“La Dolce Vita – Wine and food event”: the CCIB present at the tenth edition

Yesterday at the Triaditza Hall of the Grand Hotel Sofia took place the tenth edition of “La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Event” promoted by the Italian Trade Agency. The President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Marco Montecchi, the General Secretary Rosa Cusmano and the Head of promotions trade fairs, exhibitions and events Teodora Ivanova, were present at the made in Italy professional event.

Italian Ambassador in Sofia Stefano Baldi and the ICE Director Alessandra Capobianco inaugurated the event. After the opening speech, they talked with the exhibitors and tasted their products.

The exhibition, which also this year was an incredible success, attracted the vast audience. Dozens of Italian companies took part to the exhibitions to present wine, olive oil, cheese, sausages, pasta, balsamic vinegar, coffee, sauces, pastries, desserts and much more.

The event was a unique opportunity for Bulgarian buyers, increasingly interested in the specialties and ingredients typical of Italian cuisine, to taste wines and only Made in Italy products for the gourmet public.



Amcham Business Breakfast organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria at the Sofia Hotel Balkan

This morning was held the Amcham Business Breakfast organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Partner of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, at the Sofia Hotel Balkan.

The Head of the “PR, Communication and Marketing” Department of the the CCIB, Veselina Dimitrova, took part to the event on the topic “Bulgaria – US Transatlantic relations in the context of the global economic changes”.

The business breakfast was moderated by Konstantin Valkov, Director of the programme of Darik Radio and the event saw several speakers among which Petar Ivanov, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Eric Rubin, Ambassador of the United Stated of America in Bulgaria.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, guest speaker at the event, stated that: “Financial stability is something that is usually appreciated with time. In Bulgaria there is a massive fiscal reserve that grants a fixed exchanged rate of the lev; moreover, our country has a decreasing foreign debt and an increasing gross domestic product”.

The focus of the discussion was not only the analysis of the current state of US investments in Bulgaria for the development of the national economy, but also innovation, education and human capital.

The American investments have doubled from 1990 to 2016 and are now the 5,7% of the total direct foreign investment. In fact, America holds the 6th place among the countries that invest in Bulgaria, in 2016 it created more than 28.000 new work opportunities.



Big success for the 35th International Summer Camp of the Sovereign Order of Malta

Five hundred teenagers coming from 23 different countries of all continents took part to the 35th International Summer Camp of the Sovereign Order of Malta that was held in the United Kingdom from the 11th to the 18th of August, in Alton, Hampshire. The catch phrase of the 2018 Camp was “Be courageous” (1 Corinthians 16.13). This year too, a group of young Bulgarians organized by our Embassy took part to the camp and among the helpers there was Prince Mirko of Bulgaria, nephew of King Simeon II.

The Grand Master Giacomo Dalla Torre of the Tempio di Sanguinetto, praised by the participants, affirmed in his speech that the Camp is a wonderful example of the work of the Order that brings together young people, many different nationalities and cultures, united by Faith and the millennial mission of Malta.

The photographic gallery is at the official Facebook page of the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Bulgaria.

The Embassy of the Order of Malta in Bulgaria:  the Bornato’s Alpine Volunteers Association has donated an ambulance  for a Bulgarian hospital.

The ceremony for the delivery of an Ambulance that has been donated to a Bulgarian hospital by the Alpini Volunteers group to the Embassy of the Order of Malta took place in Sofia, in the headquarter of the Alpine Volunteers group in Bornato, in the municipality of Cazzago San Martino. 

The Mayor of Cazzago Antonio Mossini, recalled the close connection existing between Bulgaria and his city, that   Cazzago has been twinned with the capital of the famous Roses Valley, Kazanlak, since the last June.  The president of the group, Vittorio Consoli, highlighted  the  thirty-year-old social and voluntary commitment  of the Alpine Volunteers operating in the new infrastructure built thanks to the awarness and the generosity of the citizen Gino Loda – in the service of the Franciacorta community, a commitment that now is going to be extended to the Bulgarian friends.

The Ambassador Camillo Zuccoli warmly thanked the donors  mentioning all the numerous humanitarian and hospital initiatives promoted by the Order in Bulgaria and its activities, spread across the world.
In the presence of Brescia’s Senators Adriano Paroli (Mayor of Brescia) and Gianpietro Maffoni, and the Ambassadors of the Order Fabio Massimo Cantarelli (Eritrea) and Mario Carotenuto (Egypt), the chaplain of the Brescia’s section of the Order of Malta, Don Ivan Marcolini, and the  priest of Cazzago, Don Giulio Moneta, after having spoken words of praise and encouragement for all those who dedicate themselves to human solidarity in the footsteps of the Melitan tradition, and after having recited the specific ritual prayers for those who work in the field of care of the sufferers, together they blessed the ambulance and all those present. 

The photo gallery is on the official Facebook page of the Order of Malta’s Embassy in Bulgaria.


The Ambassador Zuccoli welcomes Cardinal Walter Kasper to Sofia

His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper, President Emeritus of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was on an official visit in Bulgaria from 24 to 27 June with Monsignor Daniel Pacho, from the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. They met the religious hierarchies of the Catholic and Orthodox churches, Jewish, Protestant, Armenian, Maronite and Muslim communities. They also met the  Vice Prime Minister Krasimir Karachanov and other authorities of Bulgarian civil institutions.

In his honor, the Ambassador of Sovereign Order of Malta in Sofia, Camillo Zuccoli, offered a dinner to all the guests: between them there were the Apostolic Nuncio in Bulgaria and Macedonia, the vice minister of foreign affairs, Amb. Stoyanov,  the Chief of Protocol of the President of the Republic, Amb. Dimitrov, the leader of the Agrarian Party, Hor. Panchev, the Ambassadors of Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait, Italy, Israel, Morocco, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Switzwerland, diplomats from Germany, Pakistan, Russia, The United States, rapresentatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, managers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and members of the different religious faiths present in Bulgaria.

