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  • Question 5: What is the amount of thresholds needed to obtain an investment certificate?

    General case of investments within a single establishment in the economic activities of the industrial sector – manufacturing industry: 

    Class A: BGN 10 million;

    Class B: BGN 5 million.

     

    The threshold amount of investments within a single establishment in the economic activities of the service sectors as: warehousing and support activities for transportation, which includes supporting production activity services (operation of warehouses and transport infrastructure - airports, ports etc.); Technical analysis and outsourcing, accounting services and call centers; administrative, office support and business support service activities not classified elsewhere is: 

    Class A: BGN 3 million;

    Class B: BGN 1.5 million.

     

    Where the initial investment is implemented entirely within the administrative boundaries of municipalities where the rate of unemployment for the year last preceding the current year is equal or higher than the national average, the threshold amount of investments within a single establishment is: 

    Class A: BGN 4 million;

    Class B: BGN 2 million.

      

    The threshold amount of investments within a single establishment in the high technology activities of the industrial sector of the economy is: 

    Class A: BGN 4 million;

    Class B: BGN 2 million.

     

    The threshold amount of investments within a single establishment in the high technology activities and knowledge based activities of the services sector is: 

    Class A: BGN 2 million;

    Class B: BGN 1 million.

  • Question 6: Can I find a reliable partner/subcontractor in Bulgaria? How can I start up a joint venture?

    One of the mandates of InvestBulgaria Agency is to assist foreign investors in locating potential partners from the Bulgarian business community. In fact, it is a common trend for foreign companies to establish forms of cooperation such as joint ventures or strategic alliances with local companies in order to expand to the rapidly developing markets of Southeast Europe, where Bulgarian firms have traditions and a strong presence. Most of the companies operating in the Bulgarian market are members of different branch organizations and sector unions, thus it is advisable to contact also these institutions in order to find a suitable Bulgarian partner.

  • Question 7: What about the pool of young specialists in Bulgaria?

    A key advantage of our country is the possibility for investors to choose their employers from a wide and talented pool of specialists. Labour force in Bulgaria is highly-qualified and multilingual, well-motivated, flexible and loyal to the employer. A high percentage of the workforce has completed university degree, higher than the EU average. Approximately, 65,000 young people graduate from the Bulgarian universities each year, another several thousands are enrolled in universities throughout Europe and are potential talent pool for foreign investors. Many Bulgarians have a strong background in IT, engineering, medicine or economics. Workers’ aptitude and reasonable labour cost play a significant role in attracting foreign investors in Bulgaria.

  • Question 8: What are the main manufacturing companies having already invested in Bulgaria?

    Bulgaria enjoys a growing investment interest by big manufacturing companies, mainly coming from the EU countries. Some of them are already implemented an investment project in Bulgaria years ago. As a shining examples could be mentioned: Solvay (Belgium), Aurubis (Germany), Liebherr (Germany), Lufthansa Technik (Germany), Montupet (France), Italcementi (Italy),  Sise Cam (Turkey), Sidenor S.A. (Greece), Miroglio (Italy),  Knauf (Austria), Ixetic (Germany), Schneider Electric (France), ABB (Switzerland), LUKOIL Neftohim Burgas AD, Burgas (part of LUKOIL Group), etc.