Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bulgaria)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
Министерство на външните работи
Sofia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs.jpg
Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Sofia
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Bulgaria
HeadquartersAleksandar Zhendov 2, Sofia
Agency executive
Parent agency Council of Ministers

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bulgarian : Министерство на външните работи, Ministerstvo na vanshnite raboti, abbreviated МВнР, or MVnR [1] ) of Bulgaria is the ministry charged with overseeing the foreign relations of Bulgaria. It has been in existence since shortly after the Liberation of Bulgaria, with the first minister stepping into office on 17 July 1879. Until 1947, it was known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religious Denominations.


Since May 2017 the Minister of Foreign Affairs is Ekaterina Zakharieva.

List of ministers

PortraitTook officeLeft officePolitical party
Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Religious Denominations (1879–1947)
1 Marko Balabanov
Marko Balabanov.jpg 17 July 18796 December 1879 Conservative Party
2 Grigor Nachovich
G.nachovich.jpg 6 December 18797 April 1880 Conservative Party
3 Dragan Tsankov
DraganTsankov.jpg 7 April 188010 December 1880 Liberal Party
4 Nikola Stoichev
No image.svg 10 December 18809 May 1881 Liberal Party
(4)9 May 188113 July 1881 Conservative Party
5 Konstantin Stoilov
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 13 July 188111 August 1881 Conservative Party
6 Georgi Valkovich
G.valkovich.jpg 11 August 188126 January 1883 Conservative Party
(5) Konstantin Stoilov
(2nd time)
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 26 January 188315 March 1883 Conservative Party
7 Kiryak Tsankov
Kiryak-Tsankov.jpg 15 March 188319 September 1883Non-party
(1) Marko Balabanov
(2nd time)
Marko Balabanov.jpg 19 September 188311 July 1884 Progressive Liberal Party
8 Iliya Tsanov
I.tsanov.jpg 11 July 188421 August 1886 Liberal Party
9 Hristo Stoyanov
Hristo Stoyanov.jpg 21 August 188624 August 1886Non-party
(5) Konstantin Stoilov
(3rd time)
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 24 August 188628 August 1886 Conservative Party
(2) Grigor Nachovich
(2nd time)
G.nachovich.jpg 28 August 18861 September 1887 Conservative Party
10 Georgi Stranski
Georgi Stranski.jpg 1 September 188716 June 1890 People's Liberal Party
11 Stefan Stambolov
Stefan Stambolov.jpg 16 June 189014 November 1890 People's Liberal Party
12 Dimitar Grekov
Dimitar Grekov.jpg 14 November 189031 May 1894 People's Liberal Party
(2) Grigor Nachovich
(3rd time)
G.nachovich.jpg 31 May 189422 February 1896 People's Party
(5) Konstantin Stoilov
(4th time)
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 22 February 189630 January 1899 People's Party
(12) Dimitar Grekov
(2nd time)
Dimitar Grekov.jpg 30 January 189913 October 1899 People's Liberal Party
13 Todor Ivanchov
TodorIvanchov.jpg 13 October 189910 December 1900 Liberal Party (Radoslavists)
14 Dimitar Tonchev
D.tonchev.jpg 10 December 190021 January 1901 Liberal Party (Radoslavists)
15 Racho Petrov
Racho Petrov.jpg 21 January 19014 March 1901Non-party
16 Stoyan Danev
S.danev.jpg 4 March 190118 May 1903 Progressive Liberal Party
(15) Racho Petrov
(2nd time)
Racho Petrov.jpg 18 May 19034 November 1906Non-party
17 Dimitar Stanchov
DimitarStanchov.jpg 4 November 190629 January 1908Non-party
18 Stefan Paprikov
S.paprikov.jpg 29 January 190818 September 1910 Democratic Party
19 Aleksandar Malinov
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 18 September 191029 March 1911 Democratic Party
20 Ivan Evstratiev Geshov
Ivan Geshov.jpg 29 March 191114 June 1913 People's Party
(16) Stoyan Danev
(2nd time)
S.danev.jpg 14 June 191317 July 1913 Progressive Liberal Party
21 Nikola Genadiev
Nikola Genadiev.JPG 17 July 191330 December 1913 People's Liberal Party
22 Vasil Radoslavov
VasilRadoslavov.jpg 30 December 191321 June 1918 Liberal Party (Radoslavists)
(19) Aleksandar Malinov
(2nd time)
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 21 June 191817 October 1918 Democratic Party
23 Teodor Teodorov
Teodor Teodorov.jpg 17 October 19186 October 1919 People's Party
24 Mihail Madzarov
