Whiskey Promotion

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

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2020 Community Solutions Program Application Now Open

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

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Protest Activity in Sofia: September 11th -13th

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

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Coca Cola Inaugurates BGN 40 Million Facility Expansion in Bulgaria

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

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Lecture: “The Contemporary Art of Divination”

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

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Job Announcement – Cook and House-Keeping Assistant

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

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Bulgaria’s Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Is World Class

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

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Rhine River Ramblers Dixieland Band Coming to Bulgaria

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

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USS Porter in Varna

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

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Joint U.S. Embassy/Lockheed Martin Press Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Bulgaria

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

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GIST Business Incubation Program 2019

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

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IMET graduates visit US Embassy

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

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Media Bootcamp at AUBG

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

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates American Independence Day with Bulgaria

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

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Ambassador Eric Rubin Welcomes AUBG’s New Interim President

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

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Message from Consular Section – Change of Pass Back Service

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

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The United States and Bulgaria Increase Funding for Bulgarian Fulbright Commission

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

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Secretary Pompeo Releases 2018 International Religious Freedom Report

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

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State Department Releases Trafficking in Persons Report 2019

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

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Bulgaria Hosts Live Fire Strike Back 2019 Exercises

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

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

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

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

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

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CapitaLiterature 2019

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

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Official Statement by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

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

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Shabla 2019 Joint Tactical Combat Exercise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Alumni Club Holds 2nd Annual Gathering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Gas Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria

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

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

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

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The Legendary Ingramettes Sing at the American College Sofia

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

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

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

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Opening Remarks by Ambassador Rubin at Tourism Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2019

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

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Unveiling of Wilson Statue in Plovdiv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artistic Workshop CampOUT

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

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European Roadshow

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

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Media Bootcamp for High School Students Interested in Journalism

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

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Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Ross Visits Varna

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

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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks – Atlantic Council NATO at 70

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

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DCM Remarks for Explore USA/SelectUSA Conference

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

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

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

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Romani High School Students Visit the U.S. Embassy

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

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International Roma Day

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

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Ambassador Rubin Opened Photo Exhibit in Varna

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

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

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

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U.S. Еnvironmental Еxpert Visits Burgas

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

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Ambassador Rubin Visits Essetere Bulgaria Essential Oils Distillery in Dobrich

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

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Ambassador Rubin Meets with Students from the Varna University of Management

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

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Ambassador Rubin Recognized Bulgarian Graduates of U.S. Naval Academy

“We are very proud and appreciative of the close cooperation and integration between the U.S. Naval Academy and Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy.  Bulgarian mid-shipmen and faculty participate in and contribute to numerous maritime educational ventures.  Additionally, Bulgarian students have embarked on U.S. Naval vessels for training in joint military seamanship exercises, further solidifying our ever-expanding partnership,” said …

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Briz and Alen Mak Kindergartens In Varna Inaugurate New Playgrounds Funded by U.S. Embassy

Both playgrounds are specifically designed for children with special educational needs. U.S. Embassy Bulgaria Invested $205,000 USD to build playgrounds for children with special needs. As Varna students ran, played, and giggled at newly opened Briz Kindergarten playground, U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin, Varna Mayor Ivan Portnih, Briz Kindergarten Director Lidia Kancheva, and U.S. Defense Attaché …

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Job Announcement – Information Assistant (Press/Internet Publishing Assistant), PAS

All applications must be submitted through ERA to be considered.  In order to apply each candidate must  create an account . Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA)   For more information about applying through ERA please go to:  https://bg.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs If you have any questions, please contact HR by e-mail at sofia_applications@state.gov

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Deputy Chief of Mission Friedman Attends Fifth Annual Whiskey, Rum and Wine Fest

On March 29th, Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman was a guest at the fifth annual Whiskey, Rum and Wine Fest – a two-day event highlighting imported brands of distilled spirits that are available on the Bulgarian market. At least seven U.S. whiskey brands are part of the event, including Hudson, Wild Turkey, Bulleit, Baker’s, …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Friedman Handed Out Defense Logistics Agency Certificates of Appreciation

On March 26, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman handed out certificates of appreciation to Dr. Damyan Iliev, Director General of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, and Mr. Georgi Kostov, Director of the Bulgarian Customs Agency, for their support of the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in Bulgaria. “We are grateful for your support …

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Regional Qualifications of the 9th Bulgarian National Spelling Bee Competition

