Security Alert

Location:  Bulgaria, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Bulgaria. Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented ...
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Special Briefing with Ambassador Huntsman and U/S Thompson

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

The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria are pleased to announce the competition for Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Media Literacy Awards.  The  brings international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program to take academic seminars at a host university, observe and share their expertise with U.S. teachers and students, ...
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U.S. Embassy Sofia Renovates Plovdiv Primary School  

November 30, 2018 U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, Eric S. Rubin and Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv Stefan Stoyanov inaugurated the renovated building of Dusho Hadjidekov Primary School during a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The United States Government invested USD 94,000 to renovate the Primary School which is one of the oldest in Plovdiv and accommodates 883 ...
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Ambassador Rubin Meets with the Rector of Veliko Turnovo University

Ambassador Rubin toured a snowy and beautiful Veliko Tarnovo University today and met with Rector Hristo Bondzholov.  In 1977 Veliko Tarnovo University became the first Bulgarian university to host an American Fulbright Scholar.  The U.S. Embassy American Corner on campus is a testament to our long-time relationship.
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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at Veliko Tarnovo University

November 29, 2018 As Prepared  Thank you all very much for the opportunity to speak here today.  I would especially like to thank Rector Hristo Bondzholov and his team for organizing my visit today. I am honored to be here at the University of Veliko Tarnovo.  When the university first opened in 1963, there were ...
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AE E-Teacher Courses for RELO Belgrade Region – Spring 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is accepting applications from teachers of English (Bulgarian nationals) for an online course taught by World Learning. The title of the course is: Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting. The training starts on April 2, 2019 and continues through May 28, 2019. Exploration ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits a Bulgarian Crisis Center for Juvenile Victims of Trafficking and Violence

Ambassador Rubin visited a Bulgarian Crisis Center for juvenile victims of trafficking and violence. The Center, opened in 2006, hosts up to 15 children (aged 6 through 18) and provides food, shelter, healthcare, emotional/psychological support, and education for male and female victims of trafficking and other types of violence. The Crisis Center is a temporary ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting in Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2018 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the past ...
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Statement of Support for the Bulgarian Fund for Women 

On the Occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence On November 25th, we commemorate the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and observe the accompanying 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).  The United States is committed to promoting gender equality and advancing the status of women and girls ...
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Digital Communications Network Exchange Program 2019

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning, the Digital Communications Network exchange program created and supports a collaborative network of communication professionals from across Europe and Central Asia, working together to strengthen communication skills through the development and dissemination of digital content. Over the last year, over 100 fellows from ...
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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at the Roundtable – Energy Security Risks

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

For 15 years the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria has hosted a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner in Bulgaria – but the dinner is more than a meal.  Each dinner raises funds for Bulgarian charity.  This year funds raised will go to the Get Ready to Succeed Fund of the Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation. Since launching in 2006, ...
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Call for Applications for the 2019 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

Deadline for application: December 20, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for seven 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 ...
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Exploring Religious Freedom and Diversity in the U.S.

On a Sunday in mid-October, members of Washington’s interfaith community took part in the annual  Unity Walk  to celebrate solidarity among different faiths and cultures in the city. This year’s participants included 26 visitors from religious communities around the world who had come to the United States to see religious freedom in action. Among them were Jeoffrey ...
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YTILI Fellowship: Empowering European Entrepreneurs

2019 YTILI Application Launch The 2019 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period opened on November 15, 2018 and will close on January 4, 2019. As you probably know, the YTILI program is a State Department’s program supported in its implementation by The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).   YTILI is a vehicle for empowering young ...
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Message from Consular Section

Dear Consular Section clients, please be advised that on November 21, 2018 our document pick-up/drop-off service at the main entrance of the Embassy will be provided earlier, between 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  There will be no document pick-up/drop-off service on Thursday, November 22, 2018 as the Embassy will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For ...
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U.S. Defense Attaché Visits Varna Naval Academy

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

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

“Thanks to this initiative, the LGBT community can gather, work together, and provide support in a safe environment.  The U.S. Embassy supports this center and other LGBT programs because we value diversity, and we welcome the contributions of the LGBT community.” – U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin at Rainbow Hub LGBTI+ Center.
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Call for Proposals for the 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation – Large Grants

AFCP 2019 LARGE GRANTS PROGRAM – Round 1   The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is currently accepting proposal abstracts for Round 1 of the 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Large Grants Program. The AFCP Large Grants Program supports the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and major museum ...
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Call for Proposals for the 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation – Small Grants

AFCP 2019 SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM   The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is currently accepting proposals for the 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories: CULTURAL SITE: includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites. Restoration or conservation of ...
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Ambassador Rubin, Nessebar Mayor Officially Reopen St. John Aliturgetos Church in Nessebar

“This church is an iconic symbol of an ancient place.  Working together, we continue to strengthen the cultural ties between our two countries through projects like this.” – Ambassador Eric Rubin U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin, Nessebar Mayor Nikolay Dimitrov, Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and Deputy Minister of Culture Amelia Gesheva today officially reopened 14th ...
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Future of Reality Conference

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

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

Ambassador Rubin visited the Geo Milev English Language High School in Burgas. English is the global language of math, science, engineering, finance, and more. We’re proud of Bulgaria’s youth who study English – and we’re committed to supporting them as they advance in their careers.    
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Celebrate International Education Week

This year the 18th annual edition of International Education Week ( IEW ) takes place November 12-16.    IEW  is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide.  Initially created so that America could inspire its students to study abroad,  IEW  now encourages and ...
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Job Announcement – 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 ...
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Digital Communication Network Exchange Program 2019

A new Digital Communication Network exchange program in the U.S., April 8-24, 2019. If you use or create digital communication tools in media, entrepreneurship, NGOs, social movements and e-government apply at https://worldlearninginnovanddev.wufoo.com/forms/q18v8ife0dg47ql/ Deadline for the applications: December 1, 2018 A total of 14 participants will be selected, through an open competition process to come to the United States ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 5, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva today. They discussed the importance of U.S.-Bulgarian bilateral relations, Bulgaria’s plans to modernize its military, and energy diversification as a European energy security priority. They also discussed global affairs such as Iran’s ballistic missile program, ...
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Secretary Pompeo Meets with Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Zaharieva

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva will hold a bilateral meeting in Washington on Monday, November 5th.  The meeting is taking place at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo. The two officials will discuss issues of bilateral, regional and global interest.
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2019 Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

Deadline for application: December 14, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2019 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators from Bulgarian nationals. The institute will take place over the course of five weeks in early June 2019. The Institute includes a four-week academic residency component ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (Revised)

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #FCS3-2018 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 compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual.  Open to:         ...
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GIST Technology Idea Competition Returns for 2019, Seeking Innovative Startups

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

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin announced today that he will use the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation to restore, conserve, and modernize display of Bulgaria’s Sveshtari Thracian Tomb – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sveshtari Thracian Tomb is a unique example of Mediterranean sepulchral architecture, and attracts approximately 50,000 visitors every year.  The tomb ...
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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

This report documents the magnitude of the Islamic Republic’s destructive activities at home and abroad. Many of the activities highlighted have occurred recently, while others date back to the early days of the revolution. As this report makes clear, the one constant is that the Iranian regime will do whatever it takes to maintain its ...
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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 Sofia_GSO_Procurement@state.gov until 4:00 pm, October 29, 2018 if interested in obtaining the solicitation package.
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AMB Rubin Launches Red Ribbon Day at Sofia Airport

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

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section will be closed for customers on Friday October 19, 2018. If you have an emergency you can call +359 (2) 937 5100. Outside of Office Hours, contact: +359 (2) 937 5101 or +359(2)937 5200. If you are seeking assistance with Absentee voting: The Voting Assistance Officer can be reached at  acs_sofia@state.gov . ...
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Call for Applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

