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Who we are

The Embassy of Italy in Sofia is located in 2 Shipka Street. The Chief of Mission is Ambassador Giuseppina Zarra.

Based on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations dated April 18, 1961 the functions of an Embassy are, among others:

  • to represent Italy in Bulgaria;
  • to protect in Bulgaria the interests of Italy and of its nationals, within the limits permitted by international law;
  • to negotiate with the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria;
  • to ascertain by all lawful means conditions and developments in Bulgaria, and reporting thereon to the Government of Italy;
  • to promote friendly relations between Italy and Bulgaria and develop their economic, cultural and scientific relations.

The Embassy coordinates a network of 1 Cultural Institutes, 1 Italian Trade Agency office and 2 honorary Consulates.

The staff of the Embassy based in various offices is composed of personnel from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and from other Italian ministries and public entities.

Through its Consular section, the Embassy of Italy in Sofia offers a host of consular services to Italian and non-Italian citizens living within its jurisdiction.