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

  • NOVA

    26th May, 2019

    Весела Чернева в "Събуди се" по NOVA


    24th May, 2019

    Весела Чернева за Европейски избори 2019 пред БНТ.


    02nd May, 2019

    Весела Чернева за политическата карта след Европейските избори в сутрешния блок на БНТ.

    New York Times

    29th December, 2018

    Vessela Tcherneva is quoted in the NYT's article on Hungary's involvement in aiding and harbouring a fugitive politician from Macedonia. 

    Balkan Insight

    20th September, 2018

    Vessela Tcherneva weighs in on Bulgaria's position regarding Hungary's standing in the EU


    13th June, 2018

    Interview with Vessela Tcherneva on the agreement between Greece and Macedonia on the name of the country and on the broader context of the Euro-integration of the Western Balkans.


    18th May, 2018

    Vessela Tcherneva speaks to Tagesthemen on the Western Balkan Summit. 

    Le Temps

    11th January, 2018

    Vessela Tcherneva cité dans Le Temps à propos de l'agenda de la Bulgarie pendant leur présidence du Conseil européen.

    El País

    31st October, 2017

    El País interviews Vessela Tcherneva, head of ECFR Sofia office, on the paralelism between Catalonia and the Balkans.   

    TV Evropa

    23rd October, 2017

    An interview with Vessela Tcherneva on the Catalonian referendum, EU-Turkey relations and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.