|Министерство на външните работи|
Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Sofia
|Headquarters||Aleksandar Zhendov 2, Sofia|
|Parent agency||Council of Ministers|
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bulgarian : Министерство на външните работи, Ministerstvo na vanshnite raboti, abbreviated МВнР, or MVnR ) 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.
Bulgarian, is an Indo-European language and a member of the Southern branch of the Slavic language family.
A ministry is a governmental organisation, headed by a minister, that is meant to manage a specific sector of public administration. Governments may have differing numbers and types of ministries, but the Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary notes that all states have a Ministry of Interior, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Ministry of Defense, a Ministry of Justice and a Ministry of Finance. A Ministry of Education or similar is also commonly present.
Foreign relations of the Republic of Bulgaria are the Bulgarian government's external relations with the outside world. Bulgaria has generally good foreign relations with its neighbors and has proved to be a constructive force in the region under socialist and democratic governments alike. Promoting regional stability, Bulgaria hosted a Southeast European Foreign Ministers meeting in July 1996, and an OSCE conference on Black Sea cooperation in November 1995. Bulgaria also participated in the 1996 South Balkan Defense Ministerial in Albania and is active in the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative. Bulgaria's main focus is the Euro-Atlantic integration since 1997 and the efforts of the governments since then led to admission to NATO in 2004 and the European Union in 2007. Its main allies are Greece and Romania, while it maintains good relations with Serbia and the rest of the Balkans. Republic of Macedonia is very important state in Bulgarian foreign and internal policy due to the historical, ethnical and cultural connections.
Since May 2017 the Minister of Foreign Affairs is Ekaterina Zakharieva.
Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva is a Bulgarian politician who has served as Foreign Minister of Bulgaria since 4 May 2017. She was interim Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional development from 2013.
|Portrait||Took office||Left office||Political party|
|Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Religious Denominations (1879–1947)|
|1|| Marko Balabanov |
|17 July 1879||6 December 1879||Conservative Party|
|2|| Grigor Nachovich |
|6 December 1879||7 April 1880||Conservative Party|
|3|| Dragan Tsankov |
|7 April 1880||10 December 1880||Liberal Party|
|4|| Nikola Stoichev |
|10 December 1880||9 May 1881||Liberal Party|
|(4)||9 May 1881||13 July 1881||Conservative Party|
|5|| Konstantin Stoilov |
|13 July 1881||11 August 1881||Conservative Party|
|6|| Georgi Valkovich |
|11 August 1881||26 January 1883||Conservative Party|
|(5)|| Konstantin Stoilov |
|26 January 1883||15 March 1883||Conservative Party|
|7|| Kiryak Tsankov |
|15 March 1883||19 September 1883||Non-party|
|(1)|| Marko Balabanov |
|19 September 1883||11 July 1884||Progressive Liberal Party|
|8|| Iliya Tsanov |
|11 July 1884||21 August 1886||Liberal Party|
|9|| Hristo Stoyanov |
|21 August 1886||24 August 1886||Non-party|
|(5)|| Konstantin Stoilov |
|24 August 1886||28 August 1886||Conservative Party|
|(2)|| Grigor Nachovich |
|28 August 1886||1 September 1887||Conservative Party|
|10|| Georgi Stranski |
|1 September 1887||16 June 1890||People's Liberal Party|
|11|| Stefan Stambolov |
|16 June 1890||14 November 1890||People's Liberal Party|
|12|| Dimitar Grekov |
|14 November 1890||31 May 1894||People's Liberal Party|
|(2)|| Grigor Nachovich |
|31 May 1894||22 February 1896||People's Party|
|(5)|| Konstantin Stoilov |
|22 February 1896||30 January 1899||People's Party|
|(12)|| Dimitar Grekov |
|30 January 1899||13 October 1899||People's Liberal Party|
|13|| Todor Ivanchov |
|13 October 1899||10 December 1900||Liberal Party (Radoslavists)|
|14|| Dimitar Tonchev |
|10 December 1900||21 January 1901||Liberal Party (Radoslavists)|
|15|| Racho Petrov |
|21 January 1901||4 March 1901||Non-party|
|16|| Stoyan Danev |
