AUBG Commencement Ceremony

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

Ambassador Eric Rubin Congratulates Class 2017 from the American College of Sofia

Ambassador Eric Rubin was the keynote speaker at the American College of Sofia (ACS) Graduation Ceremony for Class 2017, which took place at the ACS campus on May 20th. One hundred forty one graduates received their diplomas from one of the oldest American educational institutions outside the United States. “I congratulate all of you for ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Opens Volunteer Day in Sofia

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

USS Oscar Austin Visits Varna

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

U.S. and Bulgarian Military Organize Eyeglass Distribution Event

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

Ambassador Rubin Visits Stara Zagora

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

Unveiling of the Bust of President Ronald Reagan in Sofia

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

Bulgaria’s Spelling Bee Finalists Visit the U.S. Embassy

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

U.S. Air Force F-35 Fighters Visit Graf Ignatievo AB

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

IVLP “Youth Leadership” in Cleveland, Ohio

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

2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit: Registration is Open!

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

10-day ExchangeYouth Leadership Program

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

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability

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

Southeast Europe Cyber Security Workshop Held in Sofia April 19-20, 2017

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

Ambassador Rubin Visits Kardzhali

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

Doing Business with the Embassy

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

Creative Writing Competition in English in 2017

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

Ambassador Rubin Visits the School of Politics

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

National Spelling Bee 2017

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

U.S.-Bulgarian Trade Has Seen Tremendous Growth

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

U.S. Soldiers Visit Secondary School in Zimnitsa

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

America for Bulgaria Foundation “Little Heroes” Project

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

U.S. Army Troops and Military Equipment to be Deployed at Novo Selo Training Area

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

International Space Camp

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

Ambassador Eric Rubin in Pazardzhik

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

Month of America in Kardzhali

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

Embracing Life after Hate

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

In Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

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

U.S. Embassy to Fund Bulgarian Cultural Preservation Projects: Call for Proposals

The United States Embassy is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2017 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  AFCP is an annual competitive, worldwide program dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. AFCP supports preservation projects in the following three categories: Cultural Sites including (but not limited to) historic buildings and sites, ... Read More»

Marine Security Guard Delivering Presents to Kids

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

Roma Children Wished Ambassador Rubin a Happy New Year

On January 13th, Amb. Eric Rubin welcomed Roma students from the Hristo Botev school in the Bulgarian city of Stamboliyski to celebrate the coming Roma New Year, also known as Vassilitsa, with them. The students performed for the Embassy community, sharing their Roma traditions and wishes for a happy life and a better world. The ... Read More»

OneBeat 2017

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

Panel Discussion with Young Entrepreneurs

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

Opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebration

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