GD National Police

Three projects implemented by the General Directorate National Police (GDNP) under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism were formally presented in an online forum

“These projects are extremely important not only for the Ministry of Interior, but also for society, because their overall goal is not only to increase the capacity of police and judicial activity, but also to improve the quality of services to citizens.” This was stated during an online forum by the Minister of Interior Mr. Hristo Terziyski. The event, which featured three projects implemented by the GDNP under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, was attended by the Director of GDNP Chief Commissioner Nikolay Hadzhiev and Deputy Directors of GDNP Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva, PhD, and Senior Commissioner Todor Grebenarov, Deputy Directors of the National Investigative Service Juliana Petkova and Ivelina Hristova, the President of the State Agency for Child Protection Dr. Eleonora Lilova, employess of the Ministry of Interior, many representatives of the non-governmental sector and others.


The projects are “Improving the capacity of police and forensic activity dealing with material evidence in pre-trial investigation process”, “Improvement of the efficiency of the police in the field of domestic and gender-based violence” and “Improvement of the coordination and dialogue between Police and Roma Society”. Project activities started at the end of 2019 and will last for 36 months. Their total value is EUR 4 950 000. More information about the projects is published on the website of the General Directorate National Police, section “projects” (

10 Feb 2021

Drive responsibly! Take care of yourself and others on the road!

With these words, Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva addressed the young drivers

During the final stage of the Third Edition of the "Best Young Driver in Bulgaria" campaign, the Deputy Director of General Directorate National Police (GDNP), Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva, called on young drivers to behave responsibly in the name of life. The statistics are eloquent - only this year 48% of the deceased young drivers (18-26 years) are aged 18 to 20 years, with no experience or up to 2 years of experience behind the wheel. 17 out of 21 young drivers died on the road in an accident caused by a car, 2 died while driving a motorcycle, another 2 while driving a moped. GDNP's partnership in the initiative is another confirmation that the Ministry of Interior supports any format that will contribute to the reduction of road traffic injuries, said Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva. She thanked the Traffic Police within the Sofia Metropolitan Directorate of Interior, who set up the necessary organization for traffic during the event, as well as the organizers.   

The ceremony before the official start of the campaign, organized by the Union of Bulgarian Motorists (UBM) in partnership with the General Directorate  National Police, was attended by the President of the UBM Mr. Emil Panchev, Deputy Chairman of the State Agency Road Safety Ms. Angelina Toteva, Head of the Traffic Police in the Sofia Metropolitan  Directorate of Interior Commissioner Martin Tsurinski , Inspector Maria Boteva from the Traffic Police Department in the GDNP and Dr. Nadezhda Todorovska , Deputy Chairman of the Bulgarian Red Cross. The Minister of Interior Mr. Hristo Terziyski also honoured the event. At a special stand, traffic police handed out brochures, citizens could get an idea of driving after drinking alcohol through the so-called alcohol glasses.

From the beginning of the year until August 31, 21 drivers aged 18 to 26 were involved in a traffic accident and died on the road, Inspector Maria Boteva summed up at a briefing after the official ceremony.  The share of those with experience behind the wheel between 1 and 2 years, 28%, was the highest.

In this year's edition "Best Young Driver in Bulgaria" 6,000 young people aged 18 to 26 with no more experience behind the wheel of 5 years applied for participation, but only 20 of them reached the final race. The first three will represent our country at a European race in October in Poland, and the winner will win the opportunity to drive a brand new car for 1 year.  

21 Sep 2020

Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva: The Ministry of Interior has long adopted the principle of gender equality

The Deputy Director of National Police General Directorate participated in a discussion "20 years - women, peace and security", organized by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

The discussion was organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, reaffirming the important role of women in conflict prevention and resolution and peace building.

At the official opening, the President of the National Assembly Ms. Tsveta Karayancheva said that women in uniform contribute to the balance in developing adequate and innovative approaches to resolving conflicts in all spheres of life with their qualities, stoicism, self-denial and strength of spirit. Ms. Tsveta Karayancheva stressed the importance of the forum in order to better outline the role of women not only in the security sector, but also in all other spheres of political, economic and social life. 

According to her, women in the security and defence services are both an example for the next generations and a guarantor that the state's efforts are not episodic, because they were not allowed there by someone's favour, but won their place with professionalism, will, perseverance and their actions prove that on an equal footing with men they defend the honour of the epaulet.

The Ministry of Interior has adopted the principle of gender equality long time ago, said Deputy Director of National Police General Directorate, Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva, during the discussion "20 years - women, peace and security" initiated by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. According to her, the Interior Ministry is not encapsulated only for men, about 25% of the staff working in the system of the Ministry of Interior are women, and about 16% of all senior officials in the Ministry of Interior are women.

Senior Commissioner Makeva pointed out that the percentage of employed women is higher in positions that require specific qualifications and education. This is the case in the investigation field, where women predominate among the investigating police officers and are more than 50%. More than half of the heads of “Investigation” sectors and departments are also women. In the Economic Police they are 18%. The Deputy Director of the GDNP clarified that the highest percentage of women work in the general and specialized administration of the Ministry of Interior, where more than 50% of the directors and heads of structures are women. In the expert positions under the Civil Servant Act, the employed women are almost 60%. 

The National Police General Directorate has the highest representation of women among all the main directorates in the Ministry of Interior - a total of 23% of servants with police powers.

Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva noted that the Ministry of Interior is one of the institutions that actively participates through its experts in the development of the adopted in March this year National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2020-2025, as well as in the ongoing draft National Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality 2021-2030.

The event discussed various aspects of equality between women and men and their commitment to maintaining peace and security, the need to ensure greater representation of women at all levels in the decision-making process at national, regional and international  institutions and mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution. 

The Ministry of Interior was also represented at the forum by the Deputy Director of the Migration Directorate, Commissioner Mariana Marinova, the Head of the Fifth Regional Police Department within the Sofia Metropolitan Directorate of Interior, Commissioner Marietta Ivanova, Commissioner Rumyana Borisova, Head of the Border Control Department at the Border Police General Directorate, Commissioner Vanya Georgieva, Head of the department "Methodical management of the activities of investigation" in GDNP, Chief Inspector Vesela Marinova-Petrova, Head of Sector "Expert- forensic activities" in GDNP, Inspector Penka Stoyanova from the Security Police Department, GDNP, Inspector Desislava Petrova-Lyoleva from the Crimes against Persons Sector at the Criminal Police Department, GDNP, Jivka Ivanova, Head of the DNA Analysis Sector at the National Institute of Forensics, Evelina Lazarova, Head of the Computer Systems and Network Devices Sector at the National Institute of Forensics, as well as women employees of the Ministry of Defense, occupying leading and executive positions in the various structures of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces, and the Association of Women Servicemen.   

09 Sep 2020

Regional Directorates of Ministry of Interior

Other Ministry structures
  • Metropolitan Directorate of Interior
  • Traffic Police
  • Blagoevgrad
  • Burgas
  • Varna
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Vidin
  • Vratsa
  • Gabrovo
  • Dobrich
  • Kardzhali
  • Kyustendil
  • Lovech
  • Montana
  • Pazardzhik
  • Pernik
  • Pleven
  • Plovdiv
  • Razgrad
  • Ruse
  • Silistra
  • Sliven
  • Smolyan
  • Sofia
  • Stara Zagora
  • Targovishte
  • Haskovo
  • Shumen
  • Yambol