Experts & Staff

Vessela Tcherneva

Deputy Director
Head, ECFR Sofia

Languages: Bulgarian, English, German, Russian
Areas of Expertise: EU foreign policy; Western Balkans and Black Sea regions; transatlantic relations; regional studies; energy

Vessela Tcherneva is the deputy director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and head of the Sofia office. Her topics of focus include EU foreign policy and the Western Balkans and Black Sea region. 

From 2010 to 2013, Tcherneva was the spokesperson for the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the political cabinet of Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov. Previously, she was secretary of the International Commission on the Balkans, chaired by former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and former German President Richard von Weizsäcker; the supervising editor of the Foreign Policy Bulgaria magazine; and political officer at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC. Tcherneva holds an MA in Political Science from the Rhienische Friedrich-Wilhelm Universität in Bonn.

Latest from Vessela Tcherneva

  • BNT

    08th January, 2020

    Vessela Tcherneva on Bulgaria's position in the geopolitical puzzle

    The Wall Street Journal

    22nd November, 2019

    Vessela Tcherneva on the French proposal about the Western Balkans

    Deutsche Welle

    21st October, 2019

    Vesela Tcherneva quoted by Deutsche Welle, on the whether the CVM for Bulgaria will be lifted.


    16th October, 2019

    Vessela Tcherneva quoted on the consequences of the military offensive in northern Syria.


    15th October, 2019

    Vessela Tcherneva on the conflict in Syria.


    14th October, 2019

    Весела Чернева за БНР: Икономически санкции от Европа могат да стреснат Ердоган


    30th August, 2019

    Весела Чернева за посещението на Урсула фон дер Лайен в България в "Сутрешен блок" по БНТ.


    29th August, 2019

    Весела Чернева за БНР: Постигнат е паритетът в ЕК, който Фон дер Лайен търсеше


    04th July, 2019

    Весела Чернева за БНР: Източна Европа сама си е виновна, че не получи пост в ЕС


    01st July, 2019

    Весела Чернева за БНР: Манфред Вебер може да не оглави ЕК, но ще получи друг висок пост

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