Bulgarian businesses are expected to be significantly facilitated in the presentation of European projects
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Werner Hoyer officially opened an office of the bank in Sofia on 18 September, BTA reported. This is the first Bulgarian representation of the financial institution, which now has offices in 21 EU Member States and 22 countries outside the bloc. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov welcomed the opening of the EIB office in Bulgaria as it is expected to significantly facilitate Bulgarian businesses in presenting projects applying for European funding. In his view, the bank’s presence in the country will provide valuable support to the Bulgarian economy, including to private companies, by placing a direct point of contact with European financial vehicles, as well as consultancy services, at their disposal.
For $5m, Bill Richardson circulates the fabrication that Delyan Peevski is the owner of CorpBank, while the Bulgarian Madoff, Tsvetan Vassilev – only an employee
The now retired former governor Bill Richardson has found a ridiculous way to justify $5m in grants his affiliated NGO Atlantic Council received from Tsvetan Vassilev by using his media platform in the US to disseminate outright falsehoods in the banker’s support.
The mayors of 15 municipalities were presented with contracts under the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme. The projects involve the rehabilitation of roads, educational infrastructure and water supply and sewerage systems. The event held at the Council of Ministers’ headquarters was attended by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Rumen Porozhanov and the Executive Director of the State Fund Agriculture Zhivko Zhivkov.
Record trade volume between Bulgaria and Czech Republic
The trade volume between Bulgaria and the Czech Republic was nearly €1bn in 2016, it was revealed during a meeting between Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov and the Czech Republic’s Minister of Industry and Trade Jiri Havlicek, who was on an official visit to Sofia on 19 September. The two ministers opened a Bulgarian-Czech business forum organised by the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency and attended by over 60 representatives of companies from the two countries. 
The Czech Republic is invariably among the Top 20 trade partners of Bulgaria globally. In the past 10 years, exports to the Czech Republic have been rapidly growing – from €95m in 2007 to €402m in 2016. Bilateral trade has also been steadily expanding – from €543m in 2007 to a record €958m in 2016, and it has continued its upward trend in the first half of 2017.