Remarks by Ambassador Eric Rubin at Fourth of July Celebration

Sofia, Bulgaria July 2, 2019 Dear Madam President of the National Assembly, dear Madam Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Fellow Ambassadors, distinguished guests and friends, Thank you for coming tonight.  I’d like to start with a heartfelt thank-you to the many sponsors who made this evening possible.  Their ...
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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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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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Remarks by Ambassador Rubin at the American College of Sofia Commencement Ceremony

Dear President Ewing, Board Chair Clayton, Ms. Dimova, and distinguished guests, graduates, faculty, staff and parents: Good afternoon to you all.  I am so glad to be here with you today.  ACS is our flagship American institution in Bulgaria, with a proud record of accomplishment and excellence for almost 150 years.  It gives me special ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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’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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Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks – F-16 Promotional Event

Hotel Arena Di Serdica 21 November 2018  Deputy Defense Minister Zapryanov Deputy CHOD Eftimov AmCham Executive Director Petar Ivanov Lockheed Martin James Robinson Members of the media Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning I want to first say, “thank you” to the American Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event and for welcoming me to this ...
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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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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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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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$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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the Power of the Bulgarian Spirit

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the Power of the Bulgarian Spirit Sanya Zhekova, Petar Stoychev and Prof. Pimpirev are among the new ambassadors of “The Power Is in You” campaign On Jan 10, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Mr. Eric Rubin announced the continuation of “The Power Is in You” campaign, which congratulates Bulgaria ...
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Call for Proposals for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is currently accepting proposals for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories: CULTURAL SITE:  includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites. Restoration of a historic building, an archaeological survey as a component ...
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“United States-Bulgaria Cooperation: The Way Ahead”

Speech by Ambassador Rubin As prepared for delivery Atlantic Club of Bulgaria Central Military Club, Grand Concert Ballroom July 7, 2017 Honorable guests, Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the Bulgarian government. Thank you all for coming.  Let me add a special note of thanks to Solomon and Gergana Passy, as well as ...
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AUBG Commencement Ceremony

Former Ambassador Beyrle was the keynote speaker at the AUBG commencement ceremony that took place in Blagoevgrad on May 21st . One hundred ninety-four graduates from 17 countries received a world-recognized diploma. “I believe that AUBG is the most important and the most enduring legacy of the partnership between Bulgaria and the United States over ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Congratulates Class 2017 from the American College of Sofia

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

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

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

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

January 30 – Over the weekend Amb. Eric Rubin visited Surva, the International Festival of Masquerade Games in the town of Pernik. This event is one of the most emblematic folklore festivals in Bulgaria. Every year thousands of visitors from all around the world enjoy the magic of this unique festival, whose main goal is ...
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In Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

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

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

On Tuesday, December 20th, U.S. Amb. Eric Rubin and CHOD General Konstantin Popov observed the final phase of the multinational joint training Platinum Lion 17-1.  Deputy CHOD VADM Emil Eftimov as well as the Ambassadors of Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Moldova, along with media representatives, also attended the event.  This is the first time that ...
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General Assembly Meeting and Physical Security Conference

On December 1, 2016, the OSAC Bulgaria Country Council held its annual general assembly meeting at the U.S. Embassy, Sofia. Four years after Ambassador Ries launched OSAC in Sofia, Ambassador Eric Rubin provided the keynote address to the membership, stating that the challenges, global threats and risks we face today are serious, complicated and unpredictable ...
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Roma Children Wished Ambassador Rubin a Happy New Year

On January 13th, Amb. Eric Rubin welcomed Roma students from the Hristo Botev school in the Bulgarian city of Stamboliyski to celebrate the coming Roma New Year, also known as Vassilitsa, with them. The students performed for the Embassy community, sharing their Roma traditions and wishes for a happy life and a better world. The ...
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15th Annual McHappy Day

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined famous Bulgarian TV stars, musicians, and athletes at the opening of the 15th annual McHappy Day charity initiative that took place at McDonald’s Restaurant at Slaveykov Sq. on November 23rd. This initiative helps children with oncology diseases in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna hospitals. The funds that have been raised so far ...
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