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

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

Leading U.S. IT Companies Offer E-government and Cybersecurity Solutions to Government Officials

Nine leading U.S. IT companies presented e-government and cybersecurity solutions to 40 high-level Bulgarian government officials from 22 government agencies at U.S. IT Day, organized by the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Department of Commerce in Bulgaria on December 12-13th, 2016, in Pravets, Bulgaria.  The Pravets event was the latest in a series of major IT ... Read More»

Leading U.S. IT Companies Offer E-government and Cybersecurity Solutions to Government Officials

December 16, 2016 For Immediate Release Nine leading U.S. IT companies presented e-government and cybersecurity solutions to 40 high-level Bulgarian government officials from 22 government agencies at U.S. IT Day, organized by the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Department of Commerce in Bulgaria on December 12-13th, 2016, in Pravets, Bulgaria. The Pravets event was the latest ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Promotes Global Entrepreneurship Week

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria is pleased to support this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) that is going to take place from November 14th till November 30th. It will bring together young entrepreneurs, farmers, professional organizations, NGOs, and government representatives in a number of initiatives aimed at increasing global prosperity, building secure communities, and solving ... Read More»

Europe’s First Coho Salmon Farm Launches in Bulgaria

Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong joined Valeri Milovanov, the manager of Coho Farms, in launching Europe’s first coho salmon farm today, Friday, October 14, 2016 in the town of Gorni Okol. U.S. company Water Management Technologies Inc. and Canadian Aquaculture Systems CAS Inc. also took part in the ceremony. The $4 million investment includes ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Joins Bulgaria in Celebrating Completion of Nuclear Detection Architecture

Today the United States Embassy in Bulgaria, representatives of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and the Bulgarian government celebrated the completion of Bulgaria’s nuclear detection architecture.  To mark the occasion, Ambassador Eric Rubin, Deputy Interior Minister Philip Gunev, and other dignitaries gathered at Sofia airport to ... Read More»

Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2018

The Department of State is pleased to announce the beginning of the Diversity Visa lottery program 2018 (DV-2018), commonly known as the “Green Card Lottery.” The registration period will run from 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), on October 4, 2016, through 12:00 noon, EST, on November 7, 2016. During this registration period, applicants may ... Read More»

CBP Assistant Commissioner Mark R. Koumans Visits Bulgaria

Mark R. Koumans, Assistant Commissioner of the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will visit Bulgaria on September 16-17. In addition to meeting with officials from the Ministry of Interior, Assistant Commissioner Koumans will visit the Bulgarian-Turkish border, where he will observe operations and discuss migration issues with Bulgarian ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate Nadezhda Kindergarten in Kilifarevo, Veliko Tarnovo Municipality

On Friday, August 26, COL Dean Swick, Deputy Chief of Staff, 412th Theatre Engineer Command (TEC) Engineer Brigade, and Veliko Tarnovo Deputy Mayor Mrs. Snezhana Daneva will inaugurate the renovated Nadezhda Kindergarten in Kilifarevo. The project was completed jointly by soldiers from 375th Engineer Company, 412th TEC and service members from the Chemical Unit, part ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate Izvorche Kindergarten in the village of Kabile, Tundzha Municipality

On Wednesday, August 24, Brigadier General Don Johnson,  Assistant to the Adjutant General for the Tennessee (TN) Air National Guard  and Tundzha Mayor Mr. Georgi Georgiev will inaugurate the renovated Izvorche Kindergarten. The project was completed jointly by airmen of the 164th Civil Engineer Squadron, part of the TN Air National guard, and service members ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force Secretary Discusses Commitment to Defense Modernization and Support for Continued Collaboration with Bulgarian Leadership

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James met on Wednesday with Bulgarian leadership to reaffirm U.S. Air Force commitment to cooperation with Bulgaria on shared NATO objectives and to supporting Bulgaria’s defense modernization, specifically the multi role fighter program. Following her meetings, Secretary James said, “I had very helpful conversations with Defense Minister ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Helps Build New Kitchen and Dining Facility for Hristo Botev Primary School in the Village of Lopyan, Municipality of Etropole

On Thursday, May 26, Amb. Eric Rubin of the U.S. Embassy to Bulgaria and Etropole Mayor Mr. Dimitar Dimitrov will inaugurate the newly built Kitchen and dining facility for Hristo Botev Primary School in the village of Lopyan, Etropole Municipality. The construction of the brand new facility in the village of Lopyan is the result ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Sponsors Bulgarian Law Enforcement Course

