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 Dear members of the Industrial Forum,

 A meeting of the Industrial Forum on "European defence industrial cooperation - new opportunities for the European Defence Industry" will be held at 15.00 hrs. on 30 May 2018 in the Congress Center of the International Fair Plovdiv organized in within the thirteenth edition of the international exhibition "Hemus 2018 - Defence, Counter-terrorism and Security".

The main objectives of the meeting are to familiarize the members of the forum with the development of the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) Regulation, to raise the awareness of the representatives of the Bulgarian defence industry about the opportunities for participation in the program and to encourage the dialogue between Bulgarian and European companies aimed at a successful joint partnership for participation in EDIDP.

The meeting is organized with the partnership of the Association of the Aerospace and Defence Industries in Europe (ASD) and is expected to be opened by Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security and Minister of Defence Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov. The Ministers of the Economy and Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as all present and future members of the Industrial Forum are invited to participate in the meeting of the Industrial Forum.

We look forward to our meeting in Plovdiv!

Concept for the meeting of the Industrial Forum


Venue: International Fair Plovdiv: Congress Centre, Bulgaria Hall                  

Date: 30 May 2018

Objective: Progress update on establishing work program for the implementation of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and opportunities for participation of the national and other EU Defence Industry.

Facilitate and foster the dialogue between Bulgarian and other European companies with prospects for successful collaborative partnerships for participation in the EDIDP (match-making)


1500 – 1505               Opening remarks

1505 – 1520               Addresses of Bulgarian Officials

1520 – 1535               Work program for the implementation of EDIDP

1535 – 1550               AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)

                                   at a glance

1550 – 1630               Technology Domains of Defence - ASD Defence Research


1630 – 1645               Q&A

1645 – 1650               Signing Ceremony

1650 – 1730               Informal Business to Business meetings