The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria was founded in 1991, as a leading independent non-profit and non-governmental organization working to broaden the dialogue on strengthening Trans-Atlantic security through contributing to the formation of policy-making, leadership dialogue and public opinion.
In 1992, the ACB became the first NGO from a non-NATO member state invited to the Atlantic Treaty Association.
From 1990 – 2007, the ACB played a crucial role in building mutual trust and confidence between the Euro-Atlantic community and Bulgaria, which evolved into Bulgaria’s memberships in NATO and the EU. Bulgaria’s documents of accession to NATO and the EU were negotiated by Foreign Minister Solomon Passy (2001 – 2005), who was at that period Honorary President of the ACB.
The ACB is a vigorous promoter of the adoption of a common European Defense policy, the creation of an Anti-Missile Defense Shield in Europe and the further federalization of the EU. The organization’s activity is dedicated to promoting Bulgarian participation in international relations, which is based on the crucial role of the Euro-Atlantic community in facing the international challenges of the 21st century.
The Atlantic Club’s audience includes MEPs, government representatives and the judiciary, foreign diplomats, officers, managers, senior figures from other international organizations, professors and students. A central part of the Club’s mission is to involve the youth in transforming the Alliance into the global security actor of the 21st Century.
The Club has a stable partnership with the Bulgarian government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism. In addition, the ACB maintains links with international organizations such as NATO, the EU, the OSCE and UNESCO, as well as with influential international NGOs and think tanks.
As a member of the Atlantic Treaty Association, the Atlantic Club has strong and lasting relationships with Atlantic organizations in each of the Alliance countries, including members of the Partnership for Peace and the Mediterranean Dialogue.
The Atlantic Club participates in the exchange of values, traditions and information that lead to a better mutual understanding in the age of globalization. The club attracts world leaders, institutions and organizations in Sofia and organizes public programs and other events that bring together world leaders and experts with different perspectives on a wide range of Euro-Atlantic and global topics. Through conferences, research and leadership dialogue, the club presents Bulgaria’s ideas and opinions on the global stage.