Deadline for application: January 15, 2019 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for young Americans and Europeans. The program will take place in June and July 2019.  The institute will be hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. All costs of ...
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Message from Consular Section

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 will not be available on Friday, October 19, 2018. The Consular section will be closed on that day. For emergencies involving U.S. citizens please call tel. +359 (2) 937 5100 (from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 ...
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Solicitation Announcement – Physical Security Coverage and Access Control

Companies with prior experience in physical security coverage and access control of people, vehicles, and materials are invited to provide response to solicitation set out by the Embassy of U.S.A. Sofia.  Please send e-mail to: SofiaProcurement@state.gov until 4:00 pm Tuesday, October 23, 2018 if interested in obtaining the solicitation package.
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

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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Community Solutions Program

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018! Are you working to support positive change in your home country? Helping preserve your community’s biodiversity for the next generation? Working to create job opportunities for at-risk youth? Bridging ethnic and cultural divides in your community? If so – come join the next generation of global leaders and apply for ...
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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia expresses shock and outrage regarding the murder of journalist Victoria Marinova.  We call for a thorough investigation which results in the perpetrator/s being held accountable.  We are ready to offer assistance to authorities if needed to help bring the perpetrator/s to justice.
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Third Consecutive John Atanassov Award for Ivan Ivanov

Another – third consecutive – John Atanassov Award for Ivan Ivanov, who graduated ACS last spring and is now pursuing his higher education at Cambridge. This year, he was rewarded for excellence in the category “Debut breakthrough in computer science,” awarded for high-level scientific work. Congratulations to Ivan, his teacher, and parents!
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Solicitation Announcement – GSM Services

Companies with prior experience in providing GSM telephone services and mobile data services, good local staff and adequate equipment are invited to provide response to solicitation set out by the Embassy of U.S.A. in Sofia.  Please send e-mail to: RafailovaVe@state.gov , until 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2018 if interested in obtaining the solicitation package.
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Overseas U.S. Citizen Voters Should Vote Now

For U.S. voters living abroad, receiving and sending back an official ballot can be a challenge to successfully voting absentee. October 1 to 8 is Absentee Voting Week and U.S. embassies, consulates and overseas citizens groups are reminding overseas citizens and their families to vote now — and helping them do so from anywhere in ...
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Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition 2018

Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition is from October 5 to October 25, 2018! Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee aims to strengthen the English language skills of Bulgarian students and to share innovative and interactive teaching methods with teachers. More than 6500 students from 304 schools participated in 2017 Spelling Bee. Similar to ...
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Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition 2018

Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition is open to all Bulgarian public and private school students from 6th to 12th grades who are excited to express themselves creatively…in English! The writing days are on November 27 -28, 2018. The results will be announced in the end of January 2019. The registration will be open from October 5th to October ...
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Clarification Regarding DV2020 Program

In connection with multiple inquiries regarding DV2020 the U.S. Embassy in Sofia wishes to make the following clarification: Unmarried applicants can participate in the U.S. DV2020 lottery. Participants who are legally married must list their spouse and children on their DV lottery application. Participants who are single, or living in a civil union not recognized ...
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EducationUSA Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Program

For high school students in grade 11 Deadline for submitting applications: January 2, 2019 Opportunity funding, provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supports talented international students with the application process to U.S. higher education institutions. Opportunity Funds provides support to talented international students who are highly competitive for ...
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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2020

The Department of State made the formal public announcement of the Diversity Visa (DV) 2020 program on September 25, 2018. The electronic Diversity Visa system (E-DV) will be open for registrations beginning at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2018, and will close for entries at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), on November ...
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90th Anniversary of Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University

The Department of English and American Studies at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski celebrates its 90th anniversary . The event coincided with the celebrations of the 130th anniversary of the University’s founding. Initially, Sofia University offered training in English Studies within its German Studies department before establishing a separate English and American Studies major in ...
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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF) – Revised

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #33-2018  NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                                         Revised closing date. U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-33A Position Title:                                    ...
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U.S.- Supported Traditions and Transitions Conference at Sofia University

Congratulations to Sofia University on its 130th anniversary, and the 90th anniversary of Sofia University’s Department of English and American Studies!  “Every time I pass by this building and I see the Georgiev brothers watching over the entrance, I am reminded of the unique history of this university and what it has meant to Bulgaria ...
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U.S. Universities Deliver at Worldwide Branches

ShareAmerica By Mary Jane Maxwell Sep 27, 2018   Hassan Al-Jahani of Qatar is getting an American-style education without having to leave his country. Students at Northwestern University in Qatar (© Northwestern University in Qatar) “Studying at a high-caliber university like Northwestern is a badge of honor I wear proudly,” said Al-Jahani, who is majoring in communications from ...
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Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Children’s Playground at the Bishop’s Basilica in Plovdiv

“I applaud the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Plovdiv Municipality for their partnership to restore and display the rich mosaics of the Bishop’s Basilica – the largest early Christian temple found in Bulgaria, and thus a critically important part of the country’s religious history. Bulgaria’s cultural sites are reminders of the incredible history of this ...
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Job Announcement – Chauffeur (On-Call)

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 Sofia-2018-34 Position Title:                                    Chauffeur (On-Call) Opening Period:                               September 26, 2018 – October 25, 2018 Series/Grade:                                    LE 1015 3 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. ...
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26th Anniversary of the United States Security Assistance Program in Bulgaria

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

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

September 17, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Children are part of the heart and soul of a community.  This kindergarten – now full of laughs, love, and life – will nurture the children carrying the torch of Bulgaria’s future, bringing the light of hope and prosperity to Bulgaria’s tomorrows.  It is our sincere hope that this ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern Computer Programmer

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 Computer Programmer Opening Date:                       December 11, 2017    Closing date:                         Until filled ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in Financial Management Office

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 Financial Management Office Opening Date:                       September 17, 2018  Closing date:                         October 7, ...
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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF)

Announcement Number:  2018–Sofia-33 Position Title:  ACCESS CONTROL GUARD (LGF) Opening Period:  September 17, 2018 – September 30, 2018 Series/Grade:   LE 710 03 (Full performance level) LE 710 02 (Trainee level) For More Info:  Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office, 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address:   Sofia_Applications@state.gov Who May Apply:                           All Interested Applicants /All sources ...
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High-speed Vessel U.S. Navy Ship Carson City Docks In Varna For The First Time

Technically known as a Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship, the USNS Carson City entered the Black Sea for the first time on August 15, and docked in Varna Port for the first time on August 27.   Captain Jonathan Keffer welcomed Bulgarian media onboard and led a tour of the ship.    Carson City is part ...
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Closing Ceremony for Platinum Lion 2018 Security Exercise

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Bulgarian Chief of Defense GEN Andrey Botsev today attended the closing ceremony for Platinum Lion 2018, a multinational security exercise held at Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria. Soldiers from eight countries – including NATO members Bulgaria, the United States, Albania, Montenegro and Romania – as well as members ...
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“Platinum Lion 2018” Security Exercise Is Taking Place at Novo Selo Training Area

The multinational security exercise Platinum Lion 2018 brings together 700 soldiers and up to 100 units of combat and transport from July 31 to August 10 in Bulgaria. Allies and partners from Bulgaria, the United States, Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro demonstrated various tactics today at Novo Selo Training Area (NSTA) that include ...
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$2 Million U.S. Boat Donation Will Protect Bulgarian Coast

Bulgaria’s coastline will be patrolled beginning today using 4 boats the U.S. donated to the Bulgarian Navy.  Among other tasks, the 3 RHIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) and one patrol boat will help the Bulgarian Navy intercept drug and human traffickers.  Today Ambassador Rubin and Navy Commander RADM Pеtev celebrated the Bulgarian Navy sailors graduating ...
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English Language Camp for Roma Students

Public Affairs Intern Steven Newman met with high school students from Roma communities in the towns of Kyustendil and Pazardzhik who participated during the past school year in an English language program. The students were invited to attend a summer English language camp in Bansko, organized by the Bulgarian NGO Trust for Social Achievement (TSA) ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #FCS2-2018 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 compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. Thank you, Secretary Pompeo.  To the Secretary, to Ambassador Brownback, to Administrator Green, Director Mulvaney, to the representatives of more than 80 nations gathered here, and especially to the survivors of religious persecution who honor us by their presence here today: It is my great honor to address this ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the U.S. Alumni Club

For Immediate Release July 27, 2018 Last June the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria supported the enthusiastic team of Tuk-Tam, organization of the Bulgarians with education and experience abroad, in the launch of an alumni club to bring together Bulgarians who completed their higher education in the United States. The U.S. Alumni Club accepts members who ...
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Job Announcement – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic

Position Title:                                   HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) MECHANIC Opening Period:                               July 27, 2018 – August 9, 2018 Series/Grade:                                   LE 1210 06 For More Info:                                   Facility Management Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address:   Sofia_Applications@state.gov Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants /All Sources For USEFM actual FS salary determined ...
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Crimea Declaration

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 25, 2018 Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, ...
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The Eight-day Program of the “Balkan Youth Forum” Wraps Up

The Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Samantha Smith congratulated students as they completed an 8-day Balkan Youth Forum, which ended last Friday with a final presentation of project ideas. Students interested in working together on Western Balkan political and social issues came from 11 countries to the American University in Bulgaria. The closing ...
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Spelling Bee Camp 2018

On July 13th, U.S. Embassy Sofia Public Affairs Intern Steven Newman met with a group of thirty Bulgarian high-school students and their teachers, who are participating in an English language learning, U.S. culture and sport youth camp in the town of Bansko. The students are finalists in the 2018 national Spelling Bee competition organized annually ...
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Ambassador Rubin at Marshall Center Alumni Conference

“Founded in the spirit of the Marshall Plan and the endeavor for closer Euro-Atlantic integration, the Marshall Center’s excellent ongoing work over the past quarter century has been one more vital contribution to the underlying capacity for resilience of our nations. I am thus especially pleased to be here with all of you to support ...
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A To Jazz Festival

It is a pleasure for me to join with colleagues and friends from the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Sofia municipality to welcome you here tonight to another fantastic A To Jazz Festival in South Park. I hope you have a fantastic weekend of music and friendship. Jazz is a unifying force and a ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern Computer Programmer

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 ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

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 ...
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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at U.S. Independence Day Celebration

(July 3, 2018) Dear Madam President of the Parliament, Dear Madam Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the Military Attaché Corps, Thank you for joining us this evening. Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests, dear friends.  Nicole and ...
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Bulgaria Moves Up To Tier 2 in This Year’s State Department Report on Trafficking in Persons

For Immediate Release – June 29, 2018 Report Recommends Further Steps Needed On June 28, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in Washington, DC. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Panagyurishte

June 28 – U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin toured Panagyurishte today. The Ambassador noted the many ties Panagyurishte has with the U.S. – from U.S. company Freeport-McMoRan’s investment in local copper company Assarel-Medet, to UNI Hospital’s purchase of new, innovative medical equipment from U.S. manufacturers. UNI Hospital is an excellent example of public-private partnership in Bulgaria. ...
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Job Announcement – Human Resources Assistant

U.S. Mission:                                     U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-21 Position Title:                                    HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT                                                             (Local Social Security and Tax Administrator) ...
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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at Security Resilience Seminar

Marshall Center June 26, 2018  (as prepared) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for welcoming me to this venue today. Herbert Salber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Bulgaria, Dr. Matthew Rhodes, Director of Programs in Central and Southeast Europe, Distinguished Participants, Security Resiliency is a critical issue ...
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Security Resilience in the Black Sea Region Seminar

About 40 local and foreign professionals discussed in Sofia issues related to security resilience in the Black Sea region during an international seminar organized by George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies. The ambassadors of the United States and Germany opened the event, as representatives of the two partnering countries which established the Marshall Center ...
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“Diplomacy in the Kitchen”

We introduce you a short video that we called “Diplomacy in the Kitchen” with the participation of the U.S. Embassy’s Agricultural Attaché Jonn Slette in partnership with the HRC Culinary Academy in Sofia’s Head Chef Henry Donneaux. In this video you will find very interesting and useful information on how to prepare delicious meals with ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Rakovski Military Academy

On June 13 Ambassador Eric Rubin visited G.S. Rakovski Military Academy to deliver a lecture on Bulgaria’s important role in the NATO alliance. While at the Academy, Ambassador Rubin was invited to tour the recently renovated King‘s Halls, which are filled with masterpieces of ceramics, wood, and crystal. Tsar Boris III made extensive use of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Rubin – Rakovski Military Academy

Rakovski Military Academy June 13, 2018 Greetings, all, and thank you for welcoming me to the Rakovski Military Academy today. I would like to thank Major General Angelov for hosting me at this institution and for allowing me to speak with all of you today. I greatly appreciate this important opportunity for Allies to speak ...
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Job Announcement – Gardener (Grounds Keeper)

Position Title:      GARDENER (GROUNDS KEEPER) Opening Period:  June 14, 2018 – June 27, 2018 For More Info:      Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address:  Sofia_Applications@state.gov Who May Apply:                            All Interested Applicants /All ...
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U.S. Donation to Bulgaria’s Cyber Investigation Unit Greatly Increases Investigation Capabilities

“We move forward together to combat transnational cyber-crime.” – Attaché Jason Clickner, U.S. Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Yesterday, June 12, Bulgaria’s General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime Cyber Unit received from the United States Secret Service advanced computer equipment and storage media that will greatly increase the Cyber Unit’s investigative capabilities.   The new ...
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Job Announcement – Building Engineer

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 17 – 2018 U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-17 Position Title:                                    BUILDING ENGINEER| Opening Period:                               June 11, 2018 – June 24, 2018 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office, 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail ...
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Sofia Pride 2018

The U.S. Embassy supports Sofia Pride event on June 9.  Embassy officers officially represented the U.S. Embassy at the event and joined Embassy employees, friends, and families participating in the parade. Secretary of State Pompeo recently said: “Dignity and equality are core American values underpinned by our Constitution. We will continue to stand up for ...
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Roundtable Discussion “Cultural Bridge – Talking About Landscape Photography”

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin and Nicole Simmons hosted a roundtable discussion at their residence in Sofia today titled “Cultural Bridge – Talking About Landscape Photography.”   Guests of honor photographers Deborah Bright (USA) and Alexander Ivanov (Bulgaria), as well as other well-known Bulgarian photographers, discussed their thoughts and experiences photographing the world around us. The discussion ...
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Bulgarian and American Airmen Celebrate June 1, Children’s Day

Bulgarian and American airmen celebrated for the first time together June 1, Children’s Day, with 150 Bulgarian children of different ages from Bulgarian schools and kindergartens which have received humanitarian assistance in projects, funded by the Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation. The American pilots and airmen from the Oregon National Guard are in Bulgaria for ...
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General Konstantin Popov Enjoys a Flight in a U.S. F-15 Fighter Aircraft

General Konstantin Popov, Chair of Bulgaria’s Parliamentary Defense Committee and former Commanding Officer of Graf Ignatievo Air Base, enjoyed a chat and a flight in a U.S. f-15 fighter aircraft with U.S. Colonel Duke Pirak, Commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard. They flew together as part of Thracian Eagle ...
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Opening of Coca Cola’s Newest IT Development Center

