As part of a campaign to promote the Investment Plan for Europe, the Bulgarian leg of the #InvestEU tour took place from 10-13 May 2016. The tour is the second in a series of events in Bulgaria, further to the organisation of a major information event in Sofia on 19 February 2016.
The tour was organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Sofia, together with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and commercial banks working with the European Investment Fund (EIF). It presented the Investment Plan for Europe to a specialised audience of stakeholders, business communities, regional authorities and specialised media in four major cities of Bulgaria - Ruse, Varna, Burgas and Plovdiv.
The aim of the tour was to inform participants about the details and opportunities of the Investment Plan, as well as the important role it plays for the Bulgarian and the European economy. The EIB was represented during the tour by Dietmar Dumlich and Atanas Ivanov who presented the EIB-managed European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) which aims to mobilise EUR 315 billion of investment for strategic projects in Europe. The Plovdiv event included the participation of European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, Members of the European Parliament, additional EIB speakers and a project promoter from another EU member state that successfully secured EFSI funding for an innovative project.