Interesting ideas for reflection to support companies and infrastructural projects through private public partnerships emerged at the International Forum on Economics and Ecology “European Union: opportunities and priorities” of Dryanovo during the week “ Milan Junior Camp Dryanovo”.

HM1A9906International Forum on Economics and Ecology “European Union Opportunities and Priorities” held on 6th July in the Dryanovo City Hall has attracted a wide interest among participants, representatives of Italian, Bulgarian and international entrepreneurs, and the rapporteurs themselves have taken part of Debate, with the aim of creating a business meeting and a confrontation about issues related to the next Presidency of the Council of the European Union of Bulgaria, as well as regional development opportunities.

HM1A9938In the presence of the host Mayor, Ing. Miroslav Semov and CREAM PPP Alliance Bulgaria Network, Valeri Dimitrov and moderators of the technical conference, attended experts and representatives of the political and institutional world as well as the business world: by the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi,  to the Associate Director of Sardinia, CCIB, Alessandro Calia,  the Chairman of CREAM PPP Alliance Europe, Zoran Jelic, Masterliz Expert and Representative, Franz Huber, by doctor Ivaylo Kalfin,  Special Advisor to the Budget and Human Resources Commission at the EU and former Minister of Labor and Social Policy to Dr. Deyan Pavleski,  Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Macedonia.

HM1A9919The debate focused essentially on the argument on the growth of public-private partnerships in support of entrepreneurial initiative in the fields of infrastructure, tourism, ecology and training, existing opportunities and tools, the transfer of experience realized in the Neighboring countries and the importance of vocational training and education as a vehicle for economic and social growth in Bulgaria.

At the time of meeting and comparison between the participants and the speakers a day have followed of knowledge of the Dryanovo’s town and its natural, cultural and archaeological beauties culminated in the visit of the Milan Junior Camp Dryanovo and in the meeting as well as with more 200 children, with Milan Coaches engaged in training courses adopted by the most celebrated Club in the World.

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Announced at the press conference on 15 March, the convention initiative takes part of the Milan Junior Camp Dryanovo, which takes place from 3rd to 8th July in the same city, and it was organized by C.R.E.A.M. Europe – PPP Alliance, a network of non-profit development through the implementation of public-private partnerships, its representation in Bulgaria, Italian Chamber of Commerce and Municipality of Dryanovo.

A photo gallery of the work day is available on the social affairs of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, facebook and twitter.

XVII Meeting of the General Secretaries of Rome. Growth of the Italian business system abroad, new frontiers of export, development of services and innovation for the internationalization, valorization and promotion of authentic Italian agri-food products in Europe and Worldwide, Chamber Mentoring for international Growth: these some of the many topics discussed during the three meeting days of the Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad.

19732133_1379862225434200_4941767481233434775_nOn 5 July, the most important annual network of Italian Chambers of Commerce was concluded, which  was inaugurated in Rome on Monday, July 3, with the active participation of over 80 delegates from the CCIE network from around the world – General Secretaries, Deputy General Secretaries, Councilors, CCIE Presidents and Area Representatives, representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Lombardy Region, Lazio Innova, Unioncamere and various Italian Chamber of Commerce, as well as entrepreneurs in Italy.

20170705_105022During the three days of the meeting, the participants – attending the annual appointment – the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Commerce in Bulgaria – in internal plenary sessions, working groups, conferences and one to one meeting , debated around to a number of themes: from improving scoring and chambers performances to the analysis of innovative services for internationalization and exchange of good practices on new communication tools used by CCIE – social media, webseries, direct streaming; from international opportunities through regional calls to the implementation of services through European design that sees CCIEs increasingly involved in partnerships (www.myeuronet.eu), from valorization and promotion of authentic Italian agri-food products in Europe, Canada, United States and Mexico on the opportunities for collaboration of the CCIE network with Euler Hermes; from the support of the CCIEs to the promotion of the Second Week of Italian Cusine in the world – high quality cuisine / wine – of MAECI to the development of the Italian company in an international dimension through the actions of the Italian and Italian Chamber of Commerce abroad  and in the end the support of CCIEs in creating a network of italics available to SMEs through the “Chamber Mentoring for international Growth” project.

20170705_104307Eighteenth Meeting of ICCA Secretaries General was the reference context and presentation of the institutional project, promoted and co-funded by Unioncamere in the InterChamber Fund, an initiative, realized through the synergy between 24 Chambers of Italian Foreign Trade and the Italian system Chamber of Commerce, which aims to offer a free mentoring course for internationalization to a selected group of entrepreneurs and managers of Italian companies interested in opening or consolidating on foreign markets.

Chamber Mentoring for International Growth” project, guidance and assistance in the course of opening up to the foreign markets will be carried out by over 110 Mentors, qualified managers or successful entrepreneurs of Italian origins who lived and work abroad and who have a multi-year professional experience in the fields of mechanics, automotive, agri-food, insurance and finance, energy, ICT and business services and who will put their experience at the service of Mentee, entrepreneurs or managers of Italian companies eager to share with Mentors the company’s challenges of internationalization, market, development, and innovation and to strengthen its entrepreneurial ability and decision-making on foreign markets. In this moment there are 24 Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad, in 19 Countries around the world, and 51 Italian Chamber companies involved in the initiative for a total of 112 partnerships.

19732251_1378513792235710_1275383220176257822_nGian Domenico Auricchio, President of Assocamerestero, commented: “Internationalization is in the current economic context, a growing need felt by Italian PMI. The annual meeting that brings together the main representatives of the Italian Chambers of Commerce network abroad is in this regard a moment of major confrontation on the contribution that can be offered in scouting business opportunities and in favoring growth and development on foreign marketsIn this framework, the new project of mentoring is aimed at strengthening the entrepreneurship and managerial skills of small and medium Italian entrepreneurs by comparing them with the expertise of as many managers and entrepreneurs of Italian companies abroad, who are part of that Business community that the Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad aggregate. This is certainly an added value in terms of the availability and sharing of the objective that the project proposes“.

A storytelling of the CCIE annual network appointment is available on the social media of CCIB, facebook, twitter and instagram.

“Lucia Giovannini – Practical Workshop with Self-Conscious Techniques – A Whole New Life”

Lucia_Giovannini_940x350For the first time in Bulgaria, Hotel Marinela in Sofia hosted the workshop “Lucia Giovannini – Practical Workshop with Self-Awareness TechniquesA whole New Life” on June 27th . It was focused on the unique and powerful combination of 3 integrated instruments, the Wheel Life, the Axis of Vision and the Arrow interrupting the ritual, which moves on by the famous best seller on self-esteem and self-realization “All another Life” by Lucia Giovannini, an encouraging guide to living life better, Translated into more than 8 countries, including Bulgaria.

19424181_1528633567158147_6629381546853433211_nPromoted and organized by Ellinor’s House, Colibrì, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and SBB Media, the workshop saw the participation of about 150 representatives of local society try in an experimental path characterized by a particular synergy between psychology techniques, motivational practices and Ancient rituals, led by Lucia Giovannini, world-renowned expert in advisory psychology, in psycho-anthropology, neurolinguistic and neuro-semantic programming, one of 14 official Louise Hay-Heal Your Life trainers in the world, author of best-selling books Personal Growth including “I Care for the Best”, “Smeared and Eaten”, “Crude Has Served” as well as leading trainer for over twenty years in Italy and abroad and founder of Method All Another Life.

A full photo gallery is available on social media, Facebook, twitter and instagram.

Apulia Region honors the 2nd Italian Film Festival in Bulgaria with its cinematic, touristic, cultural and wine-making excellence. Michele Placido greets the Bulgarian audience with a video message and the Councilor of the Region Loredana Capone congratulates the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and co-organizers for this important initiative for enhancing the territory of APulia.

2017_0619_0024The inaugural official press conference of the 2nd Italian Film Festival was held on Monday, 19 June at 11.00 am at Sofia Balkan Hotel – “a journey through cinema, tourism and wine and food: projections, meetings, workshops and promotion events for a Festival devoted to Apulia Region’s excellence”.

Promoted and organized by ICCB, 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 the Sofia’s Common, the promotional initiative uses the collaboration, the most active Film Commission at the national level, Puglia Promotion, Regional Tourism Agency, the Bulgarian National Film Center in center, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, and the Nu Boyana Film Studios, the most important movie sets in the Balkans. 2nd Italian Film Festival in Bulgaria is part of the wider picture of the XIV Italian Festival, the traditional event show, promoted by ICE Agency in Sofia, dedicated to Italy and its extraordinary cultural and business offer that every year is held from May to June in Sofia and others cities in the country.

20170620_1353082° Italian Film Festival in Bulgaria aims to promote the talent and the excellence of Italian cinema, with a particular focus on Puglia, the protagonist of the exhibition, both in terms of the setting and on the stage of productions and of the film industry. Another important objective of the event is the support to international cultural and creative companies, as well as the promotion of Italian tourism and the wine-food. It is therefore an initiative which combines perfectly the message of “Living to the Italians” underlying our commitment to the promotion of Made in Italy in Bulgaria, as the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, H.E. Stefano Baldi has declared in the preface to the Festival catalog. At the event, the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Dimitrov, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Italian Embassy in Sofia, Cons. Emanuele Pollio, Member of the Apulia Film Commission’s Board of Directors, Arc. Simonetta Dello Monaco , Bulgarian National Film Center Manager, Irina Kanousheva and the speakers of “Il Pasticcere“, Luigi Sardiello and the Actor of the documentary and biographical film “Focaccia Blues” Luca Cirasola met afterwards.

2017_0619_0016Along with the promotional video trailer of the 2nd  Italian Cinema Festival in Bulgaria, the Councilor of Apulia Region, Loredana Capone says hello, in a video message, to the audience and thanks the President of CCIB, the guests and the organizers of this important Festival. “ We believe so much in the cinema, and we believe that your cinema is a real vehicle not only for culture, but also for promoting the territory, tourism… with the Puglia Film Commission e with Apulia Region, the promotion of Apulia is an excellent way to promoting Apulia… the cinema arouses emotions, it shows a reality and a dream, a territory under some faces and stimulates the curiosity to go to visit… it connects that territory to people, to a community and identity which are essential to generating an appeal that the Apulia Region deserves” Avv. Capone says. “it is important, so, this time with Bulgaria for both countries to establish this contact and create new opportunities. We believe so as we believe that the cinema could help us like a great deal.”

2017_0619_0029Michele Placido, instead, is the testimony of 2nd Italian Cinema Festival in Bulgaria who had not attended the inauguration for the long-term commitments, and in a video message highlights his displeasure for the inability to attend and waved off the Bulgarian Public “Always warm to me in the years… every time I came to Bulgaria, they showed me some extraordinary parties. Thank you”. “I’m sorry, again, not to be tonight in the room for the projection of my movie, The Great Dream, a little autobiographical as it tells my story”.

Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Dimitrov congratulated with ICCB President and highlights as the level of culture cooperation between Italy and Bulgaria is high, and as the 2nd Italian Film Festival in Bulgaria represents a major initiative that it allows to a Bulgarian producers and operators to compare the excellent of Italian art and above all to know the talent and the cultural and tourist wealth of the Apulian territory.

2017_0619_0175At the press conference of the promotion project of Apulia Region, television shows were attended, a visit to the NU Boyana Film Studios to close at 6 pm with the opening of Gala Network Evening on the terrace of the National Palace of Culture of Sofia, which welcomed, attending on the red carpet of the event, more than 300 guests from institutions, representatives of the business world working in touristic, film and agri-food sector, cameras associated, partners and sponsors of the project, delighted by the Apulian food and wine excellence.

All guests, accompanied by a pre-established and branded route #weareinPuglia, have reached the Lumiere Film Festival for the award ceremony and delivery of the 2nd Italian Cinema Festival in Bulgaria plaques to partners and sponsors and for the screening of the film “ The Great Dream” by Michele Placido.

20170620_102053On Tuesday, June 20, the Congress of Impact and Financial instruments supported the film productions and the opportunities for collaboration between Italy and Bulgaria in the field of cinema, followed by the 2nd Italian Cinema Festival in Bulgaria Professional meetings between operators in the sector.

The conference, organized by ICCB in collaboration with Apulia Film Commission and National Bulgarian Film Center, saw an interesting and constructive dialogue by Institutions supported by the Bulgarian and Apulia film productions in the presence of the director Karmen Balkanski and the Arch. Simonetta DelloMonaco of AFC. “Reminding how the Bulgarian Cinema Festival in Rome celebrates this year’s tenth edition with eights films scheduled and as Italian Cinema Festival in Bulgaria is at its second edition with just eight excellence films”, Mr Balkanski highlights how such promotional events allow viewers to know the territories of our Countries.

IMG-20170623-WA0131I came here in Bulgaria with a great hoped opening, even before me, from the Puglia Region, in particular from the Department. There are governmental tools that need to be developed for audiovisual in bilateral cooperation, and in the meantime, different paths of collaboration can be implemented. As AFC we are doing a great job of international networks building through agreements of intents and European projects on cooperation programs. After visiting the Nu Boyana Film Studios, I believe that, starting your skills and experiences, we can consider exchanges routes of good practices, “says Arch. Dellomonaco during the Conference.

With great enthusiasm and determination, the two Agencies, the Apulia Film Commission and the National Bulgarian Film Center shared the idea of signing a Memorandum of Understanding coordinated by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria with the aim of jointly supporting the cinematographic co-productions and exchange Of experiences also through twinning festivals to allow the Bulgarian and Apulian public to live the two countries and discover the territories of their excellence.

From 19th to 23rd June, the city of Sofia, a creative city for UNESCO cinema, is the first in Europe where the cinema, the products and services offered by Apulia Region, the naturalistic and international itineraries, the reserves Marine, regional protected areas, natural reserves and related activities (cycling, trekking, birdwatching, diving) and regional food and grocery excellence, and therefore the “Talent, Quality and Tradition” model of the Apulia Region, All the guests and enthusiasts of Italy a “ticket” to an experiential quality journey.

19225565_10154821565578865_1288332383297506651_nThere are eight feature films shot in Apulia that have told the beauties of the region, in Sofia, through which to live in Apulia and explore its landscapes, natural beauties, art and taste its flavors, because “a movie is always the beginning Of a journey “, the phenomenon of cinetourism brings in the hand to discover the locations of the films and the emotions that hide behind the greatest dream car: CINEMA. #WeareinPuglia!

From the dramatic and historical genre of opening “The Great Dream” by Michele Placido to the noir, dramatic and comedy “Il Pasticciere”, from the documentary and biographical genre “Focaccia Blues” to the comedy “Pane and Burlesque” and “Mine Vaganti” Comedy “A Woman for Friend” by Veronesi to the love movie “I Love You Only” and ending on Friday June 23 with “Let’s See Tomorrow” by Andrea Zaccariello.

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MIRABILIA – European Network of Unesco Sites – Challenges and goals for the three-year period 2017/2019 – Chamber of Commerce of Matera

19030248_1511280275560143_8435775415826473719_nOn 12 June, it met at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce of Matera, in the presence of Unioncamere President Ivan Lo Bello, a working table of 13 Presidents of Italian Chamber of Commerce (Bari, Caserta, Genova, Matera, Messina, Molise, Pavia, Perugia, Potenza, Ragusa, Riviere di Liguria, Udine e Verona) with the participation of Assocamerestero, TTG, FIPE, Federculture, entrepreneurs belonging to the Mirabilia Enterprises Network and a delegation of the Chamber of Commerce of France, which constituted the MIRABILIA network of others convened to plan the next three years of Mirabilia – European Network of Unesco Sites. Also, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, by the President Marco Montecchi and Secretary General Rosa Cusmano, took part into this meeting. Italian Trade Agency participated in video conference. 

It is a network which only for the Italian territory and is made up of goods recognized as Heritage of Humanity such as the Sassi of Matera, Trulli of Alberobello, The Palace of Caserta, the Strade Nuove and Palazzo dei Rolli’s system, Isole Eolie: Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi e Panarea, the Via and Civiltà of Transumanza of Molise, the Historical Center of Pavia and Certosa, the Pollino Geopark, Ragusa’s City, the Regional Natural Park of Portovenere, the Basilica of S. Francesco and others Franciscan sites, archeological area of Acquileia and the Patriarchal Basilca, Verona’s City. Over the years, the project has implemented an effective and innovative system of complementary design whose common goal is to enhance the cultural and food and wine heritage of the adhering territories.

19105680_1511280678893436_4353633519806989282_nIn the light of the objectives and operating methods of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism in the “STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN OF TOURISM 2017/2022”, the initiative launched by the Chamber System with the Chamber of Commerce of Leading Matera, represents a consolidated model of territorial interventions that are perfectly compatible with the outlined strategies.

Among the various topics discussed, at the meeting the venues of the International Cultural Tourism Fair of the Unesco Sites have been defined, among the mains events of MIRABILIA, which has become a real reference event for the jobseekers and registers important numbers.

About 140 buyers coming all over the world who meet about 400 sellers coming all over of Italy and France. In the 2017 the Stock Exchange will hold in Verona e later, in the 2018, in Pavia. 2019, In the year when the initiative will attend that will see Matera Capital of European Culture, MIRABILIA will be in Matera and host the “Cultural and Food and Wine Tourism Week”.

The connection between the UNESCO’s Unmanageable Mediterranean Heritage Diet and the UNESCO World Heritage that take part of the Network, is considered very important and strategic from the working table. The organization, in collaboration with the ICE in Verona of the second edition of MIRABILIA FOOD&DRINK, has strengthened this conviction.

The working table is more and more convinced of the fact that MIRABILIA is important because it brings added value to sites and territories, utilizing the full potential of the system of Chambers of Commerce. Today, a network work that sees the private participation through the established MIRABILIA Network OF Companies operating in tune and unison on an extended national territory which goes beyond national boundaries.

In fact, the participation of the French delegation who represents of the Six Chambers of Commerce of France, which have adopted the design model and have launched MIRABILIA in the country of the Alps, is particularly relevant to the interest the project shown. For the second consecutive year, French companies, journalists, buyers will be significantly present at the International Bourse of the Cultural Tourism of Verona.

France is just one of the first blocks for building a European-breath network. Interest in MIRABILIA is also found in countries such as Germany, Spain, Croatia, Bulgaria, Tunisia, which are already underway, also through the Chambers of Commerce system, relations finalized to establish the Network. With this regard, Italian Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria has been invited to support the creation of Bulgarian network of MIRABILIA – European Network of Unesco Sites, taking on the lead role in Bulgaria’s territory, after the one already established in France. 

Supporting the growth of Italian and Bulgarian SMEs business throughout joint actions between Matera’s CCIAA, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Plovdiv: concrete proposals on cultural and food and food and wine tourism, development of natural and artistic heritage Through projects of Italian excellence.

IMG_s5bdrcOn Friday, June 9th, a meeting was held at the offices of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Plovdiv between the Chamber of Commerce of Matera represented by President Angelo Tortorelli, as well as President of the Municipal Council of Matera and vice-President of the Matera European Capital of Culture Foundation 2019, Secretary General, Luigi Boldrin, representatives from Bulgarian Chamber itself, which is headquartered in the city named Capital of Culture 2019 Plovdiv, in the presence of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, represented by President, Marco Montecchi, Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano and Deputy Secretary General, Tanya Trayanova.

Different topics discussed and shared between the existing chamber structures aimed at identifying, in close synergy, the best formulas to grow business opportunities for SMEs, Italian and Bulgarian, throughout projects in the field of culture, in the light of the two nominations of Matera and Plovdiv, cultural and gastronomic, economic and promotion of the natural and cultural heritage tourism that both territories have.

IMG_-32s6toThis was the occasion to launch an invitation to participate in the project “Mirabilia – European Network of UNESCO sites” a network devoted to the promotion of the territories and routes in UNESCO World;s Heritage Sites that involves 12 CCIAAs, and that represent Italian excellence, a value conferred on the initiative which, to date, has taken on a dimension that goes beyond the Italian borders and that “I hope that it will continue to become more and more on an international circuit, also considering that Matera will be European capital in 2019, “says the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Matera, Angelo Tortorelli.

On the other hand, the President of the Plovdiv Chamber of Commerce, Dorina Prodanova, enthusiastically welcomed the proposals of President Tortorelli, stressed that, in agreement with Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, well rooted in Bulgarian territory, will answer and assist with the institutional actors of Plovdiv Region (municipality and foundation) to await common cultural goals by combining business actions between two Countries.

 

Great success for the 3rd edition of the “Italian-French Tennis Tournament”

tennis 2On May 28, 2017, at the National Tennis Center in Sofia, Borissova Park, was held the 3rd edition of the social-business networking event “Italian-French Chambers Tennis Tournament“, won for the second consecutive year by Zdravko Peshakov and Nevena Bechkova.

The second award was handed over to Ivan Lalov and Teodora Yordanova.Country Manager of BNP Paribas Sofia and main sponsor of the event, accompanied by the Presidents of the two organizing chambers of commerce, Marco Montecchi and Stéphane Delahaye, who, during a brief intervention at the closing ceremony, have delivered award to top-ranked Hans Broucke.

They also stressed “the commitment and synergy between the room facilities and their staff in the organization of sporting events that create business and pleasant moments among their associates, as well as an extra occasion to support the activities of the city of Sofia as European Capital of Sport 2018 “. Also in this edition were seen further “friendly” competitions, such as the double held between the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Marco Vaccarella against Giacomo Volpi and Cristiano Perin.

tennis 1The social business networking event, organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the “Sofia European Capital of Culture 2018” and the Bulgarian National Tennis Federation, has received a huge success: were about 100 participants, among institutional representatives, representatives of the Italian, Bulgarian and French entrepreneurs and businessmen, accompanied by their families and friends, were about fifty players who took part in the tournament, according direct elimination scheme with eighth, quarter, semifinal and final in singles. At the same time animation activities such as tennis beginner courses were reserved for the younger ones and those who wanted to take the opportunity to practice in collective lessons with an instructor at their disposal.

tennis 4Special thanks to all sponsors who have made this initiative successful: BNP Paribas (Main sponsor), Penkov Markov & Partners (Gold sponsor), alongside supporters the Alias ​​Group Bulgaria, Alpetrans, Consortium 906, European Polytechnical University, McDonald’s and Timako Work Agency, who continue to support the activities of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria!

Another thank goes to the pastry shop Orsetti for having a good breakfast at the “Da Massimo” restaurant for having enjoyed all of these typical specialties of Center of Italy, confirming Italian quality, In-trade Balkani for the great quality red wines of Montere/Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore – 2014, white such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon of Casale di Giglio and white and rosé sparkling wines enjoyed during the event.

Wishing to the winners and goodbye to the next 2018 edition with lots of new surprise!

Music, Gianna Nannini charms Sofia with Hitstory European Tour

18057728_10211594540472982_2558647638575031164_nAfter the success of Italian concerts which followed the official launch  “History” and of “History European Tour 2017”, the triumphant European Tour left from Losanna (Switzerland), on social media throughout a video in English that it finishes with this message : “My sound, your sound, European sound. See you soon” and concerts in Berlin, Charleroi, Paris, Bruxelles, Gianna Nannini stopped in Sofia on 26th April 2017 to present the best successes of 26 albums collected in “HISTORY tour” album to her audience.

Within National Culture Palace of Culture, the concert of Tuscany Region rock star, known on the international scene for her duet with Edoardo Bennato of the song “Un’Estate Italana” at the opening ceremony of World Football Championship in 1990, her concert was successfull and it was attended by enthusiastic lovers of her rock music, no lovers of rock but keen of Nannini songs, who continuously clapping hands and singing “poems” by Gianna Nannini. Music show hosted as well members and delegates of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, partner of the event organized by Balkan Entertainment Group.

18157538_10211594541833016_1204669539781256260_nOn the stage it was a Gianna Nannini passionate and tireless accompanied by a group of exceptional musicians: Davide Tagliapietra and Thomas Feast on guitars, Thomas Lang on drums, Alex Klier on bass, Will Medini on keyboard and sequences, with Isabella Casucci and Annastella Camporeale to choirs. Over two hours of music, a triumph since the concert attacked when the audience stood up to accompany all 25 songs which were counting the entire musical career of Gianna. During the live, her usual charge left space for moments of emotion with classics like “Meravigliosa creatura” and “Sei nell’anima”.

A true show where Gianna Nannni, once again, thanked to the prestigious Red Rock Strings bassist, combined the rock with classical music, creating a personalized sound, a sort of Mediterranean rock that will make her voice stand out.

Third edition of the Award Company of the Year 2016” promoted by Club of Business Ladies Bulgaria 

DSC_9106It was held on 19th April the third edition of Award “Company of the year 2016” promoted and organized by Club of Business Lady Bulgaria and the magazine Business Lady in Mussala Hall of Hilton Sofia, where there were present governmental representatives, the Vice Minister of the Economy, Lyubomir Gancev and the Vice Minister of Agriculture, Svetla Ianceva and representatives of Associations, Chambers of Commerce and foundations as partners of the initiative: Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgarian, represented for the occasion by Secretary General, Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, Bulgarian Council for the sustainable development, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce for North America, represented by the President, Bulgaria-Romania Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and Bulgarian Association for People Management.

DSC_9105They were awarded 18 companies, Institutions and media for their commitments in favor of human capital development, sustainability, innovation in entrepreneurial management, continuous improvement of products and services quality, competitiveness and innovation of the successful business model, social responsibility, good market positioning and more in 2016. The categories selected this year were: industry, education, health, finance, construction and architecture, human resources, economy and management, media, global business, ITC.

In the category “Education”, three higher education institutions: the Private Language School (ESPA) for “Innovation and Efficiency in Education”, ALLIANCE Language School for “Traditions, Quality and Professionalism in language learning”, while Higher Insurance and Finance School (VUZF) received the award “Sustainable development, quality and innovation in higher education”.

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Arteks Engineering“” was awarded for “Responsibility, Effectiveness and Quality” award in the “Construction and Architecture” category while “ЕN АR CONSULT” has received the award for “quality control and management of major infrastructure works in Bulgaria”.

In the “Health” category, the tissues bank “Future Health” was awarded as the “largest tissues bank in Bulgaria during 2016”, while Bulgarian TELEPOL security agency was awarded in the “Innovations” category for “High standards in the design of innovative integrated systems for individual, corporate, and industrial security”.

????????????????????????????????????In the “Media” category, the “Media Group” awarded the award for “Quality Contents and Innovative Product” while our member “Investor Media Group” won the “Responsible Journalism of the Business, Economics and Finance World”. The Press and Radio Agency “Focus” won, also for this year, the prize “Sustainable Development and Leader of the Electronic Media”. 

In the “Economics and Management” category, the award for “Successful Management and Contribution to the Development of Human Capital” was addressed to the company “Primeline Consultants International” while “CREDISSIMO” received the “Innovation in Loan and Accessibility Financial services through web” award.

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Queisser Pharma Bulgaria” was awarded for “Sustainable Quality Product Development” while in the “Tourism” category the award was awarded to Hotel Мarinela in Sofia for “The fastest growing and innovative”. The purpose of the award “Company of the Year” was to give value to good business practices, to promote the success of global and local factory, to focus the public attention on innovative and current models of management industry and the company encouraging the entrepreneurship in Bulgaria.

A complete photogallery of the event is available on the Club Business Lady Bulgaria website, www.businesslady.eu.

 Annual meeting of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

IMG-20170331-WA0032It was held on 30th March Annual Meeting of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria at the prestigious Sofia Balkan Hotel premises. During the meeting, the President Marco Montecchi, together with the Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano, flanked by all ICCB colleagues, presented results achieved by the Association in 2016 and objectives that the Chamber will attend for the current year. The Ambassador of Italy in Bulgaria, H.E. Stefano Baldi, was present at the annual meeting, highlighting the importance of the Chamber and its activities in supporting boosting the growth of bilateral relations between Italy and Bulgaria.

IMG-20170331-WA0017[1]Before starting analyzing points of the agenda, Mr Montecchi thanked all Members of the Board, the staff of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and all associates, particularly Alpetrans Bulgaria, Alias ​​Group Bulgaria, Penkov Markov & Partners and Sofia Balkan Hotel for collaborating in the implementation of activities in 2016, such as the important project “1st Italian Cinema Fest”, whose objective was to promote the quality of Italian cinema industry in Bulgaria, celebrating talent and excellence of Italy, a unique heritage for Italy’s cultural industry recognized around the world and supporting internationalization of “David of Donatello Award”, the Oscar Italian; then, international exhibitions Interfood and Drink, HoMI, sporting and social business networking events like golf and tennis; finally ”Masterpiece of World Opera” in Sofia and many others who have shown the quality and amount of business contacts held between different business.

Thanks also to the new supporting members Alpetrans Bulgaria, Consorzio 906, EPU European Polytecnical University, Mc Donald’s, Penkov Markov & Partners, Timako Work Agency to back up Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria for 2017.

IMG-20170331-WA0019All these details were described in a really photo storytelling video shown activities and projects carried out last year and realized with emotions, concrete actions, business contacts involving more than 400 Bulgarian and Italian economic operators in 50 promotional events organized in Italy and Bulgaria in support of Made in Italy.

