The European Day of the Entrepreneur /EDE/, traditionally organized by Sofia Municipality and Sofia University "St.Kliment Ohridski" will be carried out for the forth time on 7-8 of November 2006 at the Inter Expo Center, Sofia. All the relevant Ministries and more than 20 important public, non-governmental and private structures are co-organizers of this significant forum. A lot of foreign institutions announce their interest towards the different events going to be held during the EDE. This year the European day of the Entrepreneur will be held under the motto “EUROPEAN FUNDS AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMET” related to the Bulgaria’s forthcoming membership in EU. During the EDE 2006 will be discussed challenges in front of the business and local authorities for planning and implementing projects under the EC Structural Funds.
THE EUROPEAN IDEA
The EDE idea is an initiative with earnest traditions of the United Europe. This event is organised in the frame of the PAXIS Network (The Pilot Action of Excellence on Innovative Start-ups) aimed at dissemination of best models for establishing new technology based companies. The concept of this forum is introduced by EUROCITIES (Network of the European Towns) and the European Commission.
EUROPEAN DAY OF THE ENTREPRENEUR, PAST EDITIONS
The first EDE event (October 2003) was held under the motto “Innovation and Development”. More than 300 participants had the opportunity to get acknowledged with successful practices of European networks in support to the innovative entrepreneurship. Foreign partners from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Spain, Serbia and Macedonia, as well as representatives from the European Commission exchanged their experience and actively participated in the different discussion sessions. The event was highly evaluated by foreign and Bulgarian guests.
In 2004 the EDE had the slogan EU Market: “Opportunities and Challenges”. In two plenary, 16 panel sessions and 3 concomitant events again key stakeholders from Bulgaria and Europe discussed successful models and effective solutions in the implementation of the innovative development of the country and outlined the paths for harmonization of the entrepreneurial activities to the European standards.
In 2005 the forum was held under the motto INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT AT LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEVEL and was oriented directly towards the local and regional authorities in Bulgaria.