Mittelstandsbüro Balkan

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Contact:
Emil Wassilev
T: ++35 929 80 99 16
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1. The idea

Since 1992 the Craftsmen Chamber of Coblenz has been working on partner project in Southeast Europe, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. Over this period achieving synergic effects has been a goal of particular importance for the Craftsmen Chamber and its partner organizations. After the start of the partner project with Romania, the Craftsmen Chamber of Coblenz has been working in 5 Balkan countries which made the regional partner cooperation initiative not only possible but necessary

2. The partners

Bulgaria
Bulgarian Industrial Association
National Craftsmen Chamber

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Union of Independent Entrepreneurs, Mostar
National Union of Craftsmen Chambers of the Republic of Serbia
Germany
Craftsmen Chamber of Coblenz

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Union of Independent Entrepreneurs, Mostar
National Union of Craftsmen Chambers of the Republic of Serbia
Germany
Craftsmen Chamber of Coblenz

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Craftsmen Union, Skopje
Craftsmen Union, Ohrid

Romania
National Association of Crafts Cooperatives
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Bucharest
National Council of Private SMEs

Moldova
Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Union of Arts and Crafts
Union of Small Enterprises

Montenegro
Union of Entrepreneurs, Budva
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montenegro

Kosovo
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kosovo

Albania
Chamber of Commerce and Industry

3. The goals

The goals of the regional project Balkan Bureau of Middle Class are:

To provide selected middle-class organisations with a modern and institutionalized system for exchange of information and experience which would improve the services they offer to their members and would support the harmonization of legal and other framework conditions for the development of crafts and the middle class.

To achieve this main goal, the partner project will concentrate on certain objectives:

  • Strengthening the position of the Balkan Bureau of Middle Class at national and regional level, as well as actively participating in the political dialogue in the countries involved at international level
  • Participating when political decisions are being made in order to ensure favorable framework conditions for the parallel development of craftsmanship and the middle class in the partner countries as well as participating with regard to the EU membership prospects
  • Coordinating the activity of the member national organizations and mapping out a joint strategy to address the major problems that the craftsmen middle class faces. This is to be achieved through the Balkan Bureau Board through intense contacts between the partner organizations.
  • Ensuring an active experience exchange between the partners and the Craftsmen Chamber of Coblenz on issues that are important for craftsmanship and craftsmen organizations. The exchange is carried out through conferences, working meetings, seminars, trainings.
  • Creating a joint Internet presentation of the Balkan Bureau of Middle Class, publishing an information bulletin, active public work in the countries aimed at strengthening the position of the Balkan Bureau.
  • Harmonizing the concepts and contents of vocational training programs
  • Joint participation in fairs, exhibitions and other important craftsmanship events in the region

4. Balkan Bureau for Supporting the Middle Class

Seat:
Republic of Bulgaria, Sofia 1000, 16-20 Alabin Str.
Phone: 00359 2 980 99 16
Phone/Fax: 00359 2 981 21 34

Head: Evelina Purvanova, PhD

Sofia-based staff:

  • Emil Vasilev – coordinator
  • Maria Tokeva - assistant

5. Balkan Bureau Consultative Board.

On 31 August 2001 at a conference in Sofia thirteen project partner middle-class organizations and Ost-West-GmBH of the Craftsmen Chamber of Coblenz established a Consultative Board that sets the Balkan Bureau’s chief cooperation accents. The initiatives in which all partners are included complement, enrich and coordinate the experience and the activities under each of the separate partner projects of the Craftsmen Chamber of Coblenz in the region. A Memorandum was signed reflecting the partners’ will to contribute to the development and stabilization of craftsmanship and the middle class in Southeast Europe.

6. Forms of collaboration

The partner experience exchange is conducted through:

  • Seminars
  • On-site trainings and trainings in Germany
  • Consultations between the partners and with Germany
  • Establishment of permanent and temporary working groups on issues and tasks common to all partner organizations
  • Ensuring a know-how transfer
  • Joint work on EU projects
  • Conferences on important issues for the development of craftsmanship.

The Balkan Bureau of Middle Class is open for contact and information.

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