Bulgaria–Czech Republic relations

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Bulgaria-Czech republic relations
Map indicating locations of Bulgaria and Czech Republic

Bulgaria

Czech Republic

Bulgaria-Czech republic relations are foreign relations between Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia were established on September 27, 1920, after ratification of Neuilly treaty. They were severed on June 1, 1939 and were restored on October 10, 1945. First Czechoslovakian representatives at Sofia were chargé d'affaires Rudolf Künzl–Jizerský (1920–1922), ambassador Bohdan Pavlů (1922–1927), ambassador Václav Rejholec (1927–1931) and ambassador Prokop Maxa (1931–1939). First Bulgarian representatives at Prague were chargé d'affaires Stefan Balamezov (1920–1922), chargé d'affaires Spas Duparinov (1922–1923), ambassador Rajko Daskalov (1923), chargé d´affaires Dimitr Mikhalchev (1923–1926, 1926 - 1927 as ambassador), ambassador Boris Vazov (1927–1932), ambassador Pancho Dorev (1932–1935), ambassador Dechko Karadzhov (1935–1936), ambassador Ivan Popov (1936–1937), ambassador Petr Nejkov (1937–1938) and ambassador Nikola Balabanov (1938–1939). Interwar relations were deeply influenced by Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakian ally, but Bulgarian rival. Czechoslovakia had to balance between Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. The most important aspect of Bulgaria-Czechoslovakia relationship was trade. The Czechoslovakian interwar export to Bulgaria varied between 3% and 11% of the Bulgarian import. Otherwise it was about 0,5%. Czechoslovakian export was slowly forced out by Germany in the late thirties, but not as much as France or United Kingdom.

On December 23, 1992, Bulgaria recognised the Czech Republic and established diplomatic relations with it at the level of embassies as of January 1, 1993.

Bulgaria has an embassy and an honorary consulate in Prague. Czech Republic has an embassy in Sofia and an honorary consulate in Varna.

Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe, of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, of NATO and of the European Union.

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