Head of Mission
head of mission
H.E. Marin Raykov
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiaryof the Republic of Bulgaria to the Italian Republic
Marin Raykov, born on December 17, 1960, in Washington, DC, USA. Son of the Bulgarian highranking diplomat Rayko Nikolov.
Raykov studied in high schools in Paris, Sofia, and Belgrade. In 1984, he earned a degree in international relations from the University for National and World Economy in Sofia. In 1987, Raykov joined Bulgaria’s diplomatic service.
In 1987-1992, he worked at the Balkan countries department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sofia. In 1992-1995, he was posted as a diplomat in the Bulgarian Embassy in Belgrade.
In 1995-1997, Raykov worked as a political and social issues expert in the MFA in the Human Rights and Humanitarian and Social Cooperation department.
In 1997-1998, he was appointed as Bulgaria’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the Council of Europe.
In 1998-2001, Raykov assumed the position of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of the Union of Democratic Forces, of Prime Minister Ivan Kostov.
In 2001-2005, he was accredited as Bulgaria’s Ambassador to France and Monaco, Permanent Representative at UNESCO, as well as the Bulgarian President’s personal representative in the International Organization of Francophonie.
In 2005-2008, Raykov works as an Ambassador at large with departments “European Foreign Policy” and “Strategic Issues” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sofia.
In 2009 – 2010 Raykov is for a second mandate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
In 2010 – 2013 he is appointed for a second mandate as an Ambassador in France and accredited as an Ambassador in Monaco and the Bulgarian President’s personal representative in the International Organization of Francophonie.
On 12 March 2013 the Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev appointed Marin Raykov to serve as an interim Prime Minister of Bulgaria and Minister of foreign affairs of Bulgaria for the period 13 March 2013 – 29 May 2013.
Raykov is currently Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Rome as of 19 August 2013 and Non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgarie to the Republic of San Marino as of 13 March 2014.
Member of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists, the Executive Committee of the Bulgarian Association of International Law, the International Law Association and the Executive Board of the Bulgarian Foreign Policy Association.
Grand officier of the "Order of the Phoenix" of Greece.
Grand officier of the "Order of National Merit" of France.
Commander of the “Order of the Honorary Legion”.
Fluent in French, English and Russian.