26 September 2019
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The event

Capital Cities is a platform for discussion of the development of local economies on the main regions of Bulgaria.

The purpose of the Meeting of the Business in the Plovdiv region is to introduce the projects, challenges, and accomplishments as well as to create an opportunity for beneficial discussion between the most dynamic companies.

What is Plovdiv Municipality planning to improve the business climate
How significant is the role of the Cohesion Policy of the EU in the region
What is the future of infrastructure in the region
What is the private sector's view on labor force opportunities and what more it needs 
Clean air, entertainment or what quality of life actually means
Are people returning to Plovdiv and what young people still miss there
When and where
September 26th, 2019
Hotel Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium

Registration for the event is free but requires mandatory registration


Prelimary program

9:30 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:15
Awards for successful SMEs in the area​

10:20 - 11:35
Panel 1: Infrastructure, investments and business in Plovdiv
Moderator: Georgi Stoev, Trakia Tech

- What is Plovdiv Municipality planning to improve the business climate in the region
- What is the role of the EU’s cohesion policy in the prograss of the city
- How will infrastructure and construction develop
- What are the main projects that we can expect
- What does the private sector think: how is the labour market developing and what doe it lack

Stefan Stoyanov, Deputy mayor in Education, business development, European policy and international cooperation, Plovdiv Municipality

Zdravko Dimitrov, Governor of Plovdiv region (TBC)

Plamen Panchev, Executive director, Trakia Economic Zone

Krassen Krustev, Chief Executive, Mecalit Bulgaria

Nadya Dankinova, Representative of Fund Sustainable Cities, Executive Director of Fund for Local Authorities and Governments (FLAG)

11:35 - 11:50
Coffee break

11:50 - 12:05
Keynote speaker: Representative of the European Investment Bank
Cohesion policy of the European Union

12:10 - 13:20
Panel 2: Urban environment, quality of life and the future of Plovdiv
Moderator: Todor Todorov, Editor, Capital

- Clean air, entertainment or what does good quality of life actually mean
- Are people migrating to Plovdiv and what do young ones still miss
- How is the cultural life in the city developing

Julian Milev, Vice-president in FInance and CFO of TELUS International Europe
Ivan Bondokov, Co-founder, Limacon
Svetlana Kumdjieva, Artistic Director, Plovdiv 2019 Foundation
Ivaylo Dernev, Editor-in-chief, Pod tepeto; Co-founder of Kotka i Mishka
Rossen Hristov, Senior Manager “Corporate Sales”, Vivacom

13:20 – 14:00
Business lunch


Vivacom PM EIB Hermes Techno m&bm Plovdiv Plaza


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