Eurada News nº402 - July 2020

Three new members reinforce EURADA's network

Learn about the Municipality of Plovidiv, Choose Paris Region and Malta Enterprise

We are proud to announce that we recently welcomed three new organisations as members of the Eurada network.

MUNICIPALITY OF PLOVDIV (BG)

Sitting at the crossroads of Europe and Asia Minor, Plovdiv not only lays claim to the title of Oldest Living City in Europe, it is currently also the largest industrial centre of Bulgaria. There are approximately 75 000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, which constitute 1/3 of all employed in Plovdiv district. Plovdiv is also the region with most people working in manufacturing companies in Bulgaria. A vibrant medium-technology cluster has emerged in the industrial zones around Plovdiv, employing over 39 000 people or more than half of the local industrial workers. That includes many auto suppliers, as well as other producers of machinery, metal, electrical and plastics products. The labor force is specialized but nevertheless readily adaptable to the demands of the automotive producers and suppliers.

With a population of over 535 000 people, the city has a well-balanced mix of manufacturing and services. Due to its strategic location and excellent connectivity, the larger Plovdiv area has established itself as a leading transport and logistics centre.

The local IT sector is another sector that has experienced steady growth. Business process outsourcing is another rapidly growing service sector that takes advantage of having a young and well-educated workforce. This is helped by the well developed educational system in Plovdid, preparing many students in technical and industry-oriented disciplines. Plovdiv is positioned as a leading university city of national importance, second only to the capital Sofia. There are 9 universities and colleges in Plovdiv with 41 549 students, 80 vocational training centers and 29 vocational high schools.

Furthermore, Plovidiv boasts a multitude of ancient historical sites, making it a popular tourist destination for both national and foreign visitors. This ancient city has an amazing historical and cultural heritage and an incredible Old Town, a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Find out more about Plovdiv on their website or contact Deputy Mayor in charge of Education and Business Development, Mr Stefan STOYANOV.

CHOOSE PARIS REGION (FR)

Choose Paris Region is a catalyst for business and innovation which supports international companies willing to expand in the Paris Region. As a non-profit governmental agency, Choose Paris Region works with local public entities to provide free tailor-made services.

Choose Paris Region brings its deep market and industry expertise together with an extensive network to support international companies in building tech partnerships, designing their go to market strategy, and providing guidance to implement their local presence.

Every year, with its team of 80 dedicated professionals across Europe, the US, and China, Choose Paris Region supports 1,000+ international companies looking to grow their business in the Paris Region, one of the world’s leading tech and business hubs.

For more information, visit their website or get in touch with the Head of International and Institutional Partnerships, Ms Céline DAILLY.

MALTA ENTERPRISE (MT)

Malta Enterprise (ME), the Maltese national Economic Development Agency is a Government Agency established by law, and falls under the remit of the Maltese Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses.

The agency was setup in 2004 and is responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in the Maltese Islands by offering investors tailored services as well as coordinating initiatives to promote the country’s economic growth attractiveness. It is also responsible for the growth and development of Maltese enterprises. Malta Enterprise helps businesses to set up, expand, innovate and access global markets. One of ME’s key interests and expertise is fostering and developing new industry niches, which includes high value added manufacturing, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, maritime, logistics and ICT. ME is involved in national policy development, particularly related to start-ups, industry, economy, RD&I and entrepreneurship, and is the Government’s main advisor in these areas. Among other, ME operates the Kordin Business Incubator (KBIC) and the Malta Life Sciences Park.

More information about Malta Enterprise can be found on their website. For anyone wishing to cooperate with Malta Enterprise, please contact Mr Pedro ALVAREZ, Head of EU Projects.

Written by Tessa Anné, Manager at EURADA