Partnership by Assistance, Services, Solutions to Promote Open Regions
Acronym: Bulgarian-Greek PASSPORT
First project meeting
On May 20th, 2011 in
the office of RMA “Maritza” in Haskovo the First Partners’ meeting of
the team on the project “Bulgarian-Greek
Partnership by Assistance, Services, Solutions to Promote Open Regions
Team”, Acronym: Bulgarian-Greek PASSPORT took
place. The project is financed under the European
Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece – Bulgaria 2007 – 2013”. The
project partners from Bulgaria and Greece discussed the current tasks,
the concrete terms and the action plan. The tender procedures in
accordance with the legislation in Bulgaria and Greece were also
discussed during the meeting.
The initial press conference on the project “Bulgarian-Greek Partnership
by Assistance, Services, Solutions to Promote Open Regions Team”
(Acronym: Bulgarian-Greek PASSPORT), financed under European Territorial
Cooperation Programme Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013 took place on May 20th,
Representatives of the 4 project partners attended the event.The
Coordinator on the project Anna Nenova-Peeva introduced the main
activities and objectives of the project. The media representatives from
the region were provided with information for the general and specific
project objectives, the target groups and the expected results.
The media from the region declared their good will to partner in the
project transparency which is very important for the project and the
project team in order to apply the publicity rules of the Programme.
to the media
for the initial
Representatives of the media in Haskovo region
Ladies and gentlemen,
The team of RMA "Maritza" is pleased to announce the starting the
project "Bulgarian - Greek PARTNERSHIP THROUGH SUPPORT, SERVICES AND
SOLUTIONS TO PROMOTE OPEN REGIONAL TEAM", financed under the European
Territorial Cooperation "Greece - BULGARIA 2007-2013" .
The project will be implemented in partnership with Bulgarian and Greek
The main objective of the project is to improve the economic and social
development of the region by supporting small and medium businesses on
both sides of the border, increase competitiveness by promoting
entrepreneurship, creating a network of cooperation and investment in
The project will be built on the Bulgarian-Greek business incubator will
open three information centers in each of the partner fields will create
a business portal database and specialized information.
Recognizing clearly the role of the media in supporting the
implementation of each project, we kindly invite you to attend the first
conference organized by us and sincerely hope to cooperate in the
promotion of planned initiatives.
May 20, 15 o'clock
office RMA "Maritza"
With respect and hope for partnership
Team RMA "Maritza"
BG-GR PASSPORT is in progress
The implementation of the project BG-GR Passport makes significant
progress. The works activities for the Business Incubator are being
implemented under the time schedule and very soon the SMEs from the CBC
region will have the opportunity to benefit from the BI’s services.
The project procurement plan approved by the Managing Authority of the
Programme is also implemented under the fixed terms and the first
contracts for implementation of some of the tender procedures are now
signed. Those procedures are: „Experts for project implementation”,
„Development of promotional materials”, „Development and installation of
web site”, „Publications in the media”. The tender procedure
“Translation” is being cancelled because the participants did not
presented the requested documents for contract signing and a new
procedure is opened. The tender procedures “Catering and rent for
events” and “Equipment” are in the process of elaboration.
BG-GR PASSPORT has been
New Year, new luck....... for all initiative and modern entrepreneurs in
The opening of the Business
Incubator in Klokotnitza village is coming very soon. This will be the
place where Bulgarian and Greek companies from the border region will
have the opportunity to develop and upgrade their potential and capacity
through the qualified assistance provided by our team.
We are very happy that our project
idea is being supported and financed under the European Territorial
Cooperation Programme “Greece – Bulgaria 2007 – 2013”. It is now
successfully implemented and soon we will announce the real results of
With pleasure we announce to all
entrepreneurs who are interested to promote their activity through us
that the Business Catalogue and the CBC Business portal planned on the
project are now in the process of elaboration and for sure they will be
two adequate tools for advertising of the companies in the country and
We think that through the project
implementation and through investing in human capital we will contribute
to improving the economic and social development of the CBC region and
to raising the competitiveness of the SMEs which is the main idea of
„BULGARIAN-GREEK Passport” project.
