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



Sofia Development Association is happy to announce that the video from the AGORA city walk is already published.

As part of its work on Thematic cluster 3 of AGORA project: “Evaluation and analysis of unused public spaces, open and closed, as centers for social, educational and / or cultural services”, SDA presents the "Toplocentralat" as a pilot project for urban development.

All stakeholders who took part in the walk got acquainted with the plan for reconstruction of the building of the former heating plant of the National Palace of Culture and its transformation into a center for art and culture “Toplocentralata”. The aim of the “Toplocentralata” project, which is being implemented thanks to the Sofia Municipality, is to create a place for independent artists to perform in Bulgaria and to prove that abandoned industrial spaces in the urban environment have the potential for new life.

If you would like to learn more about the “Toplocentralata” and AGORA projects, you can watch the video HERE.

The AGORA project is implemented under the INTERREG Danube program and is co-financed by the European Union funds (ERDF, IPA II).


Let’s Transform Today for a Better Tomorrow!

Let’s Transform Today for a Better Tomorrow!

This was the key message in the presentations and discussions during the final international conference of the TRANSFORM project, organized online on 16 December 2020 by Sofia Development Association and the project partners. Guests and participants in the event discussed opportunities how to use new technologies for energy retrofits and the renovation of homes and buildings. In the focus were also the results of the pilot phase in Sofia, which included a digital transformation of 10 homes in the city. The model proposed by the TRANSFORM project relies on the Internet of Things, digital simulations and smart energy services, and promises significant cost reductions and savings for households and homeowners.

For more information about the project and how to join in, please follow the website of SDA and the project website,

Watch here the TRANSFORM video.

The TRANSFORM project is funded by EIT Climate-KIC.




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Multi-stakeholder dialogue on air pollution interdependencies Workshop report

Air pollution in Sofia has long been a problem and despite recent positive developments, the city is still struggling to overcome this complex challenge. Air quality measures are interrelated and finding out how they affect each other will help optimize them faster.

In this regard, on November 12, 2020, the INNOAIR team launched its multi-stakeholder dialogue on air pollution interdependencies. 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. 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.

You may find more information about the air pollution interdependencies in Sofia, as well as conclusions and recommendations, in the full report from the online dialogue HERE.

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

Final Project Conference New Technologies in Support of Innovations in Energy Efficiency and Energy Retrofits of Buildings and Homes: the TRANSFORM Model

Sofia Development Association and the TRANSFORM consortium organize an online conference New Technologies in Support of Innovations in Energy Efficiency and Energy Retrofits of Buildings and Homes: The TRANSFORM Model on 16 December 2020, 2:00 – 5.00 pm (EET).

Join us for an afternoon of insightful presentations and discussion of the new model for digital and real home transformation, developed by the TRANSFORM project. The conference will gather representatives of local authorities from Sofia and around the country, housing policy experts, investors, civil society organizations. Conference participants will discuss the results of the pilot project phase in Sofia, the future of energy efficiency retrofits, and new opportunities to replicate the TRANSFORM model in Bulgaria.


The TRANSFORM project is funded by EIT Climate-KIC.

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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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