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.


GDPR-Compliant Energy & Health Services

With data-protection increasingly paramount in a digital world, the GDPR is at the forefront of challenges that every organization must seek to solve.

But how do you select from the many proclaimed solutions and European projects saturating the market? Discover the technologies positioned to change the game, without the limitations of the ones that won’t.

We’re discussing the possibilities, security risks, and the architecture behind technology that really does what it promises.

Join us for EIT's Climate-KIC funded TRANSFORM project on Zoom, 01 December 2020, 13:00 CET. Learn about our very own GDPR-compliant dataU platform, and how it connects to smart services.
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** 13:00 CET : Introduction to EIT Climate-KIC & the need for GDPR-Compliance

An introduction to the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)'s Climate-KIC project, and the need for GDPR-compliant digital solutions.

** 13:30 CET : Introduction to TRANSFORM, Climate-KIC Smart City Transformation Project

TRANSFORM project use case with the city of Sofia. A look into the use of dataU as a smart data backbone, and the opportunities made possible to introduce smart energy and health services.

** 14:00 CET : GDPR Lessons Learned from PoSeID-on European Commission H2020 Project

PoSeID-on project solution as a public-administration-focussed GDPR solution. With regards to the protection and control of secured information by means of a privacy enhanced dashboard.

** 14:20 CET : dataU GDPR-Compliant Platform to Connect Digital Services

dataU technology solution to cross-organizational GDPR-compliance. We discuss the technologies chosen to mitigate security risks in the ever-changing digital landscape.

** 15:00 CET : Q&A and Final Remarks

Discussion on the factors for GDPR-compliance, and how to solve outstanding security risks. Open to all speakers, including leading European data security specialists.

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A Virtual Study Visit to Antwerp

Six European cities – Sofia, Tampere, Finland, Antwerp, Belgium, Madrid, Spain, Karditsa, Greece, and Brest, France, united in a community of practice to build pathways to employment for migrants, got together for a 3-day virtual study visit to Antwerp (November 24-26, 2020), as part of the CONNECTION project. Led by EUROCITIES, CONNECTION promotes transnational learning on and implementation of integration policies.

The virtual hosts with Antwerp city and regional government, social service providers, integration officers, demonstrated their integration practices: the well-functioning one stop shop, the cultural integration offer and pilot phase of a mobile app helping with translation and case work as a potential digital solution in this policy area.

Migration Work CIC experts facilitated the city-to-city discussions on the applicability of the practices observed, generating ideas and adapting lessons learned.

Sofia is one of the participating cities in this community of practice through SDA, aiming to use the transnational learning to improve integration schemes in its own context.

CONNECTION: CONNEcting Cities Towards Integration action, is was funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.



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Network Building Conference of the UnionMigrantNet and Cities Together for Integration Project

The online conference, organised within the project will take place online on 1 and 2 December 2020. Join us for engaging discussions and networking with many international partners and experts and register for the event here:

Building on the already existing European network of trade unions providing services to third-country nationals, the Conference will seek at enhancing the network by fostering partnerships with local authorities, key actors in the reception and integration of third-country nationals.

New Program for Energy Efficiency Renovation of Houses and Buildings: The TRANSFORM Strategy

Sofia Development Association, together with the consortium partners of the TRANSFORM project organized an online conference on Nov. 17, 2020, to present the model for energy efficiency renovation developed by the project. The event brought together representatives of regional administrations in Sofia - district mayors, housing policy specialists, the Municipal Guarantee Fund for SMEs, the Invest Sofia Agency, representatives of financial institutions. Presenters included Hans Houf (Jibe Company, Netherlands), Erik van van Wijk, Climate-KIC, Milan Rashevski (Virtech, Bulgaria), Jack Minchella (DarkMatter Labs, Netherlands), Alexander Wiese (Bankers without Boundaries, UK). The overall concept for the 2-step renovation of houses and buildings - digital and real – generated a lot of interest and many questions by the conference participants.
Follow our website for more project news and how to get involved in our events.

The TRANSFORM project is funded by EIT Climate-KIC.

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INNOAIR stakeholder dialogue launched

Addressing a complex issue like air quality in a large metropolitan area and making it a testbed to develop, test and showcase an innovative solution line on-demand public transport is challenging. The key to success is working with and not for the residents.

INNOAIR launched its multi-stakeholder dialogue on November 12, 2020, bringing different parties together. Nearly 100 stakeholders from universities and research institutes, community organizations, city administration, NGOs, national agencies, businesses and investors, took part in an online dialogue event and engaged in a conversation about the future. The discussants, among whom Sofia Deputy Mayor Kristian Krastev, Boryana Dimitrova with Alpha Research, associated professor Emilia Hristova with the National Institute on Meteorology and Hydrology, Milya Dimitrova with SofiaPlan and Petar Seizov, Denkstatt, raised important questions to be explored during Q&A. Diverse perspectives were voiced pointing to various interdependencies: the more precise and timely feedback the city provides on the effect of its policies, the stronger the citizen commitment; the less measures for support of the energy poor, the more air pollution from old cars and household burning; the less air pollution, the bigger biodiversity; the newer the urban district, the more pollution from construction and underdeveloped infrastructure, to name a few.

The INNOAIR teamchose multi-stakeholder dialogues as a method for managing change because it reminds us not to get lost in the weeds at work but see the big picture, not to ignore difficulties, remove assumptions and identify actionable firs steps.

Here are a few takeaways from stakeholders:

“The fact that now air quality is discussed more than before does not mean that the problems are growing or less is done. On the contrary.”

“The strongest factor fostering citizen support for the air quality policies is when the municipality consistently implements clear long-term measures with measurable result.”

“Sofia should demonstrate direct link between measures and effect achieved.”

Speakers’ presentations are available at HERE.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you take interest -!

INNOAIR project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.

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