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News from partners2017-07-26T20:08:33+03:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Take a look at Udaya Live 2016 –




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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

Companies interested in professional meetings with Italian companies may address their request to ICE Sofia,

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

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

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


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

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




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

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

International Triennial Degree:

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

It should also be noted that the University of Bologna offers scholarships for foreign students, as reported at the following link: 



Christmas Cards

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can consult the program at the following link: 



Presentation of the book “Good, Clean and Fair”

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Seminar “Application of EU Legislation in Bulgarian Judicial Practice”

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 In brief, 10 selfies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to view the English version of the report


Italy the extraordinary commonplace”: the true Italian excellence

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

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

Click here to see the video.



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

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

The ADVANTAGES of the arbitration proceedings are:

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

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

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

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

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

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



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