Turkey – Political Relations with Bulgaria

Political Relations:

Bulgaria friendly with Turkey, the two countries are neighbours and allies. Relations with the transition to Bulgaria’s democracy and free market economy have improved and contacts between the two countries have increased.

Turkey has supported since the beginning of Bulgaria’s integration with Euro-Atlantic structures. Bulgaria joined NATO in March 2004 and EU since 1 January 2007.

  • The last visits at the Presidential level were carried out by Rosen Plevneliev (2012) and 11th President Abdullah Gül (2011).
  • Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek made a daily visit to Sofia on October 11,
  • Mr. President of Republic of Turkey Prime Minister Boyko Borisov during the period of 20 March 2012 in Ankara ” High Level Cooperation Council” (YDİK) meeting came together.
  • Prime Minister Borisov visited Turkey on 13 June 2017 at the invitation of Mr. Prime Minister. Borisov also participated in the World Petroleum Congress held in Istanbul on July 10, 2017.
  • Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister responsible for judicial reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaherieva visited Prime Minister Borisov on 13 June 2017.

The Turkish wing of the Parliamentary Friendship Group formed between the two countries is the AK Party Istanbul deputy Aziz Babushcu and the Bulgarian wing is the MRF deputy Ahmed Recebov Ahmedov.

One of the most important elements of our relations is our compatriots living in Bulgaria. The number of national Turkish minorities in Bulgaria is 588.318, or 8.8% of the total population, according to official data (2011 census).

Economic Relations

Our main export products are: Mineral fuels, copper, plastic, electrical machinery and appliances, other machines, metal ores, iron-steel. Our main import products are: Mineral fuels, mineral oils, copper, iron-steel, oilseeds, fruits, electrical machinery and appliances, wood, wooden goods, plastic and lead.

Turkey is among Bulgaria’s top five trading partners. Turkey’s share in Bulgaria’s foreign trade was 8%. Total Turkish investments in the country are around 2 billion dollars. In addition to two Turkish-owned banks, about 1,500 Turkish companies, small and large, operate in Bulgaria. The amount of projects completed and continuing by Turkish contracting firms is 1.2 billion dollars.

A Turkish trade centre was established in Sofia in 2009 in order to facilitate the activities of our businessmen and investors and to resolve the problems in a short time.

The Turkish-Bulgarian Businessmen Association, which is a roofing organization that brings together 3 different Turkish-Bulgarian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Sofia, Plovdiv, Sumlu) in Bulgaria, was established on October 29. The last Joint Economic Commission (KEK) meeting was held in Sofia on 24-25 January 2007 under the co-presidency of the Minister of Customs and Trade, Mr. Bülent Tüfenkçi.

Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Mr. Ahmet Eşref Fakıbaba, Turkey and Bulgaria to join the First Business Forum on November 27, 2017 Agriculture visited Sofia. As of September 2017, 1,361,510 Bulgarian tourists visited our country .

Cultural Relations:

Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre (YETKM) and TİKA office are not available in Bulgaria.

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