The Secretary General illustrated the budget related to the plan of activities for 2017 underlining the importance of promotional activities throughout the organization of trade fairs, trade missions, country presentations, special projects, European projects and networking events promoting commercial and cultural issues.

The unanimous decision of the participants shows a strong stability of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, strongly working with commitment and dedication, since the beginning of its birth.

Finally, the President highlighted that Board, together with the Secretary General, will commit itself to go further in the implementation of different projects and they will be ready to welcome new ideas to be promoted along with all members.

Photogallery is available on our fanpage/Camera di Commercio Italiana in Bulgaria.

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The role of the 30 Italian Chambers of Commerce in 23 European Countries and recent meeting in London: these were on the agenda of the interview of the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria on Bloomberg TV Bulgaria

17522808_1416123531742485_4294483093038760817_nThe President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi was hosted on 24th March on Bloomberg Television Bulgaria – program “V razvitie” (In Development)- lead by Veronica Denizova, afterwards the meeting in London collecting 30 Italian Chambers of Commerce of  Europe Area represented by himself, for discussing about Brexit and relationships that UK will have with all European countries.

The objective was to meet as it is an ordinary appointment for all and we chose London because of BREXIT position and its consequences towards all 30 Italian Chambers of Commerce in Europe are interested in. Then, we talked about the development of Italian business in Europe and we tried to sum up real problems affecting EU and Countries where each Chamber of Commerce has its headquarter. For now we don’t feel the pressure of this situation but there is misinformation on the topic and we are taking on it with great serenity. Brexit is the result of a European Union strategy obstructed by populist parties in Europe.

FB_IMG_1490433330846We organized two seminars: the first at the Italian Cultural Institute in London entitled “Addressing Brexit challenge: to see the international business community” and the second one at the Italian Embassy in London entitled “Addressing Brexit Challenge : foreign business views on the future of Britain as a destination for investment” in the presence of official governmental authorities, representatives of entrepreneurial environment, Italian and foreign one, and representatives of bilateral Chambers of Commerce operating in the Country. This has been possible thanks to our President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK, Leonardo Simonelli Santi, who continually informs us about “sentiment” running in UK and developments Brexit decisions” declared President Montecchi.

20170320_115839000_iOSRegarding the point of view of European Countries represented here by Italian Chambers of Commerce, “the Presidents discussed about the positions that each Country has taken in respect of the Brexit but it is evident, especially in Eastern Europe, on the one hand, that Brexit has a negative impact and a “freezing effect” of European policies in those candidate countries whilst, on the other side, results of the referendum showed that Brexit arised nationalistic movements in some Countries, such as Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia.

The suggestion that speeding up the enlargement process and bringing in new members as a way to consolidate the reforms that the region needs to make, while at the same time counteracting the loss of the UK, is unlikely to hold any sway among observers. As Romania and Bulgaria have shown, EU membership does not necessarily guarantee a swift end to the challenges of transition. At the same time, replacing the UK, a net contributor to the EU budget, with a group of countries that would place further strain on EU finances, is unlikely to be welcomed. I hope that the UK will arrive to the conclusion of trade agreements with EU Countries because it is relevant that we continue to work together for economic growth and especially for SMEs operating in all Europe” added President Montecchi.

Complete interview is available at the following link http://www.bloombergtv.bg/v-razvitie/2017-03-24/vliyanieto-na-brexit-varhu-evropeyskiya-biznes.

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Milan Junior Camp in Bulgaria Program 2017 with new appointments, next Milan Camp Day in Italy with con 8 Bulgarian young talents of previous edition 2016: all these topic on the agenda of the press conference on 15th March at Hilton Hotel 

17424798_1413349538686551_3476777851865648349_nIt was held on 15th March at 11 o’ clock at Hilton Hotel press conference presenting Milan Junior Camp Bulgaria program 2017 and results of previous edition.

Promoted and organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and our member Dominant Sport Group, representing Milan for Bulgaria, together with C.R.E.A.M. Bulgaria – PPP Alliance, organizations no profit network in Europe fostering economic and social development at regional and local level throughout public-private partnerships, the event was attended by Alessandro Gianni, Milan Junior Camp – AC Milan, Italian Ambassador in Sofia, H.E. Stefano Baldi, the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, MJC Manager in Bulgaria, Ivaylo Rachev, Mayor of Byala, Atanas Trendafilov, President of Dryanovo Municipal Council and Chairman Lokomotiv Dryanovo FC, Todor Georgiev, the Manager of Milan Junior Camp Byala and Association “Future of Sport”, Georgi Angelov and the representative of CREAM Bulgaria PPP Alliance, Valeri Dimitrov.

17309499_1413349442019894_2017746505243981730_nA group of eight talented young kids who participated in the program held in Dryanovo in 2016 (please check following link with final video trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIDkU-63Ois) took part into this media event and it was announced their involvement into Milan Camp Day Milano on 18th and 19th March at Casa Vismara.

Apart from the speech of MJC representative for Bulgaria, Ivaylo Rachev, who thanked Italian and Bulgarian Institutions and illustrated the importance of this project in Bulgaria, the opening session was launched by Alessandro Gianni, who expressed to the audience and media his appreciation highlighting the project, being the fourth edition, and underlining AC Milan strong interest and attention for Bulgaria progress. 

17498779_904795039624077_8640608071170313152_nI’d like to thank everyone for being here and particularly organizers, Ivaylo Rachev of Dominant Sport Group and representatives of Bulgarian municipalities of Byala and Dryanovo that will host camps in July and August, as well as a special thank to the Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria, H.E. Stefano Baldi and the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi who are present here today to witness the relevant sport and social objectives of this project” said Alessandro Gianni.

It’s a great pleasure to be here and especially to see these seven young talent that will visit Milan, selected for sport and behavioral merit, to attend two day tournament in Milan in the youth sector” continued the manager of MJC – AC Milan.

17426059_1413349828686522_3671342972377391870_nWe are here to formalize the collaboration for this year that will see Bulgarian kids living this special experience in July and August, a holiday that combines a passion for AC Milan with entertainment, living in contact with nature. Milan Junior Camp Dryanovo, town in heart of the Country, located at the foot of the mountains, for the second year in a row will can host to 200 children during the week from 3th to 8th  July. From 1st to 6th August, 150 young players will take part in Milan Junior Camp Byala, in Varna Province, located on the Black Sea” declared Alessandro Gianni.

Milan Junior Camp is a program promoted by AC Milan Academy with the main objective of supporting children growth at every stage, let them discover Italy and Rossoneri, be trained under the supervision of AC Milan coaches, in the light of considering sport as a driven for social changes. 

17309319_1413349918686513_1319266285610995186_nThe Ambassador of Italy in Sofia, H.E. Stefano Baldi opened his speech expressing his appreciation to be present at the event and particularly to be with those young talents, highlighting that “you eight boys will do my same job. You will have the difficult task to be ambassadors of sport and football in Bulgaria. I am sure that you will take on this experience with the same spirit that Mr Gianni has just described, seeing first-hand some of the values ​​connected to sport and especially the football; this is an experience that develop the merit, talent and loyalty essential in the sport. You will live a great experience”.

I would like to share with you a quote from important coach who is for us a point of reference for the National Teams, Arrigo Sacchi, “football is the most important thing of the less important things therefore you must face this experience seriously”.

My participation today has been possible thanks to the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and it is for informing about interest Italian Embassy which I represent towards this program, to sport and to the role of sport in bilateral relationships. Such events are just an important millstone for reinforcing and strengthening relationships among Countries and populations; the most important issue is the involvement of young people that prove our and your willingness to invest in future generation. Let’s make an applause to all my colleagues” stated the Ambassador.

17425108_1413349835353188_4637255791976821981_nAfter the Head of Mission’s speech, the floor was given to Marco Montecchi, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, who addressed a special thank to the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, for being always present to countless cultural and sporting events in Bulgaria. “The presence of Alessandro Gianni demonstrates the importance of Milan Junior Camp in Bulgaria. Thanks to Ivaylo Rachev who proposed the project immediately adopted by Chamber of Commerce with enthusiasm as well as the municipalities of Byala and Dryanovo.

I feel so emotional today to be here and to be with young kids: as a parent, and among all of you they are parents that can understand what I mean, it is something unique and extraordinary seeing those Milan T – shirts on your sons’ bodies. It will be an unforgettable experience for a lifetime”, says Marco Montecchi.

This first initiative is part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Dominant Sport Group, who is the official representative of worldwide known football team. Moreover, this is also part of social business networking events organized by ICCB all along the year, gathering Italian Bulgarian business communities.

Watch the success of the press conference branded #Milan Junior Camp Bulgaria by clicking on following image

 

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Recruiting Opportunities at Careers Days Cà Foscari University of Venice

logo ca foscariWithin the framework of the agreement with Cà Foscari University of Venice, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is pleased to invite all companies to be part of Career days promoted by Italian University with the purposes of  gathering companies, offering them the possibility of having workshop ad hoc, choosing the period of the year more suitable to their business, taking part into virtual on-Campus interview and virtual on-Campus recruiting.

They are recruiting days organized with the main objective of fostering matching among major brand companies and a group of students and graduates will skilled and ready to be selected upon companies’s needs.

banner_finance_848x174You are a company working in  Consulting and Finance? On 30th March 2017 do not miss career day!

 

faschion_luxuryYou are working in Fashion&Luxury sector? Next 30th May 2017 you could be part of recruiting day dedicated to this sector!

 

Food&Beverage is your business sector?  31st May 2017 – Save the date!

You are working in Retail&Lifestyle? Students and graduates are ready to meet you on 7th November 2017!

Art, tourism and communication are your core business? On 30th November 2017 don’t miss your career day!

You are a company working in Industry, Services and IT sector? Be at recruiting day on 10th November 2017!

For further information about participation opportunities, please contact Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, segretariogenerale@camcomit.bg, tel. +359 2 846 32 80.

Second networking appointment with Bilateral Chambers of Commerce in Bulgaria: “Science-Business Cooperation” was the main topic of the Conference 

20170310_115551Within networking and institutional lobbying activities leading by Bilateral Chambers of Commerce in favor of business communities and after that of 17th February on Judicial Reform, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part into the Conference “Science-Business Cooperation“, held on 10th March 2017 from 09h30am til 4h00pm in Trade Center Europe of Sofia. 

Organized by Vision for Science and Technology Growth Foundation, in straight cooperation, this time, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, RAND Europe, GIS-TransferCenter and Chambers of Commerce based in Bulgaria, the focus was on  how production of science can be financed in cooperation with business and how science can be managed and developed to applications in the commercial world.

IMG_-o8v3taThe key-note speaker from RAND Europe, Cambridge Office, Ms Molly Morgan Jones presented how the role of funding can drive research and innovation which includes new financial instruments and models of funding research, the critical role of evidence in informing research policy, followed by the speech of Mr Tobias Engert, from Transfer Center of Frankfurt who drew the attention on management of intellectual property, specifically patents ans how they can be handled for movement to acquisition or sale.

Then, former deputy Minister of Education and Science and Chair of Parliamentary Commission, Ms Milena Damyanova gave a general and current overview of issues surrounding the production of science in Bulgaria and on policies in the science and technology transfer domain of Bulgaria giving the floor to Mr Atanas Atanassov to deal with Science business cooperation in academic field.  Click here for the agenda. 

Afternoon session was directed on interaction with speakers and networking between business and science representatives. 

Please see below details about each speaker:

Molly Morgan Jones, RAND Europe_How the role of funding can drive research and development

Tobias Engert, Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany

Milena Damyanova_Policies in the science and technology transfer domain

Atanas Atanassov_Science-business cooperation – the academic perspective

Kostadin Kostadinov_A current overview of issues surrounding the technology transfer in Bulgaria

David Hampson, Founder of Vision for Science and Technology Growth

Mladen Djalazov, Example of how invention is moved to patеnt and application

The Conference was streamed in you tube channel. 

 

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Trade mission, B2B Meetings and field visits in Bulgaria in woodworking and furniture sector 

16938913_1383465395008299_6772414800820558305_nSuccessful trade mission with 25 B2B meetings for 2 Italian companies assisted by our member F.D.B. Falanga Business Development, working in companies’ consulting for more than 40 years, interested in approaching Bulgarian market and partners.

From 22nd til 25th February Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria assisted, accompanying with the presence of Ms Marina Sercheva, Italian entrepreneurs  into their field visits all around the Country: from Sofia to Rakitovo, from Velingrad to Smolyan then Plovdiv, upon a full agenda built up by our offices, 25 B2B meetings took place in Bulgarian companies. 

16996169_1383465391674966_804419018654269917_nLast meeting with a Bulgarian entrepreneur coming from the North side of the Country, was held within ICCB premises, which is nowadays the real center for business and devoted to Italian SMEs, while an official one with our partner Timber Chamber of Woordworking and Furniture representative, closed trade mission successfully, with some positive feedback and future commercial contracts signed. 

A complete photo gallery of the event is available on ICCB Fanpage,  Twitter  and Instagram.

34th edition of International Tourism Fair Holiday & Spa Expo: more than 350 travel agencies and over 40 Bulgarian municipalities at the Fair. Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria with an infodesk at Astral Holidays stand

16763794_1544834755528422_1068495860_oDuring its first day, Holidays & Spa Expo,  under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and organized by Primexpo in collaboration with the Municipality of Sofia, trade association of the tourism industry, trade association of hotel industry and catering (BHRA), National Association of Travel Agencies (BATA), Association of Tour operators and travel agents (ABTTA) and the tourism Agency of the city of Sofia, opened the doors of Inter Expo Center to the tourism sector professionals, hotel and catering for a day dedicated to targeted meetings, reserving 16th and 17th February to the public, visitors and industry from European and non-European Countries.

Apart from traditional Countries present at unique date with national stands, namely the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Turkey, National Tourism Organization of Serbia, Agency for Tourism Promotion the FYROM-Macedonia, Cuban Ministry of Tourism, Tourist board and Convention bureau Zagreb (Croatia), tour operators and representatives of municipalities of Greece, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Poland, India and Russia , this year includes for the first time tour operators come from Georgia, Algeria, the Maldives, Albania and Ghana and travel services company in the Czech Republic, Romania and Kosovo. 

16804647_1544834698861761_1470678298_oSimultaneously with business meetings a rich program of events and business presentations took place in the various meeting rooms of Inter Expo Center: on 16th February at 12.30 in Vitosha room (1st floor) it was held company presentation Agency Astral Holidays promoting Italy as the best tourist destination with special promotional packages in Italian Southern Regions (Campania, Sicily, Apuglia and Sardinia). During the seminar, ICCB Head of the Department “Exhibitions, Fairs and Events” together with our member Ferreri Group presented Italian excellencies from two Italian islands, Sicily and Sardinia, which are rich destinations of artistic, cultural and landscaping heritage.

A complete photo gallery of the event is available on ICCB Fanpage,  Twitter  and Instagram.

Judicial Reform, FDI and impact on economic development”: these are topics on the agenda of Conference organized by Foundation for Science and Technology Growth Vision, Deloitte Bulgaria, The Economist and bilateral Chambers of Commerce in Bulgaria

conference_1024x576_croppedWithin institutional lobbying activities supporting Italian and Bulgarian business community in collaboration with bilateral chamber system and in line with the discussion about a year ago, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part in the Conference entitled “Judicial Reform, FDI and impact on economic development” held on 17th February from 09h00 to 17h00 at the Trade Center Europe in Sofia.

The event gave importance to speed up the process of judicial reform in Bulgaria in favor of the protection foreign companies operating in the Country and foreign direct investment, although first signs of progress have been undertaken for sometime, and “business/public sector” as a measure to prevent corruption and economic growth of Bulgaria.

On the topic the discussion was managed by institutional representatives from business and associations world, associates (companies, Universities, associations, etc.) belonging to bilateral system Chambers, European representatives from RAND Europe about corruption and the best preventive practices and struggle corruption.

Click here to see the program of work.

This was the opportunity to share proposals and solutions to edit a position paper to pass down to the institutions and individuals engaged.

Please see below details about each speaker:

Marco Hafner-Research Leader RAND Europa, Cambridge Office_CostofCorruption

Krassen Stanchev-SU St. Kliment Ohridski and IME_Economic_Fiscal_Impacts_on_Corruption

Michael Foley-CEO of Telenor Bulgaria_Zero_Tolerance

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Eleonora Nikolova-Interim Director of Center for Prevention

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Closing concert of the “Masterclass of Maestro Giuseppe Sabbatini” at Slaveikov Hall of the French Culture Institute

16667719_1538407869504444_1443501163_oIt was held on 9th February at Slaveikov Hall of French Culture Institute in Bulgaria the social business networking event called “Masterclass of Maestro Giuseppe Sabbatini“, orchestra conductor worldwide famous who chose Sofia for the third year in a row as a place of its educational activities for young talent. The event, promoted by Foundation for Culture MUSE, in collaboration with Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, together with French Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, was an opportunity to celebrate cultural and artistic excellence of Italy.

Seven young artistic talent from Bulgaria, Russia, Japan and Romania have been the performers of some of the most important masterpieces of  Italian, French and foreign opera tradition: from “Glitter and be gay” of Bernstein, “Seguidille” of Bizet, “Acerba volutta” of Cilea, “Flowers duet” of Delibes, “Quel guardo il cavaliere” of Donizetti, “Il est doux, il est bon” of Massenet, “Come scoglio” of Mozart, “Barcarole” of Offenbach, at “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” of Puccini, “La fioraia fiorentina” of Rossini and “Bolero” of Verdi, these masterpieces have been preceded by performance chorale of the children “Pim-pam”.

The social business networking event was attended by opera lovers, artists and  institutional representatives, who cheered with a cocktail offered by our member and President of the Italian Sommelier in Bulgaria (Bulgaria AIS), Maurizio Ferreri, closing this event with a tasting  Italian excellence food and wine.

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Italian Southern Regions as best destinations for seaside and food tourism: B2B meetings and field visits organized for our member New Top World Travel

2With the objective of increasing the efficiency and quality of services to Italian SMEs and providing with quality assistance , Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria organized and agenda of B2B meetings and field visits from 7th til 11th February upon the request of its member   New Top World Travel, an incoming agency interested in getting contacts with Bulgarian counterparts and promoting Italian Southern food&beverage excellencies as well as presenting to travel agencies and tour operator special offers for their customers to those areas recognized  as the icons of Mediterranean Diet and Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

Twenty B2B meetings took place in Bulgarian premises as well as into ICCB offices where the Head of “Fairs, Trade Exhibitions and Events” department managed all meetings with final reporting and follow up actions. 

A complete photo gallery of the event is available on ICCB Fanpage,  Twitter  and Instagram.

MORE MARKETING AND TOURISM BETWEEN ITALY-BULGARIA: the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi for ISNART-Italian National Institute for Tourism Research

Iintervista isnart, Marco Montecchi, 24 gennaio 2017On Tuesday 24th January the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, was interviewed on scientific magazine into the world of tourism, “Business and Tourism“, edited by Italian National Institute for Tourism Research about the increasing of Bulgarian tourists in Southern Italy.

Fundamental reason of an increased presence of Bulgarian tourists in Southern Italy is because of reinforcement of air connections, particularly Sofia-Naples, Sofia-Bari and Sofia-Catania operated by Wizz air done since the half 2015, initially in the seasonal calendar and after annual one, except for Catania just for summertime. This doesn’t exclude the fact that the Regions of Southern Italy weren’t previously visited, through specific charter organized by Bulgarian tour operators and travel agencies, where our beautiful country is well represented in their packages offers, in collaboration with Italian partners, chamber’s associates or throughout the participation of Bulgarian economic operators into outgoing missions and Sicilian exhibitions promoted by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

Moreover, the most popular summer destinations are beaches of Northern-East coast of the Country (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Emilia Romagna). Italy has always been a Country strongly attractive for cultural, archaeological, artistic and naturalistic heritage…Bear in mind that 90% of the UNESCO heritage  is in our Country and Bulgarian tourists are fully convinced; actually their holidays in Italy are connected to the discovery of art cities, landscape and nature beauty of the islands, as demonstrated in the statistics of last Joint Report ENIT 2016. Italy holds the second position between Western European Countries for the presence of Bulgarian tourists, after Germany, Austria and Spain”.

Nature, art and strong demand for food and wine are the main attractions according to a survey carried out by ISNART during the last two-year period with Bulgarian tourists and tour operators offering Southern Italy as tourism destination. Do you agree?

Totally agree and I would add that with the success of the international project Italian Food XP, ITALY SOUTH AND BEYOND-Italian restaurants in the world of Italian Hospitality promote the Made in South of Italy”, promoted by ISNART, in cooperation with Unioncamere with the contribution of Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MiBACT), realized with the cooperation of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, it has been proved that Bulgarian tourists are interested in visiting cultural, archaeological and gastronomic beauties of Southern Regions. Moreover, the destination “South Italy” is included in different packages offers of tour operators and travel agencies and, throughout ICCB  projects, we had the occasion of being invited to diverse workshops offering Campania, Sicily and Sardinia last year apart from organizing ourselves many events on tourism issues”.

ISNART logo“Moreover, I want to underline an excellent intergovernmental relations between Italy and Bulgaria and the institutional visit in Bulgaria of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, H.E. Dario Franceschini on 6th July in 2015; on this occasion it has been organized by ICCB, with Italian Embassy in Sofia and Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism, an economic Forum with the aim of increasing the exchange of Italian and Bulgarian tourists and looking for building together international tourism on Bulgarian travels and itineraries. As I declared at this event, it is strongly relevant that fundamental assets for assuring business development and investment growth in both Countries are high quality tourism and promotion of territories of origin”.

.A complete interview is available at the following link: http://www.impresaturismo.it/questo-numero/89-gennaio-2017/507-piu-marketing-e-turismo-sullasse-italia-bulgaria.html?nl_id_newsletter=1485183283&nl_id_link=7&nl_id_subscriber=27798

Growth of bilateral relations between Italy and Bulgaria: President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, hosted on Bloomberg TV Bulgaria

2016-12-01On Friday 13th January the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, was invited to participate into the program “V Razvitie” (In Development) of Bloomberg Television Bulgaria, presented by Dimitar Voutchev, for discussing about bilateral relationships between Italy and Bulgaria and actual politics status. “Indeed, our Italian Government is made of representatives coming from Renzi’s Party; Deputy Ministries and Undersecretaries had already been part of Renzi’s Part, including also the actual Prime Minister H.E. Paolo Gentiloni and former Foreign Minister, who visited Bulgaria last 2016, reinforcing the collaboration relationships between Italy and Bulgaria.

Bilateral relationships carry on to be the same as before, although now Bulgaria has resigning Government. Regarding Bulgaria,  I think that a stable Government has to continue its process of reforms that can give confidence to foreign investors, but actually we must also look to the internal market and how are our Italian and Bulgarian investors, as they experienced the crisis, as they have exceeded, if they have exceeded and what was the support from the Government and banking system, to help them stay with efficient company” said the President.

13 gennaioAs for the larger problems of Italian companies in Bulgaria, “they are the same of Bulgarian companies in Italy: excessive bureaucracy and corruption. With regards to bureaucracy, for facilitating Italian companies in this Country, they should try to encourage our investments, in full respect with the Country’s rules: setting up a company is an easy service in Bulgaria, but the real problem comes up when they have to achieve a series of licenses and patents to work in this market and here it comes bureaucracy and partially corruption.  We have to take in serious consideration that foreign investors and Bulgarian ones are saving and creating at the same time a lot of job postsIn last years, Bulgaria is attracting a lot of Italian companies because Italian economic situation isn’t most favorable, high taxation that goes over 57% while Bulgaria has only 10%. But this is not enough because: reforms are important for business life and for encouraging foreign investments. I think that bilateral relations are stable enough, we should look positively what we are doing and make business easier starting from education and training”, concluded the President.

A complete interview is available at the following link: http://www.bloombergtv.bg/v-razvitie/2017-01-13/italianskite-kompanii-idvat-v-balgariya-osnovno-zaradi-po-niskite-danatsi.

  
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“MASTERPIECE OF WORLD OPERA, on the occasion of Christmas celebrationsconfirmed friendship between Italian, French and Bulgarian business communities

ros_8700The prestigious Opera and Sofia Ballet greeted a thousand of members, partners and friends of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 15th December , involving them fully in the course of the third edition MASTERPIECE OF WORLD OPERA, on the occasion of Christmas celebrations, the social business networking event promoted and organized under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, Vezhdi Rashidov, the Ambassador of Italy in Sofia, H.E. Stefano Baldi, and the Ambassador of France in Bulgaria, S.E. Eric Lebedel.

Cultural and social business networking event has been made possible thanks to valuable contribution of our partners, our main sponsor BNP Paribas Sofia Branch, Alaric Capital, Penkov, Markov & Partners, Esperia Srl, Juventus Camp Sofia, Magia Gifts, Hotel Hilton, Mascara Club, Piccola Italia – Italian restaurant certificated with the label of quality “Ospitalità Italiana”, Dominant Sport Group and Milan Junior Camp.

ros_8034Members of both Chambers of Commerce, representatives of diplomatic environment, representatives of different business communities  in Bulgaria, artists and other guests, were present and gladdened during the evening by arias, duets and songs from the major Italian and French composers, performed by soprano Tanya Kazandjieva-Ougrinova and Marie-Camille-Vaquié Depraz, tenor Hrisimir Damyanov and Pierre-Yves Pruvot baritone, accompanied by the choir and orchestra of Sofia Opera and Ballet under the conduction of Maestro Didier Talpain.

Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, H.E. Stefano Baldi and French Ambassador in Bulgaria, H.E. Eric Lebédel, Presidents of French and Italian Chambers of Commerce, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Agency for Investment, Stamen Yanev, Executive Director of Inter Expo Center, Ivaylo Ivanov, Director of Boyana Studios, Dimitar Derelief, sponsors and event partners on the red carpet of “MASTERPIECE OF WORLD OPERA – edition 2016”.

ros_8217During the opening ceremony, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria thanked “my friend and colleague Stephane Délahaye, all members and friends, Maestro Plamen Kartaloff that, with its artists and colleagues, continue making very special the Christmas tradition, Italian, Bulgarian and French Institutions for giving their patronage to this important cultural and business event, sponsors and partners and in particular Juventus Camp Sofia and Milan Junior Camp to involve 20 children of ONLUS SOS Children’ Villages Bulgaria in a educational course of one week in campus present to Sofia and giving them the chance to live this wonderful experience with two of the most important Italian teams in the world”.

masterpiece-2016The President also highlighted continuous and constant cooperation between two Chambers and the importance of the event for charity in support of SOS Children’s Villages Bulgaria, with the aim of letting all children feel the Christmas and bring a smile on their faces.

The first part of the concert was followed by an Italian Quality Cocktail in the VIP Room of the Opera, organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria in partnership with the restaurant “Piccola Italia”, certificated with the label of quality Ospitalità Italiana – Italian Restaurants in the World”, offering Italian food quality tradition, including the typical Christmas sweet, the cake presented in four different variants and products selected whit ingredients chosen in Sicily.

The second part of the program involved artists, the Choir and Sofia Orchestra in the atmosphere of Georges Bizet, Jules Massenet and the Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi “Glory to Egypt” followed by four bis of most important and famous arias, the duet of Rigoletto “Gilda atto II” by Verdi at the “Nessun dorma” from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, from “Marcia di Radetzsky” by Johann Strauss to the famous “Libiamo nei lieti calici” by Traviata, involving the audience in a continuous applause in a real festive atmosphere.

After the event, guests, friends, associates and partners were invited to a Gala Cocktail at Club Mascara Sofia to continue with  Christmas celebrations and joining in a final toast with Italian and French Chambers of Commerce.

ros_8822As per previous years, traditional “MASTERPIECE OF WORLD OPERA, on the occasion of Christmas celebrations” received an important media coverage, from TV like Bulgaria On Air and Bloomberg TV Bulgaria to national radio, BNR-Bulgarian National Radio and Classic FM, where the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi and the President of the French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Stéphane Delahaye highlighted the joined initiative for the third year in a row, innovations of this edition and the charity support of SOS Children’s Villages Bulgaria as well as the constant dedication and care that partners of both Chambers of Commerce show each year to this successful networking event and more expected from Bulgarian, Italian and French lovers.

Please see below the links of the media coverage of the Masterpiece of World Opera in 2016!

Link reportage realized from Bulgaria On Air during the event:

http://www.bgonair.bg/lyubopitno/2016-12-16/blagotvoritelen-gala-kontsert-v-sofiyska-opera 

Link interview of the Italy Ambassador in Bulgaria, H.E. Stefano Baldi realised by Bloomberg TV Bulgaria during the event: http://www.bloombergtv.bg/video/2017-za-investitorite-ot-italiya-u-nas

 Link interview of ICCB President on Classic FM (14/12/2016): 

http://www.driveplayer.com/#playlistId=0B95pn1waDKYvNERLdVdfaEo4dGs&userId={userId} 

 Link audio clip of the advertising campaign realized on Classic FM from 7th  to 15th December: 

https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive

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Referendum results will not impact bilateral relationships between Italy and Bulgaria: the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria on  Bloomberg TV Bulgaria

2016-12-01On 30th November the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi was aired on Bloomberg Television Bulgaria, “V razvitie” (In sviluppo) program, conducted by Veljko Kamenov, on the occasion of upcoming referendum in Italy planned for 4th December for discussing about the impact that it could have on bilateral relationships.  

