Chamber of Commerce - Blagoevgrad - Partnership for European programs and projects.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Blagoevgrad, BULGARIA

Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Blagoevgrad is founded 1992 as an independent NGO - representative of employers. Chamber´s main objective is to defend the economic interests of its members, to submit information and to consult the companies in the southwestern Bulgaria, to promote their efforts for financial stability and competitiveness.

The Chamber has 170 members with right to vote and more than 1300 associated members. It´s managed by 5-members Board of Directors. The Board is elected by a General Assembly of the Members.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a part of the unified system of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with 27 other regional chambers and it´s incorporated to the world network of the Trade Chambers.

Due to its membership to International Organizations the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry issues and validates documents for foreign trade´s activity of the companies. For these reasons the Bulgarian Chamber established a Voluntary Unified Trade Register. The aim of the new system is to maintain a modern unified, voluntary, electronic register at the BCCI to meet the increased needs of the business for fast, reliable and simplified registration procedure, at a price covering the costs of its maintenance and with main function to serve and facilitate the economic activity of the entrepreneurs through issuance and legalization of documents in Bulgarian and foreign languages.

The Public Part of the information system is designed to give the customers of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) access to the data of the registered companies kept in the system. The data of the registered companies accessible through the public part are in compliance with the provisions of the legislation (Commercial Code, Law on the Non-Profit Corporate Bodies , Cooperatives Act, Law on Protection of Personal Data etc). The system provides a possibility for searching and finding data about the registered persons by certain criteria and combinations.

Part of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Blagoevgrad are Municipal business representatives in the Municipalities of Blagoevgrad, Simitli, Razlog, Bansko, Kresna, Strumyani, Garmen, Yakoruda, Belitza and Hadzhidimiovo.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Blagoevgrad is a host structure of Europe Direct - Blagoevgrad - , part of Europe Direct Network of EU. EUROPE DIRECT Information Relays act as an interface between EU and its citizens at local level. The mission of the network is to distribute information and advice about the European Union's policies, actively promote local and regional debate about the European Union, allow the European institutions to disseminate local and regional information and give the public the opportunity to send feedback to the European Union institutions.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry implements successfully projects under ETCP Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013 and Cross Border Cooperation Programme financed by the new "European Territorial Cooperation" objective through the IPA Fund and co-financed by Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:

  • Project SCULTBORD under The Grundtvig Programme for Lifelong Learning of the European Commission.

In the past the Chamber has many other successfully fulfilled projects under the pre-accession funds.
The Chamber is Member of Eurochambrez, ARGE – 28, AEBR, Euroregion Strymon – Strouma and all the trilateral commissions on Regional level.
The team: 7 People on Labour contracts, about 20 on Civil contracts for some specific Activities, about 10 volunteers.

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