Past and upcoming events


27th September 2021 14:00 – 17:00 CET / 15:00 – 18:00 EET

The roundtable will discuss the balance between climate action, industrial modernisation and just transition in Bulgaria. The challenge is how to use the large EU financial support for propelling advanced economic development rather than just using EU funds only for limited mitigation of the impact of the transition. The roundtable will bring together leading figures from the European Commission, Government, trade unions and business. The roundtable will prepare key conclusions that should assist the policymaking process and the preparation of the territorial plans for the most affected regions.


International meeting


On July 28, 2021 at Trakia University, Stara Zagora, an international meeting was held between representatives of the Faculty of Economics and Agriculture, members of the Board of ISTD, Mrs. Natalie Samovich and Mr. Mark Rechter, representatives of Resilient Group.
The meeting discussed the Green Recovery Plans set out in the EU's Green Deal. The main emphasis was on increasing the efficiency of available energy resources in a combination of incentives, innovations and investments assisting the growth of solar and wind industries.

Webinar on "Hydrogen and Hydrogen Technologies - Present and Perspectives"


The topic of perspectives and challenges related to hydrogen and hydrogen technologies was presented by Prof. Daria Vladikova, IEES-BAS and Mr. Rumen Radev, Member of the Board of ISTD and Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria - AIKB.

Webinar on "Bulgaria's electricity connectivity - national, regional and European perspectives"


Our guest speakers and the main topics we focused on are as follows:
• Angelin Tsachev, Executive Director Electricity System Operator EAD - "Status and prospects for the physical electricity connectivity of Bulgaria"
• Konstantin Konstantinov, Executive Director Bulgarian Independent Energy Exchange EAD - "Status and prospects for the electricity market connectivity of Bulgaria"
• Ivan Ivanov, Chairman of EWRC / Plamen Mladenovski, EWRC - "Regulatory challenges and opportunities for the European electricity connectivity of Bulgaria"

Webinar on "Territorial plans for a fair transition for regions with an active coal sector"


ISTD initiated a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for countries such as Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and others, in connection with the territorial plans for a fair transition for regions with an active coal sector. The main topics on which the focus of the discussions and debates came can be reduced to:
• The economic opportunities of the regions in the context of the European Green Deal.
• The role of trade unions and employers in the process of fair transition.
• The key challenges and opportunities in the different regions with an active coal sector.
• Potential strategies in developing territorial plans for a fair transition.

International Meeting "Economic Diversification and Transition to Sustainable Development in Mining Areas"


The virtual event brought together governmental representatives from Germany and Bulgaria, the local administration, business, academia and trade unions to discuss a possible approach to Stara Zagora and the region based on the experience of the German region of Leipzig in the energy transition.
The meeting discussed the long-term perspectives and specific projects / business models for diversification of energy sources, as well as the possible social and environmental effects in connection with the implementation of the Green Deal activities in the region and in particular, the preparation of a Program for energy development of the largest state-owned coal mining company "Mini Maritsa-East" EA, the future of the region and its participation in the Green Deal.
The main focus was on discussing the possibilities for a sustainable growth trajectory and the support of the transition to a low-carbon economy in our country through the development of plans and the introduction of technologies while maintaining employment in the long run.

Workshop with the Management Board of ISTD and representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bulgaria


The aim of the workshop was to acquaint the Management Board of ISTD with the work of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bulgaria on the project for technical assistance for the preparation of territorial plans for a fair transition in Bulgaria, as well as opportunities for interaction and cooperation.

Workshop with the Management Board of ISTD and representatives of the companies from Maritza Iztok Complex


The first of a series of working meetings between ISTD and representatives of the companies from Maritza Iztok Complex, during which the goals, activities and key directions of ISTD were presented, as well as the opportunities for cooperation in the conditions of fair / green transition. Reports were presented by researchers from Trakia University on "Circular economy in action - biotechnological solutions for carbon dioxide absorption" and by the University of Mining and Geology "St. Iv. Rilski” on the topic “Possibilities for underground storage of carbon dioxide”.

"Establishing a dialogue on the energy transition between the British region of Humber and Stara Zagora"


The online event was part of the British Embassy's campaign to promote the energy transition and exchange of best practices ahead of the UN Climate Conference COP26 later this year. The purpose of this event was 1) to share lessons from the phased closure of coal-fired power plants in the UK, 2) to establish a link between stakeholders from the Humber region and the municipality of Stara Zagora and 3) to identify initiatives that could help maintain growth, the creation of alternative employment and attracting investment in the municipality of Stara Zagora. The event sought to bring together government, municipal, business, academia and trade unions to learn from the UK's transition to clean energy and discuss what Stara Zagora's approach might be. The aim is to support Bulgaria in its attempts to turn the ambition for an energy transition a reality.