“I can assure you that excellent bilateral relationships between Italy and Bulgaria and moreover with all other Countries will be kept independently from popular referendum results. This referendum has been popularized a lot even if Italian people will vote positively or negatively on Renzi governmental management and not the articles that are object of the referendum. Last surveys are for “NO” even if results in United States with Donald Trump or in the United Kingdom with Brexit prove that result could be even opposite. Anyway, our Premier declared that he will resign… Italy needs to proceed with reforms and most part of Italians is aware about this urgent issue for let the economy and growth be out of disorder… Italy didn’t engage reforms since many years as it s evident from public debt we have”, stated the President.

ad643b56288a03519eeae2b5e6163536“I don’t believe that “Cinque Stelle” Party can manage Italy, an administrative and management capacity of Municipalities has been already shown, an objection vote will come from this Italian political party  and expression of a popular movement creating inequalities among people. I don’t believe that there is a valid party that could react differently from the actual government, as declared also from the President Silvio Berlusconi… Italy will not be out of Europe, as Italian people feel to be European, even if austerity rules together with lack of flexibility impacted on Italy economic and growth and in other Countries as well. Italy is one of main founders of European Union and its exit could  means rejecting values and principles Italian people had struggled for many years. On the other hand,  actual management of EU doesn’t not facing European people’s needs and moreover those of Italy

Related to bilateral relationships Italy-Bulgaria, “independently from the referendum, Italy will continue keeping excellent relationships with Bulgaria and other Countries throughout technical Government able to let them going positively… I am fully sure that any bad consequences will arise with referendum results. I repeated again for Bulgaria, that the Country has to work more and more on facilitating foreign investments without discussing national  pricinples of the Country. As in Italy, Bulgaria needs reforming judicial sector for defending economic growth and development. Investors are less compared to past years and this is a bad sign for the Country: I am an entrepreneur and, as other Italian, French, German entrepreneurs believe, I consider important investing in the Country… I am completely aware that enormous potentialities are here, from workplace cost, flat tax and on but I cannot see institutional support in attracting investments and moreover keeping safe the existing ones” declared Mr Montecchi.

A complete interview is available at the following link: http://www.bloombergtv.bg/v-razvitie/2016-11-30/izhodat-ot-italianskiya-referendum-nyama-da-zasegne-targovskite-otnosheniya-s-balgariya.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part into awarding ceremony “Exporter of the Year 2015” 

15181118_1289377567750416_133875372302253546_nIt was held on 28th November the ceremony of the Award “Exporter of the year 2015”, organized by the magazine Exporter.bg with the support of  general sponsor CIBANK and under the patronage of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria, with the objective of awarding small and medium Bulgarian companies and their excellent results achieved in export sector, according to a selection made by the rating agency “Aktiv”, an independent member of Geneva Group International and verified by National Institute of Statistics of Republic of Bulgaria.

Business representatives, TOP Managers, representatives of associations and bilateral Chambers of Commerce, including Italian and Scandinavian ones, as strategic partners, took part into this event, together with Deputy Minister of Economy, Lyuben Petrov, who highlighted that the Country increased this year its export in different European Countries, including Germany, Italy, Romania and France, the first four commercial partners of Bulgaria.

15192640_1289377667750406_7385777402284310830_nAmong the awarded companies, APS Advanced Printers Systems, an Italian company investing in the Country, received the special Prize for best business activity, operating in precision mechanics sector, for its level of profitability in the export 2015. The President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, was invited to give the award to the representative of APS Printers,proudly involved in this ceremony if we consider relevant commercial relationships between Bulgaria and its EU Countries partners“, he said.

15267871_1289377647750408_1358536100739364826_nSeveral companies received this special prize belongs to different categories, as follows: bigger profitability from exports, dynamism in the export progression, sustainable growth in exports, acquisition of new markets in 2015.

A complete photo gallery is available on social media of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, facebook, twitter and  instagram.

Appointment with Bloomberg TV and Bulgaria On Air: international conference “Sustainable Education and Business Communities

e9d561bb6eaaee629d5213efb6f5102dIt was opened on 21th November, at Sofia Balkan Hotel, international conference entitled “Sustainable Education and Business Communities, traditionally promoted and organized from 2014 by Bulgaria On Air and Bloomberg TV in collaboration with Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, Network Bulgaria – The Global Compact and AUBURIS with Bulgaria (general partner).

International event  hosted influential representatives of diplomatic, academic, sporting, artistic and cultural environment as speakers ready to discuss around topics related to social sustainability. Among all of them, the President of European Polytechnical University, Ph.D. Giuseppe Saccone, representing also Pegaso Università Telematica Online as well as Pegasus International, debating around “Smart Universities for Digital Communities”.

_28c7898The aim of this international event was to promote a better knowledge of “Sustainable Communities”, seen as one of the best solutions to taken on the challenges of today’s society: pollution, lack of resources, integration, intelligent transportation, obesity and aging population. How does the art could help in the creation of sustainable communities? What are the challenges young people taking on? How do the academic and the business system help to support the sustainability of the communities?

Therefore, the debate covered the strong interconnection between sustainability and sport, technology, health, environment and climate changes, design, diversity and art within communities framework, and it was attended by more 200 academics, entrepreneurs, institutional representatives, media and governmental authorities.

Some pictures of the event! A complete photo gallery is available on social media of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, facebook, twitter and  instagram.

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Intr Expo Center opened the door of Interfood&Drink on 19th November for launching four days of business and presentations of products, equipment and machinery in food industry  within Specialized Exhibitions that they used to take place every year in Bulgarian capital.

During the official opening, managed by the Director of Inter Expo Center, Ivaylo Ivanov, there were present representatives of Bulgarian Trade Associations representing food, wine, dairy processors as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Maya Manolova.

15036551_10154680508919817_8072037589835857430_nSoon after the ceremony, the Representative of Ministry designated to target sectors of the fair’s days, visited the various pavillions including International Exhibition Interfood&Drink dedicated to food, beverage, packaging, machinery and technologies, where she appreciated Italian Quality excellence well represented by our partner FerreriGroup and by its owner Maurizio Ferreri, who is handling the position of President of Italian Sommelier Association – Bulgaria, that of Narrator of Taste and true “Ambassador” of Italian Quality in the Country, who strongly continues promoting Italy, working in straight cooperation with Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria in order to disseminate Italian best practices in Bulgaria along with contributing to the growth of exports of Italian excellence products.

img-20161110-wa0009Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria was present with an info and institutional desk, for the whole period for assisting Italian companies exhibiting there and for helping those Bulgarian SMEs looking for Italian partnerships. 

A complete photo gallery is available on social media of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, facebook, twitter and  instagram.

Bloomberg TV Bulgaria invited the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria 

On Thursday 27th October the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria , Marco Montecchi was aired on Bloomberg Television Bulgaria, program “V razvitie” (In sviluppo) for illustrating efficiency of the most ancient Italian banking Institution and on bilateral relationships.

“I want to say that I am not an economist but Banca Monte Paschi di Siena, worldwide known, is the most ancient bank of our Country and a financial Institution that, facing critical situation, has been recapitalized and, like other banks, is trying to reach breaking even this year. Undoubtedly CEO Marco Morelli undertook strong actions shared by Italian Government and national existing funds are interesting into being involved for supporting the bank. Banca Monte Paschi di Siena is present abroad and it has been continuously recapitalized  for let investors in Italy be safe” declared the President.

screenshot_20161028-093330-2“This problem affect Italy and all European and world banking Institutions that are working towards a more efficient system as all other Institutions and Governments are doing for facing critical problems. I cannot speak about banking problems but efficiency problems involving Italian and European banking system and I am agree on the fact that gathering banking Institutions could represent a solution for saving the market – he continued. With regards to Italian banking system and credits given in real estates sector, Italy is reacting positively now thanks also to foreign investments, let’s think about Apple who invested in our Country helping it to goes over the economic recovery.

 screenshot_20161028-093345-2Related to bilateral relationships Italy-Bulgaria, “Italy has been always supporting investment and commercial opportunities in Bulgaria and many Italian companies invested in the Country. Looking at globalization process, fiscal incentives of 10% existing in Bulgaria will not be more attractive Italian companies as it was in the past; for this it is necessary that Bulgaria start developing new ways of attracting investments and of reinforcing bilateral relationships with its partners, particularly after European period 2020 expiration” concluded the President Montecchi.

A complete interview is available at the following linkhttp://www.bloombergtv.bg/video/marko-monteki-za-italianskiya-bankov-sektor-i-investitsionnata-politika-v-balgariya.

20161015_121220More than 1.400 electronic appliations from Bulgarian students for the 5th edition of “Study in Italy”. Italian University system, study opportunities and internship possibilities, throughout Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, on the agenda of two exhibition days in Sofia and Varna

World Trade Center in Sofia opened its doors on 15th October to host nine Representatives of Italian Universities at the event “Study in Italy”, dedicated to the promotion of Italian Business and Languages Schools for guiding and advising young Bulgarian students to the best course of their studies in Italy. It was an education event promoted and organized by Skylines for the fifth consecutive year in collaboration with Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

20161015_114645From “Ca ‘Foscari” University to Politecnico of Milan, from NABA-New Academy Fine Art in Milan to Domus Academy-Design and Fashion School of Milan, from University of the Sacred Heart “La Cattolica” to IED-European Institute of Design, University “La Sapienza” in Rome to the American University based in Rome “John Cabot” and Linguaviva Institute of Florence: representatives held one-to-one meetings addressed to students of last years of their studies and their families for presenting programs (masters’ and bachelors’ degrees), managed workshops reserved for those students interested in a specific University while an info desk of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria raised the demands of students interested to learn about job opportunities within Italian and/or Italian Bulgarian companies as well as responding to those interested in Link Campus University of Rome, represented by ICCB in the Country.

A wide advertising campaign was realized by organizers throughout billboards and posters in strategic points of the capital together with an important media coverage that Study in Italy received in the period just before the official opening on 15th October, including the participation of organizers on Bulgarian National Television (BNT) and TV Europe, apart from being present during working days

20161015_110113For this event the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, highlighted the importance of being informed about opportunities to study in Italy and job  possibilities also outside Italian borders as well as knowing more about internship opportunities to work in Italian companies or Bulgarian-Italian  ones in the Country. A important note also on education and high skilled human resources many Italian companies need nowadays in Bulgaria.

A second interview was addressed to the Italian Ambassador in Sofia, H.E. Stefano Baldi who highlighted strong interconnection phenomena between mobility and globalization which involve all European Countries as well as internationalization of Italian Universities System excellence, as demonstrated for their participation to Study in Italy.

20161015_113010Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria and the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria met all 9 representatives of Italian Universities participating for first feedback about their involvement, moreover, Mr Montecchi underlined training offer of Link Campus University, represented in Bulgaria by Italian Chamber of Commerce who used to provide with information services and tutoring and placement activities on the basis of memorandum of agreement or cooperation ones with different Italian Universities.

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“Business Start” morning program of Bloomberg Television hosted the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria for discussing about “Study in Italy”

On Friday 13th October the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi and General Manager of Skyline, Dimitar Aleksandrov, were hosted on morning program “Business Start” of Bloomberg TV to talk about of the event promoting Italian University System “Study in Italy” planned for 15th October  at World Trade Center- Interpred of Sofia and to highlight the importance of stopping the phenomenon of talented young people outside of their Country, affecting nowadays Bulgaria and Italy, and of encouraging more and more interconnection between the university and business environment.

621fff83a9c72c1c799e589ac58dab43Talking about business and the presence of Italian companies in Bulgaria, the President Montecchi underlined that “Italy is certainly the Country where you can make trust on as nearby market within European Union”…”and it is an attractive Country for many Bulgarian students who choose Italian academic training, from fashion to design, from politics to economy” added Dimitar Aleksandrov.

Please watch complete interview at following link on Bloomberg TV http://www.bloombergtv.bg/biznes-start/2016-10-14/85-ot-balgarskite-studenti-zavarshili-v-italiya-se-realizirat- uspeshno-do-shest-mesetsa.

 

Study in Italy to choose the best Universities to attend in Italy. The President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria hosted on radio program “First of all” of the Bulgarian National Radio

cb25b7c4f15921fd231b4ca508c6e4e91df712352cb675929epimgpsh_fullsize_distrFew days before the official opening of the exhibition “Study in Italy” dedicated to the promotion of the Italian academic system, high schools and specialization schools in Italy, the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, was a guest of radio program “First of all” of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) to illustrate the opportunities resulting from participation in “Study in Italy”, at its 5th edition, preparing to open the doors of the World Trade Center – Interpred Sofia on 15th October and those of the Golden Tulip Hotel Varna on 16th October.

During the interview the President stressed the increased number of Bulgarian students who have chosen Italy as our Country for continuing their academic career, choosing different degree courses, from the traditional to the most innovative ranging from stylish industrial design to communication sciences, always more important for employment opportunities. There will be several Italian Universities participating in Study in Italy, worldwide famous, specialized in those sector allowing students to have access to working environment and ready to guide all students in their ambition ad interest of Italian academic programs.

As for the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, partner and co-organizer of this event, I can say that we have observed that there is a gap between the university and the workplace, and we wanted to, since the first edition, to increase inter universities cooperation between Italy and Bulgaria, boosting the participation of Italian University and especially support the enrollment of Bulgarian students in Italy” said the President Montecchi. “Actually there are other formula in EU Countries, apart from USA ones, where industries and multinational companies work supporting universities and allowing students to be directly involved afterwards. Let’s see Apple, Harvard University if you are speaking about research field or any other fields of economic activity. An opportunity, therefore, for both students and companies.

Guiding students of their latest years of study is absolutely important to also stop the phenomenon of going out of their Country, also widespread in Italy”. Two scholarships will be offered to deserving students for choosing their studies in Italy and come back to Bulgaria within Italian companies present throughout the Country, who need more skills and professional training.

Please follow the interview on http://bnr.bg/post/100746998/m-monteki-italianskite-universiteti-stimulirat-balgarskite-studenti.

14606375_1103950949659350_560685973400031739_nAnother success result for the 4° edition of Italian French Chambers Golf Tournament. French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce won for the second consecutive year in a row after two Italian ones. Sport continues gathering business in the Country!

St. Sofia Golf Club & Spa hosted fourth edition of Italian French Chambers Golf Tournament organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 9th October. For its fourth edition, this social business networking event gathered Chambers’ memebrs, partner and friends confirming their interest into this new formula of making business.

14568053_1242667932421380_1653762767005401717_nA huge number of inscriptions of golfers reached our offices and coming from members, partners, friends, representatives of Bulgarian, Italian and French Institutions, accompanied by their families, who competed for achieving 2016 prizes and cups: 84 golfers, divided in 2 teams took part into this Texas Scramble tournament  while 50 participants were attending golf clinics with Head Professional and 20 of them participating into sports&leisure activities like badminton, table tennis, swimming, SPA therapies, volleyball, pétanque and test drive with Peugeot and Auto Italia Excellence cars and bicycle; those events continue to attract people and they prove that all can dedicate their spare time to wealth and sport activities, including golf.

14650733_1104165652971213_4822524158073763769_nAt the official awarding ceremony two Presidents of Chambers of Commerce Marco Montecchi and Stéphane Delahaye thanked all participants and sponsors to attend this traditional business networking event, for being so proactive by also contributing to its implementation and for their trusting approach of considering this event as a good formula of doing business. Moreover, both of them proudly declared “commitment and synergies between our staff in organizing sport events with the purpose of creating business and social moments among all members  and an occasion of supporting Sofia European Capital of Sport 2018 and let the SPORT be an important tool for social integration. Next event is our joint organization of the 3° edition of Masterpiece of World Opera, on the occasion of Christmas Celebrations on 15th December at National Sofia and Opera Ballet”.

14522991_1104165429637902_619251731600539778_nGeneral Manager of Alaric Capital, main sponsor of the event and new member of both Chambers. thanked organizers and briefly presented this asset management company, founded in 2011, to the audience announcing a prize of  2.000 BGN to the first position team with 47 points, Martin Danovski and Peter Stratiev who received 2 vouchers from First Estate, champagne from La Cave and a special plaque “First Position” branded by Bul Ins.

Second position was gained by duo Vladimir Mihaylov and Stoyan Pandev while third place was for Graham Main and Svetoslav Stankov, awarded with vouchers for services of First Estate, wine bottles from La Cave and special branded plaques of Bul Ins. More prizes for Vassil Borissov for “The closest to the pin and for Brian Davis for “the longest to the pin”.  The awarding ceremony closed with the BIG Chambers cup that Mr Montecchi, after two years, gave to his friend and colleagues Stephane.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is glad to thank all sponsors: Alaric Capital, Auto Italia, Bulins, Centro Medico Italiano, Edenred,  First Estates, Mc Donald’s, Orsetti Pasticceria, Peugeot e Social Café Bar&Kitchen, together with Supporting Members  Alpetrans, Alias Group Bulgaria, Penkov Markov & Partners e Sofia Balkan Hotel who continue be close to our projects! 

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Some pictures of the event! A complete photo gallery is available on social media of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, facebook, twitter and  instagram.

Congratulations to all and see you in 2017 with much more surprises! 

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Italian Ambassador in Sofia, H.E. Stefano Baldi visited Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria’s offices 

14590403_1238065212881652_6026331750550319316_nOn 4th October Italian Ambassador in Sofia, H.E. Stefano Baldi visited Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria’s offices, together with Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic and Commercial Department of the Embassy, Emanuele Pollio.  A presentation of Made in Italy promotional activities, business projects as well as special projects in Italy and Bulgaria and experience acquired all along the years by ICCB staff in different areas thanks to members’ support was done by the President. 

img-20161004-wa0004There were present the President, Marco Montecchi, Deputy Pesident Ivo Russev, the representative nominated for relations with Trade Association promoting Italy in Bulgaria and President of  Compagnia delle Opere in the Country, Franco Frattini and the President of Italian Community, Maurizio Ferreri togetehr with Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano, DEputy Secretary General and Head of EU Programs and Structural Funds Department, Tanya Trayanova and ”Trade Fairs, Exhibitions and Events” Department, Teodora Ivanova.

#marketing&communication #innovativeprojects #OspitalitaItaliana #foodindustry #trainingyouthpeople

#UEprojects #networkingevents #sharingbestpractices were discussed during the meeting with Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria. 

Official opening of Personal Exhibit of Luciano Fele “Colours of Granite”, on 4th October. Italian Ambassador in Sofia will be present together with the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

webbanner_mostraIt was held on 4th October at the Sardico Club of Sofia the official opening of Personal Exhibition of Sardinian painter Luciano Fele titled “Colours of Granite”, in presence of Italian Ambassador in Sofia and the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, together with representatives of the Club always promoting excellencies of Italian island, Sardinia.

Seventeen artworks realized with oil painting technique illustrating the island territory in 2013 as it was for for those living in past years. Why “Colours of Granite”? Because the granite is the stone of Sardinian mountains and they are the faces of Sardinian representatives, immersed, in contrast with rich colours throughout, despite usual desperation represented, they would give a reading of hope for the future.

Organized by Sardica Club of Sofia in collaboration with Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Personal Exhibition will be open to the public from Monday 3th October to Monday 10th October in 2016, and it will be present to next International Festival of Painting in Pernik.

For all interested to Sardinia and Italy, we invite you to come and visit this fantastic event!

25th Worldwide Convention of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad in Riva of Garda

20161023_152813_001From 22th to 25th October it was held in Riva del Garda 25° Worldwide Convention of Italian Chamber of Commerce Abroad (ICCA) entitled “The role of networks in the promotion of Made in Italy”. Present at the event 66 ICCA represented from 149 delegates, 63 Presidents and their deputies (Vice Presidents and Directors) and 59 Secretaries General, beyond another Council members, Deputy General Secretaries and colleagues. ICCB President, Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria were present there.

 

On Saturday afternoon 22th October  Chambers of Commerce divided per geographical area discussed internal issues. Just before these meetings, it was held img-20161013-wa00021a general on the network status: its dynamics, its objectives, and the promotion activity in Italy by the Association.

On Sunday 23th October, Presidents and Secretaries General of ICCA participated in parallel meetings where there were discussed various topics. The meeting of the Presidents was about “Reform, policies for SMEs and development: ICCA main actor of this of change” that it was attended by Roberto Cerreto, Head of Cabinet of the Constitutional Reforms Minister and Relations with Parliament, Piero Corsini, Director of Rai Italy, Laura Garavini, Sen. Francesco Giacobbe and Giuseppe Tripoli, Secretary General of Unioncamere.

20161023_122649The meeting of the Secretaries General was on an update of MISE 2017 co-financing and consolidation of cooperation between the ICCA on specific topics (food, tourism, European projects, communication, italic), followed by a debate about the role of ICCA network throughout an overview of opportunities offered by EU Calls and those managed by Italian Regions. The meeting ended with a reflection on the reform of Italian Chambers of Commerce in Italy and their implications that there will have on daily work of ICCA, a session which it was attended by some representatives, that it to say Luigi Boldrin (SG CCIAA Matera), Andrea Bonalumi (Manager Promos), Michele De Vita (SG CCIAA Ancona) and Paola Sabella (CCIAA Chieti).

On Sunday afternoon, it was realized a plenary session of theme “Internationalization and services of ICCA: the voice of entrepreneurs” opened by President Auricchio and followed by a presentation of Prof. Carlo Alberto Pratesi, about a survey Doxa Assocamerestero on the knowledge and use of network services of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad towards Italian companies.

20161024_114943The aim of this discussion was to foster debate between ICCA and institutions, associations and businessmen focusing on expectations and demands of the main stakeholders of the ICCA. There participated Sen. Francis Jacob, the Minister Nicola Lener – General Director for the Promotion of the system’s Country MAECI, the Director Fabrizio Lucentini – Director General for Internationalization process and exchanges promotion of MiSE, Giuseppe Tripoli – General Secretary of Unioncamere, Andrea Bonardi – Director AICE/Confcommercio, Mario Erba – Deputy Director General Banca Popolare di Sondrio, Filippo Maria Invitti – Head of International Relations of the National Foundation Accountants and Andrea Novelli – CEO SIMEST, Administrator of SIMEST S.P.A.

On Monday 24th October it was held the forum The role of networks in the promotion of Made in Italyat Convention Palace of Riva del Garda. After welcome greetings of the local authorities followed the speeches of the President of Assocamerestero, Gian Domenico Auricchio and Vice Chairman of Unioncamere, Giorgio Mencaroni. The radio journalist Sebastiano Barisoni, Deputy Director of Radio 24, animated a debate on the challenges of the Digital, Innovation and Internationalization. In the discussion, Hon. Colomba Mongiello, Vice President Anti Counterfeiting, Luca Arighi, General Director of Adige SpA, Alberto Baban, President of Small Industry and Vice President of Confindustria, Paolo Ghezzi, General Manager of InfoCamere, Marco Goss, Chief Supply Chain Officer Leitner SpA, Andrea Granelli, President Kanso, Antonino Laspina, Director of Marketing of ICE Coordination Agency and Fabrizio Sala, Vice President and Councilor of Lombardia Region Internationalization companies.

20161024_122647Moreover, all participants discussed about “Territories, in Italy and in the world as a key to success in the global marketplace”, animated by Barisoni with Thomas Aichner, President IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, Paolo Nicoletti, General Director of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Giovanni Battista Angelotti, Area Andean Pact and Central America, Ronni Benatoff, Mediterranean Area, Michele d’Ercole, Asia and South Africa Area, Marco Montecchi, Europe Area representative, Edoardo Pollastri ,South America Area and Emanuele Triassi, Area Nafta representative.

This year the convention also was distinguished by the participation of the Economy and Finance Undersecretary, Hon. Pier Paolo Baretta, the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Benedetto Della Vedova and the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Hon Andrea Olivero.

14718801_10209793412765915_6965083747972382776_nOn Monday afternoon, foreign delegates deepened their knowledge about local business throughout visits to leader companies Trento and Bolzano’s Provinces, that it to say companies Cellars Mezzacorona (wines and sparkling wines Trentodoc) and SOLIDpower Spa. Mezzolombardo (Cogeneration, oxide solid combustible piles) for the province of Trento and companies Technoalpin Spa (systems custom snowmaking) and Stahlbau Pichler (steel structures) for the province of Bolzano.

Meetings with local businesses: on Tuesday 25th October ICCA delegates met local companies for one-to-one, totally 250 local operators, for nearly 1.000 B2B meetings.

Some images of the XXV Convention of the ICCA! A complete photo gallery is available on fanpage of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

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DOING BUSINESS IN BULGARIA: joint the success of Plovdiv & Explore more destinations

An international conference entitled “Doing Business in Bulgaria – Joint the success of Plovdiv & Explore More destinations” planned on 1st and 2nd November at the Grand Hotel Plovdiv (Novotel Plovdiv).

Organized by main economic and institutional players operating in the second largest city in the Country, Kapital, City of Plovdiv, Trakia Economic Zone and Industry Watch, in tight collaboration with the most important Bilateral Chambers of Commerce, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, American Chamber of Commerce, Bulgarian-German Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Outsourcing, this event represented a first date this year focused primarily on business opportunities and economic potential of the region as well as on the attraction of more important investment by foreign entrepreneurs.

Institutional representatives, local authorities and representatives of the local and international business community, business managers, financial institutions, advisor and law firms were the actors of a debate around following topics:

  • success story of Plovdiv: a crossroads for industrial investment and economic zone of interest for all those who are interested in investing in Bulgaria;
  • economic prospects of the region: which position takes on the Bulgaria in the Map of regional Investments and how to be oriented in the Country. Some experts will invent to provide information and exchange ideas on actual opportunities, on subjects deputies to legal, financial and real estate assistance;
  • great challenge – human capital: how to search, develop and keep reliable employees. There were proposed and presented ideas for cooperation between the state and private sector as well as description of some of the success stories;
  • new stars: four Bulgarian cities ready to welcome many success business stories. A meeting between local governments represented by the mayors who were discussing possibilities to attract investments in the various Municipalities.

Guests of honor as the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy Funds and the European Union, Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of Political Coordination and European Institutional Affairs and Minister of Education and Science, Meglena Kuneva and the Mayor of Plovdiv Ivan Totev were present.

For more information: http://www.economedia.bg/eventinfo.php?guid=2773843&page=regform

Tourism and food&beverage products certified: European Italianfoodxp Roadshow stopped in Sofia

Web banner_ProgettoFoodEXPStop-over in Sofia, the whole week dedicated to typical Italian productions and to the promotion of Italian tourism of the Regions of Southern Italy, from 26th September to 2nd October, with a gala evening at the restaurant certified Italian Hospitality “Cinecittà Italian Osteria” , of the initiative “Italian Food XP” created by ISNRT, National Institute Research for Tourism of the system of Italian Chambers of Commerce in Italy and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Activities and Tourism (MiBACT).

More than 200 Italian restaurants in 12 European Countries with 9 million customers per year, selected among 2000 certificated with brand Italian Hospitality abroad and involved in this initiative, and 2000 people who will could live the emotions of the products, typical dishes of 6 Italian Southern Regions and  find out touristic places between September and October.

It is the first international initiative joining touristic territories and places of 6 Southern Regions and excellencies of certificated production (PGI and BIO), throughout a promo-marketing action off and on-line in 12 European Countries (United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland and Bulgaria).

Immagine2The President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Sofia, Marco Montecchi declared: “This project awards Italian certificated Hospitality which is the guarantee of made in Italy for over six years and it brought the consumers of all Europe to identify Italy, good food, the authenticity of products and their origin, also throughout the platform developed by ISNART. In Bulgaria, where Italian Chamber of Commerce has a strong specialization in food&drink sector, thanks to continuity of activities promoting Made in Italy, I’m sure that this initiative will produce an increase of consumers and the creation of new partnerships, important to maintain the 2nd position in commercial exchange. Italian Food Experience will continue to make use of the Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad in the fight of Italian Sounding and the promotion of the excellencies of food&beverage Italian quality”.

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Evening Soirée promoting XP Italian Food at the restaurant “Osteria Italian Cinecittà” in Sofia

Thirteen Italian Restaurants Certificated with the Seal of Quality based in Sofia and Plovdiv took part into Food and Tourism Week of the regions of Southern Italy with typical recipes of traditional regional cuisine of quality and labels PDO, PGI, started on 26th September until 2nd October.