The regional rounds of the 9th Bulgarian National Spelling Bee competition took part in Blagoevgrad, Sliven, Montana, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Sofia, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo on March 23th  and 24th. The national finalists are 30 and they are the best spellers among 6500 students from 279 schools from allover the country. They are from Sofia, Plovdiv, …

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Dinner for the Families of Bulgarian Service Members

The U.S. Defense Attaché to Bulgaria Col. Shannon Johnson hosted in Blagoevgrad a dinner for the families of Bulgarian service members who are currently deployed to Afghanistan. The spouses of Bulgarian soldiers had the chance to relax in an atmosphere of friendship, while U.S. military members stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia played circle …

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Ambassador Rubin Speeks at a Conference Dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of Bulgaria’s NATO Membership

On March 25th, 2019, Ambassador Eric Rubin joined former Bulgarian presidents Petar Stoyanov and Rosen Plevneliev, former Bulgarian Prime Minister Ivan Kostov and British Ambassador to Bulgaria Emma Hopkins at the conference “NATO Membership –a Key to the European Union.”  The event was organized by the Atlantic Council of Bulgaria on the occasion of the …

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“Test Drive” in an F-16 Simulator

On March 14 Bulgarian students experienced what it’s like to pilot an F-16 fighter jet!  Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Embassy offered STEM students the chance to “fly” in an F-16 simulator.  “STEM is the key to the future. Tomorrow’s jobs – some of which haven’t even been invented yet – will require today’s students …

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Job Announcement – Student Intern Computer Programmer

U.S. Embassy Sofia Regional Support Center # RSC/IT1 – 2019   Note:   This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:              …

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Job Announcement – Student Intern in Financial Management Office

U.S. Embassy Sofia Financial Management Office # FMO1 – 2019   Note:   This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights. Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:            …

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Three Travel Grants for Advanced Students or Scholars from Southeastern Europe

The American Institute for Southeast European Studies (AISEES) announces the availability of 3 travel grants for advanced students or scholars living in, and traveling from Southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia). These travel grants will support travel expenses to present your original research at …

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Ambassador Rubin Participated in March for Tolerance

U.S. Embassy Sofia proudly supported Bulgaria’s March for Tolerance this weekend. Ambassador Rubin joined in this commemoration of one of Bulgaria’s most significant historic events – 76 years ago, amidst the darkness of WWII, Bulgarians saved over 48,000 Jews from Nazi deportation and murder. The March for Tolerance sent a clear message that spreading ethnic …

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Solicitation Announcement – Forwarding Services

Companies with prior experience in forwarding services, good local staff and equipment are invited to provide response to solicitation set out by the Embassy of U.S.A, Sofia.  Please send an e-mail to: Sofia_GSO_Customs_and_Shipping@state.gov  and Sofia_GSO_Procurement@state.gov  until 4:00 pm, March 20th, 2019 if interested in obtaining the solicitation package.

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2019 International Women of Courage Award

On Thursday, March 7, Secretary of State Pompeo will host the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 10 extraordinary women from around the world.  First Lady of the United States Melania Trump will deliver special remarks at the ceremony. Now in its 13th year, the Secretary …

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U.S. Military Service Members Visit Kindergarten in Sliven

U.S. military service members currently deployed at the Novo Selo Join Training Area celebrated the arrival of spring in true Bulgarian style! They attended the March 1st festivities at the “Virgin and Hayk Papazyan” Kindergarten in Sliven, where they joined workshops with children of different ages to learn how to make traditional Bulgarian martenitsa, and …

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Women’s History Month

By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the countless women whose courage and resolve have contributed to the character and success of our Nation and the entire world.  The equal opportunity of women in every facet of daily life is an essential feature of a free …

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Press Statement by Secretary of State Pompeo on the Occasion of Bulgaria’s National Day

Washington, DC March 1, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Bulgaria on your National Day. March 3 marks the creation of an independent, modern Bulgaria. Later this month we will also celebrate Bulgaria’s sovereign decision to join NATO 15 years ago. Since Bulgaria shed …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman Visits Kardzhali

Starting his trip to the city of Kardzhali, Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman today visited the Hristo Botev Foreign Language School where he talked with students and faculty about his family and career, U.S. presidential elections, F-16s, his first impressions of Bulgaria, differences between private and public schools in the U.S., and studying in the …

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Ambassador Rubin Attends Opening of Muzeiko’s Children’s Museum New Exhibit

On February 27th, 2019, Ambassador Eric Rubin attended the opening of Muzeiko Children’s Museum’s new exhibit Makers Space. “One of the most impressive of America for Bulgaria Foundation’s partnerships is Muzeiko. Muzeiko is truly a marvel – an inspiring place that enriches the lives of Bulgarian children every day. Muzeiko nurtures children’s interest in science and …

