Bulgarian Industrial Association - Union of the Bulgarian Business (BIA) is a non-governmental organization, established on April 25, 1980. In its 40-year history, BIA has established itself as one of the leading partners of the state in defining economic policy while maintaining its governmental and party non-alignment and guided solely by the principles of nationally responsible behavior, competence and correctness. By decision No. 669 of August 11, 2016, the Bulgarian Industrial Association was recognized as a representative organization of employers at national level.


Achieving a free, fair and compassionate society based on the cult towards labor, education and a human resource culture - the major driver and engine of progress.



BIA is a nationally responsible business union working for:

  1. Creating conditions for accelerated and sustainable growth;
  2. Transparent management;
  3. Stable legislation that protects principles, not goals;
  4. Balanced knowledge-based economy with high added value;
  5. Equal treatment of property;
  6. Competitive markets, incl. social services;
  7. Human resources development and flexible industrial relations;
  8. Preservation and development of the Bulgarian production,
  9. Expanding economic freedom and promoting entrepreneurship;
  10. Limiting the administrative pressure and the participation of the state in the economy;
  11. Fair and expedited justice;
  12. Limitation of regulatory uncertainty and frequent changes of the law;
  13. Creationing modern models for business networks;
  14. Protecting the interests of Bulgarian employers and entrepreneurs locally and internationally.

BIA is an unifier of legal and natural persons willing to work for the establishment of a fair, compassionate and free society, in accordance with the following PRINCIPLES:

  1. Effective use and conservation of available natural and human resources;
  2. Compliance with the law and rules of fair competition;
  3. Zero tolerance towards corruption, influence trade and the informal economy.



Main Goal:

BIA as a factor for a smart and sustainable industrial and social development

Strategic (long-term) goals:

  1. Accelerated approximation of Bulgaria to the European economic and social achievements;
  2. А sustainable and favorable business environment;
  3. Overcoming macroeconomic imbalances;
  4. Reformed social systems - education, health, social and health insurance, justice;
  5. Reformed and flexible labor market;
  6. Qualitative and skilled workforce;
  7. Decentralization and balanced regional development;
  8. More efficient use of land and geostrategic potential of the country;
  9. Increased energy efficiency, transition to a low carbon economy and adoption of new energy technologies;
  10. Effective integration into international industrial, technological, innovative and market chains;
  11. Limited privatization opportunities to public and private resources;
  12. Limited regulatory uncertainty and frequent changes to legislation;
  13. Reversal of negative demographic and migration processes.

Tactical (short-term) goals:

Economic recovery and turnaround in the investment environment and employment;

Controlled exit from the currency board and joining the Eurozone.

BIA actively participates in the system of social dialogue at national and international level, where it defends the interests of the Bulgarian business in changing the regulatory framework and administrative practices.


BIA participates in the work of the bodies for social partnership, incl. in:

18 national advisory councils, including the National Tripartite Cooperation Council, the National Employment Promotion Council, the National Labor Conditions Board, the National Economic Council, the National Science and Innovation Council, the SME Advisory Council, etc .;

The Economic and Social Council of the Republic of Bulgaria;

The supervisory and governing bodies of the National Social Security Institute, the National Health Insurance Fund, the Workers Guarantee Fund, the Working Conditions Fund, the so-called. Silver Fund, National Agency for Conciliation and Arbitration, National Agency for Vocational Education and Training, etc .;

Working groups and committees of ministries and other institutions.

The member organizations of BIA are parties to all existing sectoral collective agreements and agreements.


BIA is the only Bulgarian business organization, a member of BUSINESSEUROPE - a confederation-type European business organization through which it represents the interests of Bulgarian companies and employers at European level.

The Chamber actively participates in the work of the International Employers Organization (IOE), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the South East European Employers' Forum (SEEEF). BIA is one of the founders of the Union of Black Sea and Caspian Confederations of Entrepreneurs (UBCCE).

BIA has signed cooperation agreements with more than 70 national employers and business organizations from the most developed countries in Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

Important! According to Art. 25, para. 3 of the BIA Statute, political bodies are not allowed to participate in the governing bodies of the Chamber.


The supreme governing body of the BIA is the General Assembly (GA), which is composed of all members of the chamber. The General Meeting adopts the basic guidelines for the activity of BIA, amends and supplements the statutes, elects and dismisses the Management and Control Boards, and controls their activity. The last General Assembly was held on December 5, 2018.


According to the Bylaws of the BIA, the Governing Board (BSC) of the BIA consists of not less than 15 members, who are elected by the General Assembly for a term of 5 years. The MB adopts plans and programs for the activities of the BIA, organizes the implementation of the decisions of the GA and reports its activities to it. In 2018, the current Board of Directors was elected.

The Chairman of the Board is elected from among the members of the Board. He directs and represents the organization at home and abroad. The current Chairman of the Board of BIA Radosvet Radev was elected to this position on December 5, 2018.

The organization of the activities of the Board is entrusted to the Secretary General of BIA. As of 2018, Dobri Mitrev holds this post.


The Supervisory Board (SC) is composed of three people who are elected by the GA for a term of 5 years. The Constitutional Court controls the legality and expediency of the implementation of the decisions of the BIA governing bodies, as well as the proper protection of its property.

BIA has a well-developed matrix structure and unites, on the one hand - branch organizations covering the whole spectrum of the economy, and on the other - regional structures, corresponding to the administrative division of the country.

The structure of BIA includes more than 120 branch organizations, the majority of which are members of the respective European branch structures. They are active participants in the sectoral social dialogue and are a party to the existing collective agreements in Bulgaria.

On a territorial basis, BIA has established a network of regional and municipal organizations in all regional and in many municipal centers. More than 100 local business associations operate locally. The network is developing dynamically over time and the number of municipal and local organizations is constantly growing. The territorial structures of BIA are actively involved in the social dialogue at the regional level, as well as in the work of the Regional Development Councils.

BIA is steadily pursuing a policy of active collaboration with research and training organizations to support the industry, which is particularly important for technological renewal and innovation processes. BIA is the only national organization in which the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is a member, as well as the largest universities. This combines scientific potential with industrial focus.

Since its foundation BIA has maintained active contacts and partnerships with representatives of the cooperative movement in Bulgaria, which has more than 100 years of history.

In an effort to cover the full diversity of institutions and organizations supporting economic development and business, BIA has attracted as its members the Union of Economists in Bulgaria, the Federation of Scientific and Technical Unions, the Union of Automation and Informatics, and others.

Our collective members are:

The Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria,
The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
The Central Cooperative Union,
The Central Union of Labor Cooperatives,
The Council of Bulgarian Agrarian Organizations,
Confederation "Union of Bulgarian Industry",
universities and scientific and technical unions.


Bulgarian Industrial Association - Union of the Bulgarian Business
Address: Sofia 1000, 16-20 Alabin Str
UIC: 831 391 124
VAT ID: BG 831 391 124
Company rep: Radosvet Krumov Radev

Account in BGN IBAN-BG61STSA93000021609234
EUR account IBAN-BG92STSA93000021609258

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