14479790_1231539840200856_9087448730037941140_nAn evening Soirée was held on Tuesday 27th September at the “Cinecittà Osteria Italiana” restaurant where Italian Ambassador in Sofia, H.E. Stefano Baldi, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Economic Commercial Office of the Italian, Cons. Emanuele Pollio, Secretary General of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Rosa Cusmano, project manager Italian Food XP, Flavia Coccia and all operators and journalists participating into the Educational Tour held in Campania and Sicily, as expected from the project, were present.

I want to welcome the Italian Ambassador H.E. Stefano Baldi and I thank him for taking part into this important initiative that involves 200 Italian restaurants in 12 European Countries with nine million customers per year, selected from over 2000 certified abroad under the brand Italian Hospitality. I would like to thank the President of Isnart, Maurizio Maddaloni, Ms Flavia Coccia, the soul of the project, and all his staff”, said the President Montecchi at the beginning of the evening.

14492616_1231546313533542_9479904134186541_nCommendable initiative who I have the pleasure of attending this evening and I thank all the organizers for the invitation. This is one of the first social occasion as Ambassador of Italy in Sofia. There couldn’t be a better start, I congratulate also the choice of the location and I’m sure that the menu prepared for this initiative will be as much pleasant and refined taste as it is”, saids H.E. Stefano Baldi.

The Restaurant of Sofia is a recognized symbol of the culinary tradition of Southern Italy and it is characterized, as all restaurants participating in “ItalianfoodXp”, for the use of PDO and organic products, offering traditional menus of the regions of the South Italy.

14523004_683254325156186_869724023818742844_nThe project is based on a digital strategy that aspires to the promotion of food and wine production certified by regions of Southern Italy and of about 400 manufacturers under 40 selected by public announcement through a single integrated platform with the network of Italian Restaurants in the world certified “Italian Hospitality”. It is active a multimedia platform (www.italianfoodxp.it) and a Facebook multilingual page for all nations involved with the possibility to share all contents on social networks.

For updated information, click on fanpage of the project @ItalianFXP, on @Camera di Commercio Italiana in Bulgaria and on twitter profile @italianfoodxp or @CCIE_Bulgaria.

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The President of the Republic of Italy Sergio Mattarella meets Italian Institutions promoting Made in Italy in the Country

14358650_1219442224743951_1155892239558049085_nItalian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, represented by President Marco Montecchi, the Vice President Marcello Giavarini and Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano, invited by Italian Ambassador in Sofia, H.E. Marco Conticelli, took part on 14th September at the meeting with the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, who arrived in Bulgaria for an official three-day visit and to participate in the traditional informal summit “United for Europe”, also called Arraiolos group together 12 Heads of State participating Countries.

 

14364716_1219442518077255_5726798010289087263_nDuring the meeting at the Embassy of Italy, the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella addressed greetings to all participates, Italian institutions in loco, highlighting the growth of trade relations between Italy and Bulgaria, excellent economic, political, social and cultural cooperation between both Countries and the importance of supporting youth employment and to continue promoting Italy in the Country.

 

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria was at ICE Report Presentation “Italy in International Economy” and Statistical Annual report Istat-ICE “Foreign trade and international activities of companies 2016

20160712_111229_resizedOn Tuesday, 12th July it was held in Milan the presentation of ICE Report “Italy in International Economy” and Statistical Annual report Istat-ICE “Foreign trade and international activities of companies 2016”, as result of the collaboration between National Institute of statistics and Agency for the promotion abroad and internationalization of Italian companies. This publication has been created with the aim of providing to Italian SMEs with exhaustive information on trade in goods and services and Italian foreign direct investment, in cooperation with the Bank of Italy. More than 1,000 statistical tables and dozens of diagrams illustrate main aspects of internationalization of Italian productive system and a guide on methodological aspects and main indicators.

The event, opened by Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MP Benedetto Della Vedova, aimed to the discussion of recent evolution of internationalization and of open opportunities for business strategy and foreign economic policy. Secretary General of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part into this event, together with General Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in Milan, Rossen Roufev as well as several representatives of Institutions and diplomats, entrepreneurs and academics of economics.

20160712_115443_resizedDuring his speech, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) highlighted potentialities of European single market for Italian businesses, also considering political commitment to achieve political and economical integration; moreover he underlined Italian commercial policy in perfect coherence with European policies and the key role of “Cabina di Regia” for internationalization, considered a unique model of integrating in UE where Foreign Ministry, in straight collaboration with the network of Embassies and Consulates, ICE offices and Chambers of Commerce in the world, has to focus on for promoting Italian SMEs internationalization and Italian export in order to support foreign direct investment in Italy.

Strengthening competitiveness of Lombardy Region in Europe and promoting Made in Italy: next Monday the conference “Lombardy Region meets Eastern Europe

Milano foto 3On Monday, 11st July in Palazzo Pirelli it took place the conference “Lombardy meets Eastern Europe“, promoted by Assocamerestero and Unioncamere Lombardia and with a strong collaboration of the Councilor Marco Tizzoni, member of the regional commission “productive activities” and with Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad from Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Hungary. The event aimed at developing entrepreneurial activities of Lombard businesses on international markets by accelerating and facilitating their internationalization process.

During his speech the President of the Regional Council of Lombardy Region, Raffaele Cattaneo underlined that “for boosting growth and investments it is highly important the role of local authorities. Together we must create conditions for fostering development by increasing the role of Regions and Cities. Last decisions of European Union centralized investments on national States, leaving local authorities cut out. We must join forces, with stronger relationships and developing concrete actions, because Institutions that are closer to companies requests can get back to the heart of European policies. In Eastern Europe Countries  economic growth is higher and therefore it is important also for Lombardy to have the possibility to open to economies that have more significant development prospects“.

Milano foto 4Councilor Marco Tizzoni, member of the Regional Commission “productive activities” stated that “Regional Commission is constantly close to Chamber system because we are aware that Regional Council, direct expression of Lombardy Region, must have an active role to create and facilitate relationships between our enterprises and Institutions of foreign Countries: assistance is even more important and fundamental if aimed primarily at small businesses, those that by themselves are struggling to develop internationalization projects. For this reason, in next months ahead we will be promoters of numerous specific focuses on opportunities and possibilities for foreign investment“. President of Unioncamere Lombardia and Assocamerestero Gian Domenico Auricchio showed that Lombardy companies are increasingly present on European markets.”Lombardy – recalled Auricchio – boasts 31% of national manufacturing import and it represents a quarter of Italian manufacturing production for foreign Countries“.

Milano foto 2Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria was represented by Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano, anticipated in her speech by the General Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in Milan, Rossen Roufev, illustrated commercial business and investment opportunities in Bulgaria as well as priority areas defined by Bulgarian Government. It was distributed, while she was presenting Bulgarian market, information brochure, investment guide, Corriere Italia Bulgaria, including also information about assistance and  consulting services to Italian SMEs provided by supporting member Alias Group Bulgaria.

Click on following link to view some post event articles published on Italian press Il Giorno, Il Corriere della Sera, ANSA, Il Tempo:

http://www.pressreader.com/italy/corriere-della-sera-milano/20160712/281775628492487

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http://www.iltempo.it/adn-kronos/2016/07/11/export-lombardia-guarda-a-est-europa-in-2016-vendite-per-2-3-mld-1.1557708

http://www.ansa.it/lombardia/notizie/consiglio_lombardia/2016/07/11/imprese-lombardia-a-p.pirelli-incontro-su-est-europa_6af3a647-b831-4c1e-bd8e-74be37c803f5.html

Click here for a full view of the post-event press release.

Balkan SME Conference”: next 23rd June in Sofia. The mayor event dedicated to SMEs

untitled-1bgItalian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is glad to announce that next 23rd June will be held “Balkan SME Conference – Sofia, 2016“, organized by Association for Assistance of Small and Medium sized Enterprises – United Business Clubs (UBC) with the special support of Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) and InvestBulgaria Agency, both part of the Ministry of Economy and ICCB partners.

During the conference there will be discussions on the following topics:

  • Turning the disadvantages into opportunities: the Balkans a serious future factor in the European technological and industrial development;
  • EU funds and programs – partnership between Balkan SMEs, local authorities, Universities and research centers; project preparation and management;
  • EU funding for SMEs and municipalities in the area of security and antiterrorism;
  • Juncker Investment Plan and EFSI;
  • Financial instruments for stimulating the internationalization of the SMEs;
  • Tourism, third important and profitable economic sector in Europe; cooperation between Balkan SMEs and municipalities in the field of tourism.

Within last panel, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, throughout Head of “International Cooperation” Department, Tanya Trayanova will present to the audience Italian best practices and innovative projects achieved by Italian companies in the field of tourism.

The conference will be attended by representatives of SMEs, NGOs and local authorities (municipalities) from all Balkan countries, representatives of bilateral Chambers of Commerce which will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange contacts within B2B sessions planned all along the day.

Official guests of the event will be representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, official Bulgarian Authorities, foreign missions in Bulgaria, Presidents of Pan-European, trans-national and national organizations.

In case of interest, please feel free to visit www.ubclubs.eu and fulfill in application form.

For further information, keep contact with Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria offices, coordinatore@camcomit.bg, tel. +359 846 32 80 or send an email to events@ubclubs.eu, tel.+359 894 377 977. Stay tuned on fanpage of the event/United Business Clubs–Bulgaria.

XVII Worldwide Meeting of ICCA Secretaries General in Rome

13508960_1038529902900769_4931765033245296659_nXVII Worldwide Meeting of ICCA Secretaries General took place for three working and matching days, in two different locations (Auditorium San Domenico and Conference Center Roma events) and it was attended by 78 delegates coming from 54 markets.

During the first day, there was the promotional launch of the new edition of ” Business Atlas 2016”  made by Assocamerestero since 1989 with collaboration of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad. Country’s profiles of Business Atlas provide with a concise and practical overview of main characteristics of the different foreign markets as data of interchange and flow of investments, regulatory and legislative rules, information about Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad services and other useful information for small and medium enterprises.

IMG-20160621-WA0004The meeting started it the morning of the first day June 21st with a brief introduction by the Representative of Secretaries General, Matteo Lazzarini (Bruxelles) who presented the state-of-the-art to all topics discussed within each geographical areas after his contact with each Secretariat of Area and his participation within Assocamerestero’s Board of Directors.

With this regard, the Representative invited Secretaries  General of each Area to briefly inform about their working days all along this semester: it was the turn of Rosa Cusmano,  ICCB Secretary General and as Responsible of Europe Area Secretariat who presented two specific projects in  which the Area is currently embedded. The purpose of  these two projects are on the first hand, to enhance international network of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad and support SMEs internationalization throughout the implementation of proects already planned; on the second hand, to facilitate ICCA participation at European, National and Regional calls for proposal in order to respond to the need of increasing services and promoting ICCA strategy towards Italian and European Institutions by giving added value to the experience gained by  around 20 ICCA in Europe.

20160621_095544Soon after it was the turn of Assocamerestero to update all delegates about the “Evolution of ICCA network, special projects and beyond” where it was highlighted the value and the result of promotional activities undertaken by the whole network spread out in all the world.

In the afternoon, all delegates took part in various working groups, based on their interest and Chamber’s strategy, divided in “European Projects Group 1” for giving first information about European programs addressed to EU Countries and Third Countries, to those ICCA in Europe and outside Europe interested in thinking over their strategy and giving benefits to their associates. The aim was to provide all participants with operational and basic tools for start this type of action in parallel. The second, “Group 2 European projects“, with the participation of ICCA  from Aarhus, Lyon, Marseille, Monaco, Beijing, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Zurich, already embedded in European projects or those Italian Chambers already well structured in EU matters, for example throughout a professional resource dedicated to this matter. Final goal was to define common strategies to implement the quality and quantity of European projects in which ICCA could be  involved. “Groups Network Projects” dealt with those ICCA involved in some specific projects where partnerships among Chambers of the same geographical Area represent an added value for SMEs internationalization. With regards to this, delegates shared different proposals and projects on which they are already working on: A) Group project “Enhancement and promotion of authentic Italian food product“; B) Programs and projects for production  chains of consumer of  goods and services, DG for internationalization policies and trade promotion, MISE (ICCA involved: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City); C) Discussion Group on certification services for the Italics and proposals of other innovative services throughout ICCA network. At the end of the day, proposals where shared in a plenary sessions.

20160622_115703Wednesday, June 22nd, the Meeting began with a debate on “Lobbying actions with the Regions and creation of common approaches“, where it was discussed approaches and strategies for integrating ICCA in  regional funding programs for SMEs internationalization.

In the afternoon  it took place the panel on “Network projects by Unioncamere system” with the speech of Ferruccio Dardanello, President  of Agroqualità, Edi Sommariva from Isnart, who presented new project “EXPERIENCE ITALY SOUTH AND BEYOND-Italian restaurants of Italian Hospitality promote Made in South of Italy” where 15 ICCA from EU Area are involved for create initiatives in order to promote international commercialization of  agribusiness and tourism. Moreover, Secretary General of Unioncamere, Giuseppe Tripoli, stressed the added value of meta-communication  everywhere, as ICCA network has the right knowledge and professional skills to well know each Country highlighting furthermore the important role that Unioncamere is carrying on projects related to digitization and innovation.

13521978_1038530202900739_4565780720092375469_nIn the afternoon plenary session on “Communication & Innovation” during Assocamerestero Responsible for Communication and Development Costa Pina stressed on the fact that interconnection is not only necessary but now, in view of the maturation of communication two-way, is extremely important because the various and multiple forms of communication can activate to reach success. It was followed by Secretary General, Matteo Lazzarini who shared a project addressed to a worldwide network of bilateral trade organizations directly involved in European projects.

XVII Meeting of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad (ICCA), in its third day, Thursday 23rd June, held in Center Events in Rome, had moments of great participation divided in more sessions among discussions, debates, and more than 300 business meetings thanks to one-to-one meetings platform (iiMERGE) between20160623_101030 78 ICCA and associations, Chambers of Commerce, Development Agencies and other entities promoting internationalization. In the opening of this day, there was a first meeting with Italians elected MPs abroad who supported ICCA network, particularly Laura Garavini who underlined that “ICCA have human resources that can be easily able to be integrated simultaneously in the economic and foreign institutional environment as well as Italian one. We need the work of ICCA network because they are deep and efficient experts of international markets“.

Fabio Porta, PD Deputy elected abroad and President of the Committee for Italians abroad and the promotion of the Country System of the Chamber stressed on the fact that “ICCA network abroad is an effective and penetrating tool for the internationalization of our Country System” while Colomba Mongiello, Vice President of the parliamentary Commission of inquiries on the phenomenon of counterfeiting, emphasized the importance of promoting the food Made in Italy abroad throughout the efficient network of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad. At 10.30 it was the turn of representatives of Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).

20160623_103742In the afternoon, all ICCA delegates were engaged in parallel sessions focused on different topics to which Chambers network is currently working on: a meeting with “SiCamera Scpa” which involved, in addition to the presence of Marco Annarumi, General Manager SiCamera Scpa, ICCA Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Marseille, Miami, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Sofia and a meeting with Startups and accelerators of the project “Innovation” for which it has been involved a group of active ICCA in this field, followed by one to one meetings where all 78 delegates had the possibilities of approaching SMEs and potential Italian partner to build up supporting internationalization process on various markets.

Outsourcing – The Industry of Acronyms. Bulgaria’s businesses answer to changing landscape

13419058_1151768848177956_4089983898159683485_nThird edition of Annual Outsourcing Conference took place on 16th June in Sofia Event Center and it was focused on “Outsourcing – The Industry of Acronyms. Bulgaria’s businesses answer to changing landscape”.

Organized by Bulgarian Trade Association, in collaboration with Capital, Bulgarian Association Software (BASSCOM), Trade Association of Manufacturers in Bulgaria, alongside with Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgarian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce, Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and with Municipalities of Plovdiv, Burgas and Varna, the event gathered more than 250 participants among TOP Managers, director of leading companies in outsourcing industry coming from Bulgaria and  from Europe for discussing about opportunities,  impacts, innovations and development of new business models related to the field and showing, at the same time, best practices already done in Bulgaria.

20160616_210930An awards ceremony “Bulgarian Business Excellent Awards” took place at 19h00 in Hilton Hotel, as planned, and it was opened by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policies of the Republic of Bulgaria, with the participation also of the Mayors of Burgas and Varna.

Together with 150 participants, representatives of governmental bodies, general managers of leadng companies in outsourcing industry, also Secretary General of Italian Chamber of Commerce in BulgariA, Rosa Cusmano, as a partner of the event, was present there for assisting to the ceremony and meeting institutional partners. During the ceremony, Chairman of Bulgarian Association of Outsourcing,  Stefan Bumov gave certificates and awards to first, second (and ex aequo) and third places divided in different category for their contribution to the development of outsourcing sector in Bulgaria.

20160616_210246Among all categories a special award was assigned to the Mayor of the city of Burgas, Dimitar Nikolov, for being the “Bulgarian Outsourcing City with highest growth potential“ where a lot of efforts have been done by local government to let Burgas be attractive for Italian and foreign companies, said Mr Nikolov, while the first place was gained by the City of Plovdiv as to be  “Bulgarian Outsourcing City of the Year” and the Mayor of Plovdiv, Ivan Totev, received the award.

Italian Team won second Edition of the social business networking event “Italian-French Tennis Tournament”. Zdravko Peshakov from Auxionize and Svilena Bojikova are the winners of this edition!

IMG-20160612-WA0051Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria won the second edition of Italian-French Tennis Tournament, in both categories, women and men with Zdravko Peshakov, representative of the company Auxionize Bulgaria and Svilena Bojikova of Baker Tilly Bulgaria. Second position was gained by Martin Reynaert from Texar and Nevena Beshkova from INFG, representating French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The winners were awarded with cups by the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, H.E. Marco Conticelli, Hans Broucke, Country Manager of BNP Paribas Sofia Branch and main sponsor of the event, accompanied by the Presidents of both Chambers of Commerce Marco Montecchi and Stéphane Delahaye, who stressed, during their short speech, “commitment and the synergy of the Chambers in organizing sport events with the purpose of creating business and pleasant moments among members; moreover it is an opportunity to support the activities of Sofia nominated European Capital of Sport 2018”. A big thank to the Mayor of Sofia, Ms Yordanka Fandakova and to the President of Committee, Anatoli Iliev for strong input to the city in being a real Capital of Sport. This just to let the sport continue to be a key factor of integration in the society, to improve the quality of life and health of who practice it. Save the date for next joint project as “4th edition of the Italian French Golf Tournament” planned on 9th October in St. Sofia Golf Club”.

IMG-20160612-WA0063Italian Ambassador in Sofia express his appreciation for great organization of the event by underlining the spirit of cooperation beyond every project both Chamber used to organize in this field, and event that included also a friendly performance between the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and the Vice-President of Confindustria Bulgaria, expressing #betterfriendstoday #betterplayerstomorrow.

The business social networking event organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and  French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with “Sofia European Capital of Sport 2018” has gained immense popularity: 150 were the participants, including representatives of Institutions, representatives of business and entrepreneurial environment of Italy, Bulgaria and France, accompanied by their families and friends and almost fifty players took part in the tournament at National Center of Tennis in Sofia inside the Borisova park and respecting the scheme of direct elimination scheme with round knockout, quarters, semifinals and final in men and women single matches.

IMG-20160612-WA0045At the same time entertainment like beginner courses of tennis and yoga were reserved to children and those guests interesting in approaching this sport and take the chance to have a coach for just one day.

In addition the Edition 2016 has dedicated a space for the children tennis exhibition in the project “3T Tennis Talent” supporting by BNP Paribas and by National Tennis Association. Moreover, in the afternoon it was held an exhibition match between Stéphane Grunier e Mario Ignatov, professional tennis masters who showed a cool and exciting moment of mutual and healthy “competition” in front of all participants and tennis players before the degustation of Italian high quality wine, DOC e IGT offered by Ferreri Group Bulgaria for the final cocktail.

IMG-20160612-WA0050Special thanks to all sponsors who have made possible the success of this initiative: BNP Paribas (Main sponsor), Autoitalia, Bulins, Ferreri Group together with Alpetrans, Alias Group Bulgaria, Penkov Markov & Partners and Sofia Balkan Hotel for constant support to Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria!

A complete photo gallery of the event is available on ICCB Fanpage and on Twitter @CCIE_Bulgaria.

Congratulations to the winners and see you for the next edition in 2017!

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“1ª Italian Cinema Fest – David of Donatello Awards” – A journey between cinema and art: projections and meetings for a film festival celebrating Italian quality excellence

file-page1The first “Italian Cinema Fest – David of Donatello Awards” was held in Sofia from 31st May to 6th June 2016. Under the patronage of Embassy of Italy in Sofia, Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, this unique initiative was organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Cultural Association “Tiziano” in straight cooperation with David of Donatello Academy, Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia and Municipality of Sofia, as Creative City for UNESCO.

A rich and interesting program of events promoting cinema, David of Donatello Awards and focusing on boosting co-production of cinema industry among Italian and Bulgarian companies was on the agenda, in perfect line with intergovernmental agreement signed last May 2015 betweeen Italian and Bulgarian Government.

j20160531-206Within the framework of traditional promotional initiative lead by ICE Sofia and named Italian Festival, “1ª Italian Cinema Fest – David of Donatello Awards” was incredibly successful since its beginning: from press conference at Sofia Balkan Hotel on 31st May in presence of Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, H.E. Marco Conticelli, Deputy Mayor acting also on cultural issues, Todor Chobanov, Deputy Minister of Culture, Boyl Banov, and so many national media TV and radio covering this event and following days dedicated to projections of Italian movies (an average of 200 participants for each projections and more over the capacity of cinema hall) to the Conference “Institutional_Meeting_”Italy-Bulgaria: cooperation opportunities” held on 6th June at Sofia Grand Hotel and reserved to commercial and economic purposes.

Moreover, the visit to Nu Boyana Film Studios of Sofia for closing on 6th June with Gala Evening at Ivan Vazov Theater and the involvement of more than 800 participants, Authorities, diplomatic European representatives, representatives from Bulgarian state bodies and private ones, sponsors and guests.

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Seeds&Chips, International Summit of food innovation in Milan on  13th and 14th May

download (1)Seed & Chips, International Summit on Food Innovation took place in Milan on 13th and 14th May. In its second edition, Italian event dedicated to the world of Italian Excellence in the field of Food and Food Innovation, Seed & Chips has been a natural continuation of Italian EXPO 2015 experience .

Institutional partners of Seed & Chips were: World Food Programme; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); European Commission; Ministry for Economic Development; Ministry of Environment; Ministry of Education, University and Research; Lombardy Region; the City of Milan;  ICE, Agency for promotion and internationalization of Italian companies; RAI; Confagricoltura; American Chamber of Commerce in Italy; Polytechnic Institute of Milan and Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. CREA, the Council for Research in Agriculture and Agricultural Economy Analysis attended as official scientific advisors of the event.

The event was structured into several areas including exhibition spaces where participants presented their innovative projects and had the opportunity to make concrete demonstrations, as well as spaces dedicated to high-profile international conferences related to issues such as sustainability and Food System and areas where it was possible to make business matching articulated into individual B2B meetings between investors and innovative startups.

International Conference “Education and Business – Future Leader

edu-large-enItalian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part for the third consecutive year as institutional partner, in “Education and Business International Conference – Future Leaders“, held on Wednesday 11st May in Hotel Balkan Sofia. Promoted and organized by Bulgarian National Television On Air and Bloomberg TV Bulgaria, the conference, divided in different panels, is part of a general program boosting investment in the field of education and training, perceived as necessary requirements for a suitable development of social system.

This meeting was based on the idea that the world is changing rapidly and therefore it is necessary that also education system has to be adapted to evolution and changes.

In order to face changes, it is highly important to invest on humaines ressources and let them be well skilled in new fields of activities. Hereafter main issues on the agenda of the conference where organizers intended to give an answer: how is possible to increase skills and potentialities of those subjects showing to be new future leaders? Where we can find them? Who will be? How recognize them?

13177419_1130322900322551_2559365996395619019_nThe conference was attended by VIP speakers come from business sector, famous worldwide University professors, Olympic athletics, brilliant students who achieved excellent results during their University career.

As per last year, Doriana Rankova from Bloomberg TV Bulgaria was the moderator of the Conference. Please check event’s website http://edu-business.info/en/ to get more information.

Eighth Edition of International Tourism Meeting (IMT) in Plovdiv

пловдив тур2Plovdiv, ranked on third position as “Best European Destination in 2016” and in ten position as City to be visited in 2015 by experts of Lonely Planet, hosted the eighth edition of International Meeting of the Tourism from 20th to 23rd April.

Organized by Municipality of Plovdiv together with Ministry of Tourism, this promotional and professional event, in the formula of business meetings sessions, had the first objective of presenting opportunities for economic development in the City of Plovdiv, elected European Capital of Culture 2019,  and in the Region itself, taking into consideration the evolution of European and international political scenario that requires new interesting destinations with a variety of touristic offers, competitive prices and an option to avoid risk zones and traditional destinations and the fact that Plovdiv had to overcome classical touristic paths.

In this sense, the event had the second purpose of giving possibilities for the creation of new cultural and touristic itineraries connected to sport, wellness, gastronomy and religion.

13082767_1120131114675063_1629969670180981072_nMore than 100 participants, among tour operators, representatives of marketing and communication department of different agencies coming from Algeria, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Nepal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, United Kingdom, USA, Turkey and Ukraine, took part into B2B meetings for supporting objectives of this event.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, represented by Deputy Secretary General, Elena Tarkalanova together with Head of “Promotion Fairs and Exhibitions” Department”, Teodora Ivanova, took part into B2B meetings, within an info desk reserved to Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, assisting requests for increasing their relations with Italy coming from representatives of touristic sector and international media.

Photo gallery is available on ICCB fanpage Camera di Commercio Italiana in Bulgaria.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part into official opening ceremony of International Exhibitions “Tecnomebel” focused on woodworking and “The World of Furniture” promoting furniture, lighting, interior design

13051677_1117567484931426_2034712423658635037_nAn official opening ceremony on International Exhibitions Tecnomebel focused on woodworking and “The World of Furniture” promoting furniture, lighting, interior design was held on 19th April at Inter Expo Center of Sofia.

Opened by the Director of Inter Expo Center, Ivaylo Ivanov, there were presented Deputy Minister of Economy, Lyuben Petrov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Georgi Kostov, Deputy Director of Bulgarian Agency for the promotion of Small and Medium Entreprises, Nikola Stoyanov and the Chairman of Woodworking Association in Bulgaria and organizer of these Exhibitions, Galin Gospodinov who stressed the increase of the level of Bulgarian companies exporting their excellence abroad throughout trade mission and B2B realized during previous year and wishing the same increase in cooperation relations with all companies exhibitors coming from EU Countries.

13015391_1117567521598089_7819030837231894910_nItalian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, whose institutional desk was based within Tecnomebel Exhibition together with the partner Association Ho.Re.Ca, was represented by Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano and by Head of “Promotion Fairs and Exhibitions” Department, Teodora Ivanova, who had the opportunity to take part into official opening ceremony and visit all stands promoting business contact with Italian companies.

A workshop focused on HOMI, International Lifestyle Trade Fair, was organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria during  Tecnomebel and “The World of Furniture” Exhibitions

879434586_812684690_oDuring International Exhibitions “Tecnomebel” and “The World of Furniture”, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, throughout its “Promotion Fairs and Exhibitions” Department, represented by Teodora Ivanova, organized an information Worskhop on HOMI, International Lifestyle Trade Fair that it took place on the second day in Moussala Hall of Inter Expo Center where a complete presentation of business opportunities offered by Fiera Milano, ICCB strategic partner, to 50 Bulgarian companies was done by Mrs. Ivanova.

The head of “Promotion Fairs and Exhibitions” Department underlined to the audience the importance to take part into this international fair for creating business contacts, partnerships and extending their network beyond national boundaries by connecting experience and abilities of Bulgarian companies to the great capacities of Italian ones, one of strategic asset of Fiera Milano Fairs.

During this workshop, and among participants, leading Bulgarian companies already experienced Homi Milano in previous edition, Mrs. Ivanova “gave the floor” to Cherga Group, greatest designers who had the possibilities to establish commercial relations with some Italian companies during one of 13054593_10209315864074202_16745812_othe past edition of Homi. This group was presented as a best practice and concrete result of what it means the participation into International lifestyle Fair of Fiera Milano.

Within the same workshop, Cherga Group, had a presentation on how to increase innovation in the field of design drawing the attention of some methodologies to be adopted in order to be on International markets and inviting all to be present next summer technical workshop.

Italian Chambers of Commerce from Bulgaria, France, Germany and Switzerland together for increasing internationalization of Calabria Region companies in the light of new programming period 2014-2020: interactive debate and huge participation of startups and SMEs in the headquarters of Unioncamere Calabria and University of Calabria

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Two important appointments dedicated to SMEs working in food industry and technological innovation took place on 13rd and 14th April in Unioncamere Calabria and University of Calabria headquarters.