We wish a very successful and
fruitful New 2012 to all our partners and followers! We truly believe
that we will enjoy our common and beneficial cooperation in the
future... and then will be pleased to congratulate each other with
For the new year we promise to keep
on turning our ideas into reality with optimism and energy, which proves
to be beneficial for all of us being the citizens of Europe united.
The Team of the Business Incubator
December 16th, 2011
"Produced for us" - new opportunities for successful business
partnership in the CBC Bulgarian-Greek region
In September 2012 Haskovo hosted the Promotional event under the title
of "Produced for us" where representatives of Bulgarian and Greek
companies had the opportunity to present their activities, goods and
services. The initiative was held under the project “Bulgarian-Greek
Partnership by Assistance, Services, Solutions to Promote Open Regions
Team” (Bulgarian - Greek PASSPORT) on 6 - 9 September, 2012. Currently
the project is in its second year of implementation realized succesfully
by RMA "Maritza", Haskovo Municipality, and the two Greek organizations
- Regional Union of Municipalities of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace,
Industries’ Association of Eastern Macedonia.
Each of the companies participants had an exhibition place on a stand
where to present its activity.
Wine growers, representatives of pastry companies, milk and dairy
industry, electronics, textile companies from both sides of the border
presented the goods and services they provide, their investment
intentions and potential opportunities. The cross-border region in
neighboring Greece was presented by the companies from Orestiada,
Alexandroupolis and Kavala and from Bulgaria the companies were from
The entrepreneurs from both sides of the border determined the
promotional event in Haskovo as “an arena of new opportunities for
common business and perspective for new markets”. They are convinced in
the success of the newly established partnerships during the trade
initiative and in the positive impact of this initiative on their
business activity. According to the participants in the promotional
event such initiatives not only provide alternative opportunities for
development of new markets but also support the companies to establish
contacts and partnerships which are of importance for the effective
implementation of their projects.
During the event the services of the Business Incubator established in
Klokotnitza village on the project were also presented. The Business
Incubator was presented as a convenient and modern place for the SMEs
from the cross-border region where they could be provided with qualified
financial and juridical assistance, expert assistance, training
services, assistance in goods and services realization, finding new
markets and support in their activities development. Some of the
participants in “Produced for us” even declared their interest to be
actual beneficiaries of the Business Incubator.
With more than 15 years of experience RMA "Maritza" proved to be an
active organization and moderator of ideas and initiatives clearly
designed in a number of succesfully implemented projects financed by
different European funds and programmes. With the succesful
implementation of Bulgarian - Greek PASSPORT the project partners are
convinced in achieving the foreseen objectives, namely to support
entrepreneurship in the cross-border region, to support competitiveness
and positive impact on the economic development in the border areas.
Exhibition reportage from September 7,
2012 Television "Recording" broadcast from 10.09.2012
Exhibition reportage from September 8, 2012
Television "Aida-Haskovo" broadcast from 10.09.2012
KAVALAEXPO 2012 - new
business partnerships and opportunities for the companies from Haskovo
In the period 21-26 September 2012 in Kavala, Greece the traditional
exhibition KAVALAEXPO took place which every year gathers hundreds of
representatives of the business form the cross-border region and thus
provides the opportunity for them to present goods and services to the
During the first three days of the exhibition (21-23 September 2012) the
CBC region of Haskovo was presented by a wide range of companies which
had the opportunity to advertise their business activities and the
provided goods and services through advertising brochures, materials and
Proven names on the market as "Termokomfort"
Ltd.; “Simpex Trade” Ltd.; „Alfa-Term Engineering” Ltd., "Europe" Ltd.
