PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Marin Raykov was appointed Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria by Decree number 56 of the President of the Republic of March 13 2013.
Marin Raykov was born in December 17 1960 in Washington DC in the United States. In 1984 he graduated in International Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. His career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs began in 1987 in the South Eastern Europe Countries department. From 1992 to 1995, he served as the First Secretary of the Bulgarian Embassy in Belgrade. After the expiry of his term, he was employed in the Human Rights directorate and as Deputy Permanent Representative of Bulgaria at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
He entered politics in 1998 as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet of Ivan Kostov. His main responsibility was Bulgaria’s policy on the Balkans.
From 2001 to 2005, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to France, in combination with serving as Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to UNESCO and representative on the Standing Committee of the Francophonie. In 2009, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Boyko Borissov. In 2010, he became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to France.
Marin Raykov is a former lecturer in Diplomatic Practice at the New Bulgarian University, a member of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists and the Bulgarian International Law Association.
He is fluent in French, English and Russian.
Married, with two children.