The President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Marco Montecchi, the Secretary General Rosa Cusmano and the head of “pr, communication and desk members department” Veselina Dimitrova also took part in the event.

Ambassador Zuccoli remembered the appreciations and his encouragement that Pope Francesco expressed to the Order of Malta in the hearing occurred on the 22nd of the last month to the Grand Master Fra ‘Giacomo from the Tower of the Temple of Sanguinetto and to the Sovereign Council. At the end of the dinner, the Ambassador Zuccoli conferred the Grand Cross “pro Piis Meritis” to the Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Mons. Anselmo Guido Pecorari, on behalf of the Grand Master, because of his constant support to Malta’s hospital and also voluntary and social activities, in diplomatic missions held in Africa, Europe and Latin America. Cardinal Kasper, during his last speech underlined the importance of the meetings in Sofia for the unity of Christians and for the promotion of  closer relations between the Holy See and Bulgaria, in order to create a more supportive Europe that is anchored to its Christian values.                                                                                                                                                                Eventually, he thanked the Order of Malta for the commitment in humanitarian works at the service of life, health, dignity and fundamental rights of every person, everywhere in the world.


Special food 2018: in the national year of Italian food

The proclamation of 2018 as the national year of Italian food by the Ministries of Agricultural Food, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, will highlight the agri-food heritage as a part of the Italian cultural heritage and identity. To make these values ​​known at the international level, the Special food 2018, that has been created in partnership with Unioncamere and Assocamerestero,  promotes the national food and the agricultural experience, as envisaged by the initiatives of the national year of Italian food.

There are ample publishing services dedicated to the values ​​of the food model, which is confirmed to be the driving sector of the Italian economy; then ample space is given to the activities of the Chamber System, among these the “Certification of Italian Restaurants in the world”; the previews of the most representative trade fairs in the sector such as Vinitaly and Cibus and the editorials of AgroQualità and Federalimentare, which highlight their commitment to promoting the food model.  

The special edition, widespread in Italy and abroad, can also be consulted online.


On April 5, Assocamerestero presented in Milan his project that promote Italy in “10 selfie”

On April 5 the operational plan and the first steps of the project “Italy in 10 selfies” that promote and disseminate international relations of Symbola were presented in Milan by Assocamerestero – Association of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad (ICCA) and Unioncamere – and SymbolaFoundation . The aim of this project is to illustrate the leaders of innovation, competitiveness and sustainability of the Italian production system on world markets. The project provides significant stop-overs in different parts of the world and it is supported by the Association of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad (ICCA) through the organization of initiatives with local opinion leaders and business communities that gather around the CCIE.

This project is in conjuction with the Bulgarian period of Presidency of the Council of the EU and for that reason the first tape in Europe Area will be in Bulgaria with the presentation of the program in Sofia, during the Italian Festival in May.

 Gian Domenico Auricchio, the president of Assecamerestero has declared:” We are proud to be able to contribute with this project to the development and the diffusion of the image of “Made in Italy” and of the country, that is linked to innovative technology and sustainable solutions in the best sectors of our industry. “Made in Italy” is traditionally recognized as a reference model for the quality and the handmade, consolidated over the time. With the tour we will present a new identity of a more technical and more innovative Italy, that is able to lay the foundations for the development of the country.

Ermete Realacci, the president of Symbola explained:”Ten Selfies, are ten snapshots that highlight the leaders of our competitiveness on world markets, indicating the drivers of quality (environment, design, culture) and observing the excellent performance of sectors Made in Italy (food farming, wood forniture, mechanics, fashion, but also other sectors like pharmaceuticals). This is the Italy that Symbola shows in its work and represents in these selfies. Italy is a country made by many businesses, communities, people, associations, institutions that are united by the ambition and the challenge of quality. The country connects traditions, new technologies, research, digital and crafts, which holds together culture, green economy and competitiveness. It is Italy that makes Italy. It is a country that looks at a new model of economy based on a human scale which resembles the economy outlined by Pope Francis in Laudato Si”.

Giuseppe Tripoli, Secretary General of Unioncamere said:” The data of our exports and the high presence of foreign tourists in our country show that in the world there is high attention and a very high demand for Italy, which can still grow. This project will be very useful to the companies of “Made in Italy” and to the whole hospitality chain, because it will allow us to make known the excellences and the leaders of our production and the attraction of our country”.

Symbola, that is characterized as a true census of italian talents, it shows our country through ten snapshots, focusing on the most competitive and representative sectors of Made in Italy (food farming, wood forniture, mechanics/automation, fashion and pharmaceutical) and on the drivers of sustainable growth of our economy.

Source: Aise, international foreign press agency




Service proposal to support the eyewear sector: meetings with Bulgarian and Macedonian operators

The ICE Office of Sofia and the Skopje Match Point propose, as a service within the Italian Festival 2018 to support the eyewear sector, a day dedicated to presenting the latest trends on the market where Italian industry is very present and appreciated.

Bulgaria imports sunglasses and eyeglasses, frames and lenses. In recent years the country has also started a decent production.The main importers of eyewear are the optical chains, whose competitive advantage is mainly based on the wide range of products offered and on the large network of shops in major cities.At least 10 chains have 40 outlets. Sunglasses have the largest market share on imports of glasses and frames. The Bulgarian imports of sunglasses in 2016 amounted to over 10 million dollars and there has been a steady growth trend over the last six years, due to the increase in standard of living. Italy is the leading supplier, with a market share of around 62%, including frames.Despite being a small market, however, there are opportunities for Italian companies producing new products and medium-high-end brands, whose retail price ranges from 100 to 350 euros.The eyewear market in Macedonia is small, limited by its size (about 2.1 million inhabitants). The market value is estimated at 2.8 million dollars / year considering that in Macedonia there is no industrial production in the optical sector, therefore the entire local needs are met by the import.

Macedonia is a net importer of sunglasses, eyeglasses, frames and lenses. Italian imports can, in any case, be judged in an extremely satisfactory manner in this sector in which, despite strong Chinese competition, Italy’s share will remain dominant also in the coming years because consumers in this category have a strong preference for Italian brands, considering that it is still a fashion product. 

