Yuri Sterk

Deputy minister of foreign affairs

Supervises the activities of:

  • Global Affairs General Directorate;
  • Bilateral Relations General Directorate;
  • UN and Cooperation for Development Directorate;
  • Human Rights Directorate;
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate;
  • International Law and EU Law Directorate.

Professional career

1989 – 1992
Expert, International Law and Treaties Department

1992 – 1994
Head of Division of Public International Law, Directorate for International Law and Consular Affairs

1994 – 1997
Deputy Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

1997 – 1998
Director of Human Rights and International Organizations Directorate

1998 – 2001
Director of NATO and Security Issues Directorate

2001 – 2005
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

2005 – 2009
Special Coordinator for Counter-Terrorist Cooperation

2009 – 2011
Director General for Political Affairs

2011 – 2012
Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the State of Israel

2012 – 2016
Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan

2016 – Маy 2017
Director of UN and Development Cooperation Directorate

Education and training

Degree with Honours in Public International Law – Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO)

Diplomat Training Program, Hoover Institution/Stanford University, Ca., USA

D.E.A. en Sci. Po. “Construction Européenne”– I.E.P. de Strasbourg, Université Robert Schuman

Academic activities

Paissiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Faculty of Law: 2006 – 2009 Visiting Lecturer in Public International Law

Foreign languages

English, French, Russian, Spanish