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European Defence Industrial Programme (EDIDP) and European Defence Fund (EDF) and the Perspective for the Bulgarian Defence Industry

Place: International Fair Plovdiv, Congress Centre, “Bulgaria” Hall              

Data: 30 September 2020

Aim: Discussions on lessons learnt from the participation of the Bulgarian Defence Technological and Industrial Base and the government authorities in the EDIDP 2019

Development of well-structured and plain model and procedures for participation and support of EDIDP/EDF projects by the industry, research organizations and government authorities

Foster and facilitate the dialogue between the Bulgarian and European undertakings for partnership and participation in EDIDP (match-making).


14:30 – 15:00          Registration

15:00 – 15:30         Official opening and keynote speeches

·         Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov – Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security     and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria

·         Mr. Lachezar Borisov – Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria

·         Admiral Emil Eftimov – Chief of Defence

15:30 – 16:50        Experience and lessons learnt of the participation of the government authorities and the Bulgarian defence industry in the European Defence Industrial Programme 2019

·         Ministry of Economy perspectives – Ms Dilyana Karageorgieva - State Expert, International Controlled Trade and Security Directorate

·        Experience of the Industry – Mr. Toshko  Punchev, Bianor Services Ltd.

·         Experience of the Ministry of Defence – Mr. Rosen Ivanov, State Expert, Armaments Policy Directorate

·         Experience of the Bulgarian Defense Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov” with participation in European research programmes and projects (TBC)

16:50 – 17:05 Coffee break 

17:05 – 17:25  Importance of the Defense Industry from the Perspective of the Service member in Uniform

·   Colonel Shannon L. Johnson, SDO/DATT, U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

17:25 – 18:00          Discussions