Flair; “Alfaterm” Ltd. "Nikadon" Ltd.; Elprom
Harmanli JSCo; "Delena DD"
Ltd., "Jenny sport" Ltd., “Aliana”
Ltd. and “Roxy Dream” Ltd; “Ukrabul-MC"
Ltd."; “Bratan” Ltd.; “Kavell
Invest" Ltd. (Fidela, Hrusini), “Burdenis - 93" Ltd.; PIM Ltd., "Himmmash" JSCo.;
“Mlechna promishlenost” EOOD Haskovo;
“Metal Group Elit” 2006 Ltd.; Diamond –
PK “Elmaz-tex”; Winery "Malkata
zvezda" Harmanli, Erato
Holding and Haskovo Chamber of Commerce received free space in
the exhibition area in Conference center 'Apostolos Mardiris' in Kavala,
which has covered five thousand square meters, fully equipped conference
center, cabins, translation, multi-purpose rooms and a place for press
RMA “Maritza” also presented its activity with more attention to the
opened Business Incubator in Klokotnitza village where the SMEs from the
border region Bulgaria – Greece have the opportunity to receive
qualified assistance, free premises to use for their business and
equipment. The team of the project enjoys the admiration for the
implementation the project and the interested companies in the Incubator
increases every day.
The participants in the exhibition shared their impression that the
provided business opportunities and the established contacts and
relations during the event will contribute to building beneficial
partnerships and future success. The participation from Bulgaria in the
exhibition is realized and is an initiative under the project
“Bulgarian-Greek Partnership by Assistance, Services, Solutions to
Promote Open Regions Team” (Bulgarian-Greek PASSPORT),
financed under European Territorial Cooperation Programme
Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013, and implemented successfully by RMA Maritza,
Haskovo Municipality and two Greek partners for a second year by now.
Information materials from the event in the media:
Publication in www.haskovo.me
Publication in www.haskovo.net
Publication in www.haskovo.info
Bulgarian and Greek companies discussed common problems and challenges
on a bilateral forum in the newly opened Business Incubator in
“Development of Cross-border Cooperation – a prerequisite for
sustainable development of the border region” was the topic of the CBC
conference which took place in September 28-29 2012 in the conference
hall of the Business Incubator in Klokotnitza village. The two days
event was attended by managers and leadership of companies and also by
representatives of business organizations from the border region Haskovo,
Bulgaria – Evros and Kavala, Greece. The conference is an initiative in
the framework of the project “Bulgarian-Greek Partnership by
Assistance, Services, Solutions to Promote Open Regions Team” (Acronym:
Bulgarian-Greek PASSPORT), financed under European Territorial
Cooperation Programme Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013, and implemented
successfully by RMA Maritza, Haskovo Municipality and two Greek partners
for a second year by now.
Lecturers from the two countries presented the latest news and
amendments in business legislation, competitive relations and standards.
The role and the importance of organizations such as Business Incubators
were also discussed in relation to successful development and support of
The conference was opened by Rayna Yovcheva, Executive Director of RMA
“Maritza”. She welcomed the participants and paid more attention to the
advantages of the SMEs operating in the border region as being the
beneficiaries of the free juridical, training and consultancy services
which the Business Incubator provides. The Deputy Mayor of Haskovo
municipality, Minko Angelov also presented his welcome speech. He
pointed out the good partnership between the Bulgarian and Greek
organizations in implementing the project which is one of the most
important things for successful project management.
The topical issues and challenges in front of the SMEs were presented by
proven experts from Bulgaria and Greece. The lecturers from Bulgaria
were: Mariya Markova and Yuliya Stefanova – experts in CBC and EU
projects; Ruska Boyadzhieva – Director Direction „European integration“
of Burgas Municipality; Dimitar Pelov - lawyer in Sofia college of
barristers with rich experience with commerce and bank organizations.
