Sofia 20.11.2013 – The Hellenic Business Council in Bulgaria ( HBCB) rewarded talented Greek students in the essay competition entitled “Bulgaria - Greece: A century of diplomatic relations ." The focus of the essay was placed on the development of relations between the two countries after the period of the Balkan Wars till nowadays . The invitation was extended to all students in the Republic of Greece.
The award ceremony was held on 13 November 2013 at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. In the one-day conference was held the official ceremony of presenting the awards announced by the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki , and the General Consulate of Bulgaria in Thessaloniki, on occasion of the 15th anniversary of the department. Minister of the Ministry for Macedonia and Thrace, representatives of the City of Thessaloniki, Rector and the Management of the University of Thessaloniki, the General Consul of Bulgaria in Thessaloniki as well as HBCB Board, representatives of business chambers of Thessaloniki were present at the ceremony.
Prize fund of the essay contest in the amount of € 1,500 was provided by the Hellenic Business Council in Bulgaria. The General Consul of Bulgaria in Thessaloniki personally donated an encouragement award.
In his address to the winning students and participants in the conference, Mr. Stamatis Theodoropoulos, Chairman of the Hellenic Business Council in Bulgaria, said that the positive business environment in Bulgaria, along with the availability of well-trained professionals, friendly and good-neighborly relations between Greece and Bulgaria and constantly progressive society are serious basis for rendering Greek investments leading for Bulgaria.
Mr. Minko Gerzhdikov, CEO of the Hellenic Business Council in Bulgaria, emphasized the active role of the Council in support of the actively growing in the last 25 years Bulgarian-Greek economic relations. Furthermore, the organization's efforts are directed towards the development of bilateral political and cultural relations, including supporting initiatives in education, he added.
HBCB would like to thank its patron companies Alpha Bank, UBB, Globul and Germanos for their invaluable support.