Twenty-four Bulgarian law enforcement officers and prosecutors successfully completed a U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) course, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. The course is part of a series offered by the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service’s ATA Program to the Bulgarian government. Its goal is to better prepare nations around the world ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin Presents His Diplomatic Credentials to Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev

Today, 24 February 2016, Ambassador Eric Rubin presented his diplomatic credentials to Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. With the approval of the Presidency, the government of Bulgaria has officially recognized Rubin as the Ambassador of the United States of America to Bulgaria. Rubin is expected to serve a three-year mandate. Ambassador Rubin arrived in Sofia on ... Read More»

New U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin Arrives in Sofia

The new U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, Eric Rubin, arrived today at Sofia International Airport with his wife Nicole Simmons. One of Ambassador Rubin’s first official acts was to greet the Embassy’s Twitter followers with “Excited to have arrived in Bulgaria as U.S. Ambassador. First task – relaunch @USEmbassySofia on Twitter. До скоро!”  The Ambassador also ... Read More»

United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ... Read More»

New GDBOP Joint Task Force Headquarters Is a Symbol of Bulgarian-U.S. Cooperation

A US$1.9 million facility that houses a joint task force of Bulgaria’s General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will assist in countering drug trafficking activity in the Balkan region, according to U.S. and Bulgarian officials who participated in the building’s opening ceremony today. Citing the successful seizures ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Helps Renovate Slantse Kindergarten in the Municipality of Levski

On Wednesday, December 9, Col. James Crowhurst, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and Levski Mayor Mrs. Lyubka Aleksandrova will inaugurate the recently renovated Levski Kindergarten in the Municipality of Levski. This renovation of the largest kindergarten in the municipality of Levski is the result of close cooperation between ... Read More»

First Inter-European Air Forces Academy (IEAFA) Completes International Officer and NCO Course

The graduation ceremony for the Inter-European Air Forces Academy course for 23 Air Force personnel took place today at the Rakovsky Military Command and Staff College. U.S. Air Forces in Europe led the IEAFA course, which started on Nov. 2, at the Bulgarian Military Command and Staff College facilities in Sofia. The students are from ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Helps Renovate Kalina Malina Kindergarten in the Municipality of Pazardzhik

On Wednesday, November 4, Martina Strong, Charge D’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and Pazardzhik Mayor Mr. Todor Popov will inaugurate the recently renovated Kalina Malina Kindergarten in the Municipality of Pazardzhik. This renovation of the largest kindergarten in the municipality of Pazardzhik is the result of close cooperation between the U.S. Embassy’s Office ... Read More»

Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2017

The Department of State is pleased to announce the beginning of the Diversity Visa lottery program 2017 (DV-2017), commonly known as the “Green Card Lottery.” The registration period will run from 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), on October 1, 2015, through 12:00 noon, EST, on November 3, 2015. During this registration period, applicants may ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate the Roof of Prolet Kindergarten in the Town of Veliko Tarnovo

On Wednesday, August 19, COL Bruce Jennings, Deputy Chief of Staff of 412th Theater Engineer Command, United States Army Reserve, and Veliko Tarnovo Mayor Mr. Daniel Panov will inaugurate the renovated roof of Prolet Kindergarten. The project was completed jointly by soldiers of 390th Engineer Company, part of 412th Theater Engineer Command, and service members ... Read More»

On Wednesday, August 5, Ambassador Roderick W. Moore will assume duties as the interim Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia

On Wednesday, August 5, Ambassador Roderick W. Moore will assume duties as the interim Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia.  He will serve in this position until the latter part of this year. For the past two years, Ambassador Moore has served as State Department Advisor at the Naval War College in Newport, ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate the Kindergarten in the Village of Karanovo

On Thursday, July 30, COL Doug Brantley, representing 194th Engineer Brigade, Tennessee Army National Guard, and Aytos Mayor Vasil Edrev will inaugurate the renovated kindergarten in the village of Karanovo, Sungurlare  Municipality, Burgas Region. The work on the project was completed by both airmen of the 164th Civil Engineer Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard,  and ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate the Playground of Slantse Kindergarten in the Town of Sungurlare

On Thursday, July 30, COL Craig Johnson, Commander of 194th Engineer Brigade, Tennessee Army National Guard, and Sungurlare Mayor Dr. Georgi Kenov will inaugurate the renovated playground of Slantse Kindergarten. The project was completed jointly by soldiers of 194th Engineer Brigade and airmen of FOB Bezmer, Bulgarian Air Force. The total cost of the project ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Program Funds Help Build Family Education Center in the Municipality of Rakitovo

