June 04, 2018 @ Sofia, Bulgaria

Event Schedule

14:00 - 14:45

Registration and accommodation at National Palace of Culture, Hall 3

14:45 - 15:00

Opening Session

Lilyana Pavlova – Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council 2018

Boriana Manolova – CEO of Siemens Bulgaria, Chairwoman of Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria

15:00 - 16:30

Panel 1: Digital transformation of Europe – prospects and challenges

Key-note: Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Moderator: Lidiya Shuleva – former Deputy-Prime minister of Bulgaria (2001-2005), member of the Management board of Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria

Participants:

Tomislav Donchev – Deputy Prime-minister of Bulgaria (tbc)

Anne Berner – Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland (tbc)

Urve Palo – Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia (tbc)

Gergana Passy – former Minister of European topics of Bulgaria (2007-2009)

Janina Kugel – member of the Management board of Siemens AG, Germany

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee break and networking

17:00 - 18:30

Panel 2: Digital skills of the future

Key-note: Margrethe Vestager – Commissioner for Competition (tbc),

Moderator: Tsvetanka Mincheva, member of the Management board of UniCredit Bulbank, member of the Management board of Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria

Participants:

Eva Maydell – Member of the European Parliament (GERB/EPP)

Biser Petkov – Minister of Labor and Social Policy of Bulgaria

Ann Mettler – Head of the European Political Strategy Center, European Commission (tbc)

Representative of business (tbc)

Representative of young digital leaders (tbc)

18:30 - 18:45

Closing Session

19:00 - 21:00

Cocktail reception at The View Restaurant, Vitosha blvd. 89B, Millennium center, floor 24

Sponsors

Expect info about our sponsors soon!

Venue & Accommodation

Visa requirements

Bulgaria and the European Union’s Common Visa Policy

Since 1 January 2007 the Republic of Bulgaria has been applying the European Union’s Common Visa Policy, subject to the terms of the Accession Treaty.

According to Article 4 of the Act concerning the conditions of accession of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania, the provisions of the Schengen acquis specified in Annex ІІ to that Act shall be binding on and applicable in the Republic of Bulgaria from the date of accession (1 January 2007), while the rest shall be applicable from the date of the Council’s decision on Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area.

Bulgaria and the Schengen Area

Joining the Schengen area is a key priority of our country. The Bulgarian government is highly committed to fulfilling one of the key national priorities – Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area. A well-functioning coordination between ministries and institutions has been established to this end on political and expert level.

The efforts in the preparation process have been focused on meeting the high Schengen standards and securing reliable external borders.

In order to meet the Schengen criteria Bulgaria undertook all necessary actions in view of harmonizing immediately the national to the European law, updating our international base of treaties, providing the relevant state-of-the-art technical equipment and infrastructure and enhancing the administrative capacity whereby our country uses the best practice of the EU member states.

Currently Bulgaria issues national visas only. Those visas do not give their holders the right to enter the Schengen area.

Visa-free regime for holders of Schengen visas for a stay of up to 90 days

On 25 January 2012 the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria adopted a decision according to which by the date of Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area, our country will unilaterally apply a visa-free system for holders of valid Schengen visas. They will have the right to enter and reside in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of the first entry, without needing to have a Bulgarian short-stay visa. The decision entered into force on 31.01.2012.

Council Regulation (EC) № 539/2001 of 15.03.2001

Since the date of its accession to the EU in 2007, Bulgaria has been applying Council Regulation (EC) № 539/2001 of 15.03.2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.

More information about the Visa Regime for foreigners with ordinary passports for a short stay (until 90 days) you can obtain HERE.

More information about the Visa Regime for foreigners with diplomatic and service passports you can obtain HERE.

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