Coca-Cola’s choice to build a Development Center for Intelligent Technology in Bulgaria reflects the optimism that the U.S. Mission also feels about Bulgaria’s future. Today we mark the opening of Coca Cola’s newest IT Development Center, and note that Coca-Cola’s continued investment in Bulgaria supports Bulgaria’s economy and workforce. – Ambassador Rubin at today’s launch ...
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Job Announcement – Custodian (On-Call)

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 16 – 2018 U.S. Embassy Sofia    U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 Sofia-2018-16 Position Title:                                    Custodian (On-Call) Opening Period:                               May 25, 2018 – June 9, 2018 Series/Grade:                                   LE 1305 1 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing ...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady Visits Bulgaria

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady toured the Bulgarian National Museum of History yesterday where she marveled at renowned artifacts depicting centuries of Bulgarian history. Bulgaria’s Minister of Interior Valentin Radev added personal insight into the fascinating tour. Deputy Secretary Grady is in Bulgaria to participate in an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs ...
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Ambassador Rubin Speaking at the 2018 Graduating Class of American College of Sofia

You are the backbone of Bulgaria’s National Debate Team, you won a national cyber security competition, you earned awards from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for computer science, you were awarded Presidential medals by two presidents, and you are admitted to some of the world’s top universities, such as Dartmouth, NYC, Tufts, Columbia, Brown, Yale, ...
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“The Cracks” in Bulgaria

The music duo “The Cracks” – Dylan Vaughn and Stephen Kavanagh – with guitars and song, harmonica and percussion will take you on a magical journey of the best of American music: blues, folk, jazz, gospel, ragtime, swing, soul, funk, bluegrass, country and much more. This will be a real celebration at which you’ll want ...
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New America for Bulgaria Campus Center at the American College of Sofia

May 18 – Ambassador Rubin assisted in opening the new America for Bulgaria Campus Center at the American College of Sofia this morning.  This beautiful new building, funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continues approximately 150 years of American-Bulgarian educational ties.
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard in Bulgaria

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard participated in the conference “Democracy That Delivers: Unlocking the Potential of the Western Balkans,” organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy. “We value our relationship with Bulgaria and see your country as a leader, including in ensuring European energy security and in contributing to collective ...
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New Build and Renovation of the Chief of Mission Residence – U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria

The requirement is for works and construction activities including furnishing all labor, material, and equipment required for the alterations, improvements and additions to the residential building in order to accommodate requirements for the residence to serve as the new Chief of Mission Residence (CMR) for U.S. Embassy Sofia. Pre-Solicitation Notice (PDF 30.4 KB)
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National Conference – Roma Educational Integration in Bulgaria

Ambassador Rubin, as a member of the Roma Inclusion Ambassadors Group (RIAG), attended a national conference today focused on Roma educational integration in Bulgaria.  AMB Rubin joined many other attendees discussing this important topic, including:  Swiss Ambassador Denis Knobel; Ambassadors from Italy, Netherlands, and the UK; The German Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission; Bulgarian Deputy ...
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“Space” Food?

Yesterday, May 10, we were visited in the Embassy by the Bulgarian Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technology which develops contemporary technologies for cryopreservation of biologic materials. Bulgaria is one of the biggest manufacturers of “space” food, with the Bulgarian “space” menu being currently in use by many space programs across the world. Not only ...
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NASA Astronaut Richard “Rick” Linnehan Will Visit Bulgaria

NASA Astronaut Richard “Rick” Linnehan will visit Bulgaria May 9-14, 2018.  He will spend time in Sofia and Plovdiv, and will talk about his life as an astronaut.  He will also talk about following dreams, the importance of STEM education, and the opportunities available to those who work hard and are willing to try new ...
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Participants in the National English Spelling Bee Contest Visit the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia was honored to host more than 30 high school students and their teachers on April 27, just one day before the CorPlus National English Spelling Bee. These students were from all parts of Bulgaria, and advanced to the national finals due to their hard work, determination and spelling skills. During ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Visits Razgrad

Ambassador Eric Rubin travelled to the town of Razgrad where he met with Razgrad mayor Valentin Vassilev, visited poultry production company “Ameta,” joined Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov, DPM Donchev, Minister of Agriculture Porozhanov, ADM President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa Pierre Duprat, and local Razgrad officials in a ceremony marking the groundbreaking of an ...
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19th Varna International Music Academy and 7th Varna International Opera Academy

This year the production company “Varna International” has prepared an interesting program with premiere performances and an intriguing international music team. The 19th Varna International Music Academy will be held from May 27th to June 6th and the 7th Varna International Opera Academy in the period May 20th – June 17th. Once again, the Bulgarian-American ...
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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

The White House Office of the Press Secretary April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time ...
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3rd Southeastern Europe Virtual Education Fair at the U.S. Embassy

Seven U.S. higher education institutions “met” with Bulgarian students, university and high school representatives, educators, international education advisors, and journalists at the 3rd Southeastern Europe Virtual Education Fair at the U.S. Embassy. Cultural Affairs Officer Matt Hagengruber noted the U.S. Embassy commitment to supporting STEM education projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Commercial Attaché Maria Galindo ...
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Fully Renovated Math and Science Classrooms in Sofia’s #18 High School

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined Bulgarian Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev, America for Bulgaria (ABF) President Nancy Schiller, and other ABF representatives during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for fully renovated math and science classrooms in Sofia’s William Gladstone #18 High School. Jointly financed by America for Bulgaria Foundation and the school’s state-delegated budget, the project includes five ...
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USAREUR Band to Perform Free Concerts in Three Bulgarian Cities

 April 25, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria is pleased to announce that the highly acclaimed US Army in Europe (USAREUR) Band will be on tour in Bulgaria from May 4th to 6th. The tour will include free live performances in three Bulgarian cities: Russe – May 4th, 19:00 – Dohodno Zdanie Veliko Turnovo – ...
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Earth Day – April 22

On April 22, we observe the 48th annual Earth Day. This Earth Day, we highlight the importance of both environmentally sound waste management and the prevention and reduction of marine debris, which is mostly comprised of plastic waste. The United States is working internationally to encourage innovation in the waste sector, to spur new infrastructure ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Nessebar

Ambassador Rubin, Nessebar Mayor Nikolay Dimitrov and Mrs. Nicole Simmons inspected the reconstruction of the historic John Aliturgetos Church in Nessebar. U.S. Embassy Sofia is financing reconstruction of this important historic treasure through the Ambassador’s Fund For Cultural Preservation. “I’m impressed with Nessebar and looking forward to visiting again for the official opening of the ...
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Job Announcement – Computer Programmer (Revised)

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #13-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED  REVISION:                 Revised closing date.  OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                  COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, FSN-10 ERR*, FP-5** (Applications Development and Support ...
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Job Announcement – Human Resources Clerk

Position Title:                                    Human Resources Clerk Opening Period:                               April 18, 2018 – May 7, 2018 Series/Grade:                                    LE 305 6 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, 16 Kozyak St., 1408 Sofia E-mail ...
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20 BulgarianTeenagers Who Are Studying English Visit the Embassy

On April 17 the Embassy was visited by 20 teenagers from across Bulgaria who are studying English through the project “A Step Toward Success.” Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Bulgarian NGO Trust for Social Achievement, “A Step Toward Success” offers English language and leadership development classes and camps to ...
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U.S. Defense Attache Col. Johnson Visits Smolyan

