Bulgaria is to open a consulate in Germany's Frankfurt am Main and will close its diplomatic office in Bonn, the Foreign Ministry said on April 3 2012.
The ministry said that decision will enable Bulgaria to have a more dynamic economic presence in the European financial capital while continuing to provide the necessary consular services to all Bulgarian citizens residing temporarily or permanently in the provinces of North Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse, Bremen and the western part of Lower Saxony.
The consulate will be opened after the necessary procedures, in co-ordination with the German side, are completed, the Foreign Ministry said.
Following strategic review of the diplomatic service that was completed last year, Bulgaria’s Government decided to restructure and optimise the network of diplomatic and consular representation, the statement said.
The reform is aimed at bringing the number, composition and geographical location of foreign missions in line with current priorities and the economic interests of Bulgaria abroad.
For this reason, the Bulgarian Government has decided to suspend, from June 30 2012, the operation of the diplomatic bureau in Bonn and to open the consular office in Frankfurt am Main, the ministry said.