For participation, click here to view the information circular / service proposal and here to download the application form.  

Source: Italian Trade Agency – ICE Sofia


Welcome to Sofia to the new Ambassador from The Netherlands Bea ten Tusscher

On the 2nd of May at the Grand Hotel Sofia, the Ambassador and Mrs. Zuccoli hosted a dinner in honor of the new Ambassador from the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bulgaria, Bea ten Tusscher and her spouse Dr. Rien van Wier. The Minister of the Environment Neno Dimov, the Vice Minister of the Foreign Affairs Todor Stoyanov, the Director of the Protocol of the President of the Republic Ivan Dimitrov, the Diplomatic Counsellor of the Prime Minister Mrs. Denitsa Zheleva, the Apostolic Nuncio Anselmo Guido Pecorari, the Ambassadors of Poland Krzystof Krajewski, of Austria Roland Hauser, of Switzerland Denis Knobel, of Czech Republic Dušan Štrauch, of Brasil Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes, of the Republic of Korea Boonam Shin, of Argentina Alberto Trueba, of Belgium François Bontemps, of Greece Gregorio Vassilokonstandakis, of Italy Stefano Baldi, of Spain avier Perez-Griffo, the General Manager of UniCredit Bulbank Dr. Enrico Minniti, the Presidents of the Italian-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce Marco Montecchi and of the Swiss-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerche Boni Bonev, the Editr of the Agency of News “Fakti.bg” Kamen Alexiev, all with their respective spouses took part to the event.

When wishing the Ambassador ten Tusscher the best for the success of her mission in Sofia, Ambassador Zuccoli reminded some of the important initiatives organized by the Order of Malta in the Netherlands, from the first aid medical centre in Amsterdam to the Summer camps for young people with disabilities both in the territory of the Kingdom and in Lebanon: activities that demonstrate the Order of Malt and the Netherlands are inspired by sensitivity and values of shared commitment in front of the humanitarian and social emergencies of our time. The Ambassador ten Tusscher said many thanks for the event that happily opens her diplomatic work in Bulgaria and fondly remembered the passed occasions and assignments in Europe and in Latin America, in collaboration with the Order of Malta, stating once again her appreciation and admiration for their long-standing history and commitment.


WEBIT FESTIVAL EUROPE on 26th and 27th OF JUNE IN SOFIA. Collective participation – Start up event

In the field of promotion towards the start-ups and innovative Italian SME, the ICE Agency is organizing the collective participation to the Webit Festival programmed in Sofia on the 26th and 27th of June 2018, international fair under strong development for the sector of Information Technology.

The High-Tech sector in Bulgaria is characterized by the high level of technological competition and the low costs of development and supply of complex services offered by the software companies. In the last ten years, the sector grew to the point where the revenue is three times as much as it was before. Among the High-Tech compartments, the one of telecommunications holds the first place; the cloud technologies and the phone applications are under strong development as well.

For the 2018 edition very high numbers of attendance are expected, as the period of the fair coincides with the end of the term of the Bulgarian Presidency at the Council of the European Union and for this reason the fair has an important potential value, representing the closing event of the term of the Presidency as well. It is expected the presence of 7000 participants and 200 start-ups among the most innovative and promising in Europe.

If interested in participating, click here: https://issuu.com/cameracommercio/docs/circolare_adesione__webitstartup  to visualize the registration form.

Source: Italian Trade Agency – ICE Sofia


Political elections 2018: voting by mail for Italian citizens residing in Bulgaria

In 2018 there will be the elections for the renewal of the Italian Parliament that will involve the Italian citizens residing in Bulgaria as well, called to elect their representatives in the Chamber of Deputies and in the Senate of the Republic by voting for the candidates that will present themselves in the Overseas Constituency.

It is reminded that VOTING is a RIGHT protected by the Italian Constitution and that, according to Law 27th of December 2011, n.459, the Italian citizens residing in Bulgaria, registered in the electoral lists of the Overseas Constituency can VOTE BY MAIL. To this end, it is recommended to control and regulate one’s data and address in the state registry at the Consular office of the Italian Embassy in Sofia.

The choice (option) to vote in Italy is valid only for one electoral constituency.

For more information, click the following link: http://www.ambsofia.esteri.it/ambasciata_sofia/it/ambasciata/news/dall-ambasciata/2017/12/elezioni-per-il-rinnovo-del-parlamento.html

Source: Italian Embassy in Sofia


Invite to the project “Milanb4b – The building for Business”

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Milan-Monza Brianza-Lodi, the biggest Chamber of Italy for number of companies, over half a million, with two million operators and over 500 billion of revenue, and the second in Europe, launched a new initiative, Milanb4b – The Building For Business, meant for the Italian and foreign companies not located in Lombardy seeking to improve their knowledge on the Lombard Market.

The project, managed by Promos, was born with the goal of creating a place in the city in which the Italian and foreign companies could benefit from the ad hoc services meant to get them to know and judge the business opportunities offered by the Milan area in the best way. The place pinpointed at city hub for the attraction of investments is the Giureconsulti Palace, the historic headquarters of the Milan Chamber, in the heart of the city and close to Piazza del Duomo.

The Italian and foreign companies that will adhere to the project will have the unique opportunity to have a designated working spot for thirty days to exhibit and promote their products in the prestigious halls of the Giurecounsulti Palace, in addition to use the services for the development of their business, among which: the support in the opening of a branch in Milan, assistance during the search of the location for said branch – by identifying possible settlement opportunities –, dedicated training courses, technical seminars, opportunities for networking, study visits and b2b meetings with selected counterparts.

The first event is dedicated to the companies in the Design and Furniture sector and will be held from the 9th of April to the 4th of May, on the occasion of the 57th Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Click the following link: https://issuu.com/cameracommercio/docs/manifestazione_di_interesse_ita_def  to discover the contents and the aims of the project.