On Tuesday, July 21, Col John Didonna, Jr, Commander, 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard, and Rakitovo Mayor Mr. Lyubomir Petkov will inaugurate the recently built Family Education Center in the Municipality of Rakitovo. The U.S. Government invested $250,000 USD in this project. The new facility offers three classrooms, a multipurpose ... Read More»

EGLI-ATLAS CORPS Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6-18 month professional fellowship in the United States.  All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States.  Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with two or more years of ... Read More»

Brian Dailey – Bulgaria in Democracy Exhibition

On the 25th anniversary of democracy in Bulgaria, the American artist, Brian Dailey, embarked on a photographic journey of the country documenting its political electorate. Contemporary Art Foundation Presents: Brian Dailey Bulgaria in Democracy Supported by America for Bulgaria Foundation; Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria; Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York; Monev Gallery, Sofia; ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate The Toddlers’ Kitchen in the Municipality of Silistra

On Wednesday, June 24, LTC Jay Smith, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and Silistra Mayor, Mr. Yulian Naydenov, will inaugurate the recently renovated Toddlers’ Kitchen in the Municipality of Silistra. The U.S. Government invested $120,000 USD in this project. The staff of the Toddlers’ Kitchen  used the ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate Ivan Hadzhyiski Primary School in the Municipality of Troyan

On Friday, May 29, Marc Dillard, Political and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and Lovech Regional Governor Mr. Madlena Nicheva will inaugurate the recently renovated Ivan Hadzhyiski Primary School in the Municipality of Troyan. The U.S. Government invested $219,000 USD in this project. The staff of Ivan Hadzhyiski School used the funds ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Program Funds Help Renovate Bell Kindergarten in the Municipality of Haskovo

On Thursday, May 14, Col. James Crowhurst, Senior Defense Official for the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and Haskovo Regional Governor Mr. Dobri Belivanov will inaugurate the recently renovated Bell Kindergarten in the Municipality of Haskovo. The U.S. Government invested $200,000 USD in this project. The staff of the Bell Kindergarten used the funds from the ... Read More»

Ambassador Ries, Nessebar Mayor Inaugurate AFCP Large Grant Project at St. John Aliturgetos Church in Nessebar

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that on April 27, 2015, Amb. Marcie B. Ries and Nessebar Mayor Nikolay Dimitrov took part in a ceremony marking the beginning of restoration of the 14th century medieval church of St. John Aliturgetos in Nessebar. The work is being supported by the largest grant to Bulgaria to ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Program Funds Help Build a Social Rehabilitation and Integration Center in the Municipality of Kyustendil

On Wednesday, April 15, U.S. Amb. Marcie Ries, Kyustendil Mayor Petar Paunov and Cedar Foundation Director Lindsay Saltzgiver will inaugurate the Social Rehabilitation and Integration Center. The U.S. Government invested a total of 492,000 lv. to assist the joint efforts of the Cedar Foundation and the Municipality of Kyustendil in constructing and outfitting the Center. ... Read More»

The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission appoints new members to its Board of Directors

The Bulgarian Ministry of Education, the Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission are pleased to announce the appointment of three new members of the bilateral Board of Directors of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission.  The new members are Professor Kostadin Kostadinov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science;  Victoria Melamed, Minister ... Read More»

FBI Director Comey Pays His First Visit to Bulgaria

On March 4, 2015, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey visited Sofia for meetings with counterparts in the Bulgarian government.  The visit was hosted by the State Agency for National Security (DANS) and included meetings with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov and DANS Chairman Vladimir Pisanchev. Director Comey was in ... Read More»

The Bulgarian Fulbright Commission Appoints Ms. Angela Rodel as New Executive Director

The Bulgarian Fulbright Commission is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Angela Rodel as the next Executive Director of the Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange, or Bulgarian Fulbright Commission. Ms. Rodel was appointed to the role of Executive Director after a thorough process that attracted a large number of qualified candidates.  Ms. Rodel is ... Read More»

The Lady of American Gospel, Vocalist Janice Harrington and Her Guitarist Dylan Vaughn to Perform a Free Concert in Honor of Black History Month

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria is pleased to announce that the internationally acclaimed singer Janice Harrington will be in Bulgaria with her guitarist Dylan Vaughn from February 23 to 27, 2015. This dynamic vocalist and her guitarist will conduct workshops with high school students in Sofia and Kardjali before finishing their visit with a free ... Read More»
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