SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.


Economy Students Discuss Sofia Budget

For a second year in a row Sofia municipality draft budget was presented to students and professors with the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Sofia University, yesterday, January 18. The public discussion was organized by Sofia Development Association and the Faculty. Doncho Barbalov, deputy mayor on budget and finance, presented the municipal draft budget. Students and professors with the majors “Economics and Finance”, “Business Administration”, “Strategic management” and “Innovation Management in the Business Sector” took part with own analysis, questions, opinions and suggestions. Moderator of the meeting was Svetlana Lomeva, Sofia Development Association Director

“This is a most useful exercise for our students – to analyze real data provided by Sofia Municipality; moreover in a moment when their ideas could indeed affect the city finances”, said the Dean Teodor Sedlarski.

Greatest interest aong the future experts in business administration stirred the areas of transport, economic analyses of capital investments, the newly introduced program budgeting and the green policies of Sofia Municipality.

“For us as city administration it is important not only to discuss the budget publicly with you as professionals with interest in public finances but also to contribute to the qualification of the next generation of experts who will draft and execute the municipal budget a few years from now”, stated Doncho Barbalov.

Three Nominated Best European Practices from Sofia

IMG 1289 IBAt the interregional seminar under the InnoBridge project, held in Evora, Portugal, on 12-14 December 2016, the partners from the Office of the Regional Government of Lower Austria (Austria), Universities and Higher Education Foundation of Castilla y León (Spain), Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol (Italy), Pannon Novum West­ Transdanubian Regional Innovation Non­profit Ltd. (Hungary), Council of Tampere Region (Finland), Regional Development Agency of Alentejo (Portugal), Applied Research and Communications Fund (Bulgaria) and Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region (Poland) nominated three existing instruments for promoting innovation as best European practices. Sofia Development Association (Bulgaria), partner under the project, presented the Public-Private Fund for Innovations in Culture and the innovative support of Sofia Municipality for marketing and communications of cultural events of facilities for outdoor advertising and in the social networks. The partners also named as a good practice from Sofia the annual competition for innovative companies under the auspices of the head of state.

The InnoBridge project is funded by INTERREG EUROPE Programme and aims at promoting innovation and fostering competitiveness of the participating regions, as well as improving regional development policies.

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Partners from 7 countries gathered in Sofia to plan activities under Positive Messengers Project

The first partners’ meeting under the project Coalition of Positive Messengers to Counter Online Hate Speech, co-funded by co-funded by the RIGHTS, EQUALITY AND CITIZENSHIP/JUSTICE PROGRAMME of the European Union took place in Sofia on 23 – 25 November 2016.

During the 3-day meeting the partners discussed the detailed project work plan, the communication and dissemination and planned the activities to be carried out such as national reports on mapping the hate speech responses; research and media content analysis, trainings and public campaign.

SDA at B.CREATIVE conference

Sevdalina Voynova with Sofia Development Association was invited as a speaker at the Creative Tracks EU project launch conference at Namur, Belgium, on November 2-3, 2016.

This global event attracted 250 artists, creative professionals, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations, incubators, hubs and clusters from over 50 countries worldwide, to consider how to best support creative entrepreneurship, shape innovation and promote international collaborations through networking.

Sevdalina moderated two workshops, entitled Creative ecosystems. Seeking maximum interactivity and participation from the audience, the workshops discussed how to nurture territory-based enabling environment and synergies between CCIs, technology, innovation, business, finance, and resulted in policy recommendations presented to the Director for Culture and Creativity, European Commission DG EAC. The event was life streamed.

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Highlights from the international conference “Science Meets Regions”

nauka ENGThe regional partnership in key areas such as climate, energy and innovation under the motto of “Science Meets Regions” brought together more than 80 representatives of local authorities and scientific institutions.


Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia: “The scientific potential of Sofia and Europe helps us make the right decisions and develop effective policies. The sustainable urban mobility, air quality, climate change, urban planning, crisis management are all areas that affect the lives of every citizen and require intelligent responses. Reducing air emissions is our main goal. Therefore, we are building the Underground, investing in replacement of vehicles, reconstructing streets and boulevards, replacing combustion installations in kindergartens and schools.”




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In its effort to promote Sofia as a Dynamic Green City encompassing three intertwined strands: Climate-Energy-Innovations Sofia Development Association in partnership with GIS transfer Center organize the international conference Science meets Regions on 25 October 2016/

Our goal:
Strengthening Sofia city partnerships with EU, international and local stakeholders, businesses, innovators and citizens on building coalition for capacity building, training and research evidence-based measures for more efficient, effective and future oriented urban policies.

Key thematic points:
1. Strengthening Regional Partnership on more innovative solutions & smart management for low-carbon economy – reaching the goals of the Paris Declaration COP 21
2. Smart solutions for urban mobility and clean transport
3. Embedding risk management tools (critical infrastructure, climate change, natural disasters) and foresight activities to bring trust into the society and amongst citizens and researchers

More information about the agenda HERE.

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