AmCham Bulgaria members had today a webinar with Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for innovation, research, education, culture and youth. Obeying the rules of physical distancing and using the available technologies members had a great discussion. The event was part of the series of webinars with key politicians with whom the Chamber discussed the joint ways of the crisis exit. It was moderated by Petar T. Ivanov, CEO of AmCham Bulgaria. For an hour Commissioner Gabriel answered questions of the members that were related with the measures of the European Commission undertaken to support member states in the areas of innovation, education, and research.
“The European Commission deployed decisive measures to support member states to make it possible the successful COVID-19 crisis combat and its consequences. Also, the process of the discussing the priorities that should be included in the Multy-Year Finance Framework of the EU go in parallel,” shared Commissioner Gabriel.
“Today’s meeting with Commissioner Gabriel is a logical continuation of the long-term dialogue that AmCham enjoys with her. We are glad to have such an opportunity to discuss various topics of the development of the European Union as well as the effective and result-oriented membership of Bulgaria. Our joint efforts are focused to increase the competitiveness of the EU in the context of the global industry, as well as in the preparation of well-educated people with skills for the XXIst centrury,” pointed out Olivier Marquette, President of AmCham Bulgaria.
The virtual meeting was attended Susan Danger, Chair of AmChams in Europe (the umbrella organizations of the American chambers in Europe) who is also the CEO of AmChamEU. She thanked Commissioner Gabriel for the continuing dialogue with the institutions she led in the EU, and made an overview of the recent activities of ACE and its members. She emphasized on their capabilities and priorities.
The webinar was organized with the support of Acronis, MSD Bulgaria, Philip Morris International, Telelink Business Services. AmCham Bulgaria extends its gratitude to those members that sponsored the event, and to those that attended and asked questions to shape an excellent dialogue and quality content.
Institutional dialogue in coronavirus period
So far, AmCham Bulgaria organized series of webinars at which attended Tomislav Dontchev, Deputy Prime Minister, Rosen Jeliazkov, Minister of Transport, IT and Communications, Denitsa Sacheva, Minister of Labor and Social Policies, as well as with H.E. Herro Mustafa, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria.
Also, the discussion of strategic and business related matters are held in the AmCham Committees in their virtual formats.
About AmChams in Europe
Established in 1963, AmChams in Europe serves as the umbrella organization for 45 American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) from 43 countries throughout Europe and Eurasia. In Europe we represent the interests of more than 17,000 American and European companies employing 20 million workers – account for more than USD 1.1 trillion in investment on both sides of the Atlantic.
As a bilateral voice of American and European companies, AmChams in Europe works to communicate the importance of the transatlantic economy in both Europe and the United States.