Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Børge Brende, explains that the foreign service is under continuous adjustments and restructuring in light of budgetary constraints and new priorities. “We have to adjust to a changing world and the resources available”, he says in a press release on 7th of October 2015.
Norwegian Ambassador to Bulgaria, Mrs. Guro Katharina H. Vikør, adds that the decision is not a reflection on the good diplomatic cooperation between Norway and Bulgaria. “We shall just have to find new mechanisms for maintaining this long-term relationship”, she says.
It is also important to stress that the closing of the embassy will not affect in any way the Norway and EEA Grants in Bulgaria. Norway will continue to support the important work of reducing economic and social disparities in Bulgaria and strengthen the bilateral cooperation.
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been informed about the decision.
Norway has been present in Bulgaria with an Embassy since 2002; the diplomatic relations between the two countries were established as early as 1906 when Norway appointed its first Consul General to Varna on the Black Sea Coast.