United Arab Emirates opens embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially opened an embassy in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia today, after Bulgaria opened an embassy in Abu Dhabi, federal capital city of the UAE, in April 2018, the Independent Balkan News Agency reported, according to the sofiaglobe.com website.

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, attended the embassy opening.

He also held talks with Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and his Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva.

A Bulgarian government statement quoted Mr Borissov as saying that following the activation of relations between Bulgaria and the UAE, it was important to maintain the dynamic and to continue to develop fruitful co-operation.

Borissov described the opening of the UAE embassy as a “good step” that would help facilitating bilateral dialogue and trade and economic co-operation.

News sources: https://sofiaglobe.com, Independent Balkan News Agency, Bulgarian Foreign Ministry

EU-kommisjonen vil ha Bulgaria inn i Schengen og Eurosonen

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EU-kommisjonens president Jean-Claude Juncker, tidligere og mangeårig statsminister i Luxembourg, lover drahjelp til EUs nye formannskapsland Bulgaria, skriver VG Direkte. 

-Dere kan stole på oss. Deres plass er i Europa. Deres plass er i Schengen. Og deres plass er i euroen, sa Juncker under en markering i Bulgarias hovedstad Sofia torrsdag.

22 av de 28 EU-landene er per i dag med i Schengen-samarbeidet, som også omfatter sju land utenfor EU, blant dem Norge. 19 av de 28 er del av eurosonen.

Kilde: www.vg.no – VG Direkte

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Sofia welcomed nearly 553,000 tourists in first 7 months of the year

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‘ In the first seven months of the year the Bulgarian capital city Sofia has welcomed nearly 553,000 tourists, an increase of 8.6% compared to last year.’

This is what Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said speaking at the opening of the First Meeting of Mayors of the Central and Eastern European Countries and China 16+1, which was held at Sofia Tech Park in Sofia, the FOCUS News Agency reported.

She commented further that according to the data of the world tourism barometer, last year more than 144 million visits of foreign tourists had been registered in the countries included in the initiative.

The minister remarked that the revenues generated thanks to these visits amounted at about USD 162 billion.

‘Last year Sofia was visited by nearly 916,000 tourists, while the tourism sector generated revenues estimated at about BGN 116 million only from overnight stays.’

She commented further that the tourist maps, which would ease the tourists in finding the landmark sites in all regions, were already ready. 

The Bulgarian tourism minister added that the congress and festival forums had high added value for the capitals within the initiative, pointing out that this was an occasion to attract higher attention on behalf of the tourists.

News source: www.focus-fen.net

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Ljubljana mayor ready to help Sofia become European Green Capital

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“We are ready to help Sofia to become European Green Capital”. That’s what Mayor of Slovenian capital city Ljubljana, Mr. Zoran Janković, who is on a visit to Sofia said, cited by a reporter of FOCUS News Agency.

“Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, has a special place among us, mayors of European capitals. We attended a conference in Amsterdam and I am very glad that Sofia has decided to apply for a European Green Capital Award,” Mayor Janković said. 

“If we want to save the planet every city in the world must be a green capital. When applying there are 12 chapters, but it’s not about whether we will fulfill them and when we will fulfill them. We are open for questions and for help. I am glad that Mayor Fandakova decided to make this step,” he said.

“We mayors are a special kind of people. Between us there is no negative competition, but cooperation and look forward to the success of anyone who achieves it, “he said.

“Now we are holding negotiations with the European Union to get as much money directly to cities rather than countries because I am convinced that mayors know best what their cities need,” the Mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Jankovic, noted.

See the full story here: www.focus-fen.net/news/2016/05/23/407350/we-are-ready-to-help-sofia-become-european-green-capital-ljubljana-mayor.html

News source: FOCUS News Agency – www.focus-fen.net

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Sofia Mayor: Developing capital as a green city is our major vision

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“Sofia’s development as a green city has been outlined as major vision for us,” Mayor of the Bulgarian capital city Sofia Yordanka Fandakova said speaking at the Green Investments – Business Perspectives before the Socially Responsible Companies conference held in Sofia, the Bulgarian FOCUS News Agency reported.

Mayor Yordanka Fandakova. Photo credit: FOCUS News Agency

“A green city means better quality of the air, lower noise, preservation of the nature and environment, saving energy, and the business can directly join these initiatives. We should also mention the waste recycling and utilisation”, the mayor remarked. 

“We are developing a green city by modernising the urban transport, expanding the subway, renovating the streets, easing the traffic, installing energy efficient lights, renovating the buildings. We also take care of the parks, expand the green spaces in the city, and of course we provide modern waste management,” the mayor commented further. 

“This is responsible behaviour that requires tackling the problems that have been amassed over the years, such as the quality of the air. And we should cope with it faster because we want our children to enjoy cleaner environment,” Mayor Yordanka Fandakova added.

Source: www.focus-fen,net

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SOFIA HAS POTENTIAL TO BECOME A DIGITAL MARKET CAPITAL IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE

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Sofia, capital city of Bulgaria, has the potential to become a digital market capital in the South Eastern Europe. That is what Sofia Mayor, Yordanka Fandakova, said during a round table discussion organised by the Bulgarian – Nordic Chamber of Commerce, in connection of business perspectives of Nordic companies in Sofia Municipality, reports the FOCUS News Agency. 