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Screening of the Documentary Film “Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity”

On March 4th, at 7 pm at the Cultural Center G8 in Sofia, the Center for Legal Aid “Voice in Bulgaria” has the pleasure to host a screening of the documentary film “Welcome to Vermont: four stories of resettled identity.” The screening will be followed by a discussion and cocktail with the film director Mira …

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New Season of the English Spelling Competition Spelling Bee 2019

Last week, we kicked off the new season of the English spelling competition Spelling Bee 2019 with a school round held at the 107th “Han Krum” Primary School in Sofia. The U.S. Embassy was represented by Cultural Affairs Officer Matt Hagengruber who was among the judges during the competition. Nineteen “little bees” from 4th through 7th grade demonstrated …

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Join RE:TURN

If you are interested in new developments in Bulgaria or if you would like to invest in worthy initiatives – then join RE:TURN – a series of events on the U.S. West Coast featuring leading changemakers of the Bulgarian start-up and philanthropic scene. Meet former President Rossen Plevneliev, Vassil Terziev, Nancy Schiller, Evgeny Angelov, Bogomil Balkansky, Dafina …

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A Ceremony for Awarding the Winners at the National Competition for Creative Writing in English

A ceremony for awarding the winners at the National Competition for Creative Writing in English took place on February 16, 2019 at the American University in Blagoevgrad. Over 4000 students from 173 schools across the country participated in the ninth National Creative Writing Competition in English held in late November 2018. The Creative Writing Competition …

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Demonstration/March Alert – February 16, 2019

Location: Downtown Sofia Lukov March Route:  beginning at the National Palace of Culture and proceeding to Ulitsa Trakia 1. Anti-Lukov March Route:  beginning at ‘Tsentralna Banya’ Park and proceeding to the Sofia Municipality building. Event: A march on Saturday, February 16, 2019 starting at 5:30 pm at the National Palace of Culture.  Approximately 1,500 participants are expected.  …

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Presidents’ Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents’ Day. George Washington …

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Interview with Ambassador Rubin for Radio Free Europe

“This was a real success for our cooperation with Bulgaria between American law enforcement agencies and Bulgarian law enforcement agencies. This is one of the major threats we are facing in the world today – illicit money transfers evading international law, evading national laws. In this case we have said very clearly that we are …

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United States and Bulgaria Renew Agreement to Protect Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Ambassador Eric Rubin and Minister of Culture Boil Banov signed an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria to protect Bulgaria’s cultural heritage. The agreement, which provides for import restrictions on certain categories of cultural property from Bulgaria, enables …

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The President’s State of the Union Speech: Why It Matters

By  ShareAmerica Feb 4, 2019 Millions of people around the world are expected to tune in to catch President Trump’s State of the Union address on February 5. The speech to a joint session of Congress is an opportunity for the president to review the past year’s accomplishments and preview his agenda for the coming year. …

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Remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

Good morning. On behalf of President Trump and the American people I first want to thank Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas of the Dominican Republic, the current president of the Security Council, for scheduling this meeting. My former colleague, Ambassador Haley, lobbied for a year to get the council to address Venezuela but her pleas fell …

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American 3-Star Lieutenant-General Christopher Cavoli Visits Bulgaria

American 3-Star Lieutenant General Christopher Cavoli – Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe – visited Bulgaria January 30 and 31. LTG Cavoli met with Bulgarian Chief of Defense General Botsev and Land Forces Commander Major General Popov to discuss continuing and strengthening our ongoing strong bilateral cooperation.    

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AEIF Finances Projects of U.S. Government Exchange Programs Alumni

The 2019 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) is now accepting applications.  Bulgarian alumni of U.S. government exchange programs may apply for up to $25,000 to support their AEIF public service projects under one of five themes: fostering economic prosperity; building civic participation, good governance, and resilient communities; promoting inclusion and educational opportunity; advancing science, technology, …

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Solicitation Announcement – Repair and Coating of the US Embassy, Sofia Underground Water Tanks

(February 1, 2019 – February 22, 2019) Repair and Coating of the U.S. Embassy, Sofia Underground Water Tanks  (PDF 910 KB) Attachment A-Statement of Work 498 KB   (PDF 498 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_1  (PDF 275 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_2  (PDF 195 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_3   (PDF 336 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_4  (PDF 381 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_5   (PDF 441 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_6  (PDF 408 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_7  (PDF 422 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_8  (PDF 366 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_9   (PDF 309 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_10  (PDF 234 KB) AttachmentA_TanksDimensions  (PDF 1.32 MB) AttachmentA_Cast-In-PlaceConcrete_Specs  (PDF 71.8 MB) AttachmentA_PkgWaterTreatmentSystems_Specs  (PDF 25.3 MB) AttachmentA_2016InspectionPhotos  (PDF 1.13 MB) …