In the framework of initiatives supporting SMEs internationalization process and increase of commercial relations developed by the network of Italian Chambers of Commerce of EU Countries, Secretaries General coming from Marseille, Monaco, Sofia and Zurich took part into the Conference “Incentives to export: four markets for Calabria Smes” organized jointly with Unioncamere Calabria and Europe Enterprise Network on 13rd April where EU delegates presented commercial opportunities in food industry sector to more than 50 companies.

12998606_1114903498531158_963437773570191735_nStarting with a general overview of those markets, and state of art of commercial relations among Calabria Region and Bulgaria, France, Germany and Switzerland, Secretaries General drew the attention of technical details such as market studies, regulations for importing Italian products, requirements for commercializing them, presence of GDO and all Italian products already on those markets; moreover they underlined excellent experience acquired in assisting companies from the really beginning of internationalization process up to the end and over and the fact that SMEs have to adopt a specific strategy for being on a market for make their business successful.

After the first part of the Conference, opened by the President of Unioncamere Calabria, Paolo Abramo, who put in evidence excellence and the need of “exporting regional products throughout the network of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad” all companies were informed about financial instruments coming from Regional Operational Program approved on 21st October 2015 from European Commission and priorities connected to promotion and SMEs competitiveness within this program. In this sense it was built up a proposal including different activities for supporting SMEs internationalization creating an interactive debate among speakers and audience interested in being on four markets.

Alongside with one to one meetings, Secretaries General of Marseille, Monaco, Sofia and Zurich had a deepen meeting with institutional partners, regional trade Associations, with the purpose of defining cooperation modalities to support those companies on EU markets, particularly in   Bulgaria, France, Germany and Switzerland.

13015684_1114899781864863_1336776635372827113_nOn 14th April EU delegates joined Tecnest incubator of University of Calabria for presenting opportunities in their Countries in the field of innovation technology. With the presence of the Head of International Relations Department of the University itself, Gianpiero Barbuto, of the delegate of the Rector for Research and Technology Transfer of the Incubator, Prof. Passarino together with the Head of “Liaison Office – Supporting Research and Tecnology Transfer”, Ing. Attanasio,  Secretaries General had an interesting debate with 10 startups and spin-off really proactive in different fields such as simulation, decisional support and training for logistics applied in harbors and airports, control systems and optimization of logistics, production of smart therapy applied in medicine.

12961527_1114899865198188_3694623905510858496_nThis second working day was also an occasion for presenting financial instruments coming from Regional Operational Program approved on 21st October 2015 from European Commission and priorities connected to research and technology transfer and help those startups to support their internationalization process. In this sense all institutional partners also discussed about the possibilities of fixing a concrete strategy between the University and four Italian Chambers of Commerce with the aim of promoting the University itself and extending internships and international placement of the students coming from University of Calabria.

Photo gallery of working days is available on fanpage  of Italian Chambers of Commerce of Marseille, Monaco, Sofia and Zurich.

General Assembly of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria at Sofia Balkan Hotel. Successful work to the new Board of Directors.

It was held on 24th March annual meeting of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria in the prestigious Sofia Balkan Hotel where President Marco Montecchi, together with Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano and in collaboration with ICCB staff, presented results achieved by Associations in 2015 and new goals that the Chamber will attend for the current year.

Before starting the Assembly, the President expressed, with great emotion, his deepest regret for the recent demise of Councilor Francesco Giorgio, inviting all members to observe few minutes silence in his memory. 

12494711_1100123950009113_5267834067130296759_nSoon after, the President thanked all members of Board of Directors, ICCB team and members with particular regards to Alias Group, Bul Ins, Ferrerigroup, EuFarma, Penkov Markov & Partners for being so proactive and supportive for the realization of activities 2015, mentioning some successful projects like Economic Forums in April, July and November on the occasion of institutional visits of  the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs Benedetto Della Vedova, Ministry of Culture Activities and Tourism Dario Franceschini, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni. Moreover, “ExpoBulgaria Days”, international projects like “SignaMaris” and  “Ospitalità Italiana-Ristoranti Italiani nel Mondo”, international exhibition Tuttofood and Host, the opening and closing biennial of Milan Expo, the event “Viva l’Opera, Viva la Musica” in Plodiv, “Masterpiece of World Opera” in Sofia and many other projects which they showed business contacts  among different communities.

Thanks to the launch of a video presenting all activities and projects carried out last year, Secretary General intended to sum up, like a photographic storytelling, Chamber’s life in 2015 made of emotions, concrete actions, business contacts and participation of 400 Bulgarian and Italian economic operators in 50 promotional events organized in Italy and Bulgaria, supporting Made in Italy brands.

1918754_1100123696675805_8573454763399398895_nMoreover Secretary General presented provisional budget together with promotional plan for 2016, emphasizing the importance of continuity with promotional actions throughout the organization of trade fairs, trade missions, country presentations, special projects, European projects and events of commercial and cultural networking.

With regards to this point, the President informed the audience about new project “1st Edition of Italian Cinema Fest-David of Donatello Awards” from 31st May  to  6th June  in Sofia, which it will promote ‘High-quality Italian film industry’ in Bulgaria, celebrating the talent and excellence of Italian cinema, a unique asset for Italy’s cultural industry, famous around the world and  also in support of internationalization the Italian Oscar “David of Donatello“.

12718008_1100123773342464_4160446308717107613_nWith the approval of all point of agenda, the President gave memberships certificates to all ordinary members and supporters as a “sign of belonging” to an association working closely to and with associates by providing them with services in order to support internationalization process and new business contacts; ICCB will go further with their support and expertise for fostering Italy’s image in the Country and for creating new projects. It was also the occasion to give the floor to some members such as  EuFarma, Ferrerigroup and Health Collection for briefly introducing their local entrepreneurship experience.

The President highlighted that the new Board of Directors, with Secretary General, will be committed in the implementation of different projects and ready to receive project ideas to be promoted together with all members.

1510712_1100123976675777_6158708487638568686_nItalian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria welcome new Member  of the Board of Directors, Vesselin Pavlov, active in pharmaceutical and parapharmaceutical sector in Bulgaria and it expressed a huge thank to supporting members Alias Group, Alpetrans Bulgaria, Penkov Markov & Partners and Sofia Balkan Hotel for being supportive and proactive towards ICCB staff.

A complete photo gallery of the event is available on facebook’s profile of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

Meeting with Parliamentary Friendship Group Bulgaria – Italy

IMG-20160324-WA0019A meeting between Parliamentary Friendship Group Bulgaria – Italy and representatives of Italian Institutions and Organizations promoting SMEs internationalization, as the Ambassador of Italy in Sofia, H.E. Marco Conticelli, Director of Italian Institute of Culture in Sofia, Luigina Peddi, President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, Director OF ICE Sofia, Agency for promotion and internationalization  of italian companies abroad, Cinzia Bruno was held on 24th March in the Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The event was focused on various economic and cultural topics with the presence of the Chairman of Parliamentary Friendship Group, Kristian Vigenin and other MPs representatives members of different Bulgarian parties. During this institutional meeting it was highlighted first the results achieved by Italian System in Bulgaria and secondly it was the right occasion to discuss about new initiatives for the promotion of bilateral relations between Italy and Bulgaria.

The President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took the opportunity to enlight events occurred in 2015, huge initiatives promoting both Countries and business networking events like the project “EXPO Bulgaria Days 2015“, organized on occasion of Universal Exhibition EXPO 2015 in Milan in collaboration with Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Invest Bulgaria Agency, Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA), Promos Milan and Parma Alimentare. Some new projects for 2016 were the other point underlined by ICCB President.

10995574_1680848885507732_4782767051944480788_nInternational Culinary Festival:  the advertising campaign “Bulgaria embraces the taste around the world” and wine and food tour in May

On 1th March it began online campaign Bulgaria embraces the taste around the world” part of International Culinary Festival, a unique event organized by GTC Bulgaria with the support of Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, Culinary Academy HRS, International Club of the women and 17 foreign Embassies in Bulgaria: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Marocco, Mexico, the Netherlands Poland, Romania, Hungary and Venezuela. Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, on invitation of Italian Embassy in Sofia, organizes the promotion of Italy.

13227093_1138339306187577_1448432034727553374_nInternational Culinary Festival included different activities: the first activity was the launch of online platform (www.iknowbulgaria.bg) where it was possible to upload recipes of Bulgarian typical dishes, divides in 4 categories, and photos annexed regarding their preparation. At the end of April a professional jury, composed of Culinary Academy HRS chefs and members of the Association, chose the best 100 recipes. Those winners had the possibility of presenting Bulgaria during the second part of wine and food tour, that it took place in 7 different Bulgarian cities, from 12nd to 28th May, and it started with the city of Plovdiv. During wine and food tour there was cooking shows made by Bulgarian and foreign chefs together with the launch of the products.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took over the promotion and presentation of Italy during this Festival involving ICCB members for having opportunities to promote their business in food and wine sector. Intrade Srl and Ferreri Group Bulgaria were actively involved into the tour in Plovdiv and Sofia.

12801364_1682401442019143_2102764693568153723_nActually, this advertising campaign started last year with “Do you think to know the Bulgaria!? with the purpose of promotion the Country as touristic destination among Bulgarian population, particularly food&wine sector as a key factor for gathering peoplesThe project has also social engagement: part of the revenues coming from donations was used to buy equipment for hospitals in each cities and to take care children suffered from leukemia.

Officially presentation and press-room was hold on 1st March in presence of the Vice Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva and representative of the organizers together with diplomats coming from by different participating Embassies. Deputy Minister congratulated with organizers about enthusiasm and emphasis on culinary specialties of Bulgaria, on the same day of Baba Marta, a unique holiday for the Country. “One of the goal of this festival is to promote Bulgarian internal market that can reaffirms Bulgaria as touristic destination also for own Bulgarian travelers“, has affirmed Deputy Minister Georgieva.

12744638_1682138742056682_6730338382180882041_nGrowing together: the slogan of ICCA of Europe Area

Excellent results came up from institutional meetings and working days ICCA Europe had in Brussels on 22nd and 23rd February.

During the first day of meeting that it took place at Espace Montepaschi Bank of Belgium, fifty delegates among  Presidents  and Secretaries General of 25 Italian Chambers of Commerce participating, together with Assocamerestero Heads of departments “Network ICCA”, “Europe desk” and “Communication and development projects” had internal discussion on Italian SMEs internationalization and on implementation of 20 EU projects involving ICCA Europe Area for the period 2015/2016.

Today and tomorrow we will discuss about collaboration among Italian Chambers of commerce of Europe Area and institutional partners in Italy and abroad, and further analyze the state-of-art of projects involving ICCA. Moreover, we will propose concrete projects in favor of the promotion of Made in Italy” declared President Montecchi, Representative of ICCA Chambers of Europe, during welcoming  greetings addressed to all participants. A productive debate of evaluations and propositions by everyone with the intention of reaching goals with new agreements among ICCA Europe Area for  a  dynamic  and efficiency cooperation with Institutions and entrepreneurial Associations.

12734234_1079608865393955_6523808916092249872_nThe second day was characterized by conferences and institutional meetings within European Parliament in Brussels.

A conference about “SMEs Internationalization: projects, propositions and new synergies among  Italian Chambers of Commerce of Europe Area”  occurred with the presence of Lara Comi,  Vice President and EU MP “Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats)“, Salvatore Cicu, EU MP “Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats)“, Maurizio Reale, Director of representation Office for European institution of Coldiretti, Gaetano Stella, President of Confprofessioni and Vice President CEPLIS, Marco Zanni, EU MP “Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group“, Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General Eurochambres and Flavio Burlizzi, Director of representation office of Unioncamere Brussels.

A public conference about “Promotion of Made in Italy: European answer of  Italian Chambers of Commerce” was held on the second working day where it was underlined the active role ICCA Europe Area in the promotion of Made in Italy. During the opening , Representative of Europe and President of Italian  Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi highlighted that “it is highly important support Made in Italy all around the world and fight against food counterfeiting in collaboration with EU Italian Chambers of Commerce, a real business that nowadays is strongly affected negatively our best Italian products, as proved also Italian Chambers of Commerce based in Frankfurt and Munich that developed an excellent project on Italian Sounding. This will be a relevant topic where all other EU ICCA will focus on in next months”.

DSC_6440During the event directed by Vice director of  Regional “TGR RAI” Dario Carella, different projects involving EU Italian Chambers of Commerce were presented with the intention on going further into the implementation of initiatives aiming at fighting against counterfeiting Italian excellences. “Seal of Quality Ospitalita Italiana-Italian Restaurants Worldwide”, “Temporary Export Manager” and “Italian Sounding” and others European projects focused on wine&food tourism, employment and training opportunities were on the agenda of this conference.

This final conference was attended also by Andrea Cozzolino EU MP “Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament”and Massimiliano Salini EU MP “Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), who highlighted the importance of supporting SMEs that EU Italian Chambers of Commerce could act for internationalization process into European Market.

Brussels, laboratory of  ideas of Italian Chambers of Commerce based in Europe for the promotion of Made in Italy.

Interview with Marco Montecchi, Representative of the Italian Chambers of Commerce in the Europe.

j20150414-531Italian Chambers of Commerce based in Europe will meet in Brussels on 22nd and 23rd February.  Sixty delegates, including Presidents and Secretaries General, will be involved in a busy agenda of internal sessions and institutional meetings. We speak about it with Marco Montecchi, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Representative of Italian Chambers of Commerce in Europe Area.

President Montecchi, why did you choose to have your meetings in Brussels? 

In the light of the latest development of  Italian politics on SMEs internationalization issues, to be in Brussels is certainly a key choice for a strategic repositioning of our EU Area. Furthemore we have also the chance of presenting to an international public our network composed of 30 dynamic and proactive  Chambers, which have been working for many years supporting SMEs and they are constantly working to adapt  their strategies to different European and International economics scenarios.

I choose Brussels for our meetings also to raise up public awareness about Europe projects activities where Italian Chambers of Commerce are particularly active in different fields: from the promotion of agribusiness, to the promotion of tourism and applications of  new technologies for business. In addition, we look forward to build up a strategic partnerships to support Italians SMEs.

The meetings of the Italian Chambers of Commerce are very important to strengthen their institutional relations and those with local authorities. What are the main points of your agenda?

Undoubtedly, it is highly relevant to meet and discuss as this approach brings significant benefits to the whole  network of Chambers of Commerce and it is thanks to regular meetings that  it is possible arise winning projects to support the promotion of Made in Italy all over the world. In this occasion we will compare relations and cooperation that exist between Italian Chambers of  Area Europa and institutional partners in Italy and abroad, we will analyze the state-of-art of projects, currently involving EU Chambers and we will discuss on results achieved, but above all we will advance concrete proposals for the enhancement of EU Chambers  of Commerce, which represent a capillary-performance network in Europe, based in 23 EU markets  that can promote the growth of enterprises and support internationalization efficiently and professionally.

On Tuesday, February 23rd  you will organize a conference in European Parliament. A showcase or a laboratory of ideas?

No doubt a laboratory of  ideas! And I add one more point: the spirit whereby I undertook  the role of  representing EU Area is exactly  the same intention of  building up together with colleagues a new way to communicate with Organizations and Institutions, to highlight professional skills Italian Chambers of Commerce have and start a different communication policy, supported by a strong unitary commercial action for supporting Italian SMEs.

The conference organized in Parliament will be  also an opportunity to show the projects that we started in 2016 for the promotion of Italian products, including the Seal of Quality “Italian Hospitality Restaurants in the World“, “Temporary Export Manager” “Signa Maris” and many other European projects in the fields of entrepreneurship, tourism, agrifood and training.

Last december new stability law has passed  and the process of internationalization of Italian SMEs has changed: which role Italian Chambers of Commerce will play in this context? Which perspectives have been opened?

Let me do a necessary introduction: Italians Chambers of Commerce abroad are 79, bilateral private associations under local law recognized by Italian government and therefore public-private entities, part of Assocamerestero, the association that represents them in Italy. Every year they assist more than 70.000 companies, they achieve more than 300.000 business contacts, throughout the organization of 300 missions within national trade fairs and 200 in international exhibitions.  They are cofinanced by Ministry of Economic Development on specific projects for a total amount of about 10% of eligible costs, a really small budget of Italian State.

 Undoubtedly New Stability Law leads us to rethink the relationship with Italian Chamber system and to review our organizations in terms of structure and strategy. We are aware of an additional co-financing reduction to our  Chambers  Abroad by Italian Government, but we also recognize that it is a great opportunity for us because  it allows all to highlight the experience and great strength to act as “first access point” on European markets for all companies interested in increasing export.

By Francesca Palombo – europa@ccitabel.com.

The interview was also published on AISE and 9 columns.

A huge number of visitors at the Holiday&SPA Fair2016. Bulgarian Government looks ahead with optimism: more interest in Bulgaria as touristic destination. ICCB with an institutional desk.

download (1)Thirty-third edition of the biggest touristic fair, Holiday&SPA, organized by PRIM Expo ended on Saturday 13th February, at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia. The event developed looking ahead with optimism in a strong touristic season and the return of foreign tourists in the Balkan Country.

Among more than 400 institutional stands and touristic enterprises ones, Italian Chamber of Commerce has had its own desk too, in the Astral Holidays’ exhibition area where visitors could enhance their knowledge about Italy and get information about the ICCB’s activities.

1On Thursday 11th February, Minister of Tourism, Ms. Nikolina Angelkova, Major of Sofia, Ms. Jordanka Fandakova, Majors of other cities, delegates of Bulgarian and international business and several professional visitors and journey passionates participated at the opening ceremony. According to the Minister of Tourism, “in the last months the interest in Bulgaria as touristic destination raised. Touristic operators point out that the requests of the Country increased by 50%. The interest of Russian tourists is raising too, the aim is to increase by 20-30%, according to Russian tour operators forecast” the Minister added. Moreover, there is also a higher curiosity by European tourists; for instance UK Company Thomas Cook expects the return of French tourists, after a six-year pause. The Minister invited representatives from hotel and catering business to be careful about market needs as well as to offer products with a great added value. Without leaving aside winter tourism, Minister Angelkova, highlighted that this matter is a priority the Government will focus on. Not least, the Minister underlined the importance of the tourist sector that contributes some 13% to the country’s GDP.

The Mayor of Sofia, Ms. Jordanka Fandakova, observed a raising trend of tourists in the Capital that last year increased in Sofia by 10%. An interesting point is the number of Bulgarian that visited Sofia (+12%), and that of foreigners coming from Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Italy and USA.

3More than 390 Bulgarian companies participated to the fair, not only tour operators but also enterprises linked to tourism, 25 touristic associations, institutional stands of several bulgarian cities and municipalities and institutional stands from Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia, Indonesia, Cuba, Croatia and Russia.

Furthermore many conferences, seminaries and presentations occurred. During the presentation of Astral Holiday, the Responsible of ICCB “fairs, events and exhibitions”, Department, Teodora Ivanova, talked about Sardegna, its peculiarities and its culture.

Click here to view some pictures of the fair.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria takes part to “Investors of 2015”- Economy’s Oscar.

downloadFor the tenth year consecutive, Investment Governmental Agency, InvestBulgaria, institutional partner of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, organizes Investors ceremony awards event, that this year marks a jubilee. To the ceremony, held in Sofia Balkan Hotel on 10th February, they were presented the Vice Premier Megleva Kuneva and Tomislav Donchev, Ministry of Economy, Mr Bojidar Loukarski, Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Nikolina Angelkova and Ministries Liliana Pavlova e Ivelina Vasileva, different and other Vice Ministries, Presidents of Commissions, representatives of international enterprises and chief of Bulgarian public entities.

Among the guests, Embassy of Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Romania, Azerbejdzan, Algeria, Belgium, Slovakia, Republic of South Korea, together with governmental representatives of different Countries, bilateral Chamber of Commerce based in Bulgaria, including Italian Chamber of Commerce represented by President, Marco Montecchio, and Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano, some members of Parliament coming from different parliamentary groups, journalists and media.

7The ceremony was officially opened by Executive Director of InvestBulgaria Stamen Yanev who thanked all participants by underlining that there was huge work behind the impressive growth of 20% in investment sector in 2015. InvestBulgaria together to their partners contributed to change the approach and let Bulgaria be again attractive for investments. “In 2015 it has been achieved a high level of intensity and responsibility and we hope to continue on this way”, added the Director.

In the period before the ceremony over 70  requests from enterprises in different economic sectors, like ITC and health, were sent to Ministers, regional and municipal Agencies. After discussion and accurate evaluation in the respect of objectivity, seventeen has been enterprises evaluated successfully to have realized important investment projects in 2015 and winners of the competition “Investor of the Year”.

The Vice Premier for European funds and economical politics, Mr Tomislav Donchev gave the prize for the Investor of the Year to Lachezar Coconkov, President of Council of Supervisor of the monetary society “Asarel Medet AD” awarded for the building a medical care center “Asarel Panagiurishte Zdrave”, which will have 268 bed seats and a staff of 700 people. The total amount of the project is of 55 millions leva, which Asarel Medet will invest 28,3 millions levs.

The prize “gold bull”, realized by sculptor Seyfetin Shekerov has been delivered also to “Woodward Inc.”, “Standard Profil Bulgaria EAD”, “Kostal Bulgaria EOOD” e “Walltopia OOD”.

Hereafter awards divide in different categories:

“Green Investment” Category: “Woodward Inc.” for an investment of 1,935 mln leva. The Award has been delivered by Minister of Regional Development, Liliana Pavlova, that assured an easy process for investments.

“Human resources” Category: “Standard Profil Bulgaria EAD” that created 268 jobs in 2015.

“Investment for extension”: German society “Costal Bulgaria” that opened a second business in Smolian in December. The Award has been delivered by Minister of Economy, Bojidar Lukarski, who expressed his joy about the decision of foreign entrepreneurs to remain in Bulgaria and extend their business here, as positive sign of the conditions the Country offers.

“Investment for acquisition” Category: “Mohawk Industries” that has acquired Bulgarian society “KAI Group” for about 195 mln euro.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria take part to the meeting promoted by the Mayor of Sofia for the inauguration of new strategic plan for the City

0кIt was held on 10th February an institutional meeting presenting new strategic plan of the City of Sofia encouraged by the Mayor, Yordanka Fandakova and focused on improving investments in the Capital. More than forty world’s representatives of foreign business, bilateral Chambers of Commerce and representatives of diplomatic offices took part into this meeting.

The Mayor  hightlighted first the progress made in the field of transport infrastructure and the importance of continuing in this direction defined as one of the priorities of the local administration for urban development, together with the development of “green” and ecological environment and the strengthening of the High Tech and intelligent digitization. In High Tech industry field, the Mayor officially presented 8th edition of  Webit Festival, the biggest economic and commercial event, linked to the digital world and technologies that it will take place in Sofia from 18 to 20 April in Sofia chosen as hub for Europe.

12657970_10153215379406277_6587158452001850071_oUnder the patronage of European Commission, of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and of the Mayor of Sofia, Webit Festival (www.webit.bg) will host Presidents of European Countries, Ministers, Majors from all Europe, innovators, startups and academics for two days of bilateral meetings, business meetings and economic forums with the purpose of creating conditions for the development of digitization in Europe. Invitation to participate with national stands and delegations of entrepreneurs,was extended to the delegates of business participating in the meeting.

IMG-20160211-WA0000Moreover the Mayor of Sofia highlighted that local administration committed itself to promote investments in the City in order to contribute to its growth with the help of economic and entrepreneurial associations of the Country. In this sense it was presented new local agency for investments that it should be the point of reference for foreign entrepreneurs that already operate on site and for those who wants to contribute to the development of the City of Sofia.

The President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Mario Montecchi, with the Vice President Ivo Russev, Secretary General Rosa Cusmano and the Responsible of “International Cooperation” Department, Tanya Trayanova took part into this institutional meeting.

Italy as a tourist destination. ICCB supporting the promotion of the tourism sector

IMG-20160203-WA0000On 3 February it was held a workshop on Italy’s presentation as a tourist destination organized by tour operator Astral Holidays in the restaurant certified with Ospitalità Italian Seal of Quality “Life is Beautiful” within Best Western City Hotel in Sofia. Astral Holidays showed to more than 50 guests and clients the “Bel Paese” as a tourist destination drawing their attention on the excellence of the territories of Sardinia, Puglia and Campania (Naples) and presenting furthermore new package tours for this year. 2016 was presented as the year dedicated to Italy, for which Astral Holidays developed new services that can strengthen the promotion of Italy as a better destination, with the launch of charter flights to Sardinia, that will be already active from next May.

At the beginning of the event, ICCB Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano, presented the projects related to Sardinia, Puglia and Campania Regions as the best destinations for summer tourism and stressed the importance of the Chamber as a network of business contacts all over the world, highlighting different projects such as the brand “Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World” addressed to the certification of Italian restaurants abroad and the project “Signa Maris“. This last project was reIMG-20160203-WA0001alized with the support of Ministry of Cultural Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) – Intermediate Body of POIn “Cultural and Natural Attractions for Tourism” in order to promote the genuinity of Italian Regions throughout a new tourism system that combined sea and land, especially created for tourists entering the ports of Southern Italy with a mixture among culture, nature, art and culinary excellence.

Further intervention by the Head of the Department “Fairs, shows and events“, Teodora Ivanova, on Sardinian Region and peculiarities of this island really well-known worldwide. Supporting tourism: Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria will be present with its own stand in Hall of Astral Holidays, next exhibition on tourism, Holiday & SPA, unique in the industry that took place at the fairgrounds Inter Expo Center Sofia from 11st to 13rd February 2016.

Meeting of Representatives of the Government with ten of bilateral Chambers of Commerce, signatories of the open letter to Premier

On Wednesday 27th January, there was a joint meeting with Representatives of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Vice Premier for political coalitions and state administration and interior minister, Rumyana Bachvarova, Vice Premier on EU funds and economic policy, Tomislav Donchev and Deputy Premier and Minister of Justice Ekaterina Zaharieva after sending an open letter in support of judicial reform addressed to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria was represented by Deputy President, Ivo Russev, Secretary General, Rosa Cusmano and Managing Partner of the Law Office Penkov, Markov & Partners (supporting and partner member), Vladimir Penkov.

open letter -bigger ENGIn the open letter, signed  by Amcham, Bulgarian- Belgian – Luxembourg Business Club, Association of the Bulgarian – British business, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Spain, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Bulgarian- Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce and Franco-Bulgarian Industry, Bulgarian-German Chamber of Commerce, Confindustria Bulgaria and the Bulgarian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, they wanted to express to Representatives of the Government worries about slowing down in the implementation of judicial reform and negative feelings of investors and local business about  the lack of legal guarantee and the resulting growth of a climate of lack of confidence felt by entrepreneurs and economic associations operating in the country.

Thanks to a sharing of common approach defined in the course of an internal meeting which it took place in the early morning,  with regard to Government and with the purpose to act as a single source of international business in Bulgaria (81% of FDI recorded in 2014 comes from their parent countries of the signatory rooms), the group of Chambers of Commerce involved in meeting expressed their request of having updated information about the state-of-art of judicial reform process, also in the light of publication today in Brussels of the report on Bulgaria prepared by the European Commission on judicial reform that it deals with fight against corruption and organized crime under the  supervisions of Cooperation and Verification Mechanism programs.

During the debate with Representatives of the Government, Chambers of Commerce required the need to start a dialogue directly with bilateral Chambers to be up against the growing reduction of foreign investment in the country and to improve business climate as well as  the Country’s image abroad, that it had an insufficient reputation in the opinion of various Chamber Representatives, by proposing regular meetings on key topics that it have been theme of this open letter, and exchange of know-how and good practice applied in the Countries represented by Chambers of Commerce, aiming at building together a favorable climate for foreign investment in accordance with judicial standards.

The first speech came from Deputy Prime Minister on EU Funds and Economic Policy, Tomislav Donchev who, after thanked the present at event, stressed  the priority of the the open letter’s theme for the judicial system and the Government therefore is treating with extreme caution particularly in recent months because this situation prevents the Country to attract new investments and shared the importance of a dialogue with Chambers of Commerce and foreign business representatives; thanks to them the Government can finalize reach the process of judicial reform, fighting resistance of those who are against reforms. Vice Premier also recalled how the collaboration with each Chamber of Commerce has been profitable in recent years and as a joint action of all Chambers network together is a determining factor in this moment.

A similar point of view was expressed by Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Rumyana Bachvarova which highlighted the importance of proceeding quickly outline the will to insist that there is an evolution of the judicial system. Of the same opinion was Minister of Justice, Ekaterina Zaharieva, who, during her speech, outlined three main priorities which belong to his department, including the main one of the law on the judiciary, which, according to realistic estimates, should be submitted for consideration in Parliament at the beginning of March, in addition to the work that the Ministry of Justice is conducting for commercial law and civil law code.

In last part of this institutional meeting, Deputy Prime Minister on EU Funds and Economic Policy, Tomislav Donchev invited the group of Chambers of Commerce to formulate work proposals that they could be discussed jointly during regular meetings, with a perspective of dialogue and growth of the economy of the Country.

