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Head of Mission

Head of mission

H.E. Mr. Dimiter TZANTCHEV
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union

Born on 28 September 1966 in Sofia, Bulgaria

ЕDUCATION:
2002 Master of Laws (LL.M.) specialized in International Law and International Relations, Sofia University “Saint Kliment Ohridski”
1992 Master in Arab Studies, Sofia University “Saint Kliment Ohridski”
1985 French Language Lyceum, Sofia

QUALIFICATION COURSES:
2005 – 2006 High-level course in European Security and Defense Policy, European Security and Defense College, Brussels
2004 – 2005 Qualification courses on Negotiation Skills, Chairing Meetings and UN Documentation,United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva
1995 Specialization in Diplomatic Practice and International Negotiations, International Institute of Public Administration, Paris

PROFESSIONAL CARRIER:
From 29.03.2012 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union
2010 – 2012 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
2008 – 2010 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the State of Israel
2005 – 2008 Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria (MFA)
2005 Head of NATO and European Security and Defense Policy Department, MFA
2002 – 2005 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations Office and the other International Organizations in Geneva
2001 – 2002 Foreign Policy Secretary to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Petar Stoyanov
1999 – 2001 Director of Middle East and North Africa Department, MFA
1996 – 1999 Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Israel
1993 – 1996 Desk officer for Gulf countries, Middle East and North Africa Department, MFA
1992 – 1993 Editor, Bulgarian National Radio

POSITIONS HELD IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
2005 Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Meeting on Development Agenda of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
2003 – 2004 Chairman of WIPO Coordination Committee
2003 – 2004 Vice-President of the Trade and Development Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
2003 – 2004 Vice-President of the Governing Board of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
2002 – 2003 President of the Trade and Development Board of UNCTAD
2003 Chairman of the Commission on Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities of UNCTAD
2003 President of the 5th Annual Meeting of States Parties to the Second Amended Protocol of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW)
2002 Vice-President of the 4th Annual Meeting of States Parties to the Second Amended Protocol of CCW
2002 Special Coordinator on the expansion of the membership of the Conference on Disarmament

OTHER:
2010 – 2012 Chairman of Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO
2010 – 2012 Member of the National Security Council headed by the Prime Minister of Bulgaria
2005 – 2007 Co-Chair of the draft working group on the Diplomatic Service Law of Bulgaria
2002 – 2005 Member of the Board of Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
2003 – 2005 Member of the Board of Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DECAF)
2000 – 2003 Lecturer on Political Geography of Israel, New Bulgarian University
1992 – 1993 Lecturer on History of Islam and the Arab countries, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

LANGUAGES: Fluent in English, French, Russian, Arabic and Hebrew

CIVIL STATUS: Married to Stanislava Tzantcheva, with son and daughter

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