Events of the BBL


BBL Gala Dinner 2022

Belgium-Bulgaria-Luxembourg Business Club held its 15th annual Gala Dinner in the ballroom of the Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia on Saturday. The Gala, under the auspices of the Embassy of Belgium in Sofia, brought together ambassadors, diplomats, ministers and representatives of leading business organizations in Bulgaria. A jury composed of Bulgarian News Agency Director General Kiril Valchev, Founder and Managing Partner of JobTiger Svetlozar Petrov, and H.E. Belgian Ambassador Frederic Morris, (Chairman of the Jury), honored the winners of the annual competition of the business club – #PrimusInterPares (First among Equals). This year’s award was under the motto “Most Valuable Player” – for leaving a mark and contributing to corporate spirit and culture. Participating companies were DEVIN, DZI, Turbotrucks Bulgaria – HQ, Solvay, Ingram Micro Bulgaria, Soudal Bulgaria, Reynaers Aluminium Bulgaria LTD, WorkNomads, and BrandQuardergy. The award went to Solvay Sodi’s talented Dr. Krasimira Gyurova, who dedicatedly guided the company’s team through the difficult years of the pandemic. The show was hosted by actor and musician Vladimir Mihaylov and featured folk singer Vladislava Hristoskova and her dancers, and pop stars from the Dani Milev Band.

BBL Tour in Varna/Devnya

✨ The Belgium-Bulgaria-Luxembourg Business Club paid a visit to the region of Varna and became closely acquainted with the fast-passed development of some of BBL’s members, leaders in their sectors🏆: Devnya Limestone, Solvay-Sodi, Technophos & Agropolychim. ✅ The gathering presented great opportunities for networking as well as appreciation of the heritage of the seaside region 🌊 – Black Sea Rama, Balchik Palace and Evksinograd.

Tennis Tournament

🎾🥎 Great moments from the Annual BBL Tennis Tournament that attracted a record number of participants and audience this year!😉 🤝With the precious support of UBB, DEVIN and Beer Trade we had an amazing day of Fair Play, competitive spirit, powerful play and informal networking, including family members of all participants as first-row cheerleaders! 👉Our resigning and current Presidents Christof De Mil & Sylvain Collot were the Masters of Ceremony and Ambassador Frederic Meurice was of course the one to not only play and win, but award the winners as well! 🥇🏆AND OUR AMAZING WINNERS ARE… Team DEVIN on Doubles – mixed Team BeshkovTodorov (TD Law Firm) on Doubles- Men and we have impressive runner-ups, among which Ambassador Meurice and a representative of the Embassy of France in Bulgaria!

General Assembly at Puratos

🤝 A full-house for our Club’s General Assembly and Board elections, kindly hosted by Puratos Bulgaria in their ultra-modern new premises. 🏆 Congratulations to the new President Sylvain Collot (Melexis) and Vice President Spiros Nomikos (Solvay Sodi)! 🙏 A very warm THANKYOU to President Christof De Mil, voiced out by our Ambassador H.E. Frederic Meurice. After an impactful mandate, Christof will now focus on the KBC new business challenges, while still remaining a Board member. 🥂 And all stylishly wrapped up with a Champagne lunch at the terrace of the new Puratos research & training center!

Belgian Days – Mural painting by Gijs Vanhee

Another memorable event was the reveal of the spectacular mural in the center of Sofia painted by the Belgian artist Gijs Vanhee 🎨! The art piece was created as part of the art program of Belgian Days in Bulgaria 2022 and organized by Visionary Foundation. ✨ Everyone is welcome to enjoy the finished mural on 23 Han Asparuh Street (just one block from the pedestrian part of Vitoshka).

Belgian Days – Celebrating the Belgium National Day

The Belgian National Day was celebrated at the Residence of the Ambassador of Belgium with hosts H.E. Ambassador Frederic Meurice and Madame Lydie Meurice. The guests had the pleasure to enjoy a garden reception with refreshing Belgian beer and great company 🍻

Opening the Belgian days 2022 with Minister Lorer

A memorable double day marked the opening of the traditional Belgian Days in Bulgaria for the 15th year-in-a-row! Under the motto “One for All and All for One”, an outstanding double event took place : starting by a visit to the new state-of-the-art office facilities of Melexis Bulgaria that only pin-pointed on the strength and importance of the Belgian-Bulgarian business bond and followed by a joint event of all EU Chambers, where Belgium was put in the spotlight once again, thanx to our members! We had Minister Даниел Лорер as a keynote speaker, accompanied by Ambassador Frederic Meurice, our Club President Christof De Mil and Vice President Sylvain Collot.

Meet the new CEOs at Belgian residence

During this edition of the “Meet the CEOs” the participants had the chance to get introduced to Mr. Peter Roebben (UBB), Mr. Karel Everaet (Ingram Micro), Mr. Ben Meulemans (BIT Design) and Mr. Mark Smet (Marhill) through an insightful Q&A session, moderated by Katya Dimitorva. Keynote speaker for the event was Mr. Hans Dewachter, Chief Macro-economist of KBC Group, who presented a forward-thinking macroeconomic analysis. The event was kindly hosted by H.E. Ambassador Meurice and his wife, at the Belgian Residence. The guests also enjoyed Belgian waffles and chocolates.

BBL tour in Plovdiv

A two day event in Plovdiv with a full program – visits at the factories of the BBL Plovdiv located members – Mr. Bernard Duchi (DUSITEX, leading manufacturer of mattresses and accessories for them), Mr. Philippe Schiettecatte (Caroline Biss, Belgian fashion house), Mrs. Martine Vercammen (Livian, producer of knitwear – pullovers, cardigans, dresses, scarfs, hats), Mr. Herman Verstappen (Down Creators, leading European processor of high quality down and feathers), followed by a gourmet dinner in the new opened restaurant Valere and as an end a visit of Dragomir winery estate and exhibition of the Belgian artist Patricia.

Meeting with the Minister of Innovation and Growth, Mr. Daniel Laurer

Joint initiative between 15 bilateral Chambers of Industry and Commerce, together with IBA

Primus Inter Pares Awards 2021

Annual competition event, online pitching

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