“I am grateful to Bulgarian service members for their professionalism and dedication, and we’re here tonight to support their families as well during their deployment.”  – U.S. Defense Attache Col. Shannon Johnson honored Bulgaria’s 101st Alpine Regiment, which is deployed to Afghanistan, on Saturday night at Smolyan’s Garrison Military Club.   Col. Johnson and several U.S. ...
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Celebrating the 25th Fulbright Commission Anniversary

On April 13 Ambassador Rubin joined Bulgarian and American Fulbright alumni, representatives of partner organizations, official guests, and Fulbright friends at a gala marking the 25th anniversary of the Fulbright Commission in Bulgaria. Ambassador Rubin expressed gratitude to the Fulbright Commission, Board and staff, as well as long-standing partners such as the America for Bulgaria ...
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Voucher Examiner (Temp) – FSN-8

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires. POSITION:                Voucher Examiner (Temp) – FSN-8 (Accounts Payable Specialist) OPENING DATE:      April ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Visits “the energy heart of Bulgaria” – Stara Zagora and Galabovo

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin paid a visit to Stara Zagora and Galabovo on March 28-29. The Ambassador toured two of the largest American investments in Bulgaria – AES Maritsa East 1 and ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 and visited some of their community programs that assist hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians. The two thermal power plants ...
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U.S. Passport Execution Fee Increases to $35 on April 2, 2018

Effective April 2, 2018, the cost to execute a U.S. passport using the DS-11 form (first-time applicants over age 16; children under age 16; applicants re-applying after reporting a previous passport lost or stolen) will increase from $25 to $35. Passport execution involves the submission of a passport application in person to a passport acceptance ...
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Job Announcement – Computer Programmer

OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, FSN-10 ERR*, FP-5** (Applications Development and Support Specialist) OPENING DATE:      March 29, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      April 18, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE ...
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“We strongly support U.S. investments in Bulgaria and the American companies working here.”

U.S. Ambassador Rubin: “We strongly support U.S. investments in Bulgaria and the American companies working here.” “Private contract negotiations are not something in which the U.S. Government will play a role.” March 29, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin reiterates American government support for U.S. companies investing in Bulgaria. “We strongly support U.S. ...
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Job Announcement – Legal Advisor

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates POSITION:                LEGAL ADVISOR, FSN-11, FP-4* OPENING DATE:      March 27, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      April 9, 201 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week   ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.  The U.S. Mission in ...
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IT Hub Connect Conference

Ambassador Rubin delivered opening remarks at the IT Hub Connect Conference today at Sofia Tech Park. The Ambassador reiterated that the U.S. is committed to partnerships promoting technological innovation, cyber security and privacy. “When government, industry, and academia work together our achievements are truly remarkable.”
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March Music Days International Festival

(With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria) March Music Days International Festival is one of the oldest and most reputed festival stages in Bulgaria, a festival of modern program strategy and high public rating. Founded in 1961 and organized by Ruse Municipality, every year the festival turns the city of Ruse – the biggest and ...
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Spotlight USA/One Dance Week

“SPOTLIGHT: USA,” a platform of American dance in Bulgaria, will feature U.S. dance companies in performances in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from March 26-28, 2018. SPOTLIGHT will introduce American dance companies to international dance professionals, increase cultural exchange and appreciation between the U.S. and Bulgaria, provide opportunities for American dance to be seen and embraced by international ...
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Ambassador Rubin Honors Macedonian Jews Who Perished in Holocaust

Today, Ambassador Eric Rubin joined U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Tom Yazdgerdi, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily, Paul Shapiro and Radu Ioanid of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov and members of the Bulgarian and Macedonian Jewish communities for the March of the Living ...
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75th Anniversary of the Salvation of Bulgarian Jews During World War II

Bulgarians celebrate March 10 as the Day of Salvation, by which they honor and remember the actions taken by Bulgarian leaders and civilians that ensured no Jewish Bulgarians were deported to Nazi concentration camps during WWII.  Ambassador Rubin joined many others in this year’s ceremony at the Monument of Salvation in Sofia recognizing the 75th ...
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2018 Fall Residency with the International Writing Program

Are you an aspiring writer who would like to attend a special 12-week residency program in America? Consider applying for the International Writing Program Fall Residency at the University of Iowa. This program brings 35 writers together from around the world for an intensive 12-week program designed to spur creativity, support professional development, and promote freedom ...
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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF) (Revised)

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #08-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                 Revised closing date. OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates / All sources POSITION:                 Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level: FSN-03 Trainee level:               FSN-02 OPENING DATE:         March 7, ...
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22nd International Sofia Film Fest

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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Ambassador Rubin Launches the 2018 Summer Work and Travel Season

On Friday, February 23rd, Ambassador Rubin launched the 2018 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) Program. Each year approximately 6,000 Bulgarian university students participate, spending their summer in the United States. The event was attended by Consul General Kate McGeary and members of the SWT Alumni Association, who highlighted their SWT success stories and the long-term ...
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Job Announcement – Student Intern in Financial Management Office

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 Financial Management Office Opening Date:                       February 23, 2018     Closing ...
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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF)

 OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates / All sources POSITION:                Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level:           FSN-03 Trainee level:                          FSN-02 OPENING DATE:      February 21, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      March 6, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix ...
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Job Announcement

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #06-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                Revised closing date. OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent ...
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Statement from the United States Mission to Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy to Bulgaria is saddened and troubled to see the display of intolerance represented by the Lukov March.  General Hristo Lukov was a Nazi supporter who promoted hate and injustice, and is not someone deserving of veneration. We reiterate our appreciation for the dedicated efforts of the Government of Bulgaria and Sofia Mayor ...
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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Event 1: A counter protest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm, to counter the Lukov March in the evening. Location 1: Meeting at “Tsentralna Banya” Park and proceeding to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, downtown Sofia. Event 2: A protest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. This will be the annual Lukov March. Location 2: Meeting ...
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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Sofia University, downtown Sofia Main entrance of Sofia University at the junction of boulevards “Tsar Osvoboditel” and “Vasil Levski.” Event: A protest on Thursday, February 15, 2018 between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. The protest is organized by the Lukov March organizers to take place during a human rights forum that will be held at the university. U.S. ...
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Ambassador Rubin Praises Bulgaria’s History of Tolerance at International Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2018 “Bulgaria has a history of tolerance worthy of emulation.  A history that evokes national pride and international respect.  Bulgaria’s history of tolerance and inclusivity, as well as more recent progress, should not be distorted by those who seek to divide Bulgarians along racial, political, and social divides.  Let me ...
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National Creative English Writing Competition

Last week 4,000 students from 207 schools all over Bulgaria had 1 hour to write on imaginative topics such as “The girl who danced with a wizard,” “Midnight, on the bridge. Come alone!” “Life was better on the other side,” and “Don’t forget to remember” in the 8th annual CORPLUS Foundation Bulgarian National Creative English Writing Competition.  Eventually a ...
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Chess Event at the Embassy

U.S. Embassy Sofia was delighted to welcome Bulgarian Grand Master Veselin Topalov for friendly chess games with 14 lucky embassy employees and foundation members. The Embassy proudly works closely with Topalov Foundation to promote and support young, talented Bulgarian and American chess players.   One employee managed to play our Grand Master to a draw!
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Job Announcement

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires. POSITION:                Voucher Examiner ( (Accounts Payable Specialist) OPENING DATE:      February 6, 2018 CLOSING ...
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Chargé D’Affaires Martina Strong Visits Kardzhali

Starting her visit to the city of Kardzhali, Chargé D’Affaires Martina Strong visited the regional museum in town to learn more about the history of the region. Mrs. Strong is in Kardzhali on the occasion of the traditional “Month of America,” organized by the local Friends of America Society. Charge d’Affaires Martina Strong launched the ...
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Solicitation Announcement

The Employee Association at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is offering a solicitation for a Concessionaire Agreement to operate the cafeteria at the Embassy compound, located in the Lozenets neighborhood. Experienced companies are invited to register by calling Val Petrov at +359 2 937-5129 or emailing PetrovVI@state.gov   by  February 7, 2018, 4:00 pm, if interested ...
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President Trump Delivers State of the Union Address

January 30, 2018 U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:10 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American ...
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Call for Applications for the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative

Are you ready to bring entrepreneurship to the next level? Become a Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) fellow! YTILI connects entrepreneurs and startups throughout the United States and Europe, with a focus on deepening economic ties and promoting business opportunities across the United States. If you are young (ages 24-35), enthusiastic, and creative with innovative, ...
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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ...
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Ambassador Rubin Attends the 2nd Annual America for Bulgaria Foundation All-Grantee Forum

(As prepared) “Good morning. I am delighted to join you this morning for this second ABF All-Grantee Forum, and it is wonderful to see this fantastic turnout. I am consistently inspired and impressed by all that you are accomplishing here in Bulgaria, all of you working together, and it is an honor for me to ...
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Job Announcement

OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, FSN-7, FP-7 OPENING DATE:      January 19, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      February 1, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week NOTE: Due to the agency specific skills, knowledge, and abilities required the selected applicants may be hired at a developmental level one grade lower than the full ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the Power of the Bulgarian Spirit

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the Power of the Bulgarian Spirit Sanya Zhekova, Petar Stoychev and Prof. Pimpirev are among the new ambassadors of “The Power Is in You” campaign On Jan 10, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Mr. Eric Rubin announced the continuation of “The Power Is in You” campaign, which congratulates Bulgaria ...
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AE E-Teacher Courses for RELO Belgrade Region – Spring 2018

The US Embassy in Sofia is offering three slots to teachers of English (Bulgarian nationals) on an online course taught by World Learning. The title of the course is: Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting. The training starts on April 3, 2018 and continues for 8 weeks. For ...
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Improvements to Safety and Security Information, January 8, 2018

United States Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to its safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory that will provide one of four standard ...
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On December 22, 1914, Stefan Panaretov Presented His Credentials as Bulgaria’s First Minister to the U.S.

“His Majesty, the King of the Bulgarians, has deigned to appoint me his representative near the Government of the United States.” Dr. Stefan Panaterov, first Bulgarian Special Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States, to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on Dec. 22, 1914.  
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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India

Entrepreneur Liubov Kirilova represented Bulgaria at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in November 2017.   The United States and India co-hosted the 2017 GES with the theme Women First, Prosperity for All focusing on support for women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.   Liubov Kirilova is a C-Level professional working in the financial-tech tech industry, telecommunications, payments industry ...
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Protest in front of U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

United States Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Sofia reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness ...
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Job Announcement

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 Computer Programmer Opening Date:                       December 11, 2017    Closing date:                         ...
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Call for Proposals for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is currently accepting proposals for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories: CULTURAL SITE:  includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites. Restoration of a historic building, an archaeological survey as a component ...
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Worldwide Caution Issued December 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Job Announcement

Vacancy Announcement #14-2017 U.S. Embassy OPEN TO:                 All interested candidates / All sources        POSITION:                Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level:          FSN-03 Trainee level:                         FSN-02 OPENING DATE:     December 4, 2017 CLOSING DATE:     December 17, 2017 WORK HOURS:       Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See ...
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Job Announcement

U.S. Embassy Sofia Foreign National Student Intern Program # FCS 3 – 2017    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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14th Annual AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Dinner

November 21 –  Ambassador Rubin spoke at the 14th annual American Chamber of Commerce in Sofia Thanksgiving Charity Dinner.  The dinner raises funds for the “Get Ready To Succeed” and “We Can” funds of the BCause Foundation.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, the “Get Ready To Succeed” fund awarded 100 scholarships to outstanding students who ...
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Pre-solicitation Notice – Travel Management Services for U.S. Embassy, Sofia Government Employees

The requirement is for Travel Management Services for official domestic and international travel of Government employees and their dependents. Solicitation Number:  PR6897234 Date: November 20, 2017 Department of State, American Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria. Please note this solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date. The Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria ...
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European Travel Alert

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria European Travel Alert November 17, 2017 The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, ...
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Message from Consular Section

Dear Non-Immigrant Visa Clients, please be advised that beginning November 15, 2017 cash payments of the Non-immigrant Visa application fee can be made only at UniCredit Bulbank. Please note: cash payments made through DSK Bank after November 14 will not be accepted. Also, you may use our online payment option Trustly service. Find all details ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement

Deadline for application: December 10, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.  The Institute will take place in June and July 2018. The embassy will select one principal and two alternate candidates to compete for slots on ...
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Job Announcement

 Voucher Examiner (Temp)   VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 12A- 2017 U.S. Embassy Sofia   E X T E N D E D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT #12-2017 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED OPEN TO:                 All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

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 in June 2018 or later.  ...
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Professional Fellows Program 2018

Are you working to improve your community? We invite you to apply for the Professional Fellows Program. Participants spend six weeks in the United States learning and sharing what they know about citizen advocacy, NGO development and community organization. The program is completely free, and the deadline to apply is November 30.
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Protest in front of U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Embassy has been informed that a protest will occur between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 directly across from the embassy’s main entrance on Kozyak Street.  Up to 120 protestors may attend.  The embassy will remain open but advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 SUSI for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

Deadline for application: December 29, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators. The institute will take place over the course of five weeks in June 2018. The Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and a one week ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits the Burgas Center for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities

Ambassador Rubin toured the Burgas Center for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities with Burgas Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education Yordanka Benova-Ananieva and Center Director Diana Kostova.  The United States, in partnership with Burgas Municipality, completely renovated the building housing the Center.  The Center, which reopened in March 2017, is located at the entrance of ...
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2018 Community Solutions Program Application Now Open!

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017! Are you working to support positive change in your home country? Helping preserve your community’s biodiversity for the next generation? Working to create job opportunities for at-risk youth? Bridging ethnic and cultural divides in your community? If so – come join the next generation of global leaders and apply for the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Rubin: “Proud today to stand arm-in-arm with Bulgaria, our close ally and partner”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2017 U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin spoke today at Burgas Free University, stressing ties between Bulgaria and the U.S., and reminiscing about his first experience in Bulgaria 25 years ago. “I am optimistic about Bulgaria’s future.  I first came here in 1992, a time that your professors and parents will remember ...
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U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery 2019 Restarting – All Prior Entries Must Be Resubmitted

October 19, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017 will need to be resubmitted. We regret this inconvenience but in order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process we must restart the entry process ...
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Red Ribbon Event at Sofia Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2017 October 17, 2017 the 8th annual Red Ribbon event was hosted by Bulgarian National Customs Service and United States Drug Enforcement Administration at Sofia Airport. Acting U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew McClearn said to 450 students attending, “Choosing a drug-free lifestyle is one of the most important things ...
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Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition – 2017

Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition is from October 9 to October 25, 2017! Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee aims to strengthen the English language skills of Bulgarian students and to share innovative and interactive teaching methods with teachers. More than 6500 students from 304 schools participated in 2017 Spelling Bee. Similar ...
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Registration for the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition – 2017

Registration for the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition is from October 9 to October 25, 2017! The Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition was initiated in 2011. The competition is open to students from 6th to 12th grade and each year more than 4000 participants have the opportunity to express their creative thoughts in English. The students have ...
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20 American Companies Arrive In Bulgaria To Create Business Ties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017 “I’m confident I will be doing business in Bulgaria within the next few months.  The Bulgarian market is extremely open and interested in engaging with U.S. companies.”  – Charles Alvarado, Director of International Sales, Amalie Oil Company Over the weekend, 21 American businesses from 13 U.S. states arrived in ...
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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program – DV 2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at 19:00 h., Bulgarian time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at 19:00 ...
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Student Workshop in Fun Programming During EU Code Week