We want to remind that foreign business world represented by bilateral Chambers of Commerce signed the document, presented to the Government Monday 25th January,  was in favor of judicial reform as important vehicle for economic and social development of Bulgaria.

The document was officially submitted to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov, informing the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rossen Plevneliev, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home, Rumiana Bachvarova, Deputy Prime Minister for the Coordination of European policies and institutional, Meglena Kuneva Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister for European Funds and economic policy, Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister for Social Policy and Population and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ivaylo Kalfin and the Minister of Justice, Ekaterina Zaharieva and the President of the National Assembly, Tsetska Tsacheva.

Hereafter there are  some links of the interviews of the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, to AskaNews and ANSA:

AskaNews:http://www.askanews.it/nuova-europa/bulgaria-camera-commercio-italiana-delusi-attendiamo-riforma_711716416.htm

ANSA: http://www.ansa.it/nuova_europa/it/notizie/nazioni/bulgaria/2016/01/26/bulgaria-investimenti-a-rischio-senza-riforma-giustizia_23affffa-4e0e-437f-bdcd-8fc57f34a50a.html

EVENTS 2015

 

 

Great success for “MASTERPIECE OF WORLD OPERA, on the occasion of Christmas celebrations ” in Sofia Opera and Ballet Hall

t20151210-668On Thursday, 10th December, a crowded Sofia Opera and Ballet Hall welcomed an audience of 900 spectators, partners and representatives of international business in Bulgaria within the social business networking event “MASTERPIECE OF WORLD OPERA, on the occasion of Christmas celebrations”, organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and the French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Sofia Opera and Ballet.

The concert was held under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, and part of the funds was provided to the “Bulgarian Christmas” charity campaign.

“MASTERPIECE OF WORLD OPERA” was also held under the patronage of H.E. Marco Conticelli, Ambassador of Italy in Sofia, H.E. Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes, Ambassador of France in Bulgaria, together with the Italian Cultural Institute and the French Institute in Bulgaria.

t20151210-324The event was realised with the valuable support of our partners: Bul Ins; Alias; Arsov, Natchev&Ganeva; cultural association “Tiziano”; BNP Paribas; EDM Business Consulting; Eventi Ivanoff; Gastrotheque “L’Art de Vivre”; McDonald’s; Novotel Sofia; Penkov, Markov& Partners; Trattoria “Giuseppe Verdi”.

The event was attended by members of both Chambers, politicians, diplomats, representatives of various business communities in Bulgaria, people from the art world and other guests. They all enjoyed arias, duets and songs from the best Italian and French composers, performed by Mariana Panova (soprano), Daniela Dyakova (mezzo-soprano), Ivan Momirov (tenor), Atanas Mladenov (baritone), Martin Iliev (baritone), Dimitar Stanchev (bass), Maria Tsvetkova and Hrisimir Damyanov, with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, conducted by Maestro Luciano Di Martino.

t20151210-286The red carpet of the event was walked by: the Ambassador of Italy and the Ambassador of France, accompanied by their wives, the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Marco Montecchi and his colleague the President of the French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Stéphane Delahaye, Mr. Evgeni Angelov, economic adviser to Mr. Pleveneliev, Mr. Stamen Yanev, Executive Director of InvestBulgaria Agency, Yordan Tsonev, member of the Parliament, Georgi Yordanov, former Minister of Republic of Bulgaria, and many more.

During the opening ceremony Mr. Montecchi emphasised on the continued cooperation between the two Chambers and the importance of this charity concert. Furthermore, he announced next networking event that is going to take place next February – Carnival Ball. The President of the French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry paid tribute to the victims of the tragic attacks of 13th November in Paris.

j20151210-314During the intermission, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Trattoria “Giuseppe Verdi”, a certified “Ospitalità Italiana Seal Of Quality – Italian Restaurants in the World” restaurant, organised an Italian Quality Cocktail in the VIP hall of the Opera.

The performance of “Nessun dorma” from “Turandot” deeply touched the audience, while after a performance of “La Traviata” by Verdi three encores were demanded.

After the concert, French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited guests, friends and members to the cocktail, organised by French restaurant Gastrotheque “L’Art de Vivre”.

“MASTERPIECE OF WORLD OPERA” was subjected to great media interest. Prior to the event, two interviews were given – one for Classic FM and one for the “The day starts with culture” broadcast on Bulgarian National Television (BNT). The President of Italian Chamber of Commerce, Marco Montecchi and the Director of French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vessela Mosettig talked about the content of the programme and the importance of the “Bulgarian Christmas” charity campaign promoted by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Rosen Plevneliev.

Link to interview for BNT: http://bnt.bg/part-of-show/blagotvoritelen-gala-kontsert

Link to interview for Classic FM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzRvv8mzdds

Link to the promotional clip broadcast on Classic FM (in the period December 1 to December 10): Audiospot Classic FM

A complete photo gallery  of the event can be found on the Facebook fanpage of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

 Program – Masterpiece of World Opera

Invitation – Masterpiece of World Opera

Poster – Masterpiece of World Opera

 

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7° Ed. of International Meeting of Tourism of Plovdiv: another business opportunity for Italian companies in tourism sector

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, event partner, throughout its regional office has selected two Italian companies working in tourism sector, particularly religious and wine and food sectors.

 IMG-20151126-WA0001The 7th edition of International Meeting of Tourism (IMT) took place from 25th to 28th of November at Trimontium Princess Hotel in Plovdiv. It has been launched by the Major of Plovdiv, Ivan Totev and by the deputy major, Stefan Stoyanov. During their speech, they highlighted the potential that tourism industry in Plovdiv could have, also due to the fact that Plovdiv has been appointed European Capital of Culture 2019, and various chances that the Region offers in religious, wine and food, spa, cultural and tourism industry.

More than 300 touristic operators, international media representative, worldwide experts in the tourism industry, local media and other guests took part into the event.

During the official opening ceremony, the Major stressed the fact that Plovdiv has been chosen to host from 29th April to 1st of May 2016 International Contest of Bruxelles, which aims to find latest trends in wine sector and which offers a panoramic and updated view on it. After the edition 2015 held in Jesolo, it finally arrives in Bulgaria.

Major of Plovdiv also thanked all sponsors of the event, highlighting the partnership with ItalianIMG-20151126-WA0000 Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and with Bulgarian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, described as strategic partners for economic growth of Plovdiv area. He also wished that these useful contribution will help touristic flow to Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture 2019.

The event provided the opportunity to take part in B2B meetings in which more than 120 participants with two Italians companies, had the opportunity to present their touristic offer, their field of expertise, their experiences and to meet with potential partners due to expand their network at international level.

image-0cc730a1e4d41d1c93d44ae6ccb56aa6c540a79817c16ff3651af0cfbcb63a33-VAn Info Desk, managed by the regional office representative of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Diana Stoyanova, was settled  during the event in order to support of the Italian companies and to receive all the requests of the operator who were taking part in the event promoted by Plovdiv municipality, Municipal Enterprise of Tourism in Plovdiv and by the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism.

The gallery of the event is available on the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Facebook page.

Economic Forum “Italian Trade Mission to Bulgaria: Technologies for agro-industry, mechanical engineering and infrastructure”

20151102_101036On the 2nd of November Economic Forum “Italian Trade Mission to Bulgaria: Technologies for agro-industry, mechanical engineering and infrastructure” took place at Hilton Sofia.

The event has been organized by all actors of Italian System, such as Agency ICE, Unioncamere and Confindustria, under the aegis of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Ministry for Economic Development, together with Agency ICE – Sofia Office, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Confindustria Bulgaria, in straight coordination with Italian Embassy in Sofia.

The event was organized during the institutional visit of Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni and has been an opportunity to improve the economics relations between Italy and Bulgaria.

KRUM5715Italian Ambassador Marco Conticelli has launched the day with a welcome speech during the first panel focused on “Opportunities of economic cooperation between Italy and Bulgaria”, managed by Ms Cinzia Bruno, Director of ICE, Agency for Internationalization of Italian companies and attended by the President of the Technical committee for internationalization of Confindustria, Licia Mattioli, ICE Director for Italian promotion, Giovanni Sacchi, the president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, Marco Montecchi, who was representing the President of Unioncamere , Ivanohe Lo Bello and InvestBulgaria Director, Stamen Yanev. The latter has underlined how Italy is at the 10th place among the major investors in Bulgaria and wished for the country to increase its investments also with the help of structural funds.

KRUM5853Later two different panels took place, one focused on technologies for agro-industry, mechanical engineering and the other on infrastructure sector. During these two panels many representatives from different Italian and Bulgarian Associations and Institutions were present in order to give an overview and business opportunities. In particular, OICE Deputy President Alfredo Ingletti has underlined the importance of the partnership with Italian companies, while Massimo Rustico, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has stressed how Bulgaria is capable to use European funds.

Actually Bulgaria is placed at the 10th place within other countries for its ability to keep its commitment with Europe. At the same time, Galina Vasileva, Director of the “Transportation” programme in the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, has encouraged Italian entrepreneurs to check all the different opportunities in different subcontracts for the construction of railway network within the Operative Programme 2014-2020, considering also the new law about public subcontract that will be approved by March 2016.

KRUM5880From 13h00 more than 200 B2B meetings took place between Italian and Bulgarian companies with the goal of establishing and reinforcing commercial relationships.

The conclusion of the economic forum was with the contribution of both Italian and Bulgarian ministers of Foreign Affairs, On. Paolo Gentiloni and Daniel Mitov.

Italian Minister has pointed out that “ Italian interest is to reinforce business relations and investments in Bulgaria, in an already profitable context as the first semester of this year has shown with an increase of 6.25% in the business relations that has brought Italy to place the country at the second place between Bulgarian partners.”

In addition he has underlined how Italy is supporting the EU policy about the open borders, and how Bulgaria act as a springboard for Italian companies in the whole Balkan region.  Speaking of the entrance in the EU of other countries of the area “Italy is totally positive about this matter as EU has proven itself to contribute to the stability of this countries and overcome conflicts between this countries”.

KRUM6159He added also that Italy is supporting Bulgaria and its entrance in the Schengen area. Bulgaria in fact, even tough is part of the EU and NATO, is subjected to the Mcv in the field of the reform of justice , fighting the corruption and criminal enterprise , valuation of which is essential to get the approval to enter the Schengen area.

In the event’s closure On. Gentiloni has once more restated that “Bulgaria is an opportunity for investment for the all Balkan area. In addition – he said – Bulgaria has ability to compete on the market in terms of taxation, labour and energy cost. Business relations have increased up to 6% with more than 4 billions Euro giving Italy the second place among Bulgarian international partners”.

Please watch photo gallery on Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria facebook profile.

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24th World Convention of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad: President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Marco Montecchi chosen for President of Area Europe 2015-2018

24th World Convention of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad has held between 24 and 27 October in Trieste, Italy. The gathering was organised by the Assocamerestero – the Association of Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad, the Chamber of Commerce of Trieste, and Aries, a special agency of this Chamber.

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October have been reserved for the internal discussions among foreign delegates and the election of representatives of the seven geographic regions: representatives and Secretary Generals, with a mandate of three years from 2015 to 2018. With the majority of votes, the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, was elected Representative of Area Europe.

On Monday, at  “Stazione Marittima” in Trieste were held meetings and a conference opened to the public. The conference “EXPOrtare: new scenarios for the Made in Italy”. The first session of the conference focused on “EXPO Milan seen from world and the role of the system of Chambers of Commerce abroad “, while the second part focus on “New scenarios for the promotion of Made in Italy” In the conference took part institutional representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Economic Development , the Ministry of Finance, the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Province of Trieste, the Municipality of Trieste, Unioncamere Friuli Venezia Giulia. The President of the Chamber of Commerce of Trieste, Antonio Paoletti. was also presented during all the convention.

About 200 foreign delegates, including Presidents and Secretaries General, have been engaged in two workshops focused on agribusiness and innovative companies, start-ups and spin-offs. During these workshops representatives of outstanding local companies had presentations.

While the last day of the convention, 27th October, was dedicated to one-to-one meetings between representatives of the Italian Chambers abroad and local companies interested in expanding their business beyond national borders and in identifying the most “attractive” markets for the development of their expansions abroad thanks to the valuable support of the Italian Chambers of Commerce in different countries.

The Secretary General of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Rosa Cusmano, took part in all of discussions and workshops with her colleagues in the first days aiming to collect ideas for projects and in talks with institutional representatives (from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Economic Development, Unioncamere and from the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia). During the last day, Mrs Cusmano met with representatives of 15 local companies in on-to-one meetings.

Some photographs of the XXIV Convention of the CCIE!

The complete photo gallery is available on the Facebook page the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

Conference “Good Food is Power

12074774_1017838368237672_3773728224445398264_n (1)A Conference named “Good Food is Power” was held on 15th October at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Sofia Hall). The third edition of the Conference was organised by Tandem in collaboration with food and agricultural trade associations and it allowed the participants to analyse those themes related to dietary value and food safety, control and protection of quality food products, their correct consumption, certification and traceability productions. Furthermore, during the Conference it was underlined the importance of developing promotional strategy for those Bulgarian companies operating in the food sector.

The Conference witnessed the presence of about a hundred of participants, included representatives of academic Institutions and specialists on food and good & healthy nutrition disciplines. It was also attended by students and firms operating in food sector, magazines and media specialised on food and agriculture, Radio Darik operators, representatives of trade associations from dairy and cheese industries, along with those from fruit & vegetables market, meat and agricultural products transformation.

12141617_1017838171571025_3524938088854631359_nAcademic representatives and State department spokespersons discussed their reports, included some of them focused on the protection and development of a safeguard plan for Bulgarian food products and on their quality improvements aiming at diminishing their impact on health-related problems for the consumer.

Within this framework and upon invitation by organizers, Secretary General of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Rosa Cusmano, presented e-platform  as a showcase of Italian experience in protection of food productions, promotion of agro-industry excellencies, their territories and particularly strategies adopted by talented and successful Italian firms, traceability and certification of Italian productions as well as she showed Italian experience in developing a tool based on a direct connection among producers and consumers.

Italian Quality Experience – Bel Paese, its history and production at Expo 2015” is the name of this relevant tool, an e-platform promoted by Unioncamere and presented during the Conference together with five years-long project “Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World” implemented in the Country by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, as a synonym of best practice aiming at supporting the authenticity of the quality assurance labels (PDO/GPI), counterfeiting of Italian productions and Italian Sounding phenomenon.

banner 2 italianexperienceIn particular, “Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World” allowed the implementation of some promotional initiatives with the purpose of widening the goals of the “Italian Quality Experience“, web platform that shows the Italian model of the food-agricultural supply chain.

Indeed, throughout this tool Italian Restaurants worlwide certified with the Label of Quality could have the possibility, using CRM System, to gather their clients with those 700,000 companies that represent Made in Italy, well-known mix of talent, tradition and territory.

12143168_1017838241571018_9086599104982964593_nWhile explaining the value Italian best practice, the  Secretary Generalhas underlined the importance of a general agreement among Institutions, Trade Associations and entrepreneurs in order to develop models of cooperation structured on several levels within the food sector and aiming to the adoption of a strategy which focused on the enhanced esteem of three Ts – Territory, Talent, Tradition.

A photo gallery of the event is available at the Facebook page of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. 

“Twice upon a Time in the West” world premiere at Cinema City of Sofia

12068953_10153620226367560_1208914093099517384_oA number of 450 guests, including members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, local as well as international partners, diplomatic representatives and media joined the event. The Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, Marco Conticelli, the  Director of the “Italian Institute of Culture”, Luigina Peddi, and the Director of ICE Sofia, Cinzia Bruno, also participated to the world premiere.

The movie was produced by Arthouse Blockbusters with the support of the National Film Center and co-produced with the Bulgarian National Television and Audiovideo Orpheus. The premiere vision of the movie was organized on 7th October by Cinescope and Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Sofia and Italian Institute of Culture.

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A very special guest joined the event, the famous Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, who arrived in Sofia together with the producer and director Boris Despotov. The world premiere was preceded in the morning by a press conference organized by our member Ferrerigroup.

A welcome cocktail was organized for the occasion. After the press conference, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria organized a lunch event in collaboration with the Italian Quality Mark Restaurant “Il Maestro Giuseppe Verdi”.

Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, Marco Conticelli, joined the lunch along with the President and Secretary General of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, sponsor Bovardia Film and the movie crew.

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Please, click the link below if you would like to see those scenes of the movie which were filmed in the Tavernas Desert, in southern Spain, and in Claudia Cardinale’s home, in Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t73vYahJYPg.

Starting from October 9, Twice Upon a Time in the West will be projected in many halls: at Cinema City Mall Sofia, Cinema City Plovdiv, Cinema City Russe, Cinema City Blagoevgrad, Cine Grand Sofia, Cine Grand Sofia Ring Mall, La case del Cinema, Euro Cinema, Odeon, G8 Cinema and French Institute at Sofia.

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Grand Foods International and  Trattoria Il Maestro Giuseppe Verdi for the organization of gala cocktail which was successfully marked by “Italian Hospitality”, Ferrerigroup for welcome cocktail of Conference Press and Sofia Balkan Hotel!

A complete photo gallery of the event is available on ICCB fanpage.

”Education and Media Conference”

12052461_1013117182043124_6265916043533211573_oIt was held, on October 5th 2015, at the Sofia Hotel Balkan, the conference “Education and Media”. The goal of the event, explained in its title, was to focus on the complex relationships that, in the modern society, links the evolution of mass media and society.

The speakers  Dr. Yuwei Lin (University of Creative Arts, UK), Vaselin Vachkov (Lidovenoviny, Czech Republic), Barcin Yinanç (Hurriyet daily, Turkey), Prof. Maximilian Dibitonto (Digital Administration Centre and Social Innovation Link Campus University, Italy), discussed, in particular, about social and educational implications caused by universalization of media, also due to the growth of new social media.

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The event was organized by Bulgaria On Air Media Group and Bloomberg Television in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, ELV ‘Chernorizets Hrbar “, Unicredit Bulbank, University of Economics – Varna, Provident, Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, UN Global Compact , Bulgarian Industrial Association, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Franco-Bulgarian, Bulgarian Association for People Management, BDVO, JobTiger.bg, Junior Achievement Bulgaria, AIESEC, Akademika.bg, Bica

Watch the presentation of Prof. Dibitonto, Link Campus University (partner and member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria) by clicking here.

Great success for the “3rd edition” of Italian-French Chambers Golf Tournament. French team won the cup after two consecutive years of Italian victories.

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The tournament, organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and the French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was held in St. Sofia Golf Club on Saturday, 26th September.

A huge number of participants, among members of both Chambers, took part into this exciting day of golf. Eighty-four players, divided in teams of two, played in Texas Scramble mode. Moreover, a professional head from St. Sofia Golf Club involved thirty people/non golfers into a golf clinic lesson.

The weather did not affect the mood of the players who competed from 10am till 4pm to win the prizes: two round-trip tickets (Sofia-Varna) offered by Bulgarian Airways, a free insurance and vouchers offered by Bulins, magnum champagne and wine offered by “La Cave”, vouchers for services provided by First Estates, traditional products (PGI, PDO) from Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily within Signa Maris project.

12019766_1501241910190567_3258638011795086413_nDuring the tournament, players stopped Halfway house of St. Sofia Golf Club for tasting Italian flavors coming from the best “Italian Hospitality World” offered by “Trattoria Giuseppe Verdi” as well as the traditional French Pastries provided by Gastrotèque – l’Art de Vivre.  Elizabeth Boyadzhieva and Ivan Boyadzhiev gained the first place with 49 points and they were awarded two flight tickets. Second place, with 48 points, for the “duo” Plamen Hrankov and George Golomeev. Third place, with 45 points, for Martin Danovski and Petar Stratiev.

Two additional prizes were given to Elizabeth Boyadzhieva (Longest to the pin) and Ross Ronen (Nearest to the pin). The last face of the ceremony showed two Presidents Marco Montecchi and Stéphane Delahaye giving the trophy that was continuously for two years handed by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

IMG_0457Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is glad to thank all partners supporting this event: Bulins, Intermarket Diamond Business, Orsetti Pasticceria and Trattoria Giuseppe Verdi!

A photo gallery of the event is available on ICCB facebook fan page.

Congratulations to the winners and see you next year with lots of new features!

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SIGNA MARIS – Ports and Airports as gateways to cultural and gastronomic heritage of Southern Regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia (Apulia) and Sicilia (Sicily).

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria has been chosen as a partner of SIGNA MARIS project, promoted by Italian Ministry of cultural heritage and activities and tourism (MiBACT) – Intermediate Body for Cultural, Natural and Tourist Attractions (POIn) in collaboration with Invitalia, National Agency for the attraction of Investments and development of  entrepreneurship. 

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The objective of SIGNA MARIS  is the promotion and valorization of tourism in Italy, via the sea – specifically, it is the enhancement of access to, and awareness of, the innumerable historical, cultural and natural offerings of the Bel Paese via its ports, particularly those ports in the Southern Regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia (Apulia) and Sicilia (Sicily).

With such a novel objective in mind, Signa Maris interprets the marinas located along Italian coast as gateways to the territory, and invites tourists traveling by boat to avail themselves of the cultural and natural heritage within easy reach of any given touristic port.

SIGNA MARIS offers a new way of promoting Italian tourism throughout 38 touristic ports and airports located in Calabria, Campania, Apulia and Sicily as a main access to Italian Territory.

12096409_1011206382234204_6736316804942768092_nSigna Maris project, continuing along its natural path of evolution, constantly augments its own value as an integrated system for promoting and raising awareness of national and international tourism, providing support to the nation and, in an increasingly extensive  fashion, delivering an innovative way of presenting  the treasures found across the territories concerned in addition to raising awareness of these areas’ unequalled cultural and natural heritage.

11959988_1011206718900837_54617306969400411_nItalian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria will promote SIGNA MARIS within the framework of next social business networking event “3° Edition of Italian French Golf Tournament ” that it will be on 26th September, with the purpose of promoting and presenting, throughout communication and promotional materials, to the audience and all participants interested this project for better understand the value of beauties, fruits and endowments of Southern Regions and their territories such as Blue Mountains in Calabria, Bay of Naples in Campania, Salento in Apulia Region and Greek Sicily.

For further information, please keep contact with segretariogenerale@camcomit.bg

Discover touristic itineraries of those Regions of Southern Italy by clicking on www.signamaris.it. A virtual tour could be done also by visiting @signamaris, www.facebook.com/signamaris and by downloading App (iOS e Android).

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“EXPOBulgaria  Days 2015”: a full program of promotional initiatives and business networking events, organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, with the institutional support of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria, in straight cooperation with Invest Bulgaria and Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA), Promos Milano – Special Agency of the Milan Chamber of Commerce for the promotion of international, Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Handicraft in Milan and Parma Alimentare.

 12009752_1005049072849935_6867944155071772155_n“EXPOBulgaria  Days 2015” took place in Milan and Parma from 8th to 11st September in conjunction with the Universal Exposition EXPO. A full program of promotional initiatives and business networking events, developed by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, with the institutional support of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria. The main goal was to increase business opportunities between Bulgarian and Italian SMEs and, at the same time, improve the strategic role of Bulgaria in the Balkan Area.

“The main idea of this project is related, primarily, to historical and constant participation of Bulgarian SMEs to Exhibitions and Trade Fairs that they used to take place every year in Milan and this thanks to Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria that ensure more than 300 economic operators (buyers) and enterprises to business meetings with Italian counterparts”, as explained by the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (ICCB), Mr Marco Montecchi during Economic Forum held on 14th April in Sofia.”Moreover, from more than two years, ICCB’s strategy is mainly devoted to the development of promotional projects of a high added value to speed up the increase’s process of the SMEs in local market and to support Bulgarian SMEs internationalization in Italy, obviously in agreement and cooperation with  Bulgarian and Italian institutions”.  

12036678_1005023606185815_5162072661237135587_nThis project is also the result of a profitable cooperation with Promos Milano, Special Agency of the Milan Chamber of Commerce for the promotion of international activities, AICE – Italian Association of Foreign Trade, Assolombarda and Italian Confindustria system, together with General Consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria in Milan, Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria for Lombardy Region and the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Rome which lead to the organization on 8th September of “Country Presentation Bulgaria: new strategy for strengthening investment and business opportunities between Italy and Bulgaria” in occasione di EXPO 2015 and first day of business networking/data speed meetings among companies and Institutions.

11053342_1005028079518701_6474120458137032485_nA guide visit to EXPO site, Italian Pavilion, Lombardy Region Pavilions, European Commission and Federalimentare-CibusèItalia took place on 9th September for all Bulgarian delegates, both Institutions and companies for better understanding “Feeding the planet, Energy for Life” and policies beyond this universal Exhibition.

During third day, 10th September, Bulgarian delegation, together with Deputy Minister Lyuben Petrov, was in Parma hosted by Union of Industrialists of Parma and Chamber of Commerce of Parma with the purpose of getting more acknowledge about Parma excellences and its economic system. A workshop and field visit took place all along the day involving 40 participants among Bulgarian and Italian representatives.

Last day, 11st September has been dedicated to field visits in Lombardy Region with the purpose of increasing best practices between Italy and Bulgaria.

A special thanks to all partner who have made possible the success of “EXPOBulgaria  Days 2015”: Penkov, Markov & Partners (Main Sponsor), Alias Group, Alpetrans, Italia Comfidi, Mc Donald’s, Sofia Tech Park, Termoraggi and Timako Work Agency! 

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More than 2.500 viewers present in the occasion of the Concert “Viva l’Opera, Viva la Musica” in Plovdiv: celebration of Italian Opera and culture at a whole belongs to both Italy and Bulgaria

opera-open6It has taken place on 9th of July 2015 the second event of social business networking “Viva l’Opera, Viva la Musica”, organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria in straight collaboration with Opera Plovdiv, under the patronage of Italian Embassy in Sofia and Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia, moreover with the support of Municipality of Plovdiv and Matera and Foundation of “Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019” and Foundation of “Matera European Capital of Culture 2019”.

It has been a unique occasion to hear the best Italian traditional Opera, to enjoy the performances of Plovdiv Ballet and to attend to duets of Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and Donizetti, in the prestigious and suggestive Amphitheater of Plovdiv.

Standing ovation for soloists Vera Girginova, Alexander Nossikov, Mariana Panova, Evgenia Ralcheva, Elena Chavdarova, Evgeni Arabadjiev, Borislav Filipov, Peter Danailov, Stoyan Daskalov, Mihail Puliev, Mark Fowler who, under the conduction of Maestro Luciano Di Martino with the special participation of Italian tenor Paolo Bartolucci,  who has interpreted in an excellent way the best of Italian opera songs, they have involved all viewers with their enthusiasm and passion singing, acting and through stage costumes.

DSC_8564At the beginning of the Concert the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, has declared “Concert comes from a series of relevant events that Italy and Bulgaria are sharing during 2015 and whose objective show how historical and straight bilateral relationships could engender economic and social development and increase cooperation at local and national level. Italy and Bulgaria host European Capital of Culture 2019 – Matera and Plovdiv, a great opportunity to discover and extend their centuries–old relations and to whom is dedicated this event. Indeed, I sincerely thank Mayor of Plovdiv, Ivan Totev, Deputy Mayor, Stefan Stoyanov and Mayor of Matera, De Ruggeri, to have contributed to the realization of this event that I hope it could be an important moment of tribute to culture in the Programs that involved Plovdiv and Matera, European Capitol of Culture in 2019.”

In addiction the President, Marco Montecchi, has underlined the valuable grant by the sponsors Ministral Group, part of Alias Group, Intermarket Business Diamond and Orsetti Pasticceria, and also supporting members Alpetrans and Centro Medico Italiano to whom he has gave his heartfelt thanks for their support.  

At the end of the concert it has followed an Italian Quality Cocktail, organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Plovdiv Opera. It has been a further occasion of networking and of testimony of Italian tradition, where art, food and wine’s culture has done as owner.

DSC_8793At the cocktail, offered by Pasticceria Orsetti of Sofia, has participated the Local Authorities, such as Deputy Mayor and the President of Foundation of Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019, the Manager of ICE Sofia Agency, Cinzia Bruno, the Manager of the Italian Cultural Institute, Luigina Peddi, sponsors and their guests, members and representative of Plovdiv Opera, soloists and Plovdiv Ballet with Orchestra Leader, Luciano Di Martino.

Photographic gallery of the event is available on the Facebook profile of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, www.facebook.com/Camera di Commercio Italiana in Bulgaria.

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Forum Italia-Bulgaria on the opportunities of bilateral commercial and industrial cooperation on tourism

10995684_969518203069689_2118349723393081422_nOn 6 July, at the Military Club of Sofia, it has taken place the Forum Italia-Bulgaria on the opportunities of bilateral commercial and industrial cooperation on tourism.

Before the economic convention, it has been a Press Conference, during which the Minister of Bulgarian Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, has presented the current state of relationships between the two countries, and after she has introduced the Minister of Italian Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini.