Mayor Fandakova presented major directions of the municipality’s activities for the development of the capital. 

“We have ambitions to develop competitive power of our city. We identified our sectors for development for which we will take special measures,” Fandakova said. 

According to the mayor, this will happen jointly with the Investment Agency. 

“We rely on the creation of better business environment. We have ambitions to develop the IT sector, pharmacy. We are willing to boost any kind of investment,” she added. 

Source: www.focus-fen.net

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SOFIA HOSTS THE HOLIDAY AND SPA INTERNATIONAL TOURIST FAIR

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Sofia

The Bulgarian capital city Sofia will host the 33rd edition of the Holiday & Spa Expo International Tourist Fair, reports the Sofia News Agency Novonite.com

The largest tourist forum in Bulgaria will take place at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia between Thursday and Saturday.

Despite the problems in the tourist sector in 2015, more tour operators, hoteliers and national tourist organisations have confirmed their participation at this year’s edition of the fair.

More than 380 exhibitors, including resorts, tour operators, sector organisations and municipalities both from Bulgaria and abroad, is taking part.

Among the new participants this year is Indonesia. The Hungarian Ministry of Tourism will also participate for the first time.

There will be also representatives from Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia, Morocco, Cuba, Croatia, Russia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland, USA, Czech Republic, Portugal and Romania.

The Bulgarian tourism ministry will have its own stall, as will municipalities and spa resorts.

The focus of Sofia’s stand will be on the city’s status as European Capital of Sport in 2018. Several popular Bulgarian sportsmen from the recent past have been invited to give autographs to visitors at the stand.

Plovdiv will have an interactive stall, focusing on its designation as European Capital of Culture in 2019.

Varna, Veliko Tarnovo and Stara Zagora will also have their own stands and present their cultural sites.

Samokov will mark the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the oldest winter resort in Bulgaria – Borovets.

The event is organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with Sofia municipality and tourist organisations.

The organisers will make a charity auction, with the money collected at the auction to be awarded to a student from the professional tourism high School.

See more at http://www.novinite.com/articles/173052/Sofia+Hosts+33rd+Edition+of+Holiday+%26+Spa+International+Tourist+Fair

Source:www.novinite.com

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BULGARIA’S CAPITAL PRESERVED POSITIVE TREND IN TOURISM WITH 10% GROWTH IN 2015

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Sofia

“Over the past year the capital city Sofia preserved the positive trend in the field of tourism with an average annual growth of 10%,” said Dr Todor Chobanov, Deputy Mayor of Sofia, speaking at a seminar themed Sofia Municipality 2016 Draft Budget held in the mountain resort town of Bansko, reports FOCUS News Agency.

The Deputy Mayor commented further that the figures presented were valid by the end of November and were not final.

“There is an upturn trend and it will be preserved over the next years or even improved,” Mr Chobanov remarked.

“Sofia Municipality will continue working for developing further out tourist and information centres and opening new sites,” he added.

According to official data by the end of October 2015, compared with the same period in 2014, there is a 10.2% growth in the number of tourists registered in the city.

“There is 9% increase of the foreign and 11% increase of the Bulgarian tourists,” Deputy Mayor Todor Chobanov commented further.

Read the story at www.focus-fen.net/news/2015/12/19/392805/bulgarias-capital-preserved-positive-trend-in-tourism-with-around-10-growth-in-2015-deputy-mayor.html

Source: www.fovus-fen.net

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BULGARIA CAPITAL CITY’S CAPACITY TO SHELTER REFUGEES FILLED: MAYOR

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Yordanka Fandakova

“Capacity of the Bulgarian capital city Sofia to shelter refugees is filled,” said Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova speaking with journalists after the sitting of Sofia Municipal Council on Monday, commenting on the enhanced security measures in the city after the series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, FOCUS News Agency reported.

“The legal refugees are not the thing that concerns me but rather the illegal migrants,” the mayor remarked, adding that she had asked for constant checks and monitoring on the illegal migrants in the city.

Mayor Fandakova also called for stricter sanctions for the migrant smugglers.

Commenting on the quota relocation of the refugees as a solution to the crisis in Europe, the Mayor of Sofia said: “After what happened on Friday all governments and countries in Europe should reconsider their decisions and possibilities because it is obvious that the situation has changed.”

Source: www.focus-fen.net/news/2015/11/16/389642/bulgaria-capital-citys-capacity-to-shelter-refugees-filled-mayor.html

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NORGE STENGER AMBASSADER – Norway closes embassies

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Norge legger ned ambassaden i Sofia i Bulgaria. Også ambassadene i Harare i Zimbabwe, Lusaka i Zambia og Astana i Kasakhstan blir lagt ned.

I en kommentar til at Norge legger ned de fire ambassadene, sier utenriksminister Børge Brende (H) dette til Vårt Land:

– Utenrikstjenesten må tilpasse seg de endringene som skjer i verden og ressursene som er tilgjengelig for å drifte utenriksstasjoner.

Norge har i dag 103 diplomatiske stasjoner i på 87 land.

Norway is closing down four of it’s embassies – in Bulgaria, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kazakhstan.  

The Foreign Service must adapt to the changes occurring in the world and the resources available to operate foreign missions, says Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Norway today maintains 103 diplomatic missions in 87 countries.

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