Click this link https://issuu.com/cameracommercio/docs/company_profile_locked_def_ita.docx to take part to the initiative of the Design and Furniture sector.


Varieties of Bulgarian vines and regional characteristics during DiVino.Taste 2017

From the 17th to the 19th of November 2017 at the National Palace of Culture of Sofia, the biggest promotion event of Bulgarian wine will take place. For its 7th edition, DiVino.Taste offers once again a rich programme full of training courses. During the biggest forum on the topic, evidence will be put on the variety of local vines and the regional characteristics of Bulgarian wines.

Many words are said about our typical vine varieties, reasons to be proud of our wine production. Loved or not, our vine varieties are a topic of discussion between the lovers of Bulgarian wine. Melnik is not only the name of one of our most emblematic cities, but also the name of the very same vine variety that has the potential to become an icon for Bulgaria. Original, intriguing and peculiar – all these adjectives perfectly describe Melnik – typical wine of the South-west of Bulgaria. This is the warmest, most suitable region for wine-making. Melnik represents a famous variety of vine of which little is known at the present moment. During the master class Melnik: city, vine or icon of wine Vili Galabova, member of the DiVino team, will show the delicate face of this magnificent Bulgarian wine from all points of view.

This year, the traditional retrospective visit of some of the best wineries of the country will be dedicated to one of the best years – 2011. The review of the harvest and of the selection of the best Bulgarian wines (all belonging to the year 2011) will be directed by the teacher and WSET-certificated sommelier Alexander Skorchev.

The long-awaited ranking of DiVino comes every year usually at the end of the month of February. During DiVino.Taste the entrepreneurs will have the exclusive opportunity to taste all ten wines at the top of the Master Class ranking that is traditionally chaired by Julia Kostadinova of DiVino and during which the public will meet the producers. The complete programme of DiVino.Taste is available at https://taste.divino.bg/. The tickets for the Master Class can be bought at the following link: https://www.vintageclub.bg/category/sabitia-37.


IX Edition of La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Event – Company presentations, tastings and meetings B2B

ICE-Agency of Sofia is organizing the 9th edition of La Dolce Vita, Food & Wine Event. Eleven Italian companies will take part with a wide range of food and wine products not yet present on the Bulgarian market. The event, which is addressed towards a professional audience, will take place on the 27th of September at the Grand Hotel Sofia, Traditza Room, from 15.00 to 20.00.

Leo Bianchi will be a special guest with a showcooking and tasting of meals prepared with regional products of the Italian companies present at the event.

The Italian companies will meet importers and distributors of food and drinks, BOD, wine-houses, restaurants and catering agencies.

For further information on the Italian participation: https://www.facebook.com/events/1306810319441933/?fref=ts 

To participate and meet the Italian companies contacted by ICE Sofia: mail sofia@ice.it


The Head of State conferred the award “Stara Planina” First Class to the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Camillo Zuccoli

In a solemn cerimony held on the 5th of September in the Room of the Crest of “Dondukov 2”, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, conferred the award “Stara Planina” First Class to Camillo Zuccoli, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

In his speech, President Radev said: “This year will be ten years since Camillo Zuccoli became an Ambassador in Bulgaria. He realized a great deal of charitable and promotional projects for the good of our country, helping thousands of people suffering and in need, and for the protection and growth of Christian faith, and for the preservation of peace and tolerance”. The Head of State reminded that, under the guide of Ambassador Zuccoli, for more than decade the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta has organized more than 350 humanitarian initiatives in 107 places in Bulgaria, including several donations to social institutions for underprivileged children and elders, for victims of natural disasters and refugees. Moreover, the President thanked Ambassador Camillo Zuccoli for his noble activity and his personal contribute to the cooperation between Bulgarian and the Order of Malta.

In his speech during the ceremony, Camillo Zuccoli thanked the Head of State and of the Presidential institution in the field of philanthropic and voluntary initiatives for the support. “I am proud of our work in Bulgaria. This country is a dear friend of mine” said Ambassador Zuccoli and he expressed his trust in the fact that cooperation between Bulgaria and the Order of Malta will continue to develop actively in the future. “I consider this Award an incredibly honor reserved not only to my modest person, but also to the work of the Order of Malta in Bulgaria and to all those who collaborated with me during these years, with generosity and compassion, first and foremost my Minister Counsellor Bogdan Patashev. Bulgaria and the Order of Malta share a millennial history that crossed paths multiple times and whose soul is represented by the shared values of Christianity. At the core of the reasons that tie us together and of our firm goals of civil and social commitment, there is the human person with its inviolable dignity and rights, both spiritual and material” added Ambassador Zuccoli.

Honorable President, to You and Your Government, to the diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – among which, with old friendship, I send my regards to Ambassador Radi Naidenov and I greet here Ambassador Ivan Dimitrov – to the exponents of the other Ministries and to all institutional authorities, central and local, with whom we worked together in the 12 years that went by since the opening of our Embassy in Sofia, I express once again gratitude from me and from us for the always brotherly, concrete and fruitful collaboration that distinguished our relations in the realization, in the whole national territory, of our activities, whether humanitarian, social, formative, recreational, of assistance to the ill, to the elders, to the orphans, to the single mothers, to the refugees hosted and passing through Bulgaria. And I express a strong sentiment of friendship towards the colleague Ambassador Kiril Topalov who, in Rome, was a tireless and incredibly valuable promoter of the best development of our bilateral relations”.

The Ambassador of Italy in Bulgaria Stefano Baldi and the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, took part to the awarding ceremony.


Udaya Live Yoga and Music Festival at RIU PRAVETS RESORT&SPA from 16th til 21st August

As per 2016 where the number of participants were 800, Udaya Live will feature this year International  Festival of Music and Yoga which will be held  from  16th to 21st August at the luxurious RIU Pravets Resort & SPA situated on  shore of a beautiful lake just 50 km from Sofia. The official opening  will take place on Saturday 16th August at 3 p.m. and the end of event will be on Monday August at 12th.

