Deputy Minister of Interior
Born on April 12, 1965 in the town of Kazanlak.
1994 – 1999 – University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, and National Military University, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
1983 – 1987 – National Military University, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
1980 – 1983 – Polytechnic Seconadary School, Kazanlak, Bulgaria
Fluent in English and Russian.
1999 – Technology of Energetic Materials, PhD awarded
1987 – Chemical Engineer, Polymer technology, MSc
1987 – Chemical Warfare protection of the population and infrastructure, B.Sc.
Professional Skills and Expertise
Completed courses and training programmes in Germany, Switzerland, The Hague, United Kingdom, the USA and France.
His main professional skills and gained expertise are in the field of energetic materials, explosives, identification, analysis and destruction of chemical weapons and chemical weapons agents.
Has wide experience in multinational and multicultural environment and practical experience in preparation, logistic support and conducting of missions in war zones and post-conflict zones. He was a team leader of missions in Syria, Libya and Afghanistan. Additional related experience includes conducting negotiations between opposing parties in conditions of war conflict and project management.
Milko Berner was appointed Deputy Minister of the Interior on 15 June 2017.
September 2016 – June 2017 was Deputy Director of Plant 4 at Arsenal Company.
February 2016 – January 2007 served as Inspection Team Leader at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague, Netherlands.
During his career he has held positions at the Ministry of Defence, the General Staff of Bulgarian Armed Forces, including the position of a Senior lecturer at Veliko Turnovo University. In 2002 was on a six-month mission in Kabul, Afghanistan as a Commanding Officer of the Bulgarian Contigent under the International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF).
Has various publications in his domain of education and work. He is a holder of the Award for Valiant Service in 2002 and the OPCW Nobel Peace Prize certificate recognizing personal contribution to the organisation.