Bulgaria joined the European Union (EU) in 2007 and has achieved consistent economic stability and growth. Recent political changes have resulted in more stable relations with other EU Member States and trade has grown as a result. Although Bulgaria serves as a gateway into Eastern Europe and the wider EU common market, direct U.S. food and agricultural exports remain relatively moderate, although they are growing. In 2016, U.S. food and agricultural exports to Bulgaria were upwards of $63.7 million, a 12-percent increase over 2015 (Bulgarian National Statistical Institute). Despite significant strides toward becoming a market economy, Bulgaria’s agricultural economy remains vulnerable to world market fluctuations.