An event of international dimension and a meeting between different cultures  and creative genius, Udaya Live is an unique combination of yoga and music performed by the best masters and artists around the world. The fantastic nature and secluded area offer the best step for a deep relax,  total refreshing  and endless fun. The position is strategic and for that reason you can choose to dive in nature while you are exercising in one of the four areas  located on the shore of the lake or hiding from the sun in one of the indoor studios.

The yoga activity will start early in the morning at 7 a.m. ending at 7 p.m., involving all participants throughout the day in various meditation workshops, art and yoga classes of various styles ( Haltha, Acro, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Potenza, Kundalini, Bhakti yoga and many others), all accompanied  by live music and dance performances.

For the participation, Udaya Live provides  with several offers: “ALL INCLUSIVE PASS” which give access to all festival activities, including 5  night reservation at the luxurious RIU Pravets Resort & SPA, pool and fitness center, healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner based on local products and transfer service from and to Sofia Airport; “TWO PASS DAY”, offering access to all activities of the festival, SPA and swimming pool valid for the two days predefined by the participant.

There will be present not only experienced Yoga instructors who will teach and show you the best places to relax,  get new energies and have fun, but also MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SPACES. Characters such as STEVE CONNEL (actor, comedian, poet, motivational interlocutor with critically acclaimed works like “Powerful, Funny and Brilliant Theater”), Joey Lugassy (famous singer and songwriter with two Emmy nominations), Idan Raichel (producer, Keyboardist, songwriter, composer and performer), is an icon of global music that has inspired her inspirational example and her music mixing soul with some of greatest stages on the planet, Dave String (producer, singer, composer and innovative modern artist of Kirtan) and Tina Malia (songwriter, instrumentalist, producer and musician of the world, pop and popular pop and singer of the sacred communities).

For more information, please visit www.udayalive.com


  • Wide choice of yoga styles, meditation, pranayama and dance lessons and live music
  • Social Workshops and Workshops
  • Different areas dedicated to Yoga paths
  • Moonlight live music
  • Club parties
  • 5 overnight stays at RIU PRAVETS RESORT&SPA
  • 3 meals per day ( buffet)
  • Spa, pool and fitness center access
  • Transfer to and from Sofia Airport
  • More than 50 yoga instructors and renowned musicians


  • Sianna Sherman creator of Mythic Yoga Flow, a world-renowned and recognized internationally recognized Soul Alchemy Yoga Teacher and Presenter;
  • Annie Carpenter, creator of Smart Yoga Flow. She is known for its yoga workshops and restoration practices;
  • Christi Christensen, the perfect combination of inspiration and athletics by Cristi Christensen. The body and soul respond to the unique mix of dance yoga and house music;
  • Daniel Scott, a teacher of yoga voice. His philosophy is to teach people how to be yogi and remind to the yogi how to be people;
  • Rudy Mettia, creator of unique and ever-changing experiences.

Take a look at Udaya Live 2016 – bit.ly/2t6Pjhw


Contact: info@udaya.com


The Festival dedicated to Italy, this year focused on culture-economy pair


The 14th edition of the Italian Festival in Bulgaria is the traditional exhibition of events dedicated to Italy and its extraordinary cultural and business offer which it takes places each year on May and June in Sofia and in other cities of Country.

 This year’s edition focuses on culture-economy duo by presenting a series of exhibitions and initiatives in the field of music, art, cinema, contemporary literature and the future of the industry. The aim is to promote the excellence of Made in Italy in Bulgaria and to encourage new meetings and exchanges between operators, organizations and institutions of the two Countries.


The event was presented to the media on 15TH May in the residence of Ambassador of Italy in Bulgaria, H.E. Stefano Baldi, where all the actors of the Italian system in Bulgaria were present: the Director of the Sofia ICE Office, Cinzia Bruno, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce In Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, together with the Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano, the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia, Luigina Peddi and the Director of Confindustria Bulgaria, Mila Nenova.

 “During these two months we will focus on a  serie of initiatives organized by Italian institutional system in Bulgaria, including the Embassy, ICE Agency for the Promotion Abroad and the internationalization of Italian Companies, Italian Cultural Institute, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Confindustria Bulgaria” the Ambassador said.

The Festival is one of the occasions where  we put all our energies to try presenting our Country in Bulgaria, at 360 degrees even better”, the diplomat added concluding with “relations between our two Countries are great and now we have to make our Country better and better known in Bulgaria”.


Among the most important events of the Italian Festival in Bulgaria, the exhibition dedicated to the 60 years of the Treaties of Rome, a route of Europe Union on pictures, the Concert of Italian contemporary electronic music; Luigi Pirandello’s “Novelle per un anno” highlights 150th anniversary of his birth and the second edition of the Italian Cinema Festival in Bulgaria – A journey throughout cinema, tourism, wine and food: projections, meetings, workshops and events for a Festival dedicated to the excellence of the Apulia Region organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.


This initiative is under the patronage of the Councilor to the Tourism and Cultural Industry – Management and Promotion of Cultural Heritage, Loredana Capone, of the Ministry of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Embassy of Italy in Sofia and Sofia Municipality, with its nomination City of Cinema for UNESCO and it is organized in cooperation with Apulia Film Commission, Puglia Promotion, Regional Tourism Agency, Bulgarian National Film Center, National Palace of Culture in Sofia and Nu Boyana Film Studios.



Italian Style in Eyewear –the latest trends of Italian eyewear. On 13rd and 14th May at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sofia

The excellence of Italian eyewear is on the stage of Bulgaria display for the first time.

Seventeen Italian companies will exhibit a wide range of products setting up in the Ballroom room of Radisson Blu Hotel in Sofia: sunglasses (for kids also), sports glasses, made in all colors and with different materials.

The initiative is organized by ICE – Agency, in collaboration with ANFAO Association, within 14th edition of the Italian Festival, an opportunity to promote one of the Made in Italy excellence, the eyewear,  a sector characterized by tradition, originality, professionalism and continuous innovation.

