History

The Bulgarian-American Chamber of Commerce (BACC) was incorporated on November 22, 1993 in Los Angeles, California as a non-profit corporation. More »

Office Location

The office of the chamber is located in the Hollywood Business Center in Hollywood, California. More »

Mission

The BACC strives to empower Bulgarian-American entrepreneurs into economic and social spheres of leadership... More »

Objectives

To promote cooperation and economic development among Bulgarian-owned businesses in the United State, Canada, and other parts of the world. More »

Quotes about work (1)

Choose a job that you like and you will never have to work a day in your life. --- Confucius More »

Quotes about work (2)

If you dont have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? --- Benjamin Franklin More »

Quotes about work (3)

There are two kinds of people, those that do the work and those that take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there. --- Indira Gandhi More »

Quotes about work (4)

If you want something you have never had, you better be willing to do something you have never done. --- Jerome K. Jerome More »

Quotes about work (5)

The difference between the hard way and the easy way is that the hard way works. --- Terry Pratchett More »

Events: Spaceshuttle Endeavor over Hollywood

Spaceshuttle Endeavour soaring over the famed Hollywood sign during its low flyover of Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2012. Endeavour landed at Los Angeles International Airport and will ultimately be placed on display at the California Science Center. More »

 

Bulgaria and NATO

Bulgaria has generally good foreign relations with its neighbors and has proved to be a constructive force in the region[citation needed] 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.

Overview

With their close historical, cultural, and economic ties, Bulgaria seeks a mutually beneficial relationship with Russia, on which it is largely dependent for energy supplies. Sporadic negotiations are underway among Greece, Bulgaria, and Russia for construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupoli pipeline to transport Caspian Sea oil from the Black Sea port of Burgas to Alexandroupoli on the northern Aegean coast.

Bulgaria’s EU Association Agreement came into effect in 1994, and Bulgaria formally applied for full EU membership in December 1995. During the 1999 EU summit in Helsinki, the country was invited to start membership talks with the Union. On January 1, 2007 Bulgaria officially became a member of the European Union. In 1996, Bulgaria acceded to the Wassenaar Arrangement controlling exports of weapons and sensitive technology to countries of concern and also was admitted to the World Trade Organization. Bulgaria is a member of the Zangger Committee and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. After a period of equivocation under a socialist government, in March 1997 a UDF-led caretaker cabinet applied for full NATO membership, which became a reality in April 2004.

Bulgaria and the United States signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement in 2006 providing for military bases and training camps of the U.S. Army in Bulgaria, as part of the Pentagon’s restructuring plan.

In November 2010, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov formally announced his team proposes to close seven embassies as part of a plan for restructuring and austerity measures. See Decision Number 272 dated from 19th November 2010 of the Council of Ministers.

Thus, in 2011, Bulgaria will most likely shut down its diplomatic missions in Sudan, Angola, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico, and Tunisia. The choice is based on a scrutinizing financial analysis and on the necessity to optimize the diplomatic corps, the Ministry says. The staff of the Bulgarian diplomatic corps will be reduced by 15 people in total.

In June 2010, media reports claimed that Bulgaria considers closing a total of 30 of its diplomatic missions abroad. Currently, Bulgaria has 83 embassies, 6 permanent representations, 20 consular offices, and 2 diplomatic bureaus. The proposed closures have been backed by PM Borisov who described some of Bulgaria’s embassies as useless.[1]

 

*On the picture above:

The NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the President of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov, saying goodbye after their bilateral meeting at the occasion the Secretary General’s visit to Bulgaria on Monday 30th May 2011.

 

 

 

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