New UK Ambassador to Bulgaria Calls for Judicial Reform, Crackdown on Corruption

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Bulgaria: New UK Ambassador to Bulgaria Calls for Judicial Reform, Crackdown on Corruption The new British Ambassador to Bulgaria Emma Hopkins. Photo: Facebook page of the British Embassy

The new British Ambassador to Sofia Emma Hopkins demonstrated her knowledge of the Bulgarian language in a video address, which was published on the Facebook page of the embassy on Monday.

Mrs Hopkins shared that she was honoured to be the new British Ambassador to Sofia and together with her family, they were happy to have Bulgaria as their new home.

The new ambassador revealed that she was in Plovdiv last week, where she practised her Bulgarian language, which she had previously studied in London.

The diplomat had studied Balkan history and had been to the region before.

Since her arrival in Bulgaria, Mrs Hopkins has explored historical sites and has felt the hospitality of the Bulgarian people.

The new ambassador has more than twenty years of experience in the fields of rule of law, European legislation, home affairs and international law.

First, she had worked as a barrister before moving to the public sector as she wanted to work on topics, which were of importance to her, such as the fight against human trafficking.

More recently, she was involved in a campaign dedicated to ending sexual violence in war zones.

Mrs Hopkins assured that Bulgaria and the United Kingdom have a close relationship, as both countries are important partners in the EU and NATO.

In her words, the UK was a partner of Bulgaria in the areas of rule of law and the fight against terrorism.

The diplomat will support the efforts of Bulgaria in the reform of the judicial system and the fight against organised crime and corruption.

According to her, the reformed judicial system will help the business environment as Bulgaria could offer a lot to foreign investors.

Mrs Hopkins assured that she will work for increasing the trade between the two countries and supporting the British citizens visiting Bulgaria on holiday or living in the country.

Her husband Steven and her two young daughters Lara and Mia were also excited to explore the Bulgarian people, culture and traditions and were already learning the country's language.

As a British Ambassador she welcomed the opportunity for developing the relationship between the two countries.

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Rurik - 10 May 2015 // 12:42:59

As soon as Seedy takes eye off the banana, he immediately brings another absurdity into the world.........
A written language was given to Russia by Methodius and Cyril, both were Byzantine Greeks.

Rurik - 10 May 2015 // 10:36:54

Derwood, are You ready to replace "Russians" by "human beings" or, better, by Your nation's name in Your
question?;) Best.

Jerry - 9 May 2015 // 19:20:44


Now you will trek through the woods of Bulgarian and find that INTERNATIONAL LAW and MAFIA with Bulgarian flavours are unique and marked with history and tradition.

We need a little of Anglican-Orthodox to develop a new front to combat the rules of Bulgarian culture and law.

Seedy - 9 May 2015 // 11:24:58

Even the ecclesiastical primates in Russia had to be stolen from another country - and thank goodness for Bulgaria or the Russkis still wouldn't have a written language either....

Derwood - 9 May 2015 // 08:23:40

Rurik, are you saying Russians are not primates?

Rurik - 8 May 2015 // 19:16:35

....poor Seedy is out of the idea that those damned Russians had left the Kingdom of Primates many
millenniums ago and he can jump up for occupating the vacancy. But Seedy is busy.....and
Do not disturb;)

Seedy - 8 May 2015 // 18:07:51

"If you can be tricked by the Russians, then you can be tricked by any primate."

Just when did Russians evolve into primates? If true, this is clearly a very recent development.....

Rusrik - 6 May 2015 // 05:19:47

Freedom is not a God-given or natural right. It is a gift from Stalin. Without Stalin, eastern Europe would have been enSlav-ed by Hitler. Stalin gave Bulgaria freedom and taught certain Bulgarians how to change a lightbulb in the service of other Bulgarians. Now the Americans come along and say change your own lightbulb. Next they will say pump your own gas this is not New Jersey or Oregon.

Vladimir Putin - 5 May 2015 // 17:42:38

OK, Rurik - job done. You may continue now with the anti-ukrainian propaganda, we'd forget the bulgarians for a while.

I need my speech for Den Pobedui - make sure it's ready, do svidania.

Rurik - 5 May 2015 // 16:30:08

Sorry, Sir, but poor "Rurik" has as much in common with Putin as Your post has with the facts and logic;)
(1) Stephan Stambolov was killed by Macedonians;
(2)The April, 1876 Bulgarian Uprising was the attempt of Bulgarians to have that very "own way" mentioned by You. The result: thousands of barbarically killed (by bashi-bazuks, not by Russians) Bulgarians, including Hristo Botev, in June,1876, right? And then only the reaction from Russia: the widespread sympathy for the Bulgarian cause led to a nationwide surge of patriotism and desire to help...........Strange desire, eh? The Ottoman rule would've been much better, right?

rurik-putin - 5 May 2015 // 15:20:37


Yeah...what about 1876? The russians "liberate" bulgaria (chase away the turks and take over bulgaria themselves...).

How was this liberation? The russians killed Stefan Stambolov and the "bulgarian" government had ALL without exception russian ministers. Number of bulgarian revolutionaries including Hristo Botev, Zachary Stoyanov criticized russia and called it "suspicious defeender of slavichood", "turks harm less than the kazakchs" etc.

The 1876 war was a revenge by Russia to Tirkey, UK, France as a consequence from the 1851 Crimean war.
Without the "russian liberation" Bulgaria would've found its own way. The ottoman empire in the 19th century was significantly weaker as it had just lost Serbia, Greece, Romania and the likes.

Rurik - 5 May 2015 // 12:31:26

"If you can be tricked by the Russians, then you can be tricked by any primate" ----- and what about "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma", Mr. Churchill? ;) .....
Still thanks for getting my innocent hint ;) And note, please, I've contrasted Mrs.Hopkins not with ANY PRIMATE but with Venus only ;) Not Truth but Politeness....inside an enigma....directed me ;)

Rurik - 5 May 2015 // 12:25:44

What about 1878-1879, Genghis Khan? ;)

genghis khan - 5 May 2015 // 12:19:44

So she's the 45th "ambassador" from Western europe who is a self-proclaimed ruler of Bulgaria?

We've seen this already from the french ambassador, from the dutch ambassador and from the german ambassador.

Why should we listen to her? Has Bulgaria benefited from EITHER EU/Russia? Nor it hasn't.

edc - 5 May 2015 // 07:08:38

You were tricked into believing that joining the EU would make everyone rich ,
AH That pot of gold at the end of the rainbow ,the poor are still poor ,

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