M.madjarov.jpg 6 October 191916 April 1920 People's Party
25 Aleksandar Stamboliyski
A Stamboliyski.jpg 16 April 19209 June 1923 Bulgarian Agrarian National Union
26 Aleksandar Tsankov
Altsankov.jpeg 9 June 192310 June 1923 Democratic Alliance
27 Hristo Kalfov
Hristo Kalfov.png 10 June 19234 January 1926 Democratic Alliance
28 Atanas Burov
Atanas Burov.JPG 4 January 192629 June 1931 Democratic Alliance
(19) Aleksandar Malinov
(3rd time)
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 29 June 193129 October 1931 Democratic Party
29 Nikola Mushanov
N.mushanov.jpg 29 October 193119 May 1934 Democratic Party
30 Kimon Georgiev
K.georgiev.jpg 19 May 193423 May 1934 Zveno
31 Konstantin Batolov
Kosta Batolov.jpg 23 May 193421 April 1935Non-party
32 Georgi Kyoseivanov
GeorgiKyoseivanov.jpeg 21 April 193515 February 1940Non-party
33 Ivan Popov
No image.svg 15 February 194011 April 1942Non-party
34 Bogdan Filov
Bogdan Filov.jpg 11 April 194214 September 1943Non-party
35 Sava Kirov
Sava Kirov 1931.jpg 14 September 194314 October 1943Non-party
36 Dimitar Shishmanov
BASA-373K-1-690-1-Dimitar Shishmanov, Zlatorog (crop).jpeg 14 October 19431 June 1944Non-party
37 Ivan Ivanov Bagryanov
Ivan Bagrianov.jpg 1 June 194412 June 1944Non-party
38 Pervan Draganov
No image.svg 12 June 19442 September 1944Non-party
39 Konstantin Muraviev
Konstantin Muraviev.jpg 2 September 19449 September 1944 Bulgarian Agrarian National Union
40 Petko Staynov
BASA 118K-2-83-2 Petko Staynov, Chamkoria, 1934 (crop).jpg 9 September 194431 March 1946Non-party
41 Georgi Kulishev
Georgi Kulishev portrait.jpg 31 March 194622 November 1946Non-party
(30) Kimon Georgiev
(2nd time)
K.georgiev.jpg 22 November 194611 December 1947 Zveno
Ministers of Foreign Affairs (1947–Present)
42 Vasil Kolarov
V.kolarov.jpg 11 December 19476 August 1949 Bulgarian Communist Party
43 Vladimir Poptomov
Vladimir Poptomov Belitsa.png 6 August 194927 May 1950 Bulgarian Communist Party
44 Mincho Neychev
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S99287, Berlin, III. SED-Parteitag, Rede Mintscho Neitschev cropped.jpg 27 May 195011 August 1956 Bulgarian Communist Party
45 Karlo Lukanov
K.lukanov.jpg 11 August 195627 November 1962 Bulgarian Communist Party
46 Ivan Hristov Bashev
27 November 196213 December 1971 Bulgarian Communist Party
47 Petar Mladenov
Petar Mladenov 1978.jpg 13 December 197117 November 1989 Bulgarian Communist Party
48 Boyko Dimitrov
(1941– )
No image.svg 17 November 198922 September 1990 Bulgarian Communist Party
49 Lyuben Gotsev
(1930– )
No image.svg 22 September 199020 December 1990 Bulgarian Socialist Party
50 Viktor Valkov
(1936– )
No image.svg 20 December 19908 November 1991 Bulgarian Agrarian
National Union
51 Stoyan Ganev
No image.svg 8 November 199130 December 1992 Union of Democratic Forces
52 Lyuben Berov
No image.svg 30 December 199223 June 1993Non-party
53 Stanislav Daskalov
(1952– )
No image.svg 23 June 199317 October 1994Non-party
54 Ivan Stanchov
(1929– )
No image.svg 17 October 199426 January 1995Non-party
55 Georgi Pirinski, Jr.
(1948– )
Georgi Pirinski 2009.jpg 26 January 199512 February 1997 Bulgarian Socialist Party
56 Stoyan Stalev
(1952– )
No image.svg 12 February 199721 May 1997Non-party
57 Nadezhda Mihaylova
(1962– )
Nadezhda Mihailova.jpg 21 May 199724 July 2001 Union of Democratic Forces
58 Solomon Passy
(1956– )
Evstafiev-solomon-passy.jpg 24 July 200117 August 2005 National Movement Simeon II
59 Ivaylo Kalfin
(1964– )
Kalfin, Ivailo-9709.jpg 17 August 200527 July 2009 Bulgarian Socialist Party
60 Rumiana Jeleva
(1969– )
Rumiana Jeleva.jpg 27 July 200927 January 2010 GERB
61 Nickolay Mladenov
(1972– )
Nikolay Mladenov July 4, 2012.jpg 27 January 201013 March 2013 GERB
62 Marin Raykov
(1960– )
13 March 201329 May 2013Non-party
63 Kristian Vigenin
(1975– )
Kristian Vigenin crop.jpg 29 May 20136 August 2014 Bulgarian Socialist Party
64 Daniel Mitov
(1977– )
Daniel Mitov February 2015.jpg 6 August 201427 January 2017Non-party
65 Radi Naidenov
(1962– )
Radi Naidenov March 2017 (33441681085).jpg 27 January 20174 May 2017Non-party
66 Ekaterina Zakharieva
(1975– )
Zaharieva Ekaterina-new.jpg 4 May 2017Incumbent Reformist Bloc

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  1. The abbreviation, pronounced Me-Ve-Ne-Re, is meant to distinguish it from the Interior Ministry, which is abbreviated simply МВР, or MVR.