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Maria Gabriel as 5th graders programmed Finch Robots at the American Corner in Sofia City Library. The students, from 94 Elementary School “Dimitar Strashimirov” were celebrating European Code Week by learning to program Finch with simple commands.  The U.S. Embassy and Global Libraries – Bulgaria ...
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Renowned American Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Visits Bulgaria

Renowned American cartoonist Daryl Cagle was on a visit to Bulgaria October 5-10. Cagle opened an exhibit at the House for Humor and Satire in Gabrovo and delivered lectures at Sofia University, New Bulgarian University, and the Red House in Sofia. Daryl Cagle talked about the importance of the editorial political cartoons for the freedom ...
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Trade Winds 2017

TRADEWINDS will be in SOFIA & BUCHAREST – October 15 to 20, 2017 TRADEWINDS, the largest annual United States government-led trade mission, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, will be in Sofia from October 15 to October 17. Twenty U.S. exporting, SME companies will have nearly 100 appointments with qualified Bulgarian companies, potential representatives ...
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The Embassy Opens New e-Auction of Used Property

The U.S. Embassy would like to announce that another e-Auction of surplus property (office and residential furniture, equipment, appliances, etc.) has started. The e-Auction will end on Sunday, October 8. To access the auction site on the Internet, please follow this link: https://online-auction.state.gov/en-US The on-line auction is open to the public. You must be 18 years ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for young Americans and Europeans. The program will take place in June and July 2018.  The institute will be hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. All costs of the participants will be covered. ...
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A Few Words in Person with Artist Acacia Johnson

The photo exhibit “Polaris” by Alaskan-born artist Acacia Johnson will be on display at Synthesis Gallery in Sofia (55 Vasil Levski Blvd., Sofia) through 16th October. Traversing remote landscapes in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and Nunavut, Acacia Johnson seeks moments that seem to fall away from reality around the edges, into another realm. The official opening ...
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Turkey Travel Warning

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria Turkey Travel Warning September 29, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the continuing threats from terrorist groups in Turkey.Due to the persistent threat of terrorism, the U.S. government restricts travel by U.S. government personnel to certain areas in southeast Turkey and limits the activities of U.S. government personnel ...
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Combined Education and Training Programs in Bulgaria

This week the U.S. celebrated 25 years of Combined Education and Training Programs in Bulgaria with an anniversary reception at the Ministry of Defense’s Lozenetz Residence.  Our combined education and training programs have enabled 4,757 military officers, enlisted members, and civilian officials from Bulgaria’s Ministries of Defense, Interior, and Foreign Affairs to benefit from the ...
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ANUGA 2017 Trade Fair

Dates:  October 07-11, 2017 Location:  Cologne, Germany, Koelnmesse Profile and Attendance: ANUGA is the world’s largest food and beverage trade show. This year, 158 U.S. companies will be featured in eight different USA Pavilions, the largest program of this kind worldwide. Among them will be 42 companies exhibiting at ANUGA for the very first time! ...
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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2019

For Immediate Release September 29, 2017   The Department of State made the formal public announcement of Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 program on September 13, 2017. The DV-2019 will be conducted entirely electronically at dvlottery.state.gov . The registration period will run from 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2017, through 12:00 noon, EST, ...
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International Biennale of Glass 2017

The International Biennale of Glass is a project without an analogue in Bulgaria. The Biennale team consists of young professionals offering the audience a rich cultural program with an international participation and diverse events. You will have the opportunity to visit exhibitions, lectures and workshops in different locations of the country. With its first edition, ...
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Sofia Biting Docs Film Festival

October 2-12, 2017 SOFIA BITING DOCS presents a selection of documentary films, going into topics such as human rights, environmental problems, discrimination, disrespect for diversities, integration of minority groups – on the face of it, seemingly overexploited, but actually topical, controversial issues of key importance for the society, raising discussions and arguments. The festival focuses ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 19, 2017 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the ...
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Аnniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between the U.S. and Bulgaria

September 19, 1903 marks the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Principality of Bulgaria and the United States of America. On that date John B. Jackson, U.S. Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary to Greece, Romania, and Serbia, resident in Athens, presented his Accreditation Letter from U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to His Royal Highness Ferdinand, Prince of Bulgaria. ...
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U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin Marks Start of Bulgarian School Year in Razhdavitsa

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin today spoke to children, educators, and parents at St. St. Cyril and Methodius School in the village of Razhdavitsa. The school and Bulgarian NGO Amalipe Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance invited Ambassador Rubin to welcome students at the start of the new academic year. Kyustendil Mayor Petar Paunov and Regional Governor ...
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First English Language Camps for Bulgaria’s Disadvantaged Youth

This September, the ‘Trust for Social Achievement’ (TSA) has organized its first English and leadership development camps as part of their ‘A Step Toward Success’ project. The camps focus on community engagement for Bulgaria’s disadvantaged children and youth and serve as a step towards forming a community of successful role models, as well as encouraging ...
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Apply Online for YES Bulgaria

The open competition for YES Bulgaria will take place ONLINE  during the months of September and October 2017. Interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to complete a preliminary online application located at  https://ais.americancouncils.org/yes  by the October 31, 2017 deadline.  A selection committee will evaluate online applications and select semifinalists in November. Semifinalists will receive a ...
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YES Abroad Students Arrival

On August 31 four American students arrived at Sofia Airport as participants in the cultural and educational exchange program YES abroad. Lilly, Macana, Delani and Margaret will spend the next ten months attending a Bulgarian school and living with a Bulgarian family. YES abroad is a U.S. Department of State program for intercultural dialogue and ...
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Apollonia Festival of Arts 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria is happy to support the Apollonia Festival of Arts, which is taking place Aug. 27th  to Sept. 5th in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. Our selection for you from this year’s festival program is the play by American playwright Charles Evered called “Class”, which relates a story about theatrical art ...
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Virtual College Fair – International Students Day

Need help getting started with university admissions? Join us for CollegeWeekLive’s International Students Day, a free online college fair on August 30th. Plus, get expert advice on starting your applications, writing essays, and getting the best scores. This is your chance to chat with Notre Dame, NYU, and 85+ other schools, as well as EducationUSA ...
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Release of 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

Aug. 15: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom . The Report describes the status of religious freedom in 199 countries worldwide. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.
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NIGHT/Plovdiv, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring the American component of NIGHT/PLOVDIV again this year. On 16 September, the highlights of the program are urban spaces and the international part of the HERE EVERYWHERE curated program. Part of the latter is the world premiere of the audio-visual performance “Liminal” by American artist Mary Franck, which has to ...
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Radar Festival Beyond Music in Varna

The U.S. Embassy is happy to support at this year’s edition of the Radar Festival Beyond Music in Varna a music theater performance, Notes on Hopper, which tells a story about the life and works of renouned American painter Edward Hopper as seen through the eyes of his wife and fellow artist Josephine Nivison. In ...
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Bulgaria and Macedonia Sign Treaty of Friendship

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 1, 2017 The United States congratulates Bulgaria and Macedonia on the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Good-neighborliness and Cooperation. This important, forward-looking agreement recognizes the already strong ties between the two countries and opens the door to even closer cooperation going forward in areas as ...
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Statement by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassies in Bulgaria and Macedonia welcome the approval of the draft Bulgaria-Macedonia friendship agreement.  The agreement acknowledges the close ties between the countries and celebrates a will by both sides to enhance cooperation in the interest of their citizens.  Such engagement sets an encouraging example for resolving issues between neighbors and enhances political ...
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Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

