On November 5th, 2020, the Bulgarian Industrial Association, in co-operation with the Regional Industrial Associaton – Stara Zagora, organized a work meeting: "Circular Economy and Environmental Management", dedicated to the practical application of the principles of the circular economy.
Experts from BIA and business representatives from the region - branch organizations and companies, will discuss the expectations, challenges and opportunities for business, as well as problems and risks, information necessities and new skills.
The event will include a discussion with the participants about what lies ahead, what needs to be done and what are the conditions to meet the ambitious goals and requirements set by the EU.
The program of the workshop includes a presentation of the project SMecoMP - Dissemination of knowledge about environmental innovation in order to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises, one of the projects that BIA will implement by February 2021. The project is funded by the INTERREG program "Balkans - Mediterranean Sea 2014 - 2020", with national co-financing. The activity unites partners from universities and business organizations from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Cyprus. Iliana Pavlova, Dirctor of the “Industry and Environment” Department, will also hold a presentation on “Circular Economy”.
In an interview with Radio Stara Zagora, Iliana Pavlova, who is the project coordinator on the Bulgarian side, commented that the end result of the project is the creation of a platform with a database, including useful information, ideas for innovative approaches and solutions for waste recovery, which will be available free of charge to all interested parties. She added that one of the main goals of the training within the work meeting in Stara Zagora is to promote the concept of circular economy among representatives of business, municipalities and educational units. An important part of this process is the creation of conditions for better utilization of household waste, according to EU directives. They are not significant as quantitiess, but they are significant as resources.