He has stated that the partnerships  between Bulgaria and Italia are increasing, even thankful to the strategic position of both countries and the ownership  to the European Union which it has stimulated the flow of Asiatic visitors. The Minister Franceschini has alighted on the creation of specific religious itineraries, which could linked Italy and Bulgaria; he has stressed also the importance that will have the cities of Matera and Plovdiv in 2019, due to the election to European Cultural Capitals. “We want increase the exchange of tourists between Italy and Bulgaria in oder to find opportunities to attract the international tourism on the Bulgarian paths and itineraries”, as it has been declared by the Minister on. Dario Franceschini.

Forum has started by the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, that has welcomed to the audience, the Minister Francheschini, the Minister Angelkova and the Mayor of Sofia, Fandakova, and he has thanked the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, S.E. Marco Conticelli.

Moreover, the President has stressed the activities of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, which are directed to promotional initiatives giving importance to touristic business and opportunities deriving by European Union. In this way, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria pays attention and gives more information to Italian companies operating in that environment; furthermore, ICCB increases their business in Bulgaria and Europe. President Marco Montecchi has added that the fundamental assets to guarantee the business development and the increasing of investments in the two countries are the quality of tourism   and the evaluation of territories.

11227941_969519669736209_2216087735970315712_nAmong the panel “Tourism Bulgaria- Italia: potential segment of section for the cooperation”, General secretary of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Rosa Cusmano, inviting to look at the monthly chamber  “Corriere Italia- Bulgaria”,  has stressed  the importance of “ Food as fly wheel to increase the flow between Italia and Bulgaria in occasion of Expo2015”.

ICCB Secretary General has underlined   the importance to promote and evaluate the territories and the soil from which it has origin the Italian excellence presenting the experience gained from The Italian Chamber of Commerce in the project Ospitalità Italiana- Italian Quality Experience for EXPO2015.

During the Forum are intervened beyond the Ministers, the Mayor of Sofia, the duty-mayor of Plovdiv, representatives of Hotels Confindustria, tourism sector and representatives of the thermal tourism and spa. There have been present to the conference  more than 200 subjects among the Italian institutions – the Ambassador of Italy in Bulgaria, S.E. Marco Conticelli, the Manager of the  Agency ICE Sofia, Cinzia Bruno, the Manager of the Cultural Italian Institute of Sofia, Luigina Peddi, representatives of the  associations of restaurateurs  and  hotels, touristic agencies, Bulgarian and Italian  tour operator, as well as chamber associates.

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GROWTH SUMMIT: SouthEast Europe Bucarest 2015

The business event of the year is coming soon

  • Do you want to GROW your business without abandoning the tasks at hand?
  • Do you need more of the most precious resource – TIME?
  • Do you need more CASH in your bank account?
  • Do you want things to happen your way more often: to be PERSUASIVE?

SEE Growth Summit 2015 is just for you!!!

In Bucharest we will gather world class experts to share their both practical and easy to deploy tips.

See Verne – the “Growth guy” LIVE.  He is the author of the bestseller “The Rockefeller Habits”, endorsed by over 100 CEO’s and published in 28 countries. The Rockefeller system is used by over 20 000 managers in different parts of the world.

The serial entrepreneur and author of “Less doing, more living” Ari Meisel will present the “Doing less” methodology and will share some useful and easy tips, that will save you time and are valid for every part of your life. Alan Miltz “The king of cash” will share with SEE Growth Summit 2015 participants practical techniques for financial analysis that can significantly enhance the financial situation of your business.

Steve Martin will share some scientifically proven techniques for influencing and persuasion that can improve the behavior of your customers, employees and anybody else that needs to be persuaded.

For more information and registration visithttp://www.seegrowthsummit.com/

Get your special CAMCOMIT member discount and save additional -15% of the ticket price. You should type the promo code ICCB3a15 in the registration form.

We are looking forward to see you in Bucharest!

“La Dolce Vita Food&Wine Event”- a special tasting of Italian food and beverage excellences

banner food and wine DEFINITIVOItalian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is pleased to announce that, within the framework of Italian Festival 2015, it will be organized, together with ITA- Italian Trade Agency  (ICE Sofia), an Italian professional event focused on food&wine of high quality. It will be held on 3rd June 2015 in Sofia.

Completely revised in terms of content and target group, the seventh edition of this initiative, renamed “La Dolce Vita Food&Wine, will enlighten Italian food industry sector with the purpose of increasing Italian food and beverage in Bulgaria.

It is highly well known that Bulgarian consumers are keen of Italian food&beverage and great lovers of all typical and regional products: let’s think about the network of Italian Restaurants, certified with the Seal of Quality “Ospitalità Italiana”, over the Country to have a look at the number of those who want to taste Italian excellences and be more informed about Italian traditional products of quality.

“La Dolce Vita Food&Wine Event” will last one day and it will be addressed to B2B meetings among Italian companies and Bulgarian counterparts: importing companies, suppliers, heads of purchasing department within GDO, Manager of Restaurants, sommelier, food store and manager of hotels in Bulgaria, catering services and media.

Great success for the first edition of the tennis tournament organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and CCI France Bulgarie

11233426_947289728625870_2918984836951467080_n (1)French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry won the First edition of Italian French Tennis Tournament thanks to the winner Dusan Cvektovic, Vice-Director and Secretary General of BNP Paribas Bulgaria. The second position was gained by Zdravko Peshakov, from Auxionize Ltd as a representative of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

Dusan Cvektovic  and Zdravko Peshakov were awarded with cups by the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, H.E. Marco Conticelli and Mr Anatoli Iliev, Municipal Councilor, Secretary of the Committee “Sofia European Capital of Sport 2018” and representative of ACES Europe to Bulgaria 2015 – 1016 (a proxy from Dr. Andrej Kovacev, MEP and Vice President of ACES Europe), accompanied by the Presidents of both Chambers of Commerce, who stressed, during their speech, commitment and the synergy of the Chambers in organizing sports events with the purpose of creating business and pleasant moments among and for their members. Next joint event will take place on 28th September with the 3rd Edition of Italian French Golf Tournament!

11214072_947289801959196_3543943887545883637_nThe business social networking event organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and CCI France Bulgarie in collaboration with the “Sofia European Capital of Sport 2018” has gained immense popularity: 150 were the participants, including representatives of Institutions, representatives of business and entrepreneurial environment of Italy, Bulgaria and France, accompanied by their families and friends and almost fifty players took part in the tournament which it was held according to the direct elimination scheme with round knockout, quarters, semifinals and final match.

Alongside Tennis Tournament there collateral animation activities such as “atelier for kids” and beginner courses were reserved for children and those guests interesting in approaching this sport and take the chance to have a coach for just one day.

11168024_947288911959285_7947054562971520621_nBefore the starting of the quarter-finals tennis tournament, all guests and friends were invited to an Italian Restaurant certified with the Seal of Quality “Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World” in Maleeva Tennis Club. Leo’s Trattoria Pizzeria, this is the name of the famous Italian restaurant, was the place where lovers of Italian cuisine were invited to taste the specialties and flavors of Italian gastronomic traditions and deepen the territory of origin of all dishes throughout an experiential travel and some promotional material like the folder of Italian Quality Experience.

Soon after networking lunch, it was the time to start the final round of the tournament and even before an exhibition match between the Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce,  Marco Montecchi and Stephane Delahaye who showed a cool and exciting moment of mutual and healthy “competition ” in front of all participants and tennis players!

11219605_947322551955921_9158029026210037193_nA special thanks to all sponsors who have made possible the success of this initiative: BNP Paribas (Main sponsor), Edenred, Eufarma and Sade, Alpetrans, Bioderma, Italian Medical Center, Chevernata Tochka, Danone, Ricard and Torrecorta!

A complete photo gallery of the event is available on ICCB Fanpage and on Twitter @CCIE_Bulgaria.

Congratulations to the winners and see you on the next edition in 2016!

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bubspaSecond Annual Congress of Sandanski “Tourism and Health – 2020”: “Accessible tourism: an investment in the future” is the title of the intervention by the Department “International Cooperation” of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

It will be held on 27th and 28th May in Sandanski the Second Annual Conference “Tourism and Health – 2020” organized by the Bulgarian Union of the Balneology and Thermal tourism in collaboration with the Municipality of Sandanski and the Ministry of Tourism.

To the congressional event will take part members of the government: they are, in fact, planned the presences of Ministers of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, Health, Petar Moskov and Environment and Water, Ivelina Vasileva and representatives of the European Association of SPA in the person of Joao Barbosa and the Responsible for Department “International Cooperation” of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Tanya Trayanova.

This will continue with three different panel destined to highlight the best practices acquired from Italy, through the testimony of the Mayor of Bagno di Romagna, Marco Baccini, and the Czech Republic in the field of management of the tourist flow as it will report, through the intervention of industry experts and the University, in the field of management of the hotel sector and the close correlation between tourism and health.

On the day of May 27, it is planning a workshop with B2B meetings in order to allow participants to interact and dialogue future partnership.

Click here to see  program of the event and register here if you are interested in!

  For any additional information, interested parties are requested to contact Tanya Trayanova, Department “International Cooperation”, europa@camcomit.bg.

From 25th to 31st May: the eighth edition of the FESTIVAL OF BULGARIAN CINEMA in Rome

One hundred years of Bulgarian cinematography

LOCANDINA_it_loghiFrom 25 to 31 May 2015, the House of Cinema (Villa Borghese) in Rome will host the eighth edition of the Festival of Bulgarian cinema. Organized by the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Rome, the Festival of Bulgarian Cinema is a window on the best new productions of a cinematography with which Italy for years now, has woven an extraordinary dialogue.

A year of special significance this 2015: exactly one hundred years ago, in fact, took place the showing of the first film Bulgarian: The Bulgarian is Gallant (Българан е галант) of Vasil Gendov0.

This edition of the Festival provides some of the most important titles of 2014 as “ Il giudizio” (Съдилището), the last work by Director Stefan Komandarev whose protagonists are Asen Blatechky together the serbian Miki Manojlović (Underground and Gatto Nero Gatto bianco of Kusturica or Il macelliaio of Grimaldi) and “Il dossier Petrov” (Досието Петров) an intriguing look on the themes of friendship and treachery during the last years of the communist regime in Bulgaria of the French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (author of the screenplay, among others, of: La bella di giorno e Quell’oscuro oggetto del desiderio of Bunuel, La cagna of Ferrari up to L’ultimo inquisitore of Forman ). But also a detailed retrospective of the Bulgarian cinematography of the past. The format of presentation of the Bulgarian National Television, Le scarpe lucide of Bulgarian cinema, will be the occasion to propose ten of the most beloved films chosen by the Bulgarians in recent months by televoting. One of the most successful initiatives promoted by the famous Bulgarian television program to mark the centenary.

In Rome, then, will be transmitted some of the most beloved films by the Bulgarians, selected from among a hundred titles of the last hundred years. Among the films selected some very well known in Italy as Corno di capra (1972, awards Carlovi various and Hugo silver in Chicago in 1973) and Il ladro di pesche of Vălo Radev ( 1964, presented at the Venice Film Festival the same year). As a tradition, the Festival of Bulgarian Cinema is an important occasion of meeting between directors, actors and producers Bulgarian with Italian colleagues. For the inauguration of this year in Rome there will be a delegation of protagonists of the Bulgarian Cinema led by Minister of Culture of Bulgaria Vezdhi Rascidov. Among the guests of the past editions, we remember among all: Ettore Scola, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, the Taviani brothers, Luigi Perelli, Sebastiano Somma and others.

The program also includes an exhibition of posters titled I love this film by the young Bulgarian graphic of the collective Plakat Kombinat: a contemporary artistic reinterpretation of emblematic Bulgarian and foreign films. The exhibition will take place during the festival always in the halls Sergio Amidei and Cesare Zavattini of the Casa del Cinema. Remember that the event is organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Italian Embassy to the Holy See. But even with the collaboration of the FUIS (United Federation Italian Writers) and in collaboration with the National Center of Cinematography Bulgarian, Italian-Bulgarian Cultural Association “La Fenice” and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

Media partners of the event are: Bulgarian National Television (BNT), present since the first edition and, starting this year, the magazine cinecorriere, cineuropa, what’s up, Corriere Italy-Bulgaria and the online newspaper affaritaliani.it.

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Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is glad to announce that Undersecretary to Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Benedetto Della Vedova will visit Bulgaria next 13rd and 14th April with the purpose of meeting Bulgarian Authorities and discussing about future perspectives of economic relationships between Italy and Bulgaria.

On these occasions, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, together with Italian Embassy in Sofia, ICE Sofia and Confindustria Bulgaria, organize an Economic Forum “Italy – Bulgaria: growing together” that it will be held on 14th April at Sofia Balkan Hotel.

The Forum will be opened by the Undersecretary to Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, and by Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Bozhidar Loukarsky.  Among speakers and guests, it will be expected the participation of the President of ICE Italy, Riccardo Monti, the Executive Director of Invest Bulgaria, Stamen Yanev, Deputy President of Confindustria, Alberto Baban, Head of Institutional Affairs and regulators of UniCredit, Giuseppe Scognamiglio, Secretary General of Assocamerestero, Gaetano Fausto Esposito, Deputy Director of Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency, Nikola Stoyanov.

During the Economic Forum, it will be launched also new edition 2015 of “Guida agli investimenti in Bulgaria”, a publication edited and realized for the first time by all actors of Italian System in Bulgaria, in cooperation with InvestBulgaria Agency. 

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria thanks strongly all Italian companies for supporting Economic Forum “Italy-Bulgaria: growing together”! 

Come and be with us!

For further information, please contact coordinatore@camcomit.bg.

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IV EUROPEAN FORUM ON SOCIAL ENTERPRISES IN BULGARIA: Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria through its Eurodesk took an active part into the event.

IMG-20150326-WA0001European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship – EFSE Bulgaria opened its Fourth Edition on 26th March at the International Fair of Plovdiv. This year more than 90 companies from Belgium, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey exposed their products realized by disabled people. The Forum offered an innovative model to reinforce and support social entrepreneurship, cooperatives and specialized employment of people with disability. The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part in with an information stand where Plovdiv’s office staff and the Head of “International Cooperation” Department, Tanya Trayanova, provided with all information to the public and visitors participating.

During the official opening ceremony Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ivaylo Kalfin, announced the bill project, according to the topic, that the Minister intended to discuss in the Bulgarian Parliament soon. Along with him, there were the CEO of Plovdiv Fair, Ivan Sokolov, the Mayor of Plovdiv, Ivan Totev, Director of SMEs and Industry Directorate at European Commission, Marko Curavic and CICOPA-CECOP President, Manuel Mariscal.

Director of SMEs and Industry Directorate at European Commission, Marko Curavic, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Lazar Lazarov and CICOPA-CECOP President, Manuel Mariscal with some other important guests took part into the first panel “Entrepreneurship for growth and jobs“, where they discussed about the role of Bulgaria and European Union and within the framework of legislation of social enterprises. It was emphasized how social enterprises are better able to deal with the crisis: the number of social enterprises is increasing and they are diversifying their activity. All keynote speakers put into evidence also the importance on improving training and information that the European Union should provide to all Member States in order to develop the quality and quantity of involved social enterprises.

The second panel “Innovative approaches for social entrepreneurship development“, was more focused on concrete proposals to improve social entrepreneurship coming from all keynote speakers: Mr Risto Raivio, European Commission Directorate for Employment underlined the importance of training while Ms Teodora Todorova, representative of Ministry of Labor and Economic Development, explained the role of the department who managed within the Ministry could be useful and strategic for the increasing of social policies and for the setting up of new companies.

IMG-20150326-WA0000The second panel hosted also Mr Garcia Torres, representative of FAECTA, and Mincho Koralski, Executive Director of APD, who presented experience of the Andalusian Region with cooperatives and social enterprises by illustrating a report on employment of people with disabilities. It was the turn of Ms Tanya Trayanova, Head of ICCB “International Cooperation” Department for sharing with the audience and all keynote speakers the results of EASE&SEE project, a transnational cooperation project which aims to promote social entrepreneurship, managed and implemented in Bulgaria by Italian Chamber of Commerce. She also presented “Business Support Unit for Social Enterprises” recently created  within Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria to support business among social enterprises, along with the lines of Italian model.

European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship closed successfully on 29th March with a great participation of companies and experts coming from Europe, more than previous years.

Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria opens the regional office of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria in Plovdiv

 

_MG_2237The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is pleased to announce that a regional office of the Chamber has opened in Plovdiv, on the occasion of the official launching of the International Fair of Plovdiv and the exposition of Italian delicacy products. The event was held in the presence of the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria H.E. Marco Conticelli, the Honorary Consul in Plovdiv Giuseppe De Francesco, and the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Marco Montecchi, together with the General Secretary, Rosa Cusmano and Regional Manager of ICCB, Giuseppe Accardo.

 “I am honored to be here today to launch the branch of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria in Plovdiv.I believe this is an important step forward for the entire Sistema Italia throughout the country. I am convinced that the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria will continue to develop effective and efficient activities for internationalisation of the Bulgarian territory and promote Made in Italy together with all other relevant Italian institutions.

10856767_888803387830042_3357395013471790095_oOnce again, I reaffirm my full readiness to provide support from my side in attracting Italian investment in Bulgaria,” declared the Italian Ambassador.

Speakers at the ceremony were also various board members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, as well as members of the staff at the Sofia office, together with representatives of local medias.

The photo gallery of the event is available on the facebook profile of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

 

 

SAPORI D’ITALIA, international exhibition of Italian food products, Wine and Technologies.

Vkusove2015enza_saitaItalian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is glad to announce you that  it will be held from 4th up to 8th March Sapori d’Italia (Pavilion No.11), the eleventh edition of the Exhibition promoting Italian food and wine excellences, organized by  Bulgarian Fair Service Ltd, in straight cooperation with regional office of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, University of Food Technologies of Plovdiv, Euro Sviluppo ltd and Italian High School of Languages “Ivan Vasov”.

As every year, Sapori d’Italia will take place together with “AGRA” – International Exhibition focused on agriculture field, “VINARIA” International Exhibition of Vine Growing and Wine Producing Wine Festival, “FOODTECH”- International Exhibition of Food & Drinks, Packaging, Machines and Technologies, “CATERING & HORECA”- International Exhibition of Equipment for Hotels, Restaurants, Cafeterias and Commercial Facilities and “API BULGARIA” International Beekeeping Exhibition. A relevant opportunity for all companies participating to create business, to search for local and international partners and have a deeper knowledge about Bulgarian market particularly in those sectors.

The official opening will be at 10h00 within Pavilion 6 and conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Desislava Taneva. Among all diplomatic representatives coming from 24 Countries, Italian Ambassador of the Republic of Italy, H.E. Marco Conticelli will be present together with the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Italy in Plovdiv, Giuseppe De Francesco and the President of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, together with the Regional Manager of ICCB, Giuseppe Accardo and General Secretary, Rosa Cusmano.

The opening day will officially launch all Exhibitions giving to exhibitors coming from 24 Countries the possibility of presenting, all along four days, their production and technologies, meetings potential partners and facilitate business with local counterparts, representatives from GDO and professional visitors.

Alongside, a four-day program of seminars will take place from 4th March to 7th March, promoted and organized by the University of Food Technologies of Plovdiv, Bulgarian Institution internationally recognized and who gives its patronage to Sapori d’Italia, and Regional Office of the Italian Chamber of Commerce.  The main objectives is to draw the attention of all participants (consumers – buyers and trade representatives) on different themes about feeding the planet, food rights, food sustainability and all issues connected to EXPO MILANO 2015 and “CARTA DI MILANO”.

The relevant theme of food and consumption of genuine high quality products will be also on the agenda of a seminar leading by Italian companies themselves, who, throughout a platform “Italian Quality Experience – Italian Food Companies Dimension at Expo 2015” could let all participants be more aware about Italy and have a deeper understanding about Italian production and ecosystems, by underlining also the relationship existing between quality of Italian products and quality Italian territories. All Italian companies, Consortium and GAL (supported by Italian Chamber of Commerce of Catania) participating into Sapori d’Italia, will perform the best of Italian production territories as they represent highly the great mixture among territory, talent and tradition.

Within this framework, a focus about all procedures to achieve the Label Ospitalità Italiana Seal of Quality – Italian Restaurants Worldwide”, led by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, will contribute to enlighten the awareness of using high quality products  Made in Italy and the importance of eating healthy and with genuine flavours.

Moreover, an institutional stand of the Regional Office of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, at Pavilion 11 of Sapori d’Italia, will be at the disposal of Italian companies for assisting them and fostering business opportunities. Alongside, a four-day assistance will be given to those interested in catching opportunities from being within the major Italian Trade Fairs of food&beverage and hospitality sectors.

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Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part into a national and relevant event for awarding the “Investor of the Year 2014”

default_file-857-2509For ninth consecutive year InvestBulgaria Agency (IBA), partner of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, gave the annual award “Investor of the Year“. To the glamorous ceremony in Sofia Hotel Balkan held on 4th February, were participating the President Rosen Plevneliev, Deputy Prime Ministers Meglena Kuneva and Tomislav Donchev, Ministers Bojidar Loukarsky and Nikolina Angelkova, many deputy ministers, chairmen of committees Menda Stoyanova, Naiden Zelenogorski, Petar Kanev, many representatives of the business elite and leaders in public political life.

Among guests, Ambassadors of Italy, Japan, Turkey, Kazakhstan were participating together with many commercial representatives from different Countries, heads of bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry – Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria – President and Secretary General, French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others, members of Parliament from different parliamentary groups, journalists from many media.

The Executive Director of InvestBulgaria Agency Stamen Yanev welcomed all participants by wishing to all of businesses to realize many successful projects in 2015, so that the jury will be very difficult to choose the winners in the jubilee 10th edition of the competition next year. The idea of IBAs contest, which gives the most prestigious awards for realized investments in Bulgaria, is to be awarded the most emblematic projects.

In the period of nominations over 80 applications from companies in all sectors of the economy, information technology, health, were sent by ministries, regional administrations and municipalities. After discussion and evaluation from objective methodology, the final of the competition reached 30 companies realized investment projects in 2014.

default_file-858-2510The President Rosen Plevneliev handed the Golden Bull statuette, made by the sculptor Seyfetin Shekerov, “Investor of the Year” to Serge Schmidt, CEO of “Devnya Cement Italcementi Group JSC” awarded for reconstruction and modernization of the plant producing clinker and cement plant  in 2014.

This new line project, whose cost of investment is worthy 114 million Leva, will lead to an overall improvement in energy efficiency and a significant reduction in consumption of fossil fuels and water; noticeable reduction of CO2, SO2 and other emissions of gases and dust; zero waste generation. It will contribute to sustainable development at local and national level, as the new plant will be able to use alternative fuels, including modified as RDF- Refuse Derived Fuel and biomass. For all details about Devnya Cement investment, please click here.

Hereafter awards for each categories.

  1. Category “Green investment”: Behr Hella Thermocontrol (BHTC) given by Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister in coordination of European policy and institutional issues
  2. Category “Investment in human capital”:  Yazaki Bulgaria (production of cables) given by Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister for European funds and economic policy
  3. Category “Investitments in expanding”:  Lukoil Neftochim” Burgas awarded by Stamen Yanev, Executive Director of InvestBulgaria Agency
  4. Category “Investment in merge/acquisition”: Telerik (progress company) given by Bojidar Loukarski, Minister of Economy

Hereafter crystal plaques of InvestBulgaria Agency for each categories.

  1. Category: “Investment in environmental protection”:  “Aurubis Bulgaria” (integrated group for the production of copper) given by Menda Stoyanova, Chairman of the Committee of Budget and Finance in the National Assembly
  2. Category “Investing in innovative business”:  “Teklas Bulgaria” of Kardjali (production building, administrative offices, warehouses, plant and equipment) given by Lyuben Petrov, Deputy Minister of Economy
  3. Category “Investment in conquering a new market”: “Bulfarma” Ltd given by Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism
  4. Category “Successful startup”: “C&C Textile” (producer and supplier of polyamide fibers) of Haskovo given Daniela Vezieva, Deputy Minister of Economy

Besides, InvestBulgaria awarded, through special certificates, some companies and organizations for combating youth unemployment, sustainable development in Bulgaria and creating employment in municipalities with high unemployment and for success partnerships.

“Doing business in Bulgaria”: a seminar presenting a deeper overview about commercial and investment opportunities in Bulgaria

A seminar about “Doing Business in Bulgaria” was held in Turin on 30th January. This initiative is part of the promotional plan of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria for 2015, and it is strictly connected to the great results achieved during previous year.

DIM_2066A seminar about “Doing Business in Bulgaria” organized by Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria for Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta Regions, Gianni Stornello, which hosted the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Italy, H.E. Marin Raykov, the Chairman of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Marco Montecchi, who presented “the crucial role of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in supporting companies”, the Executive Director of InvestBulgaria, together with the director of Investment Department, whose contribution was about  “Measures for supporting new investments in Bulgaria and fiscal system”.

During this seminar there was also a detailed presentation of “Success stories of Italian companies who invested in the Country” offered by the Chairman of Confindustria Bulgaria, and a specific panel related to “Macroeconomic overview and banking system supporting Italian companies” presented by General Director of Unicredit Bulbank. Final session of the seminar was focused on “Legal system in Bulgaria: opportunities and challenges for investors” lead by Blagoeva, Gancheva & Strateva.

ALE_6499An important meeting for promoting Bulgaria and presenting commercial and investment opportunities to 30 Italian companies coming from Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta Regions interested in having more information about Bulgaria and all actors based into this Country whose objective is to support their internationalization projects.

A networking event, within a prestigious Theatre “Vittoria” of Turin, was organized soon after the seminar in honor of the Republic of Bulgaria.

 

EVENTS 2014

 

BULGARIA ON THE EU ROAD TO 2020

Bulgaria on the road to EU in 2020: this is the topic discussed in the annual edition of the Bulgaria Economic Forum. New for the 2014 event was the b2b “Balkan Trade Bridge” organized in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

It was held during the weekend of December 3 and 4, at the Sofia Hotel Balkan, the economic event of international importance “Bulgaria Economic Forum”, organized annually by the main subject Bulgarian specialized in organizing economic events with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria and in collaboration with the First Investment Bank, the Bulgarian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, local strategic partners. This edition was focused on the role of the country Bulgaria in the European economic and financial environment, its correlation with the 2014-2020 European programming, strategies and tools for the promotion of Bulgarian foreign markets (next to the analysis of the regulatory framework and institutional framework that governs the access of products and goods made in Bulgaria on the international market).

These issues were the focus of seminar sessions on 3 and 4 December, which saw the participation of prominent representatives of the world of finance, economics and policies from Bulgaria and from the Balkans, next to the intervention of the government representatives afferent the Departments Bulgarians reference and managers of the Operational Programmes of the Structural Funds.

1402217_837428616300853_4158160994002452124_oAmong the speakers, the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria spoke at the round table that has seen the Deputy Minister of Economy Luben Petrov open jobs around the theme “The promotion of foreign trade – factor for economic Prosperity” and, at the same time, the head of the Department “International Cooperation” of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, explained to the participants in the session“Best practices in promoting of SMEs

Good practices have shown that the countries involved in the project are acting against the crisis to revive economies localianti, in the session. “Germany, Italy, Spain and Romania as a measure against the crisis in Europe,   good practice proactive against the crisis, gathered as part of the project Proactive Change.

For a full list of speakers and the distribution of different panel, please refer to the following link: http://issuu.com/camcomitbg/docs/detailed_programme_bef_2014_eng.

The second part of the day on 4 December was dedicated to business meetings as the “Balkan Trade Bridge”, organized by the Bulgarian Economic Forum in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. This is the first and only B2B event where 32 buyers (owners, CEOs and purchasing managers operating in eight different sectors) from 10 countries (Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Spain ) will have the opportunity to interface with suppliers and producers of goods and services in Bulgaria.

10801750_836621809714867_2691839921867509243_nA big applause and standing ovation for the Masterpiece of World Opera Opera and Ballet Sofia 2015

It Was held December 1 with strong appreciation by over 1,200 participants, the Masterpiece of World Opera, on the occasion of Christmas celebration, organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and the Franco Bulgarian Chamber, with the sponsorship of the Italian Presidency of the Council of ‘European Union, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, the mayor of Sofia, the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria and the Ambassador of France in Bulgaria, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia and the Institut Francais de Bulgaria.

The idea of the Masterpiece of World Opera was born of the realization of cooperation initiatives and opportunities for networking promoted by the Chambers of Commerce Italian and French, who, in a logic of synergy, at the base of a Memorandum of Understanding, intend to develop to encourage greater promotion of Bulgaria and its opportunities for business development in the various business sectors, including the business community, Italian, French and international appreciation and, at the same time, the creation and conclusion among business entrepreneurs.

The performance of the Masterpiece, held at the Sofia National Opera and Ballet, witnessed the execution of several arias, duets, songs masterfully interpreted by a group of six soloists, orchestra and chorus of the Opera, under the direction of Maestro Luciano Di Martino.