Italian companies will meet importers, distributors, large retail chains, operators of the optical/ophthalmic sector in these two days and coming from Bulgaria and other Countries as there will be a small delegation of operators from Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. On 13rd and 14th May,  from 10 am to 4 pm, there will be a business meeting and on 13rd May there will be an opening for non-professional from 16pm to 19pm.

Companies interested in professional meetings with Italian companies may address their request to ICE Sofia, sofia@ice.it.

Facebook Page of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/210072019482530/


Great opportunity to attend a live art event that combines electronic music and video art. “Interval – Live Italian Music and Video-art” Saturday, May 20th at 9.30 pm

Interval – live music and video art” by Italian artists Martuxm and Mattia Casalegno at the Civic Art Gallery in Sofia (Ul. Gurko, 1), an electronic music concert that represents a tribute to Italian culture and history, a sequence of images of landscapes and Italian monuments that are the background to an intense original composition of electronic music made for the occasion.

The event is part of the Viva Italia Exhibition and is part of Italian Festival in Bulgaria 2017 and is held in the Night of the Museums.


Chamber Music Concert: Viva Italia! viva italiaItalian Institute of Culture, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Sofia and the Civic Gallery of Sofia, organized a chamber music concert, Viva Italia – 20th Century Italian Music Routes – Conversation/Concert, which took place on Thursday 27th April 2017 at the Civic Gallery in Sofia. Tickets cost 4 lv and available at www.sghg.bg and at the Civic Gallery in Sofia.

 This concert, directed by Master Roberto Giuliani of the Conservatory “S. Cecilia” of Rome, is a unique opportunity to know some of the Italian composers of the twentieth century and it is part of the exhibition “Viva Italia! 20th Century XXI Century Art Exhibition”, the trends in Italian art from the end of World War II to the present days and includes 100 authors, works from 1947 to 2016, offering a broad view of the currents of the “Contemporary Italian art”.




International Training Offer 2016/2017 – University of Bologna – School of Economics Management and Statistics – headquarters of Rimini

 The School of Economics, Management and Statistics with its headquarters in Rimini, of the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, is pleased to announce the international training program during the next academic year, mainly in English:  

International Triennial Degree:

  • 2017-04-07International Master’s Degree: Resource Economiscs and Sustainable Development (LM- 56 Degree Class). Web Site: resd.unibo.it Email: cdlm.resd@unibo.it, Program Coordinator Manuela Genghi

It should also be noted that the University of Bologna offers scholarships for foreign students, as reported at the following link: http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/study-grants-and-subsidies/grants-for-international-students-unibo-action2 



Christmas Cards

The new catalog of authors has arrived with Christmas cards SOS Children’s Village Bulgaria Christmas. Please check it out and choose the best way to wish a happy Christmas to your business partners and friends. With the purchase of these postcards, more than 500 children without parental care can be helped.

Thanks to your support, they will able to grow in a family environment, surrounded by love, confidence and security. 

For more information on the postcard initiative, you can visit the site at the following link: https://sosbg.org/corporate–partners/congratulations–cards/



13th edition of Italian Festival in Bulgaria, scheduled for Tuesday 17th May til  25th July 2016

Italian Festival in Bulgaria is on its way, with more initiative promoting Made in Italy. It is a further opportunity to present Italy to Bulgaria, which is constantly so interested in what Italy has to offer. There are a number of planned initiatives that started on 17th May and will take place until 25th July in Sofia. 

A press conference took place Tuesday 17th May in the residence of the Ambassador of Italy in Sofia, H.E. Marco Conticelli, and it was attended by the Director of the Sofia ICE Office, Cinzia Bruno, the Secretary General of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Rosa Cusmano, the Director of Italian Cultural Institute of Sofia, Luigina Peddi and the Director of Confindustria Bulgaria, Roberto Mascali.

13221532_239438923098793_2524947286134936979_n “I would like to point out that the Festival is the result of synergy and collaboration between all the actors of Italian System in Bulgaria: the Embassy, ICE Agency for the Promotion abroad and international of Italian Enterprises, Italian Institute of Culture, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. It is also the proof that public and private can do a lot to promote the brand Italy” said the Ambassador Conticelli.

Italian Festival is “the proof of the strong friendship and collaboration between two countries in all sectors”. Among the most important events it will take place the 1st edition of the Festival of Italian Cinema in Bulgaria – David of Donatello Awards”, scheduled from 31st May to 6th June in Sofia, organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Tiziano Cultural Association under the patronage of the Ministries of Cultural and Activities of the two Countries, said the Ambassador of Italy in Sofia during the opening.

 foto-Italian-FestivalEvents dedicated to food and wine industry, cooking classes, concerts, theatrical performances, photographic exhibition and also economical seminars as well as meetings with professionals from the various fields involved in the program.

The program of the Italian Festival was organized under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in Sofia, from the entire Italian system in Bulgaria: ICE-Agency for Promotion abroad and internationalization of Italian Enterprises, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Italian Institute of Culture of Sofia and Confindustria Bulgaria.

You can consult the program at the following link: 



Presentation of the book “Good, Clean and Fair”

On March 16  the presentation of the book translated in Bulgarian Language “Good, Clean and Fair”, the basics of Slow Food’s philosophy, was presented at the Vivacom Hall in Sofia.

Publishing house Janet 45  and representatives of the Slow Food Bulgaria organized the event inviting the Italian gourmet and journalist Carlo Petrini.

The author is a promoter of the sustainable food system. In 1986, some of his friend and himself prepared spaghetti, distributing them to people passing by Piazza di Spagna in Rome, a gesture of protest against the first opening of McDonald’s in Italy. “Good, Clean and Fair” is his book-manifest, which has brought satisfaction to the gourmet author who was able to create a brand of international interest, following the philosophy of slowness and luxury to live the meal as pleasure. During the presentation, the author talked about food and food issues today, claiming that everything is part of the gastronomy and inviting the population to a greater awareness of food: its origin and the way it should be produced.

