodox St. Nedelya Church, the Sofia Synagogue, and the Banya Basi …

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Internship Opportunities – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT #FCS1-2019 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                           Revised closing date Note:                                    This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no …

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“The Policies of Bulgaria in the Euro-Atlantic Reality” Conference

Ambassador Rubin took part today in “The Policies of Bulgaria in the Euro-Atlantic Reality” Conference organized by Debati.bg. The Ambassador talked at great length about the multifaceted U.S.-Bulgaria relationship. He said he believes in the future of the U.S.-Bulgarian relationship, which is built on mutual respect and mutual support.

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Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2019

Office of the Press Secretary April 30, 2019 JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2019 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world.  Rabbi …

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Unveiling of Wilson Statue in Plovdiv

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join this event marking historic American support for Bulgarian sovereignty and independence.  President Wilson’s Fourteen Points Address on January 8, 1918 shaped both Bulgarian and American histories.  President Wilson’s argument that boundaries should follow the principle of national self-determination contributed directly to maintaining Bulgarian territorial integrity in the …

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Internship Opportunity – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

U.S. Embassy Sofia Foreign National Student Intern Program # FCS1- 2019   Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:          …

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Photo Exhibition – Masters of Photography – Vivian Maier “In Her Own Hands”

Opening: Tuesday, April 23, 6.30 p.m. Sofia City Art Gallery Sofia 1000, 1 “Gen. Gurko” Str. Masters of Photography – Vivian Maier “In her own hands” (April 23 – June 2, 2019) is organized by MUSIZ Foundation in partnership with Sofia Municipality, U.S. Embassy in Sofia, VIVACOM and Samsung. The exhibition is in collaboration with …

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“Dream Big: Engineering Our World” at the British Council Science Festival

Screening on Sunday, May 12th, 3:00 p.m. at A1 Arena, Sofia Tech Park Dream Big: Engineering Our World Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray explores the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels – big and small – and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. Our World is a first film …

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Artistic Workshop CampOUT

Many young LGBTI artists from across Bulgaria would like to grow professionally, create and be themselves. In support of their creative aspirations, between July 5 and 10, Single Step Foundation is organizing the first annual CampOUT – a five-day artistic workshop focused on five genres: visual arts, photography, music, dance, and fashion design. The camp …

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European Roadshow

According to PitchBook, just  9.1% of the continent’s overall venture funding went to female-founded European companies. Access to Finance is a project conceived and developed by the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF)  https://younginnovator.eu/ , the leading organization for youth innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. The Roadshow consists of a series of 10 events across Europe with the …

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Media Bootcamp for High School Students Interested in Journalism

The Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria in partnership with the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission and the US Embassy are organizing a week-long Media Bootcamp for high school students interested in journalism. The training will be held from June 30 – July 7, 2019, at the campus of the American University in Blagoevgrad. The camp will offer …

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Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Ross Visits Varna

Today Bulgarian media toured the ship and interviewed U.S. Commander David Coles who praised the great cooperation between the Bulgarian and U.S. Navies. The Ross crew focused on developing cooperation and interoperability with Bulgarian counterparts. The Ross crew told us they’re looking forward to touring Varna tomorrow, and playing soccer with Bulgarian high school students …

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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks – Atlantic Council NATO at 70

Former Foreign Minister Dr. Solomon Passy The Atlantic Club Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Krassimir Karakachanov NATO Assistant Secretary General Dr. Antonio Missiroli Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning. I wish to thank Solomon and The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria for hosting …

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DCM Remarks for Explore USA/SelectUSA Conference

Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov AmCham President Olivier Marquette Ladies and gentlemen Good morning, Thank you for your interest in learning how and why the United States is an excellent destination to grow your already successful Bulgarian businesses. One of our embassy’s highest priorities is strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman Participated in the Opening of Explore USA Conference

On April 9th, Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman joined Bulgarian Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov, AmCham Bulgaria President Olivier Marquette and AmCham Bulgaria members for the opening of the Explore USA conference in Sofia. The one-day forum is gathering high-level U.S. and Bulgarian government officials, regional AmCham members, representatives of the international and local …

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Romani High School Students Visit the U.S. Embassy

In honor of International Roma Day today U.S. Embassy Sofia hosted 2 Romani high school students participating in the Ambassador For A Day initiative.  We were honored to meet Esil -a 9th grader from the village of Blagoevo- who dreams of becoming a human rights lawyer, and Lachezar -an 8th grader at the Natural Science and Math …

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International Roma Day

Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo,  Secretary of State Washington, DC April 5, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States, it is my great pleasure to congratulate the Romani people on the occasion of International Roma Day. On this day, we recognize the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Romani people …

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Ambassador Rubin Opened Photo Exhibit in Varna

On April 5 in Varna, Ambassador Rubin opened the photo exhibit “Frontiers – Photography from the American Southwest” by Bulgarian journalist Anthony Georgieff. The exhibit is a collection of 40 photographs taken during a series of trips to the United States between 2015 and 2019. Ambassador Rubin noted that the exhibit will allow Bulgarians to see a part …

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Ambassador Rubin Visits U.S. Company Cargill Facilities in Varna

Ambassador Rubin visited U.S. company Cargill’s facilities in Varna. Cargill employs more than 1,100 employees in Bulgaria. Eighty of them work at the Varna office and they control one of the largest cargo fleets in the world. Cargill’s shipping specialists in Varna manage 75% of its cargo vessels sailing around the world.

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U.S. Еnvironmental Еxpert Visits Burgas

On April 5, U.S. environmental expert and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jenna Jambeck visited Burgas to speak with students studying ecology and environmental science at Burgas Technical University. She also joined Burgas municipal officials, local environmental experts and activists, and Port of Burgas representatives at a roundtable titled “The Clean Black Sea Challenge.” Dr. Jambeck, …

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Ambassador Rubin Visits Essetere Bulgaria Essential Oils Distillery in Dobrich

Ambassador Rubin enjoyed locally extracted essential oils during a visit to the Essetere Bulgaria essential oils distillery in Dobrich. Essetere Bulgaria is a 12 million leva investment of the American essential oils producer doTERRA, based in the U.S. state of Utah. The company purchases almost all raw materials for its Bulgarian production from approximately 80 …

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Ambassador Rubin Meets with Students from the Varna University of Management

On April 4, 2019, Ambassador Rubin and his team met with students at the Dobrich campus of the Varna University of Management today. The Varna University of Management is an international business school with students from 52 countries studying business and marketing, computer science, tourism and hospitality management, and gastronomy and culinary arts.

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