|4 March 1901||18 May 1903||Progressive Liberal Party|
|(15)|| Racho Petrov |
|18 May 1903||4 November 1906||Non-party|
|17|| Dimitar Stanchov |
|4 November 1906||29 January 1908||Non-party|
|18|| Stefan Paprikov |
|29 January 1908||18 September 1910||Democratic Party|
|19|| Aleksandar Malinov |
|18 September 1910||29 March 1911||Democratic Party|
|20|| Ivan Evstratiev Geshov |
|29 March 1911||14 June 1913||People's Party|
|(16)|| Stoyan Danev |
|14 June 1913||17 July 1913||Progressive Liberal Party|
|21|| Nikola Genadiev |
|17 July 1913||30 December 1913||People's Liberal Party|
|22|| Vasil Radoslavov |
|30 December 1913||21 June 1918||Liberal Party (Radoslavists)|
|(19)|| Aleksandar Malinov |
|21 June 1918||17 October 1918||Democratic Party|
|23|| Teodor Teodorov |
|17 October 1918||6 October 1919||People's Party|
|24|| Mihail Madzarov |
|6 October 1919||16 April 1920||People's Party|
|25|| Aleksandar Stamboliyski |
|16 April 1920||9 June 1923||Bulgarian Agrarian National Union|
|26|| Aleksandar Tsankov |
|9 June 1923||10 June 1923||Democratic Alliance|
|27|| Hristo Kalfov |
|10 June 1923||4 January 1926||Democratic Alliance|
|28|| Atanas Burov |
|4 January 1926||29 June 1931||Democratic Alliance|
|(19)|| Aleksandar Malinov |
|29 June 1931||29 October 1931||Democratic Party|
|29|| Nikola Mushanov |
|29 October 1931||19 May 1934||Democratic Party|
|30|| Kimon Georgiev |
|19 May 1934||23 May 1934||Zveno|
|31|| Konstantin Batolov |
|23 May 1934||21 April 1935||Non-party|
|32|| Georgi Kyoseivanov |
|21 April 1935||15 February 1940||Non-party|
|33|| Ivan Popov |
|15 February 1940||11 April 1942||Non-party|
|34|| Bogdan Filov |
|11 April 1942||14 September 1943||Non-party|
|35|| Sava Kirov |
|14 September 1943||14 October 1943||Non-party|
|36|| Dimitar Shishmanov |
|14 October 1943||1 June 1944||Non-party|
|37|| Ivan Ivanov Bagryanov |
|1 June 1944||12 June 1944||Non-party|
|38|| Pervan Draganov |
|12 June 1944||2 September 1944||Non-party|
|39|| Konstantin Muraviev |
|2 September 1944||9 September 1944||Bulgarian Agrarian National Union|
|40|| Petko Staynov |
|9 September 1944||31 March 1946||Non-party|
|41|| Georgi Kulishev |
|31 March 1946||22 November 1946||Non-party|
|(30)|| Kimon Georgiev |
|22 November 1946||11 December 1947||Zveno|
|Ministers of Foreign Affairs (1947–Present)|
|42|| Vasil Kolarov |
|11 December 1947||6 August 1949||Bulgarian Communist Party|
|43|| Vladimir Poptomov |
|6 August 1949||27 May 1950||Bulgarian Communist Party|
|44|| Mincho Neychev |
|27 May 1950||11 August 1956||Bulgarian Communist Party|
|45|| Karlo Lukanov |
|11 August 1956||27 November 1962||Bulgarian Communist Party|
|46|| Ivan Hristov Bashev |
|27 November 1962||13 December 1971||Bulgarian Communist Party|
|47|| Petar Mladenov |
|13 December 1971||17 November 1989||Bulgarian Communist Party|
|48|| Boyko Dimitrov |
|17 November 1989||22 September 1990||Bulgarian Communist Party|
|49|| Lyuben Gotsev |
|22 September 1990||20 December 1990||Bulgarian Socialist Party|
|50|| Viktor Valkov |
|20 December 1990||8 November 1991|| Bulgarian Agrarian |
|51|| Stoyan Ganev |
|8 November 1991||30 December 1992||Union of Democratic Forces|
|52|| Lyuben Berov |
|30 December 1992||23 June 1993||Non-party|
|53|| Stanislav Daskalov |
|23 June 1993||17 October 1994||Non-party|
|54|| Ivan Stanchov |
|17 October 1994||26 January 1995||Non-party|
|55|| Georgi Pirinski, Jr. |
|26 January 1995||12 February 1997||Bulgarian Socialist Party|
|56|| Stoyan Stalev |
|12 February 1997||21 May 1997||Non-party|
|57|| Nadezhda Mihaylova |
|21 May 1997||24 July 2001||Union of Democratic Forces|
|58|| Solomon Passy |
|24 July 2001||17 August 2005||National Movement Simeon II|
|59|| Ivaylo Kalfin |
|17 August 2005||27 July 2009||Bulgarian Socialist Party|
|60|| Rumiana Jeleva |
|27 July 2009||27 January 2010||GERB|
|61|| Nikolay Mladenov |
|27 January 2010||13 March 2013||GERB|
|62|| Marin Raykov |
|13 March 2013||29 May 2013||Non-party|
|63|| Kristian Vigenin |
|29 May 2013||6 August 2014||Bulgarian Socialist Party|
|64|| Daniel Mitov |
|6 August 2014||27 January 2017||Non-party|
|65|| Radi Naidenov |
|27 January 2017||4 May 2017||Non-party|
|66|| Ekaterina Zakharieva |
|4 May 2017||Incumbent||Reformist Bloc|
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