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The Embassy Community Celebrated the Bulgarian Mummers Tradition

The Embassy community celebrated the Bulgarian mummers tradition with a kukeri (mummers) masks exhibit. Kukeri is a mixture of Christian and pagan rituals, dating back to Thracian times, where in the last days of winter male dancers dress in sheepskin garments, wear masks, and sing songs to scare away the evil spirits. Our Embassy colleagues …

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Job Announcement – Building Engineer

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2019–Sofia-02 Position Title:                                    BUILDING ENGINEER Opening Period:                               January 31, 2019 – February 6, 2019 Series/Grade:                                    LE-1105-11 For More Info:                                   Human …

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Toys for Tots

U.S. Embassy Sofia Marine Corps Detachment and Political Officer Daniela Ionova-Swider were guests at a Razhdavitsa village school Christmas party last month. The school participates in the U.S. Marine Corps program “Toys for Tots” which gifts new toys at Christmas time to thousands of economically disadvantaged children in the U.S. and around the world where …

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Solicitation Announcement

Companies with prior experience in provision, installation and monitoring/maintenance of alarm systems for premises are invited to provide response to solicitation set out by the Embassy of U.S.A, Sofia.  Please send e-mail to: RafailovaVe@state.gov , until 4:00 pm Friday, February 8, 2019 if interested in obtaining the solicitation package.

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Statement By The White House

The Trump administration welcomes Bulgaria’s defense modernization plans and looks forward to the country’s imminent selection of a new multirole fighter aircraft. The United States remains committed to working with the Bulgarian government to tailor the final scope of a potential F-16 sale to fit its budgetary and operational requirements, while still offering superior capabilities. …

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Job Announcement – Administrative Management Assistant

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-38 Position Title:                                    ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (Mission Program Analyst) Opening Period:                               December 21, 2018 – January 21, 2019 Series/Grade:                                    LE-710-09 (Full performance …

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Global Entrepreneurship Summits

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the preeminent annual gathering that convenes entrepreneurs, investors, and their supporters globally. An estimated 20,000 emerging leaders have participated in Global Entrepreneurship Summits since 2010. At previous GES summits, governments and the private sector have committed to provide over $1 billion in new capital to entrepreneurs worldwide. On November …

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Bulgaria’s Defense Modernization

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 19, 2018 The United States welcomes Bulgaria’s defense modernization plans and looks forward to the country’s imminent selection of a new multirole fighter aircraft. As I emphasized during my phone call with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on December 18, and as Deputy Secretary Sullivan …

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Lockheed Martin statement

The F-16 Block 70 is one of the most advanced fighters in the NATO inventory and offers the Bulgarian Air Force an incredible technical capability. Under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) construct, letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) pricing is determined by the U.S. government in consultation with the companies and the purchasing government. Lockheed …

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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard

U.S. Mission                                    U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:               2018–Sofia-36 Position Title:                                  ACCESS CONTROL GUARD Opening Period:                             December 18, 2018 – until filled* Cut-off date every two weeks, starting January 1, 2019 Series/Grade:                                  …

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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan Visits Bulgaria

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan arrived in Bulgaria on December 14 for a two-day visit. Meeting with Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva on December 14, Deputy Secretary Sullivan advocated for NATO-interoperable U.S. systems, and emphasized the importance of developing U.S.-Bulgarian commercial ties, fostering stability and economic development …

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2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders from Europe

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria and the Fulbright Commission are now accepting applications for the 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders from Europe.  This is a five-week summer exchange program which will take place in June- August 2019; the topic is Civic Engagement. Candidates must be first through third year undergraduate …

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 11, 2018 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw from December 12-20. On December 12 in Bratislava, Slovakia, Deputy Secretary Sullivan will underscore the importance of U.S.-Slovak bilateral relations and urge senior Slovak officials to use …

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Holiday Magic Illuminates the White House

At the White House, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. That’s because first lady Melania Trump has designed a colorfully patriotic theme — dubbed “American treasures” — for the holiday decorations now on display, showcasing America’s heritage. During December, the White House will host more than 100 open houses, many receptions, and more …

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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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Voting in 2018 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 receipt deadline. Follow …

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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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