Another gastronomy conquest was the University of Gastronomic Sciences, founded in 2004, and promoted by the Slow Food International Association, chaired by Carlo Petrini. In the University, more than 600 students from 80 different countries are enrolled, the author reported. Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria attended the event.




Webit Festival in Sofia. Bulgarian capital as the digital capital of the new market

From 18th til 20th April the city of Sofia will host the 8th edition of Webit Festival, an important economic and business event linked to the world of digital and technology. The Bulgarian capital has been chosen as the Hub for Europe within the High Tech sector. With the patronage of the European Commission, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Webit Festival (www.webit.bg) will host the Presidents of European Countries, Ministers, Auditors from all over Europe, innovators, startups and academics for a two days of bilateral meetings, business meetings and economic forum designed to create conditions for digitization development in Europe. An invitation to participate with national stand and delegation of entrepreneurs was extended to representatives of the business participating in the meeting.

At the same time 11 events will be held for which a great interest is expected and a large number of visitors from more 60 different Countries. The event will be attended by more than 200 professional readers as well as the President of Republic, Rossen Plevneliev who will take part in the sub-event titled “Leadership Summit on the new Economy”, while Ms Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, will welcome participants at the “Smart Cities Summit” conference.

According to expectations, about 30% of visitors will be political environment, 35% business leader, 20% business founders and investors and about 15% scientists. The partnership at the festival guarantees the presence of more than 100 non-profit organizations and media partners. Starting from its mission of promoting digitalization, the digital world will give a big contribution to the festival: the estimated online community number is about 130,000 participants who will broadcast more than 30,000 messages via Twitter.

For more information, http://www.webit.bg/.


BAPRA BRIGHT AWARDS 2016_ENBAPRA Bright Awards 2016 – expiration is prolonged

The Bulgarian Association of PR agencies (BAPRA) is pleased to announce that the 7th edition of the BAPRA Bright Awards 2016 award is now open – the only opportunity to apply for the most innovative PR, communication and marketing camps in front of a composite jury From world renowned PR expert. Applications forms can be compiled online by March 15, 2016 (expiry date has been extended) , in English. Advertising campaigns conducted between March 2015 and February 2016 can take place.

This year, new rules has been introduced for the “Agency of the Year”. The final vote will be composed of 50% of the average judgment, while the rest of vote will be formed by the average judgment on the projects with which the agency will appear in the other categories of the prize, this year’s seminar will be also held at the Sofia PR Summit, which will include the participation of PR experts and communications from various countries. The theme is “Creativity, Strategy and Outcomes”.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is among alongside the official award partners, such as Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF) and the Franco-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce.

Click here to more information.


Seminar “Application of EU Legislation in Bulgarian Judicial Practice”

A seminar dedicated to the application of EU Legislation in Bulgarian Judicial Practice was held on 26th February 2016 at the Association of Jurists in Bulgaria. The seminar which organized by the Union of Lawyers and Lawyers in Bulgaria and  the Bulgarian company specializing in the dissemination of information products APIS Europe, had a strong interest, gathering together judges of the Supreme Court, judges of the Administrative Court, practicing lawyers to professionals from the business world.

The seminar was attended by Professor Atanas Semov who holds the post of Head of the European Union Law Master at the University of Sofia and the Director of the Institute of European Union Law and spoke about “the current problems in the practice of the European Court of Human Rights in 2015 concerning the importance of the legal procedure for preliminary rulings and the role of the courts of the Member States” and the judge Lybka Stoianova, Deputy Director of the Administrative Court of Sofia who talked about of “Protection of Intellectual Property in EU Law”.

During the seminar it was presented new information system created with the support of the European Commission – EuroCases (www.eurocase.eu), a database that includes practices in the application of EU law by the EU Tribunal in Luxembourg and the Supreme Courts in Austria, Bulgaria, Great Britain , Germany, Italy, France and so on.


50 occasions to celebrate Bulgarian wine. The list of 50 best bulgarian wines prepared by DiVino.bg

divino top 50_640X400-3It is one of the 50 best Bulgarian wines in 2015 created by DiVino.bg – the website dedicated to world wine. Seven sommelier tasted different types of wines produced throughout the year in more than 2.000 bottles. Wines passed a selection procedure divided into three cycles where only in the first ones hundreds of wines were tasted.

Professionals admitted that “the selection of the top 50 Bulgarian wines made us happy about the level of Bulgarian wine and the talent of the producers and their ability to react immediately to world trends and needs of the internal market” in front of DiVino.bg team. In addition, sommeliers expressed their satisfaction regarding Bulgarian producers increasingly working with varieties of Bulgarian vineyards and they pointed out that Bulgarian wine could even find its place on the world stage with the support of the State.

Here you can find the complete list of award-winning wines.


“Italy in 10 selfie 2016- a new economy facing the crisis, main actor of climate’challenge”

i 10 selfieThe report “Italy in 10 selfies 2016 – A new economy facing the crisis, main actor of climate’challenge”, was published on January 2016. The dossier, created by Symbola Foundation and based on the research and studies developed in recent years in collaboration with the System of Italian Chambers of Commerce, in particular with Unioncamere and Assocamerestero, is among the various communication and promotion actions undertaken in Italy.

Other partners of the project “Italia in 10 selfie” are Edison Foundation, Coldiretti, Enel, Legambiente, Aaster, CAN, Ucina, Ucimu, Federlegno Arredo, Federfarma, Unaprol and Crea.

The project aims at highlighting Italy as a country full of “green talent” and ancient knowledge and innovation. It is actually Italy holding in all Europe the first position in positive green spread and industrial recycling, in photo voltaic sector for “electric mix” combination. The message that the report gives is of a Country that can mirror the changes that pass troughout it.