The lecturers form Greece were: Karatheodorou Georgios, lawyer;
Metaxoudis Eleftherios and Harovas Vasileios – business consultants with
rich experience with SMEs and business associations; Michalis Kapetis
and Gregory Theodoridis - experts in European Territorial Cooperation
The partners on
Bulgarian-Greek PASSPORT project seek for opportunities to multiply the
On 9th of October 2012 Regional Association of Municipalities of East
Macedonia and Thrace, Greece - project partner under BG - GR PASSPORT
hosted a joint project meeting, attended by representatives of all the
organizations involved in the project "Bulgarian-Greek partnership
through support services and solutions to promote open regional team"
(acronym: Bulgarian-Greek PASSPORT), funded by the European Territorial
satrudnichedstvo Bulgaria - Greece 2007-2013.
Despite the implemented analyzes of the current problems, the
representatives of the partner organizations from both sidesof the
border set out the plan for the timely and proper execution of the
remaining project activities. They commented with satisfaction the
successful operation of the Business incubator in Klokotnitza village
and the three Info Points, which have enjoyed strong interest from
developers in the border region.
All the participants agreed with the idea that projects of this kind
should be further developed and the results obtained to multiply. They
therefore declared their good will to join forces and jointly seek ways
and opportunities for new projects to continue the achieved results.
Greek business asks how
to start a company in Bulgaria
How to establish a company in Bulgaria, how much its operation costs and
is there any obstacle for Greek citizens to register their companies in
Bulgaria. These were the main points the representatives of the business
from the prefectures of Evros and Kavala were interested in during the
Bulgarian-Greek forum which took place in Alexandroupolous from 20th to
22nd of February 2013. The meeting was organized under the project
The three-day initiative is a part of the RMA "Maritza"project for the
establishment of Business Incubator in Klokotnitza village and for
support of the small and medium sized businesses on both sides of the
Rayna Yovcheva presented the activity of ther Business Incubator. She
said that with the completion of the Business Incubator project it will
not be closed. "The team of the Bulgarian-Greek Passport continues to
explore mechanisms to support the business. We strive to both improve
services and develop new ones, "added the director of the association"
Topical issues on the agenda of the forum were also the agricultural
policy and funding opportunities for SMEs in Bulgaria and Greece in the
new programming period 2014-2020. Interesting for the participants were
the discussions related to business funding programmes.
Over 70 business representatives and local authorities in the border
region Haskovo, Evros, Kavala were presented with the possibilities of
cooperation in trade and production. Very interesting was the topic of
the real estate market in Greece and Bulgaria.
Among the guests fot he forum were the Mayor of Harmanli Mihail Liskov
and the Deputy mayor of Haskovo Nedyalka Staneva.
Parallel with the Final Forum for Entrepreneurs in the hall of the hotel
"Thraki Palace" the team on the project "Bulgarian-Greek Passport"
organized and implemented an Exhibition of companies from cross-border
region Haskovo, Evros, Kavala. The following companies and organizations
from Bulgaria presented their activities with stands on the exhibition:
„Euro Fert“ SA, „Neochim“ PLC, „Delena DD“ EOOD, „Moto Stil“ EOOD, „Nikadon“
Ltd., Winery „Castra Rubra“, Haskovo Municipality and Harmanli
Municipality, etc. The Business Incubator in Klokotnitza village and the
services it provides were presented on the stand of RMA "Maritza". The
team of Maritza Association also presented www.partnersin.eu -
joint Bulgarian-Greek business portal established in business support
for the companies and organizations on both sides of the border.
This project is implemented by EU
This project is performed by RMA "Maritza"
document was created within the
partnership through support
services and solutions to
promote open regional
team" (Bulgarian-Greek Partnership by Assistance,
Services, Solutions to Promote Open Regions Team / Bulgarian-Greek
program of the
European Territorial cooperation Programme
contract, grant ¹
co-financed by the European
Union through the European
regional Development Fund and national funds
of Greece and Bulgaria.
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lies with the RMA "Maritza"
and under no circumstances
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