Meeting of the Industrial Forum will be held in International Fair Plovdiv, Congress Centre, “Bulgaria” Hall on 30 Septemebr 2020.
Topic: "European Defence Industrial Programme (EDIDP) and European Defence Fund (EDF) and the Perspective for the Bulgarian Defence Industry"
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