 In brief, 10 selfies:

 Selfie n.1 green economy turbo for Italian companies” – during the crisis, which began in 2008, 372.000 Italian companies wagered on green economy, with competitive export advantages (43,4% of eco-investing manufacturing companies exports steadily against 25,5% of the others), innovation (30,7% developed new products or new services, compared to 16,7%) and employment (59 % of 2015 hires are linked to green economy);

Selfie n.2 “Italy is one of only five countries in the world that boasts a manufacturing surplus of over $ 100 billion

Selfie n.3 “Italian companies are among the most competitive in the world”

Selfie n. 4Italy is at the forefront of the world for renewable energy sources”. The first Country which registered a share of renewable has exceeded 43%;

Selfie n.5The Italian industry of wood furniture is second in the world for commercial surplus and is the leader in Europe”, with 56,4 million euro in R&S investments, which increasingly fuel green innovation and efficiency in use of matter and energy;

Selfie n.6 “Italy is the world’s leading food-maker for 89 products and boasts the most sustainable agriculture”. Among the products of Italian agri-food, 27 have no rivals on international markets, the first in Europe in organic for a number of companies  and among the first in the world on surface;

Selfie n. 7 “Italy is first in sailing with one fifth of global export”. Absolute leadership, also linked to environmental performance such as fuel efficiency and emissions, and even a fifth of the international demand for recreational boating projects, is absorbed by Made in Italy.

Selfie n. 8 “The leading production Italian system in Europe in fuel efficiency and emission reduction” – reduction of 15 tonnes of oil equivalent per million euro produced.

Selfie n. 9 “Italian companies are champions in waste reduction and in the circular economy”. With 40,1 tonnes of waste every million euro produced, Italy is far more efficient than UK, Spain, Germany and France.

Selfie n.10 “Culture, beauty and creativity to compete”. There are 443.000 companies operating in the field of culture, accounting for 7,3% of the total nationwide, accounting for 5,9% of total employment in Italy.

Click here to view the English version of the report


Italy the extraordinary commonplace”: the true Italian excellence

Italian excellence does not only revolve around the fashion, design, and perhaps the world’s most famous food and wine industry. Italy is more. It is the production of technological goods, in aerospace innovation, holds the first position in pharmaceutical exports or in the field of mechanical engineering.

This is the message of the video “Italy the Extraordinary Commonplace“, presented by the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, during Word Economic Forum in Davos.

Click here to see the video.



The modern world has long discovered the benefits of alternative dispute resolution – arbitration. From an historical point of view, arbitration proceeds to ordinary justice. It is an appropriate tool, an alternative to the ordinary justice of the state, which is nowadays slower and more expensive all over the world, and especially in Bulgaria. The lack of speed and the high costs do not match the needs of the business, which needs a fast and economical method and less economical weight.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is pleased to inform you of the newly established arbitration at the “European Institution for mediation and arbitration” (abbreviated EIMA in Bulgarian). The body represents an adequate response to the new demands of justice, following the example of the best legal practice in the European Union. The arbitrary award passed by EIMA is applicable in Bulgaria, in all EU Member States and in States acceding to the 1958 New York Convention (the Convention for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments).

The ADVANTAGES of the arbitration proceedings are:

  1. Quickness – arbitration procedures take place in a single instance, the arbitration award produces the same effects as a judgment issued by the court and the decision can not be challenged, so the award could be put into effect immediately
  2. Less appeals – arbitration is more rapid. Arbitration institutes are less likely to appeal than those reported to the state courts. The scheduling of the arbitration process respects the needs of the case and not the organization’s agenda.
  3. Costs less – The amount of tax is usually less than the 4% required to initiate an ordinary first instance procedure and a subsequent 4% fee for the following instances. It is very important that expenses for defenders, experts, interpreters and so on. Are carried out at an entity.
  4. Arbitration is confidential – the fact that disputes are made public in an ordinary process often lead to deterioration in the relationship between the two parties and the breakdown of business relationships. While resolving disputes through arbitration offers better opportunities to preserve good practice between the parties, which are the only ones to have access to documents relating to arbitration
  5. The parties indicate the arbitrators – the referee’s or arbitrators’ indication may be made in the contract, alongside the choice of the arbitration body.
  6.  The Parties choose the procedure – this means that the Parties may choose whether the arbitrators will have to decide on the legal rules applied under the EIMA Regulation or in accordance with other rules of order, in the case of better compatibility with the requirements of the case. Changes could also be made during the arbitration procedure. 
  7. Execution abroad – the arbitration award is recognized and is subject to execution abroad. Recognition and enforcement of judgments abroad is subject to the procedural rules of each country. 
  8. Judicial review by the Supreme Court – arbitration awards may be challenged before the Supreme Court if the following conditions are met: – no arbitration clause or falsification of the clause – the subject of disputes did not fall within the jurisdiction of the arbitration – the subject-matter of the disputes is not uniform to the public order of the Republic of Bulgaria – irregularities in the conduct of arbitration proceedings Out of the Arbitration Skills: • real property rights or real rights; • Labor disputes and food-related disputes • litigation related to public law, concerning the validity or breach of administrative acts. Reasons for EIMA’s arbitration The arbitral tribunal shall settle the dispute when an arbitration agreement is reached or one of the parties requests that it be resolved by AC EIMA and the other party does not oppose it, within the deadline for the reply.

At this time, the arbitration procedure applies mainly to private law and, above all, in the context of trade disputes.

Arbitration finds its legislative framework in Bulgaria in the International Trade Arbitration Act (ZMTA), the Code of Civil Procedure (GPK) and so on. In our country, arbitration arises with two arbitrary institutions, first established since the 1989 transition.

Today, there is a choice between several bodies, assessing the quality of the referees and experts and the ability to ensure execution Of arbitration on time and according to needs. The Arbitration College at the Arbitral Tribunal at EIMA is a group of independent, impartial and valid arbiters and experts, with extensive work experience and good reputation in professional circles and in society.

Sofia, 1000, “Sveta Nedelya” 16 sq., 3° fl.

Tel.: + 359 2 981 13 54, Fax: + 359 2 981 79 75

Email: office@ac-eima.orgoffice@eimabg.orgac.eimabg@gmail.com

Website: www.ac-eima.org