The opening ceremony of the Bulgarian National tour stop was officially launched by Deputy Minister of the Culture, Mitko Todorov, Mrs. Deyana Danailova, Cultural Policy Minister, Mrs Irena Karakachanov from the Ministry of Youth and Education and Mrs. Zinaida Zlatanova Head of Representation of the EC in Bulgaria.
„The efforts and actions of tens of thousands of volunteers and volunteering organisations in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, elderly homes, libraries, sport clubs, environment actions, have an invaluable contribution to making all our societies better and more human… That is why the European Year of Volunteering aims to draw attention to their efforts and give them well deserved recognition.” – Ms. Zinaida Zlatanova, Head of EC Representation in Bulgaria.
The Sofia EYV Tour stop has a distinctly green tint! A team from Bulgaria’s BTV Media group launched a volunteer campaign to call on citizens to get together to clean the country for one day.
Young volunteers from the Bulgarian Red Cross surprised the audience by simulating an evacuation and members of the public were invited to attend rescue demonstrations in front of the Palace of Culture.
The Bulgarian Tour stop will last three days and concludes on Saturday 26th of November. For the three days, a number of debates and round tables with experts, presentations on volunteering, entertainment, musical activitiesm, games and drawing workshops are planned.
On Saturday a closing ceremony is foreseen with the participation of the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva.
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