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The event opened with a brief greeting from the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, Marco Montecchi and the President of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce Franco, Stéphane Delahaye who expressed heartfelt thanks to the sponsors of the Masterpiece, Chirico Caffè, EDM Business Consulting, Novotel Sofia, Ross & McKenzie, Indesit, Ristorante Il Viaggio, Medium and PrismaGroup, institutional partners who sponsored the event and a warm greeting to the Vice Premier for European Affairs, Meglena Kuneva.

Master Di Martino began performing music accompanied by soloists of great renown as the sopranos Tanya Ivanova and Ilina Mihaylova, the mezzo-soprano Kamelia kader, tenor Kamen Tchanev, baritone and bass Deyan Krum Galabov Vatchkov. Many tunes and songs universally known, all from the rich musical traditions of Italian and French, excerpts from great works of artists such as Verdi, Bellini, Gounod, Bizet, Rossini, Cottrau, Edith Piaf and Puccini.

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After the first part of the concert there was the Italian Quality Cocktail at the VIP Room of the Lyric Theatre, and organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, to support and witness the traditions of Italian culture of taste, artistic and linked to food and wine production.

At the convivial event, offered by Italian Restaurant Certificate with the Mark “Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World” Trattoria Il Maestro Giuseppe Verdi, attended the local authorities, including the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Meglena Kuneva, the Ambassadors HE Marco Conticelli and His Excellency Mr Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes, the Deputy Mayor of Sofia, Dontcho Barbalov, Sponsors and their guests, the Directors of the Institutes of Culture Italian and French, as well as some of the members and members of the Executive Boards of the Chambers of Commerce promoters.

The Masterpiece of World Opera ended at 21.45 ended with great applause and standing ovation of the spectators in front of the performances of the artists on the stage, and that they gave more times, with the execution of additional songs, at the request of the public in the room. A networking cocktail which took part in the group of six soloists and the Orchestra Director Luciano Di Martino was organized by the Chamber of Commerce Franco-Bulgarian Chamber members to host and continue the convivial atmosphere that anticipates the upcoming Christmas holidays.

10484942_836621849714863_3991507648267765420_nPlease refer to the report devoted to Masterpiece and made by Bulgaria On Air Media Group, a media partner and socio chamber, which opens with the Overture to “La Norma” by Bellini and in the foreground the interviews with the Presidents Marco Montecchi and Stéphane Delahaye, Chambers of Commerce Italian and French Bulgarian.
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Followed the link of the Bulgarian National Radio where to find additional time devoted to radio Masterpiece of World Opera. http://bnr.bg/post/100491447.

The photo gallery of the event is available on the facebook profile of the Chamber of Commerce

 
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10426140_826516577392057_6224252804989596546_nInterfood & Drink Expo 2015: Italy chosen as the Host Country and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria official partner of the fair.

It Ended with great success and interest of all involved the fair Interfood & Drink who chose Italy as Host Country and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria as official partner for the organization of the Italian participation and activities promotion of culinary excellence and Italian food.

As of 5 November, were held different events to celebrate the beautiful country: the business lunch, at the award ceremony of the Italian restaurants certified with the Mark “Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World”, the official opening of the Specialized Exhibitions with the intervention of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, Marco Conticelli which highlighted, once again, the factors common to the two countries, the commonality of theme between these food fairs and the next World Exposition Milan EXPO2015.

10730951_826515944058787_4660572987150897376_nHe also made a presentation workshop, sponsored by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Fiera Milano, “Business Opportunities for Bulgarian export to Italy and overseas.” Learn more about the Exhibitions TUTTOFOOD, HOST and FOOD WORLD HOSPITALITY, in the timeframe of the Universal Expo 2015 “, related to the presentation of the business opportunities arising from the Expo and the exhibition halls, edited by Samantha Raimondi, International Incoming Network of Fair Milan.

10456227_826519990725049_3599433330008936286_nIt Was held an activity to promote quality Italian products and the Italian Quality Experience, through tastings, cooking show and informative seminars implemented and coordinated by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. Over a hundred visitors a day and specialized audience visiting the Italian Pavilion and the Italian companies participating in which were added consumers, importers, distributors and audiovisual operators present at different side activities in a number equal to 300.

The complete photo gallery of the event is available on the facebook profile of the Chamber of Commerce

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Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria won Italy-France Golf Tournament Cup for the second consecutive year

Petar Mandjoukov and Beecher Robbie won the “2nd Edition of French Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Golf Tournament”. The official ceremony took place on September 28th at the St. Sofia Golf Club. The initiative received extensive media coverage, among which it is important to underline the presence of BTV that sent the final results in the edition of September 28th, 7 p.m.

Here is the link: http://btvnews.bg/video/sport/video/sport-Centralna-emisija-09.28.2014-g.html.

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96 golfers participated in the tournament, played in the Scramble mode, and more than 50 people were followed the golf training section (golf clinic), free for the members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. During the golf clinic Mr. Richard Lane, Head Professional Golfer of St. Sofia Golf Club, illustrated the basic mode of golf and assisted the many amateur players in the initial phase.

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It was a networking event involving more than 200 participants, members of the Italian and French Chambers of Commerce, St. Sofia Golf Club and Club Diplomatic et Business (CDB), guests of sponsors (BNP Paribas, First Estates, Alitalia and Air France). The event created a renewed opportunity for business in a pleasant environment, meeting the expectations of many participating entrepreneurs.

A photo gallery of the highlights of the initiative is available on the Facebook profile of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

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Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to seeing you again next 2015 edition!

 

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Literature, jazz, film and photography are for the seventh time the excellence of the Bulgarian culture in Rome

On 21 and 22 September, Italian-Bulgarian Cultural Association “La Fenice” with the support of the Municipality of Sofia and in collaboration with the Bulgarian Institute of Culture organized the seventh edition of Sofia greets Rome, the traditional appointment born to the public aware of the excellence of Italian Bulgarian culture and confirming a relationship, little known to most people, but very strong between Italy and Bulgaria that part historically by a common passion for opera and now takes the form of numerous collaborations in film and fiction.

The program included a meeting with the literature and one with great music.

On September 21, at 18:00, at the Bulgarian Institute of Culture was presented the book The Great Powers and Bulgaria (1876-1914) of Stefka Rakova, a studio dedicated to the history of relations and international institutions during the nineteenth century drew the new European borders and predisposero the political order of the European continent. The book was presented by the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Holy See and the SMOM, HE Prof. Kiril Topalov. There was the author.

Following the screening of the film Il cuore d’oro di Sofia of Nayo Tizin, a documentary that reveals little-known story of Alexander Nevski, the largest cathedral in Bulgaria.

On September 22 at 18:30 the event moves the Bulgarian Embassy in Rome, for a concert of jazz Mihail Yossifov Sextet: one of the most interesting jazz band Bulgarian. Born from the creativity and inventiveness of the versatile trumpeter Mihail Yossifov, the sextet has a repertoire ranging from traditional jazz standards, to the great jazz classics in sauce, as well as some Italian ever green reinterpreted jazz. On stage: Mihail Yossifov (trumpet), Atanas Hadzhiev (tenor sax), Velislav Stoyanov (trombone), Vassil Spassov (piano), Dimitar Shanov (bass) & Dimitar Dimitrov (drums).

The event was accompanied by evocative photographic exhibition Sophia, an ancient city of Evgeni Dimitrov: a journey through the history of this European capital, between the atmosphere and neo-Byzantine architecture socialist. At the event were present the major representatives of the Bulgarian institutions and their representatives in Italy.

Please remember that the appointment has the support and patronage of the Municipality of Sofia, of Roma Capitale, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Italy, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Holy See and the SMOM, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. It is part of the cultural initiatives promoted by the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Rome and the Municipality of Sofia in the field of cultural exchanges signed on 10 October 2009, which provides, among other things, the development of an interesting collaboration between the City Rome and Sofia with the intent to promote tourism, culture and art, and the intensification of the interrelationship between the two strategic cities activating the respective institutions and non-governmental organizations.

For more information , please contact the Istituto Bulgaro di Cultura a Roma, 06/3312704 – istituto@ibcroma.it.

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Impeccable performance of Ferruccio Furlanetto in the role of Philip II’s “Don Carlo” by Giuseppe Verdi

To kick off the opera season dedicated to the works of Giuseppe Verdi and his “Don Carlo” was the great Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto who last night thrilled the packed hall of fans Sofia National Opera. A sold out for the presence of Italian opera that was part of the celebrations of the anniversary of Boris Christoff and the hundredth anniversary of the Director Mihail Hadzhimishev.

Here’s what Ferruccio Furlanetto  said during the press conference in Sofia September 18 “I am keeping warm memories about the great Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff. I was a 20-year old boy, a when I met him. I was watching him with fear and respect, and he was exceptionally gentle and kind to me “… For me Boris Christoff will always stay not only a great professional, who combines the singer with the actor, but anche a great personality” … Furlanetto finally, added, “for me it is an honor and privilege to go out on the opera stages in Boris Christoff’s motherland.”

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria wanted to pay homage once again to Italy and Italian opera, the birthplace of composers known universally as Paganini, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and Vivaldi, and that has inspired many foreign composers, giving his contribution so fans could watch the spectacle of opera performance of Philip II played by a large and perfect Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Thanks to all the members participating!

 

10410733_601578423274496_3355888582325077744_nThe Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria took part in the Summer Academy of Invest Bulgaria

It was held on July 10 the second training seminar of the Summer Academy of InvestBulgaria Agency, who chose the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria as an important interlocutor and privileged, for the presentation of the investment climate in the country and Italian economic relations, commercial and industrial between Italy and Bulgaria.
There were 30 Bulgarian students among the most deserving, previously pre-selected by the organizers according to their profiles curricular, National University of World Economy, the oldest and most prestigious University of Economics of the country and the whole area of the South East of the Balkans with a history of more than 90 years.

An interactive training meeting during which were ilustrate  the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria activities, aimed at business growth Italian and Bulgarian and the conclusion of business contacts between the two imprenditorie and presented the Chamber team, the breakdown by departments that correspond to areas of activity of the Chamber of Commerce.

A detailed presentation that aroused the interest of students through the various questions posed to the delegates of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and the Italian companies that have invested in the country in the areas in which they operate. In providing answers to the questions, the President Montecchi, he cited the recent certificate “Investor Class A” by the Minister of Economy Stoynev of which he was awarded the SOL Group, in February this year. It is an important recognition granted only to the companies that make investments of a strategic nature and of significant amounts on Bulgarian territory. The investment, amounting to over 13 million euro, is aimed at the construction of a plant in the industrial area of Devnya (Varna) for the production of industrial and medical gases.

In addition, the President, through multimedia, illustrated how the Chamber of Commerce, during its ten years of activity, has developed and implemented many initiatives to promote the increase of manufacturing integration, internationalization of Italian SMEs and Bulgarian, the attraction of Italian investments in Bulgaria, the promotion of Made in Italy, the inter-university cooperation and encourage school and, at the same time, the attraction of Bulgarian investments in Italy: about 200 operators Bulgarians already accompanied in Italy in the first half of ‘years for participation in trade fairs and B2B contexts within several business missions.

The Secretary General Rosa Cusmano has also shown how the Chamber of Commerce is part of an international network which counts 81 Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad in 55 countries around the world, highlighting, in particular, the net foreign Chambers Europe Area : 28 chambers of Commerce in the major markets, 600 million consumers and about 2/3 of Italian exports in Europe, 150 people at the service of entrepreneurs, more than 1,000 annual projects in support of Italian SMEs and in support of Made in Italy. It was shown, for the occasion, the promotional video of the Italian Chambers of Commerce in Europe that arouses great interest in participating students.

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By the Chamber of Commerce to an Italian entrepreneurial experience in Bulgaria

The President Montecchi continues his speech exposing his business experience, the Montecchi Group, which operates in publishing, consulting and assistance to Italian companies, including several major Italian groups, and through, step by step, the reasons that have brought in Bulgaria, the challenges faced, the partners met, goals achieved, the success of the “Corriere Italy Bulgaria” who, with great determination, led the country to move closer to Italy over the years.

The photo gallery of the event is available on the facebook profile of the Chamber of Commerce.

The Summer Academy, launched on July 3, is an initiative aimed at young Bulgarian students and promoted by the Government Investment with the aim of presenting the business climate in Bulgaria through the voices of the actors, representatives of business and entrepreneurial , representatives of Chambers of Commerce bilateral operating in loco and managers of major international companies abroad who have chosen Bulgaria for the country to develop their investment projects.

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Sofia was born in the “Club Bulgaria AIS – Italian Sommelier Association”

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is pleased to inform you of the newborn Club Bulgaria of the Italian sommerlier and appointed delegate for Bulgaria for socio Maurizio Ferreri who, for many years “Ambassador ” of Italian taste in the country, has won the respect and trust as an expert in the field.

The most prestigious Italian Association of Sommeliers of President Antonello Maietta, with the direct intervention of the Vice President Roberto Bellini, the “Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Association” opens the first of the Club.

The Club Bulgaria AIS aims to promote Italian wine, increase the culture on the wine, increase the training of professionals and will operate in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and other Italian institutions for the development of activities cultural and educational activities, aimed at promoting awareness and responsible consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages and foods traditional and typical gastronomy.

The Italian Sommelier Association was founded July 7, 1965. On April 6, 1973 by Decree n. 539 of the President of the Republic, obtained the legal recognition of the state. Being part of the Association of Italian Sommeliers means participating in the many activities of food and wine that are organized for members: tastings, seminars, themed dinners, tours at wineries in Italy and worldwide. It also means participating in congresses and national and international.

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Italian Cooking Week in Sofia: tastes of Puglia Region and its city Lecce for creating execellent recipes

Starting from tonight Lecce and its traditions, cooking “attractions” prepared in full respect of traditional and regional recipe, together with talent coming from this Region, will play a starring role: it is last date of  “Assaggia il 2019…Tasting 2019…”, whose objective is to celebrate the excellencies Made in Italy and Italian Territories and, at the same time, support Sofia and Sud-west Region as candidate of Capital of Culture 2019.

LEO’S Trattoria Pizzeria, Italian Restaurant Certified with Quality Label “Ospitalità Italiana”, will offer a SPECIAL MENU LECCE tonight!

Let’s discover Lecce and its wonderful cultural and artistic heritage by checking on “Assaggia il 2019…”interactive map:

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As of last press conference launching the event on 16th June, tonight it’s time to give awards to clients who tasted AT LEAST 3 Italian Special Menu prepared by Italian Restaurants invovled into the initiative.

Organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, in collaboration with the Municipality of Sofia and Association for Development of Sofia 2019, this initiative aims at informing about cultural and artistic heritage of Italian Cities of Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia, Ravenna e Siena through TRADITIONAL CUISINE, made up by “the ambassadors of Italian food”, as they are Italian Restaurants Certified with Quality Label “Ospitalità Italiana”.

 

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Back again this year the Italian Festival in Bulgaria, the series of events scheduled from 1 to 30 June, within the broader framework of the celebration of the National Day of the Italian Republic on June 2, to promote the excellence of Made in Italy and foster new opportunities for interaction and exchange between operators, organizations and institutions, Italian and Bulgarian.
An extraordinary opportunity to present once again the general public Bulgarian most emblematic face of our country, that continuously strengthens the relations between Italy and Bulgaria. This year will range from restoration, history, art and architecture in the show, from the infrastructure sector, to that of ‘food and wine.
The Italian participation in the Festival mixes languages and content in a broad embrace of “made in Italy”.

“TASTE THE 2019 ……”

As part of the series of events of the Italian Festival, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Sofia Municipality and the Association for the Development of Sofia in 2019 organized the initiative “TASTE THE 2019 ……”, a week of gastronomy Italian at restaurants certified with the “Italian Hospitality – Italian restaurants in the World” in the Bulgarian capital.

The gastronomic event in support of the candidacy of Sofia and the Region Southwest in European Capital of Culture in 2019, aims to raise awareness of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Italian cities candidates for European Capital of Culture 2019 – Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia, Siena and Ravenna – through their traditional cuisine.

Scheduled June 16 to 30, each of the six gourmet evenings will be dedicated to a single Italian city and the menu presented to customers for the next 5 days. Each restaurant will present, then, in the course of a week a candidate city and a typical menu of the city / region. Each evening will be dedicated to the presentation of the city with a short film.

For more information write to:  segretariogenerale@camcomit.bg or coordinatore@camcomit.bg

“Country Presentation Bulgaria, gateway to the growing markets of South Eastern Europe “

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On Wednesday, May 14 at the Council Hall of the Palazzo Turati (seat of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan), was held the conference “Country Presentation Bulgaria, gateway to the growing markets of South Eastern Europe” which saw the participation of important institutional actors as speakers, a large presence of companies (about 100 participants) and an important media coverage by the “IlGiorno” and the Sole 24 Ore and through the national information portals, newsletters for internationalization.

Promoted and organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Promos Milan Chamber of Commerce of Milan, with the support of Foundation EMDC (Euro-Med Development Center for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), AICE (Association of Italian Trade Commission) and collaboration of Nibi-New Institute of International Business, Assolombarda, Unicredit, ISPI (Institute for International Political Studies), BNP Paribas and Diacron Consultants Eood, the event brought to public attention the participant real and concrete possibilities of economic cooperation and trade between the Lombard and the Bulgarian counterparts going, so, to increase the already known synergy between the two countries.

The complete photo gallery is available on the facebook profile of the Chamber of Commerce.

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Great participation of enterprises to the Umbrian Country Presentation Bulgaria in Perugia

It was held on April 15, at the headquarters of Confindustria Umbria, the seminar to present business opportunities and investment for Umbria’s  companies  in Bulgaria which was attended by about 50 entrepreneurial excellence of the capital of the Umbria region. The country presentation, organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Umbria Export, in close collaboration with Confindustria Umbria, wanted to bring to the attention of the Perugia economic and entrepreneurial existing opportunities on the Bulgarian market and, in general, in the broader market of South East Europe, providing, on that occasion, relevant and necessary information to businesses to support them in their internationalization process. The presence of high level representatives from institutional, as stated by the Director of Umbria Export, made the initiative extremely interesting and provided an opportunity for revitalizing the bilateral relationships between Bulgaria and the Region of Umbria.

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To welcome the Bulgarian delegation to the President of Perugia Umbria Export, Pietro Tacconi, that during the meeting of welcome wanted to underline his previous knowledge of the country and Bulgaria to confirm the will to succeed this initiative a trade mission and institutional in the second half of the year that can be translated into concrete actions of collaboration between the Region and Bulgaria in favor of local entrepreneurs.

That of economic cooperation and industrial and ‘was one of the points discussed in the meetings of an institutional nature that took place the day before the country presentation between the Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy Anna Yaneva, and the Vice President of Umbria region, Carla Casciari, at the Palace of the Regional Donini.

The Palazzo dei Priori the Municipality of Perugia, after a brief visit to the Halls historic municipal building, the Deputy Minister met the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Tourism and European projects, Giuseppe Lomurno, and discussed on the activation of partnership see the city of Sofia and Perugia, already united in bid for Capital of Culture 2019, to cooperate in favor of the growth of economic relations between Italy and the Umbria Region, which contributes to its 1.5% to national GDP.

In concluding the institutional, the Bulgarian Deputy Minister emphasized Yaneva, Deputy Chairman of the Province of Perugia, Aviano Rossi, the importance of increasing the presence of Italian companies in Bulgaria; since Italy is the third largest trading partner of Bulgaria, after Germany and Russia, with trade in 2013 that it is stable at around EUR 4 billion and a billion and 403 million of Italian investments in the country. The Deputy Minister also stressed that Bulgaria is a country highly attentive to Italy and ready to welcome the Italian entrepreneurs who decide to seize the opportunities offered by the Bulgarian market, both in terms of investments in commercial transactions.

This emphasizes on several occasions, the Deputy Minister, the Umbrian companies can count on the support and on-site assistance of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria with which the Ministry of Economy and Energy has worked for years.

The opening session of the work of the country presentation on April 15, attended by the President of Confindustria, Ernesto Cesaretti, the Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy Anna Yaneva, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, HE Marin Ryakov who expressed a strong appreciation for the organization of the event and the extensive participation of companies in the region of Umbria. It ‘been highlighted synergy with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria for the support of economic and trade relations between Italy and Bulgaria, as can be seen, however, by the recent publication of the guide to investment “Investing in Bulgaria “which sees the chamber structure cooperating with the Bulgarian government Agency InvestBulgaria to support investments in the country. Finally, the participation of the President of the Chamber, Marco Montecchi and the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Perugia, Giorgio Mencaroni.

IMG-20140415-00380In the introductory part of the work, was followed by the speeches of Directors InvestBulgaria  (www.investbg.government.bg/en), Svetoslav Mladenov and governmental Agency for the Promotion and internationalization of SMEs in foreign markets (BSMEPA- www.sme.government.bg/en/), Evgenyi Ivanov, regarding the macroeconomic framework of the country and the business opportunities and investment with a focus on the fields of mechanics, Agromeccanica and tourism. An intervention on the activities of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and possible sources of funding under the new programming cycle 2014-2020 were presented by the Secretary General and Head of the International Cooperation Department of the chamber structure of Sofia. On completion of work, followed the one to one meetings with participating companies and interested interlocuire directly with Bulgarian delegates.

The complete photo gallery is available on the facebook profile of the Chamber of Commerce.

 

10311826_10152447507670420_2193649083339934697_n27 March 2014, Sofia – Bulgarian Association of PR Agencies (BAPRA) announces an extension of the application deadline for participation in the fifth jubilee edition of BAPRA Bright Awards. Because of the ongoing great interest of the participants, application forms can be submitted online until 3 April, 2014, not later than 23:59, atwww.bapra.bg/2014. Campaigns must be implemented by PR agencies and internal PR departments in the period March 2013-February 2014.

The categories in the contest are seven: Sustainable Development Campaign, Special Event of the Year, Innovative Campaign of the Year, Campaign, implemented by Internal PR Department, Communication Campaign of the Year, Communication Campaign in the Public Sector, and Agency of the Year.

Full information and an online application to compete are available at www.bapra.bg/2014. For latest information please check our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/BAPRABrightAwards.

The official partnering organizations of BAPRA Bright Awards 2014 are the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF), the Italian Chamber of Commerce (Camera di Commercio Italiana in Bulgaria) and the Hellenic Business Council in Bulgaria (HBCB) and German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Media partners of the contest are: Manager Magazine, SeeNews, actualno.com, expert.bg, dir.bg, PR&Media News, news.bg, bulgariautre.bg, mkt360.eu, mypr.bg, bgreklama.bg, csr.bg, econ.bg, b2bmagazine.bg, B2B Magazine.

Sponsors of the project are: Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia, Protechnica, Brangaba, Tekama, Dve Events, Gettyimages, Coca-Cola and Zagorka.

For any questions towards the contest or to join as a partner, please send your inquire to: office@bapra.bg.

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BAPRA Bright Awards

BAPRA Bright Awards was established in 2010 and was quickly recognized as the only forum where Bulgarian PR professionals are enabling to compare their achievements with the best PR practices worldwide. Each year the fully international judging committee evaluates the most successful PR campaigns in Bulgaria. All its members are worldwide recognized and outstanding PR and communication experts. Every jury member evaluates the submitted entries in particular category absolutely confidentially and independently apart. Last year the contest registered the record number of applications thus far – more than 80.

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Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria is glad to announce next initiative “Country Presentation Bulgaria – Access hub to rising markets in South East Europe” that it will be held on 14th May in Milan at Italian Chamber of Commerce of Milan (Palazzo Turati).

Promoted by Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, in collaboration with Italian partners, a road show of “country presentations Bulgaria” keeps going in order to foster economic and commercial bilateral relationships and support SMES’s internationalization process.

After Perugia, Bulgaria will draw the attention of companies and participants in Palazzo Turati that is going to host the Deputy Ministry of Economy and Energy, Anna Yaneva, among institutional delegation.

In case of interest, do not hesitate to confirm your participation to: http://www.promos-milano.it/Iniziative/In_Italia/Operare-In-Bulgaria-Accesso-Al-Mercato-E-Opportunita-Di-Business.kl

For further information, please contact segretariogenerale@camcomit.bg (Rosa Cusmano, Secretary General) and coordinatore@camcomit.bg (Elena Tarkalanova, coordinator), +359 2 846 32 80.

 

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COUNTRY PRESENTATION BULGARIA

The Country Presentation will be a great opportunity for a debate with the main economic, business and institutional bodies in the Region Umbria. Different economic and investment opportunities will be shown, for both Umbrian and Italian companies and, at the same time, the meeting is aimed at showing to potential interested companies some crucial elements about investment opportunities, industrial and commercial policies, tax system and incentive plans, that Bulgarian Government is currently offering.

There will be some sectorial focus (Mechanic, Agricultural and Food, Tourism) for the participant companies, one special session will be dedicated to the opportunities coming from alternatives sources of financing and one to the cycle of European planning 2014-2020.

The Vice Minister of Economy and Energy, the Ambassador of the Bulgarian Republic in Rome, the Director of the Agency for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (BSMEPA), the Director of the governative Agency for Investments, the Sisas Srl company (as best practices in internationalization of an Umbrian company in Bulgaria) and some representatives of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, respectively the President, the Secretary General and the responsible of the “International Cooperation Department – Observatory on Structural Funds and other European Programs” will take part in the event. Following the main event there will be some one-to-one meetings between Bulgarian representatives and Umbrian companies.

For more information, please contact info@camcomit.bg, segretariogenerale@camcomit.bg or +35 92846 32 80/1.

 

Internationalization: commercial and investment opportunities in Bulgaria

T-Hotel Cagliari, 6th Februar 2014

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A Seminar on commercial and investment opportunities for Sardinian companies will be held on 6th of February at the T-Hotel in Cagliari. It is organised by ANIEM (an association who represents small and medium enterprises in the construction industry), in collaboration with IMA Consulting and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. This event is aimed at providing important information about investment opportunities in different sectors, current investment projects, industrial and commercial policies, tax and incentive systems currently adopted in Bulgaria. Relevant importance will be given to the most promising industries for Sardinian companies: building and construction, renewable energies, agrifood (dairy sector).

The first part of the event will be followed by a close meeting with the Sardinian companies, in order to answer their questions about the opportunities in the Bulgarian market and support their projects abroad.

For further information please contact the Chamber at segretariogenerale@camcom.bg, phone number +359 846 32 80.

Waste Management, Recycling, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Smart Cities

Forum & Exhibition for South-East Europe

Event Partner: Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

5-7 March 2014., Sofia                                                                                                                                                                     via expo

The event will enhance the key role of the innovative technologies which could provide a long-term sustainable development of the Region as well as encourage the foreign investments in local economics through new projects, policies and practices. It will gather prominent local and international suppliers and buyers and also industry professionals from both private and public sector.

The event format includes the following initiatives: ‘Save the Planet’ (waste management & recycling), ‘Energy Efficiency & Renewables’, ‘Smart Cities’ (intelligent buildings, energy storage, mobility & ICT) and LiftBalkans (elevators).

The Exhibition

Austria is again a supporting country due to its remarkable achievements which will be demonstrated at the traditional Austrian Pavilion.

Leading companies from Austria, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands will showcase their latest products and innovations. This year the accent will be put on the energy-efficient products, hydro- and bioenergy and biomass. The demand for separating -, baling, recycling and composting has been increased and many international companies will enter the regional market.

Taking into consideration the growing energy and resource consumption, the necessity of ICT application, participatory approach for energy production, distribution and use comes to the fore. Intelligent solutions for energy storage, building automation, mobility, telemetry and telematics will attract the visitor interest.

EREMA, IFE Aufbereitungstechnik, Untha Shredding Technology, Vecoplan, Herbold Meckesheim, Tecnova, Apricus Solar, Global Hydro Energy, CPM Europe and Leader Light are among the exhibitors.

New generation high-efficiency heat pumps will be presented by Omnia Contractors  and Termopompeni Sistemi.

Hitachi Zosen Inova, Ebios Energy and Weiss will demonstrate their competence, broad know-how and international experience in the waste-to-energy industry.

The Conference Highlights

● EU Waste Management Day, in partnership with ACR+ & ENEP, will provide all participants with key information on market entry and draw in expertise from across the European Union. An accent will be also put on the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 in SE Europe which will have a significant impact on the speed of waste management sector.

●  Waste-to-Energy Workshop, in collaboration with WtERT Greece, will present Global and Local Perspectives for New Waste-to-Energy Projects & Waste-to-Energy for Sustainable Economic and Social Development.

●  District Heating and Cooling in Europe, organized by Euroheat & Power. Speakers will acquaint attendees with ‘Heat Roadmap Europe’, the role of renewables in DHC, energy efficiency measures, etc.

●  European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, Renovation and nZEBs Strategies, Smart Grids and Mobility.

Quick Links:  Brochure EE & RE, Smart Cities    Brochure Save the Planet   Brochure LiftBalkans

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