On a visit to Sofia is a British business delegation Mega Mission 2015 with the participation of more than 50 leading companies intending to invest in Bulgaria in the sectors of nuclear energy, oil and gas industry, the environment, water and public transport. The delegation is organized by the British government department of trade and investment and is part of the campaign Great Britain, which the government uses to present the UK as a place of business, education and entertainment.
The delegation is headed by Brian Wilson, Business Ambassador of the British Prime Minister, former Minister of Energy, a member of the Advisory Council of the Government, the director of the football club “Celtic”. According to Wilson, Bulgaria is selected to participate in the Great Mega Mission 2015 because of the attractive investment opportunities that it offers. In the nuclear power sector there is tendering for decommissioning 1-4 NPP “Kozloduy”, worth 500 million euros, there is also expected to tender for the extension of the life of the 5 and 6 nuclear power units at 346-416 million euros.
Bulgaria intends to modernize its gas pipeline system, investing 554 million euros. As for the transport infrastructure, 700 million euros from the European funds provided for Bulgaria for the period 2014-2020 are intended for the development of important rail projects. There are also opportunities for construction and reconstruction of roads, for example, part of the highway “Struma”, which cost 325 million euros. € 2 billion will be invested until 2020 in various environmental projects.
At the opening plenary session of the Great Mega Mission 201 “Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has characterized the economic relations of Bulgaria and the United Kingdom:” The United Kingdom is an exceptionally important trade and economic partner of Bulgaria. The trade is increasing every year by 10%. By the size of investment with over 2 billion 100 million euros the UK is the fifth largest investor, and we appreciate every embedding of the United Kingdom to Bulgaria. ”
Generalizing plans for the new Bulgarian government, the president stressed the reform project “Bulgaria 2020″ and then explained why our country is a strategic market for investors: “The new Bulgarian government has set for itself serious goals, intends to carry out reforms – says Rosen Plevneliev. – The country has a national program of development and prepares structural reforms in sectors. Thus Bulgaria has a strategic location, being an attractive investment destination with a very promising market. ”
Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister for European funds and economic policy, assured investors that the main priority of the government is the stability. He also added that in Bulgaria are developing a variety of activities for small and medium-sized enterprises, which expect the British investors. “Here we have an entire system of small and medium-sized enterprises, which could become your partner. Seven operational programs of the last program period still work and the money is converted into investments. And, despite the slight slowdown in Bulgaria, four operational programs have already been approved for the period 2014-2020. Here, too, opens many opportunities. ”
Tomislav Donchev also stressed that the Bulgarian market is a good opportunity for all companies active in the gas market.