United States Welcome High-Level Bulgarian Trade Delegation

February 14, 2022


United States Welcome High-Level Bulgarian Trade Delegation

U.S. Ambassador Herro Mustafa will join Deputy Prime Minister for EU Funds and Minister of Finance Assen Vassilev and a high-level energy trade delegation to the United States the week of February 14-18. The Bulgarian delegation, which includes Minister of Energy Alexander Nikolov and other Bulgarian government officials and industry leaders, will meet with top U.S. officials, energy industry leaders, and members of organizations dedicated to increasing shared prosperity for the United States and Bulgaria.

“The United States and Bulgaria are partnering to expand opportunities for Bulgaria to gain access to cutting edge technology and a diversity of energy resources,” said Ambassador Mustafa. “This trip underscores the Biden administration’s commitment to Europe’s energy security and sustainability and to accelerating the global transition to clean energy.”

The delegation will first travel to Washington, D.C., for meetings on energy security, renewable energy, and civil nuclear power generation with senior officials from the White House and the U.S. Departments of State, Energy, and Commerce. The delegation will then travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to meet with representatives from Westinghouse and discuss the diversification of Bulgaria’s nuclear fuel supply. While in Pittsburgh, the delegation will learn about the latest U.S. greening initiatives and energy technology during a visit to Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

The delegation will then travel to Texas for meetings with power generation companies focused on renewable energy and liquified natural gas (LNG). The meetings in Houston and Dallas will help Bulgaria explore options for diversifying its gas supplies and learn more about potential partnership with U.S. companies on green power initiatives.

In addition to the energy focused discussions, senior U.S. officials and several world-class American companies will also meet with Minister Vassilev to discuss partnership and investment opportunities in the areas of information technology, infrastructure development, and other joint economic projects.

The Embassy thanks the many companies, organizations, and government leaders that are participating in the delegation. Other delegation members include representatives from Bulgargaz, Bulgartransgaz, and Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant.