Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bulgaria)

Last updated
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
Formed 1879
Jurisdiction Bulgaria
Headquarters Aleksandar Zhendov 2, Sofia
Agency executive
Parent agency Council of Ministers
Website http://www.mfa.bg

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.

Bulgarian language South Slavic language

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 Bulgaria Bulgarian governments external relations with the outside world

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.

Contents

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

Ekaterina Zakharieva former Deputy PM and minister

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.

List of ministers

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Took office Left office Political party
Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Religious Denominations (1879–1947)
1 Marko Balabanov
(1837–1921)
Marko Balabanov.jpg 17 July 1879 6 December 1879 Conservative Party
2 Grigor Nachovich
(1845–1920)
G.nachovich.jpg 6 December 1879 7 April 1880 Conservative Party
3 Dragan Tsankov
(1828–1911)
DraganTsankov.jpg 7 April 1880 10 December 1880 Liberal Party
4 Nikola Stoichev
(1845–1898)
No image.svg 10 December 1880 9 May 1881 Liberal Party
(4) 9 May 1881 13 July 1881 Conservative Party
5 Konstantin Stoilov
(1853–1901)
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 13 July 1881 11 August 1881 Conservative Party
6 Georgi Valkovich
(1833–1892)
G.valkovich.jpg 11 August 1881 26 January 1883 Conservative Party
(5) Konstantin Stoilov
(1853–1901)
(2nd time)
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 26 January 1883 15 March 1883 Conservative Party
7 Kiryak Tsankov
(1847–1903)
Kiryak-Tsankov.jpg 15 March 1883 19 September 1883 Non-party
(1) Marko Balabanov
(1837–1921)
(2nd time)
Marko Balabanov.jpg 19 September 1883 11 July 1884 Progressive Liberal Party
8 Iliya Tsanov
(1835–1901)
I.tsanov.jpg 11 July 1884 21 August 1886 Liberal Party
9 Hristo Stoyanov
(1842/1845–1895)
Hristo Stoyanov.jpg 21 August 1886 24 August 1886 Non-party
(5) Konstantin Stoilov
(1853–1901)
(3rd time)
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 24 August 1886 28 August 1886 Conservative Party
(2) Grigor Nachovich
(1845–1920)
(2nd time)
G.nachovich.jpg 28 August 1886 1 September 1887 Conservative Party
10 Georgi Stranski
(1847–1904)
Georgi Stranski.jpg 1 September 1887 16 June 1890 People's Liberal Party
11 Stefan Stambolov
(1854–1895)
Stefan Stambolov.jpg 16 June 1890 14 November 1890 People's Liberal Party
12 Dimitar Grekov
(1847–1901)
Dimitar Grekov.jpg 14 November 1890 31 May 1894 People's Liberal Party
(2) Grigor Nachovich
(1845–1920)
(3rd time)
G.nachovich.jpg 31 May 1894 22 February 1896 People's Party
(5) Konstantin Stoilov
(1853–1901)
(4th time)
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 22 February 1896 30 January 1899 People's Party
(12) Dimitar Grekov
(1847–1901)
(2nd time)
Dimitar Grekov.jpg 30 January 1899 13 October 1899 People's Liberal Party
13 Todor Ivanchov
(1858–1906)
TodorIvanchov.jpg 13 October 1899 10 December 1900 Liberal Party (Radoslavists)
14 Dimitar Tonchev
(1858–1906)
D.tonchev.jpg 10 December 1900 21 January 1901 Liberal Party (Radoslavists)
15 Racho Petrov
(1861–1942)
Racho Petrov.jpg 21 January 1901 4 March 1901 Non-party
16 Stoyan Danev
(1858–1949)
S.danev.jpg 4 March 1901 18 May 1903 Progressive Liberal Party
(15) Racho Petrov
(1861–1942)
(2nd time)
Racho Petrov.jpg 18 May 1903 4 November 1906 Non-party
17 Dimitar Stanchov
(1863–1940)
DimitarStanchov.jpg 4 November 1906 29 January 1908 Non-party
18 Stefan Paprikov
(1858–1920)
S.paprikov.jpg 29 January 1908 18 September 1910 Democratic Party
19 Aleksandar Malinov
(1867–1938)
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 18 September 1910 29 March 1911 Democratic Party
20 Ivan Evstratiev Geshov
(1849–1924)
Ivan Geshov.jpg 29 March 1911 14 June 1913 People's Party
(16) Stoyan Danev
(1858–1949)
(2nd time)
S.danev.jpg 14 June 1913 17 July 1913 Progressive Liberal Party
21 Nikola Genadiev
(1868–1923)
Nikola Genadiev.JPG 17 July 1913 30 December 1913 People's Liberal Party
22 Vasil Radoslavov
(1854–1929)
VasilRadoslavov.jpg 30 December 1913 21 June 1918 Liberal Party (Radoslavists)
(19) Aleksandar Malinov
(1867–1938)
(2nd time)
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 21 June 1918 17 October 1918 Democratic Party
23 Teodor Teodorov
(1859–1924)
Teodor Teodorov.jpg 17 October 1918 6 October 1919 People's Party
24 Mihail Madzarov
(1854–1944)
M.madjarov.jpg 6 October 1919 16 April 1920 People's Party
25 Aleksandar Stamboliyski
(1879–1923)
A Stamboliyski.jpg 16 April 1920 9 June 1923 Bulgarian Agrarian National Union
26 Aleksandar Tsankov
(1879–1959)
Altsankov.jpeg 9 June 1923 10 June 1923 Democratic Alliance
27 Hristo Kalfov
(1883–1945)
Hristo Kalfov.png 10 June 1923 4 January 1926 Democratic Alliance
28 Atanas Burov
(1875–1954)
Atanas Burov.JPG 4 January 1926 29 June 1931 Democratic Alliance
(19) Aleksandar Malinov
(1867–1938)
(3rd time)
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 29 June 1931 29 October 1931 Democratic Party
29 Nikola Mushanov
(1872–1951)
N.mushanov.jpg 29 October 1931 19 May 1934 Democratic Party
30 Kimon Georgiev
(1882–1969)
K.georgiev.jpg 19 May 1934 23 May 1934 Zveno
31 Konstantin Batolov
(1878–1938)
Kosta Batolov.jpg 23 May 1934 21 April 1935 Non-party
32 Georgi Kyoseivanov
(1884–1960)
GeorgiKyoseivanov.jpeg 21 April 1935 15 February 1940 Non-party
33 Ivan Popov
(1890–1944)
No image.svg 15 February 1940 11 April 1942 Non-party
34 Bogdan Filov
(1883–1945)
Bogdan Filov.jpg 11 April 1942 14 September 1943 Non-party
35 Sava Kirov
(1893–?)
Sava Kirov 1931.jpg 14 September 1943 14 October 1943 Non-party
36 Dimitar Shishmanov
(1889–1945)
BASA-373K-1-690-1-Dimitar Shishmanov, Zlatorog (crop).jpeg 14 October 1943 1 June 1944 Non-party
37 Ivan Ivanov Bagryanov
(1891–1945)
Ivan Bagrianov.jpg 1 June 1944 12 June 1944 Non-party
38 Pervan Draganov
(1890–1945)
No image.svg 12 June 1944 2 September 1944 Non-party
39 Konstantin Muraviev
(1893–1965)
Konstantin Muraviev.jpg 2 September 1944 9 September 1944 Bulgarian Agrarian National Union
40 Petko Staynov
(1890–1972)
BASA 118K-2-83-2 Petko Staynov, Chamkoria, 1934 (crop).jpg 9 September 1944 31 March 1946 Non-party
41 Georgi Kulishev
(1885–1974)
Georgi Kulishev portrait.jpg 31 March 1946 22 November 1946 Non-party
(30) Kimon Georgiev
(1882–1969)
(2nd time)
K.georgiev.jpg 22 November 1946 11 December 1947 Zveno
Ministers of Foreign Affairs (1947–Present)
42 Vasil Kolarov
(1877–1950)
V.kolarov.jpg 11 December 1947 6 August 1949 Bulgarian Communist Party
43 Vladimir Poptomov
(1890–1952)
Vladimir Poptomov Belitsa.png 6 August 1949 27 May 1950 Bulgarian Communist Party
44 Mincho Neychev
(1887–1956)
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S99287, Berlin, III. SED-Parteitag, Rede Mintscho Neitschev cropped.jpg 27 May 1950 11 August 1956 Bulgarian Communist Party
45 Karlo Lukanov
(1897–1982)
K.lukanov.jpg 11 August 1956 27 November 1962 Bulgarian Communist Party
46 Ivan Hristov Bashev
(1916–1971)
Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivan Bashev.png 27 November 1962 13 December 1971 Bulgarian Communist Party
47 Petar Mladenov
(1936–2000)
Petar Mladenov 1978.jpg 13 December 1971 17 November 1989 Bulgarian Communist Party
48 Boyko Dimitrov
(1941– )
No image.svg 17 November 1989 22 September 1990 Bulgarian Communist Party
49 Lyuben Gotsev
(1930– )
No image.svg 22 September 1990 20 December 1990 Bulgarian Socialist Party
50 Viktor Valkov
(1936– )
No image.svg 20 December 1990 8 November 1991 Bulgarian Agrarian
National Union
51 Stoyan Ganev
(1955–2013)
No image.svg 8 November 1991 30 December 1992 Union of Democratic Forces
52 Lyuben Berov
(1925–2006)
No image.svg 30 December 1992 23 June 1993 Non-party
53 Stanislav Daskalov
(1952– )
No image.svg 23 June 1993 17 October 1994 Non-party
54 Ivan Stanchov
(1929– )
No image.svg 17 October 1994 26 January 1995 Non-party
55 Georgi Pirinski, Jr.
(1948– )
Georgi Pirinski 2009.jpg 26 January 1995 12 February 1997 Bulgarian Socialist Party
56 Stoyan Stalev
(1952– )
No image.svg 12 February 1997 21 May 1997 Non-party
57 Nadezhda Mihaylova
(1962– )
Nadezhda Mihailova.jpg 21 May 1997 24 July 2001 Union of Democratic Forces
58 Solomon Passy
(1956– )
Evstafiev-solomon-passy.jpg 24 July 2001 17 August 2005 National Movement Simeon II
59 Ivaylo Kalfin
(1964– )
Kalfin, Ivailo-9709.jpg 17 August 2005 27 July 2009 Bulgarian Socialist Party
60 Rumiana Jeleva
(1969– )
Rumiana Jeleva.jpg 27 July 2009 27 January 2010 GERB
61 Nikolay Mladenov
(1972– )
Nikolay Mladenov July 4, 2012.jpg 27 January 2010 13 March 2013 GERB
62 Marin Raykov
(1960– )
Marin Raykov Bulgarian Acting PM 2013.jpg 13 March 2013 29 May 2013 Non-party
63 Kristian Vigenin
(1975– )
Kristian Vigenin crop.jpg 29 May 2013 6 August 2014 Bulgarian Socialist Party
64 Daniel Mitov
(1977– )
Daniel Mitov February 2015.jpg 6 August 2014 27 January 2017 Non-party
65 Radi Naidenov
(1962– )
Radi Naidenov March 2017 (33441681085).jpg 27 January 2017 4 May 2017 Non-party
66 Ekaterina Zakharieva
(1975– )
Zaharieva Ekaterina-new.jpg 4 May 2017 Incumbent Reformist Bloc

See also

Related Research Articles

Since 1980, the foreign relations of Iraq were influenced by a number of controversial decisions by the Saddam Hussein administration. Hussein had good relations with the Soviet Union and a number of western countries such as France and Germany, who provided him with advanced weapons systems. He also developed a tenuous relation with the United States, who supported him during the Iran–Iraq War. However, the Invasion of Kuwait that triggered the Gulf War brutally changed Iraq's relations with the Arab World and the West. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and others were among the countries that supported Kuwait in the UN coalition. After the Hussein administration was toppled by the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the governments that succeeded it have now tried to establish relations with various nations.

Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs is the ministry in the government of France that handles France's foreign relations. Since 1855, its headquarters has been located on the Quai d'Orsay, 37. "Quai d'Orsay" is often used as a metonym for the ministry.

A foreign minister or minister of foreign affairs is generally a cabinet minister in charge of a state's foreign policy and relations.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Luxembourg) ministry of Luxembourg

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a ministry of the government of Luxembourg, headquartered in the Bâtiment Mansfeld in Luxembourg City.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Finland) Finnish government ministry

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) is a ministry in the Finnish Government and is responsible for preparing and implementing the government's foreign policy.

Minister of Foreign Affairs (Liberia) Minister of Foreign Affairs in Liberia

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia is a cabinet minister in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, responsible for conducting foreign relations of the country.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands) Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the Dutch Ministry responsible for Foreign relations, Foreign policy, International development, International trade, Diaspora and matters dealing with the European Union, NATO and the Benelux Union. The Ministry was created in 1798 as the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Batavian Republic. In 1876, it became the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is the head of the Ministry and a member of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. The current Minister is Stef Blok. The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is a Minister without portfolio within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The current Minister is Sigrid Kaag.

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana) Ghana government official

The Minister for Foreign Affairs is the Ghana government official who is responsible for overseeing the country's foreign policy and international diplomacy. The minister is usually one of the most senior members of Cabinet.

Ministry of External Affairs (India) Runs the diplomatic relations of the Republic of India with other countries

The Ministry of External Affairs of India, also known as the Foreign Ministry, is the government agency responsible for the conduct of foreign relations of India. The Ministry comes under Government of India and is responsible for India's representation in the United Nations. It also advises other Ministries and State Governments when the latter have dealings with foreign governments or institutions.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Pakistan) Runs the diplomatic relations of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with other countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a ministry of the Government of Pakistan tasked in managing Pakistan's diplomatic and consular relations as well as its foreign policy. The MOFA is also responsible for maintaining Pakistani government offices abroad with diplomatic and consular status.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Austria)

The Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs or commonly just referred to as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is Austria's foreign ministry. As a department of the Austrian Federal Government, it is responsible for the country's foreign policy, its diplomatic missions and relations to international organisations, especially the European Union.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ukraine) Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is the Ukrainian government authority that oversees the foreign relations of Ukraine.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Serbia) Foreign Affairs Ministry of Serbia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia is the ministry in the government of Serbia which is in the charge of maintaining the consular affairs and foreign relations of Serbia. The current minister is Ivica Dačić, in office since 27 April 2014.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda) Runs the diplomatic relations of the Republic of Uganda with other countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is a cabinet-level government ministry responsible for the implementation and management of Uganda's foreign policy and international activity.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Nepal) Performs diplomatic relations of Nepal

The Nepalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs abbreviated as MoFA is responsible for conducting external affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Ministry of Foreign Affairs represents other line ministries and the Government of Nepal while dealing with other states. Currently Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, the Rt. Hon. Pradeep Gyawali, is leading the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Shankar Das Bairagi is serving as Foreign Secretary of Nepal.

Daniel Mitov Bulgarian politician

Daniel Pavlov Mitov is a Bulgarian politician. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria from 2014 to 2017.

Radi Naidenov Bulgarian politician and diplomat

Radi Naidenov is a Bulgarian politician and diplomat. He joined the Bulgarian diplomatic service in 1992, and in 2002 he was Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Defense. From 2002 until 2005, he was Head of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He then served as Bulgaria’s ambassador to Germany, and was the Foreign Minister of Bulgaria between 27 January 2017 and 4 May 2017.

References

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