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of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

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CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS IN POMORIE DISCUSS CURRENT TRENDS IN REFUGEE LAW


SDA’s partner, the Foundation for Access to Rights (FAR) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a 2-day conference in Pomorie on September 12 and 13, 2023. The conference brought together experts and practitioners on refugee and migration law to discuss current trends and ongoing problems for asylum seekers on the territory of Bulgaria. Various issues such as access to territory, asylum procedures, services to unaccompanied minors and other were deliberated by the conference participants. A representative of SDA also took part in the event, as many of the questions at hand are relevant to the work of the Bureau for Information and Services to third country nationals, coordinated by SDA in cooperation with local NGOs, including FAR.

The project Support for the Development of Integration Policy Framework and Service Provision for Refugees in Sofia is supported by UNHCR – Bulgaria.

 

     

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DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INTEGRATING RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN TERRITORIAL POLICYMAKING?

Read the second newsletter of the RRI-LEADERS project. The new publication features contributions from the partner territories in Bulgaria, Greece, Spain and Switzerland, and offers insight into initiatives to improve policymaking through the integration of research and innovation approaches. The newsletter is dedicated to Sofia and the city’s ambition to to strengthen the role of research and innovation in policymaking, and, through dialogue and exchange with local and national stakeholders, to pursue strategic planning which is anticipatory, responsive, and inclusive.

 https://www.rri-leaders.eu/newsletter/

2nd RRI-Leaders Newsletter

July 2023
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 RRI Leaders is funded by Horizon2020.
 
                           

 

PROJECT INSPIRENOV KICKS OFF WITH A CONSORTIUM MEETING IN SOFIA


The new project, FINancial Schemes for Providing Innovation in the EE Renovation (INSPIRenov) supported by the LIFE+ program was launched today, bringing together the 7 partner organizations from Bulgaria, Estonia, and Hungary. INSPIRenov builds upon the achievements of previous international initiatives focused on energy efficiency renovation of multi-family housing. The project will use past results to develop a market-based financial model and build it into a working solution for regional and national level, with high potential for replication in European countries where the development of financial instruments is needed to support energy efficiency retrofits. Drawing upon European practices, INSPIRenov will introduce new blended financing schemes and commercial loans for families and homeowners’ associations to support energy efficiency renovations. SDA will contribute with testing the concept in Sofia municipality, engaging local communities and a wide range of stakeholders.

The project is coordinated by Cleantech Bulgaria.

 

 

 
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE 2014–2020), under grant agreement No 101120723

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 2023 IN THE BUREAU FOR INFORMATION AND SERVICES FOR THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS

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During the month of August more than 150 people from different countries such as Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Guinea and Palestine have found help and support at the Bureau for Information and Services for Third Country Nationals by taking advantage of the services provided there. For the second consecutive month, the most requested service by visitors to the office was assistance with protection procedures, followed by legal, financial, and humanitarian assistance.

The official website of the Bureau offers a monthly program that describes the different activities by day and time. The content of this program is in several languages: Bulgarian, English, French, Ukrainian, Russian, Arabic, and Persian.

You can find the program for September in Bulgarian HERE

You can find the program for September in Ukrainian HERE 

You can find the program for September in English HERE 

You can find the program for September in French HERE 

You can find the program for September in Russian HERE 

You can find the program for September in Arabic HERE 

You can find the program for September in Farsi HERE

 

The project Support for the Development of Integration Policy Framework and Service Provision for Refugees in Sofia is supported by UNHCR – Bulgaria.

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INFRASTRUCTURE IN SUPPORT OF SOCIAL INNOVATIONS, WAS THE TOPIC OF THE PRESENTATION OF DENITSA LOZANOVA DURING THE INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF THE THEMATIC NETWORK "ADMINISTRATION OF SOCIAL INNOVATIONS"

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The international meeting of the thematic network "Social Innovation Administration" , organised within the project “Social Innovation Plus - Centres of Competence" (SI PLUS ) was held online on 27 July. In the meeting, the project partners presented their ideas and their projects to create an infrastructure to support the creation and development of social innovation. 

During the meeting, Denitsa Lozanova, Development Director at Sofia Development Association and SI PLUS Project Manager for Bulgaria, shared with the representatives of organizations, social enterprises and institutions from different European countries about the Bulgarian experience in designing infrastructure for social innovation.

A summary of the presentation can be found HERE.

The project is funded by the European Commission, the European Social Fund and the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation.

 

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“THE BUREAU FOR INFORMATION AND SERVICES FOR THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS” IS NOW ON VIBER!

 

The "Bureau for Information and Services for Third Country Nationals" now has its own channel on the communication platform "Viber". The channel will share information on the various activities and services offered by the Bureau, as well as on upcoming and past events related to the integration of refugees and migrants.
Join the channel so you can quickly and easily receive any information related to the activities of the Bureau by scanning the QR code or simply following the link.

The link to join the channel on Viber:
https://invite.viber.com/?g2=AQAYP2ZbsHQbr1FT39hmriZ652oXh46Dm8SRwfGuFfGUAPvYkx1ILAXnoLs17zrC&lang=en

The project Support for the Development of Integration Policy Framework and Service Provision for Refugees in Sofia is supported by UNHCR – Bulgaria.

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