Official name
Republic of Bulgaria
Form of government
Parliamentary republic
Capital
Sofia
Head of State
Rumen Radev
Prime Minister
Boyko Borissov
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ekaterina Zaharieva
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
18 January 1879

Political relations

There is a highly developed and intensive bilateral political dialogue with the Republic of Bulgaria. The year 2019 marked the 140th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selaković conducted an official visit to Sofia on 19 and 20 January 2021. The President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić conducted a working visit to the Republic of Bulgaria on 1 June 2020. The Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov conducted working visits to the Republic of Serbia on 9 November 2019, as well as 15 February 2019, receiving the Order of the Republic of Serbia on a ribbon from the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić for exceptional merit in developing and solidifying the peaceful cooperation and friendly relations between the two countries. The former Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojković conducted an official visit to the Republic of Bulgaria on 10-12 September 2018. The President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev conducted an official visit to the Republic of Serbia on 21-22 June 2018. The President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić conducted an official visit to the Republic of Bulgaria on 23 February 2018.

Economic relations

Economic relations between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Bulgaria are based on trade exchange, with important areas of cooperation including energy, transport, infrastructure and tourism.

Regarding the volume of trade, the Republic of Bulgaria is on the list of Serbia’s most important partners. During 2019 it was in 11th place, when trade exchange amounted to 1.04 billion euros, with exports from the Republic of Serbia amounting to 578.2 million euros, and imports from the Republic of Bulgaria amounting to 464.1 million euros.

During 2020 trade exchange amounted to 953 million euros, with exports from the Republic of Serbia amounting to 545 million euros and imports from the Republic of Bulgaria amounting to 408 million euros.

During the period from 2010 and concluding with June 2020 an inflow was registered based on investments by Bulgarian residents into the Republic of Serbia to the amount of 220 million euros, whereby the Republic of Bulgaria takes 19th place on the list of countries with the highest investments into the Republic of Serbia during the above period.

Bilateral agreements

There are 89 bilateral agreements in force with the Republic of Bulgaria, the most important being:

  • Agreement between the Federal Government of FRY and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on mutual road transport of passengers and goods, signed on: 25 July 2002.
  • Agreement on economic cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, signed on: 30 November 2007.
  • Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Bulgaria on social security, signed on: 19 September 2011.
  • Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of the gas interconnector project Bulgaria - Serbia between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, signed on: 19 January 2017.
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on cooperation in the field of protection from natural and other disasters, signed on: 25 July 2019.

Contact information

Link to the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Sofia: http://sofia.mfa.gov.rs/cir/

Link to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Belgrade: https://www.mfa.bg/bg/embassyinfo/serbia

Department for Neighbouring Countries and South-Eastern European Countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia: Tel. +381 11 306 8280, e-mail: osz@mfa.rs