The SDC and SECO provide regular news and highlights from their projects in Bulgaria. Besides the latest results and findings you can also find information on important events and short films.
Bulgarian delegation at the Vocational and Professional Educa-tion and Training Congress in Winterthur
Winterthur, Switzerland, 20–22 June 2016 – A Bulgarian delegation led by Meglena Kuneva, Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs and Minister of Education and Science, travelled to the 2nd International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training in Winterthur to gain insights into Switzerland's dual vocational education and training system. One of the focal points of the congress was the transfer of knowledge between Switzerland and its partner countries. Petya Evtimova presented the Bulgarian project 'Introducing Dual Vocational Education and Training', which she heads. The project, which is part of Switzerland's EU enlargement contribution to Bulgaria, aims to help the country's vocational schools become more practice-oriented on the basis of the Swiss model. The project involves close cooperation with Bulgarian companies that offer apprentices in-company training. Combined with vocational school courses, in-company training enables apprentices to acquire practical professional skills. Thanks to dual vocational education and training, young people are better prepared for the labour market and have better job prospects.
Other news about the projects
Bulgaria, Sofia, 16 May 2016 – Bernard Lehmann, director of the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, and Desislava Taneva, Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, have opened the National Genetic Laboratory for Rare Animal Breeds. The laboratory, which is now equipped to identify the DNA of different animal breeds, is the result of the project ‘Linking Nature Protection and Sustainable Rural Development’ of the Swiss-Bulgarian cooperation programme. The aim of the project is to protect biodiversity and rural development by using sustainable resources and encouraging citizens to participate in the protection of the environment. As a result of the project, a web-based information system for 33 rare indigenous breeds with detailed records of 112,405 individual animals is operational and available online. Moreover, the laboratory provides techniques to implement state-of-the-art breeding programmes and contributes to the long-term conservation of Bulgaria’s rich genetic resources.
Bulgaria, Varna, 11 April 2016 – A new facility specifically designed for use in questioning children who witness or are victims of crimes has been set up in the city of Varna. Known as the «blue room», it is divided into two parts by a wall with a one-way mirror where one half provides a friendly environment for the child during questioning and the other provides a space to allow judges, lawyers and parents to observe the questioning procedure unseen. The «blue room» is also fitted with video and audio installations to enable the procedure to be recorded and used later as evidence in a trial. The «blue room» in Varna is part of a project that aims to strengthen the capacity of the Bulgarian judicial system in the field of juvenile justice, and is financed by the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme. In another part of the project, court teams in the cities of Varna, Plovdiv, Pleven, Yambol and Kozloduy have been established to specialise in cases involving children.
Bulgaria, Sofia, 25.11.2015 - An Operational Duty Center for fast and independent investigation of heavy crimes was launched in the National Investigative Service in Sofia. It is one of the first tangible results of the project for increasing the capacity of the Prosecutor’s Office in order to fight the challenges in organized crime. Switzerland supports a wide range of projects in Bulgaria in the area of judiciary reform and transboundary organized crime.
Bulgaria, Sofia, 21.09.2015 – Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education Research and Innovation, inaugurated the first vocational education and training (VET) courses in Sofia with Bulgarian Minister for Education and Science Todor Tanev. The courses have been developed as part of the VET project in Bulgaria together with Swiss partners.
Bulgaria, Sofia, 09.09.2015 – The Bulgarian parliament has approved the inclusion of home nursing services in the country's Health Act. The new services will be financed by health insurance and other healthcare budgets. Working alongside the Swiss Red Cross and the Bulgarian Red Cross in four local authority areas, Switzerland is supporting the introduction of home-based assistance modelled on the Swiss Spitex system.