Events of the BBL


Business Networking Evening Europe & Beyond

the most noteworthy networking event of 2023, co-organized by 10 bilateral chambers in Bulgaria: “Business Networking Evening: Europe and Beyond” June 13th, 2023, 19:00, Sofia Tech Park With this event the community of the bilateral chambers demonstrates the unity among the internationally oriented business in Bulgaria and creates new business opportunities for potential growth for our members. We are delighted to welcome the American Chamber of Commerce and the Bulgarian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce as new partners joining our international business initiative this year. Thus, we upgrade our cooperation and partnerships. Following last year’s phenomenal success with over 500 guests and over 30 sponsors, we are proud to invite you to an even bigger promotional opportunity. Official guests of the event will include representatives from the economic and political institutions and diplomacy as well.

Annual Tennis Tournament – 4th Edition

✨ We witnessed incredible moments at this year’s Annual #BBLTennisTournament, which drew an unprecedented number of participants and captivated a vast audience! ✅ The event was made possible with the invaluable support of UBB, DEVIN, DZI, Ingram Micro, and the delightful addition of French macarons courtesy of B Macaron, along with the involvement of Thomas Boeglin. 🎾 The day was filled with a remarkable blend of #FairPlay, #CompetitiveSpirit, #PowerfulPlay, and casual networking, with the added joy of having family members as enthusiastic front-row cheerleaders. 🏆 Our esteemed President Sylvain Collot served as the Master of Ceremony, while Ambassador Meurice presented the well-deserved awards to the winners! Our winners: 🥇1st place in male doubles: Christof De Mil from UBB & Jurien van der Horst from the Dutch Embassy. 🥈2nd place in male doubles: Ivan Papazov & Tsvetomir Tsank Mihov from IPS. 🥇1st place in mixed doubles: Iglika Zabunova & Tsvetomir Tsenkov from IPS. 🥈2nd place in mixed doubles: Jerome Kelle & Radost Stefanova from the French Embassy. A heartfelt congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding performances!

Learning & Leadership with guest speaker Vladimir Borachev

💡 The first edition of our new format #LearningAndLeadership, kindly hosted by our President Sylvain Collot at the state-of-the-art Melexis Bulgaria workspace was fully booked a week in advance, we had a full house of #leaders and an atmosphere of energy and drive! Our keynote speaker, business coach and author Владимир Борачев, lead the participants through the main pillars of emotional intelligence and the big picture. Vladimir tested the audience’s EGO’s, attitude towards people and leadership strategies – with a sense of humor, but with a lot of learnings to take out 😉 📖At the elegant cocktail everyone had the opportunity to grab Vlado’s hot new book #ПътешествиеЗаЛидери (A leaders’ journey) with a personal note from the author. And it was just the start of a journey for everyone present. We look forward to meeting Vlado again! 🍫To take home was not just food-for-thought, but also sweet temptations by #vandergeeten (VDG) and the lovely brands Droste Holland and Reese’s

Meet the CEOs – part 1, 2023

💡An insightful presentation by the World Bank hit team in Bulgaria, followed by a corporate panel, featuring two new Club members : WorkNomads and ESFAM Bulgaria. 👏Ambassador Meurice and our President Sylvain Collot welcomed the guests in a full-house, despite the weather, and the two new members were spotlighted at their best thanx to our moderator Katya Dimitrova. ❗️A not-to-miss opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices and….we are already preparing the next event!

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.

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