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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Water Tower Art Fest

This year Foundation “IME” is launching the Short Artists Residency as a continuation of their practice of socially engaged arts in alternative venues. It will be an attempt to do work in collaboration between artists on site working with: performance and installation, interactive actions including the audience and citizens around the places. For more information ...
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“United States-Bulgaria Cooperation: The Way Ahead”

Speech by Ambassador Rubin As prepared for delivery Atlantic Club of Bulgaria Central Military Club, Grand Concert Ballroom July 7, 2017 Honorable guests, Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the Bulgarian government. Thank you all for coming.  Let me add a special note of thanks to Solomon and Gergana Passy, as well as ...
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U.S. Cadets Repaint the Fence of “The Nightingale” Kindergarten in Varna

A team of 25 U.S. Cadets along with four U.S. officers have repainted the fence of “The Nightingale” kindergarten in Varna. The U.S. cadets are taking part in the CULP (Culture and Language Proficiency Program) supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation, Sofia. The community relation project was part of their cultural exchange and contribution ...
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Inauguration of the Renovated Day Center for Youth with Disabilities

On Wednesday, June 28, Col Shannon Johnson, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché with U.S. Embassy in Sofia and Burgas Mayor Mr. Dimitar Nikolov inaugurated the renovated Day Center for Youth with Disabilities. The renovation of the Day Center is the result of close cooperation between the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation and the ...
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Summer Work Travel Academy Cultivates Entrepreneurship

From June 18-23, the Summer Work and Travel Regional Entrepreneurship Academy brought together 30 alumni of the Summer Work Travel J-1 Visa Program (SWT) from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia to learn about how to design and launch businesses. Taking place in the village of Dolna Banya, the participants took part in workshops, team-building activities, role-playing games and networking opportunities over the ...
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U.S. Sergeants Donate to the Zelenikovo Orphanage

TSgt Rosanne McConnell (Washington DC Air National Guard) and TSgt Rose Selko (Oregon Air National Guard) – 159th Fighter Squadron Louisiana Air National Guard, deployed to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, raised 1200 BGN and donated shoes and a dishwasher to the Zelenikovo orphanage in Brezovo Municipality. The children surprised them with reciting Bulgarian poems and ...
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Amalipe Open Heart Festival

From June 9th to 11th U.S. Embassy Political Officer Daniela Ionova-Swider attended the 14th Annual Children’s Roma Festival “Open Heart” in Veliko Tarnovo, organized by the Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance “Amalipe.” More than 2,000 children of different ethnic groups from over 250 schools participated in the festival, which featured a “United in Diversity ...
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Job Announcement

Information Assistant/ Photographer – FSN-7 OPENING DATE:  June 12, 2017; CLOSING DATE: June 25, 2017. This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires.
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Sofia Pride 2017

On June 10 Acting Deputy Chief of Mission David McCormick attended the 10th Annual Sofia Pride Parade, standing onstage with other Ambassadors as a Statement of Support to Sofia Pride was read to the crowd.  This year the Statement was signed by an unprecedented 19 Chiefs of Mission, along with UNICEF and UNHCR. As part ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong at an American College of Sofia Ceremony

Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong joined the students and administration of the American College of Sofia (ACS) at a ceremony renaming the Science Building after ACS alumnus Carl Djerassi. In addition to expressing her gratitude for Djerassi’s many contributions in science and education, Chargé d’Affaires Strong praised ACS and its students for representing American values and ...
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Statement of Support to Sofia Pride 2017

We would like to convey our support to all participants of this year’s Sofia Pride on 10 June 2017. Promoting equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is an important aspect of a tolerant and respectful civil society. For ten years now, Sofia Pride has promoted essential democratic values such as ...
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Bulgaria Will Host the Multinational Exercise “Saber Guardian – 2017”

Exercise “Saber Guardian 2017”, a U.S. Army Europe-led, multinational exercise, will take place in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania July 11 – 20, 2017. SG17 is larger in both scale and scope over previous iterations. Approximately 25,000 service members from 23 allied and partner nations will take part, and the exercise highlights participant deterrence capabilities, specifically ...
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U.S. Embassy Sofia Holds a Reception in Honor of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation

Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong held a reception Wednesday night at the Ambassador’s residence for members and friends of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF). This year marks the 10th anniversary of the foundation for Creative Writing, which since its inception has been supported by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. ...
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10th Annual Sofia Pride

The 10th anniversary Sofia Pride and march in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people will take place on Saturday, 10 June 2016 starting behind the Monument to the Soviet Army at 6:00 pm. Democracy is most secure when all persons live freely without fear of violence and discrimination, ...
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U.S. Cadets and Officers Help Renovate “The Golden key” Kindergarten in Burgas

A team of 25 U.S. cadets along with three U.S. officers have repainted the fence and playground of “The Golden key” kindergarten in Burgas. The U.S. cadets are taking part in the CULP (Culture and Language Proficiency Program) supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation, Sofia. The community relation project was part of their cultural ...
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Statement by the Secretary Tillerson on the Manchester Attack

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

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

Airmen from the United States Air Force in Europe completed a Community Service Project for the Kindergarten in the village of Stroevo, near Plovdiv, Bulgaria.  The Airmen are part of the annual Thracian Eagle 2017 training at Graf Ignatievo AB. Seventy two American volunteers donated total of 352 hours of labor. The airmen raised 1625 ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Congratulates Class 2017 from the American College of Sofia

Ambassador Eric Rubin was the keynote speaker at the American College of Sofia (ACS) Graduation Ceremony for Class 2017, which took place at the ACS campus on May 20th. One hundred forty one graduates received their diplomas from one of the oldest American educational institutions outside the United States. “I congratulate all of you for ...
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U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Opens Volunteer Day in Sofia

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

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

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

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

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

May 5 – Bulgaria’s Spelling Bee finalists visited the U.S. Embassy on Friday afternoon. They met with Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong who congratulated the students on their success and encouraged them to continue to study and do well in school.  They also met with other Embassy officers to learn about more about how ...
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European Travel Alert (May 2, 2017)

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates ...
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U.S. Air Force F-35 Fighters Visit Graf Ignatievo AB

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

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

A group of ten Bulgarian youth are participating in a 10-day exchange program on Youth Leadership funded by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and the State Department.  The participants are students, NGO practitioners, and professionals from all around Bulgaria and were selected from a nation-wide call for applications that resulted in over 120 applicants.  They ...
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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 ...
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Southeast Europe Cyber Security Workshop Held in Sofia April 19-20, 2017

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

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

An audience of 30 business people heard a presentation today about how to do business with the U.S. Embassy. Embassy representatives described how interested parties can learn about opportunities to work with the Embassy and how U.S. government rules make the process fair and transparent. During a question-and-answer session after the presentation people learned details ...
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Creative Writing Competition in English in 2017

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

Ambassador Rubin spoke on March 9 in Pravets  about U.S.-European Union relations and the EU’s critical role in shaping and sustaining a strong and successful Europe.  Ambassador Rubin was hosted by the New Bulgarian University’s Dimitri Panitza School of Politics, which is holding a four-day educational model for civic leaders, titled “Bulgaria in the EU ...
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National Spelling Bee 2017

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

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

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

On February 21st Ambassador Eric Rubin took part in the launch of the America for Bulgaria Foundation project “Little Heroes,” which will transform the Pirogov Hospital’s Children’s Ward. The project will turn parts of Pirogov into a space similar to what many Bulgarian children have already enjoyed at Muzeiko. Ambassador Rubin together with ABF’s President ...
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U.S. Army Troops and Military Equipment to be Deployed at Novo Selo Training Area

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

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

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