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1 The bilateral relations between Norway and Bulgaria – past, present and future The Royal Norwegian Embassy13th February 2012, Sofia University ”St. Kliment Ohridski”
2 A historical retrospect Intensive contacts in the Middle Ages. Vikings served in the Byzantine army. Got inspiration from local people.Harald Hardråde (1015–1066) took part in suppressing the uprising of Peter Delyan against the Byzantine rule.Legend has it that Harald took with him a Bulgarian princess to Norway. Oslo was named after her.
3 A historical retrospect Diplomatic relations were established as early as at a consulate level.Diplomatic relations were severed during and after WWII, resumed in 1956, raised to an embassy level in 1964.1970 – the Bulgarian Embassy in Oslo was opened.28th November 2001 – Ambassador Rolf Baltzersen presented his credentials. The Norwegian Embassy in Sofia was opened.2004 – Bulgaria joins NATO.2007 – Bulgaria joins the EU and the EEA.
4 Fridtjof Nansen and Bulgarian history Thanks to the Nansen committees and the Nansen passes thousands of displaced Bulgarians from Western Thracia came back to their homeland after the Greek-Turkish War ofRussian and Armenian refugees settled in Bulgaria after WWI.Important to maintain Nansen’s values.
5 Norwegian – Bulgarian relations today The European Economic Area (EEA) 27 countries;500 mill. citizensEEA/EFTA:3 countries;5 mill. citizens
6 EEA and Norway Grants to date EEA/EFTA countries’ contribution to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe€1.3 billion made available to 15 beneficiary states in Central and Southern Europe in1 250 projects, programmes and funds were awarded grantsImplemented in close co-operation between the beneficiary states and the donor statesMore than 1 in 5 supported projects are partnership projects with entities from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
7 EEA grants in Bulgaria 2007-2009 Common goal of reducing social and economic disparities in the enlarged European Economic Area.€ 21.5 million totally available42 projects have been selected for fundingPriority sectors :Protection of the environment –€ 4.1 mill.Human resource development-€ 3.1 mill.Health and childcare - € 4.6 mill.Conservation of cultural heritage - € 5 millNGO fund - € 2 mill.Scholarship fund - €
8 Norway grants in Bulgaria 2007-2009 Promotes economic growth and sustainable development in Bulgaria€ 20 million totally available22 partnership projects have been selected for fundingPriority sectors:Energy efficiency - € 6.4 mill.Schengen aquis - € 5.3 mill.Sustainable production - € 4.6 mill.Environment - € 1.2 mill.
9 Funding under the EEA and Norway Grants New financial period A new financial period of EEA and Norway Grants is agreed –Bulgaria will receive 126,6 mln. euro forA programme approach is introduced – 15 thematic programmes will be developedThe preparation and the implementation of each programme is assigned to a Programme OperatorA designated fund at national level will encourage the bilateral relations within priority areas
12 EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14 – next steps Preparation of programme proposals and sending them for approval by the EEA Grants secretariat in Brussels (FMO) – Feb. 2012Approval of the programme proposals – June 2012Launching of the new programmes – July/August 2012
15 National Library ”St.Cyril and Methodius” Digitalizing and preserving the written legacy of Bulgaria
16 Cooperation within NATO Sharing the same goalsPartners in AfghanistanEuro-Atlantic integration for all Western Balkan countries
17 Cultural cooperationTranslation of Norwegian literature into Bulgarian – Nesbø, Gaarder, Egeland. Norwegian classics like Ibsen, Hamsun, Bjørnson, Undset are well- known in Bulgaria.Concerts with contemporary Norwegian music – Garbarek, Molvær, Skouen. Grieg is very popular.Exhibitions of contemporary Norwegian art and design.
18 Trade relations between Norway and Bulgaria The trade relations between both countries date back to the early 19th century.The first trade agreement was signed in 1924.Agreement for cooperation in the field of tourism signed in 1981.Agreement for double taxation avoidance signed in 1989.
19 Trade relations nowadays Slightly increasingturnover between thecountries, hit by the crisisduring the last yearsHuge potential for futureactivitiesTotal amount of Norwegianinvestments in Bulgaria forthe period 1998 –111.5 mln EUR.Bilateral trade during the last 10 yearsSource: Bulgarian National Statistic Institute
20 Trade relations between Norway and Bulgaria Exports and imports Main commodity groups in the import from Norway in 2010Merchandise and clothes, usedFrozen fishAudio or analogous carriersPaper and cardboardsMachines and devices foroperation with stones, earth,ore and other mineral materialsFillet and other fish meat (fresh, chilled or frozen)Main commodity groups in the export to Norway in 2010Wrapping bags and sacksYarnsPlastic transport packagingSunflower seeds
21 The Norwegian residence – an example of contemporary Norwegian architecture
22 Contact informationRoyal Norwegian Embassy Sofia 26 – 30 Bacho Kiro Str. Phone: 02/