Yuri Sterk

DEPUTY MINISTER of foreign affairs                                                                                 

Supervises the activities of:

- Global Affairs General Directorate;
- Bilateral Relations General Directorate;
- UN and Cooperation for Development Directorate;
- Human Rights Directorate;
- Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate;
- International Law and EU Law Directorate.


Professional career

1989 – 1992  Expert, International Law and Treaties Department

1992 – 1994  Head of Division of Public International Law, Directorate for International Law and Consular Affairs

1994 – 1997  Deputy Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

1997 – 1998  Director of Human Rights and International Organizations Directorate

1998 – 2001  Director of NATO and Security Issues Directorate

2001 – 2005  Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

2005 – 2009  Special Coordinator for Counter-Terrorist Cooperation

2009 – 2011  Director General for Political Affairs

2011 – 2012  Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the State of Israel

2012 – 2016  Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan

2016 – Маy 2017  Director of UN and Development Cooperation Directorate


Education and training

Degree with Honours in Public International Law – Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO)

Diplomat Training Program, Hoover Institution/Stanford University, Ca., USA

D.E.A. en Sci. Po. “Construction Européenne”– I.E.P. de Strasbourg, Université Robert Schuman


Academic activities

Paissiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Faculty of Law: 2006 – 2009 Visiting Lecturer in Public International Law


Foreign languages

English, French, Russian, Spanish

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