Sofia - the place to be!
Modern, tolerant and fast-developing society
62% of the population are at working age (25–64)
60% of the work force speaks more than one foreign language
flat 10% corporate and personal tax rates
10th anniversary of Bulgaria’s accession to the EU
The Government of Bulgaria has decided to submit the candidacy of the capital of the country - Sofia, to become the home of the European Medicines Agency.
The decision reflects Bulgaria’s commitment to the common European values and fundamental principles. It confirms the country’s willingness to continue to promote the European policy objectives, including those in the area of public health.
Bulgaria remains among the most EU optimistic countries.
Despite the economic turmoil and social challenges in the last 10 years, the positive attitude remains steady. In this context, the decision to relocate the EMA to the city of Sofia would represent and reaffirm the ability of the EU to make critical decisions on objective criteria.
Transport Accessibility and amenities
Metro connects Sofia airport with the city center for less than one euro and taxi fare to reach the city is just 5-10 euro
The EMA Headquarters location in Sofia will be less than 10 minutes away from Sofia Airport and 10 minutes from the City center.
The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, is well-positioned to become a new seat of EMA. Sofia Airport serves 83 international destinations. The overall number of international passengers has grown by 36% in 2016 on an annual basis. At the same time the importance of Sofia Airport as a logistical base in the region has increased as well.
In Sofia, there are more than 12, 000 hotel rooms at different price levels, and many more modern options to rent apartments around.
In Bulgaria, we have full 4 seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter and you can enjoy the diversity with ski, swim in the sea, cycling and sightseeing everywhere and every time.
Relocation in Sofia will be the best cost-effective move for the agency and people.
The Headquarters of EMA of Sofia will be an integral part of the high-tech environment at the Technology + Innovative Network (T+IN) in Sofia. T+IN is a strategic project of the Bulgarian State and the EU, focused on high-tech development, innovations, life-sciences and health research, biotech, green energy and technologies. It is a place where business, education, science and the State join forces to plan and implement various projects. T+IN offers state of the art infrastructure and laboratory equipment available to established high-tech companies, as well as start-ups. T+IN mission is to promote high technology innovations and applicable science in Bulgaria, thus strengthening the competitiveness of the economy and the business environment in the country.
T+IN has started a cooperation program with all major universities in SofiaThe brand new EMA Headquarters will be fully operational by the date of the Agency’s relocation, but no later than January 1st, 2019. The total built-up area of the
headquarters will be in excess of 30 000 m2.
…and can easily expand to 40 000 m2 in the future.
during the first year
Special international committee of relocations professionals and volunteers will take care of the ongoing EMA process, that should not be interrupted even for a moment
Under EU law the children of EMA employees will be granted free-of-charge access to school education at state and municipal schools.
Sofia also provides a network of international schools with excellent standards, such as:
Over 50 gold medals
- The Bulgarian students are record-holders of gold medals won by mathematical Olympiads during the last few years.
- The first digital non-programmable computer was invented by John Atanasoff – an American physicist of Bulgarian descent.
A 1336-Year-Old Country
In Bulgaria, there are many historical remains from the Thracian, the Hellenic and the Roman culture. Preserved, uncovered and restored are entire urban complexes like Augusta Trayana, Trimontium, Nicopolis ad Istrum, Pautalia, Akre, Mesembria, Apolonia and many others.
Every city museum in Bulgaria is full of antique objects and cultural historical remains which reveal the universe of some of the oldest societies, their religious, cultural and everyday needs. The preserved amphitheatres and thermal baths are most exceptional.
The Madara Rider (the biggest bas-relief in Europe), 8th Century
The Early Christian monasteries are most interesting. The most majestic one – the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila (known as Rila Monastery), founded in the 10th century – has preserved the Bulgarian spirit and literacy.
The frescoes in the churches and monasteries of the time are magnificent. Boyana Church near Sofia is comparable to the Renaissance churches although it predates them with a century and a half.
There are many unique historical towns and villages such as Koprivshtitsa, Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, Tryavna, Gabrovo, Elena, Kotel, Bozhentsi, Melnik. They have been favorite places of artist, poets and musicians and are being constantly visited by numerous tourists from all over the world.
The Mystery of Bulgarian VoicesA Bulgarian song is flying through interstellar space on the Voyager spacecraft as a musical message from Earth to the deep space. The Bulgarian folklore is unique, with its characteristic compound metre, descant singing, and two- and three-voice singing.
The Oldest Processed Gold in the WorldThe oldest gold on Earth is located in Bulgaria. The Varna Gold findings are considered to be the oldest processed gold in Europe and in the world, dated 4,400 to 4,100 BC. The golden treasure of Panagyurishte is also one of the most famous in the world.
Let us recall that in a last few years, Sofia became a top destination for Europeans, because of the cultural and modern nightlife.
Famous movie Stars
Social security and medical care. One of the most accessible healthcare systems. Full coverage of rights.
The officials of EMA will enjoy the full coverage of rights in accordance with the Staff Regulations of officials of the EU. The EU law will apply accordingly to the members of their families so that they are granted adequate access to Bulgarian labor market and can benefit from the social security system in the country. The respective EU regulations are fully transposed into the Bulgarian national law.
12 000 highly-skilled professionals are employed in the country’s pharmaceutical sector
Medicine: Since the middle of 20th century, Bulgaria has had a rapidly growing pharmaceutical sector, which contributes considerably to the country’s economy, employment and GDP. The medicines market grew by 9.5% in value and 3.6% in units in 2016.
The contraceptive pill
- Carl Djerassi is of Bulgarian-Jewish descent. In 1951, he developed the first contraceptive pill.
The sixth heart tone
- Professor Ivan Mitev, MD, is the discoverer of the sixth heart tone – a notable discovery in Bulgarian medicine from the 20th Century.
- Probably the most famous Bulgarian invention is the yogurt. The Bulgarian Dr. Stamen Grigorov has discovered the Lactobacillus bulgaricus bacteria.
Priority is to be given to new Member States
The Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, after 10 years of EU membership, is yet to host a European agency. We believe that the future decision to relocate EMA should be based on the need to ensure, as reflected in past European Council conclusions from 2003 and 2008, that priority is to be given to new Member States in a balanced geographical approach in relation to the distribution of agencies across the EU. Respecting that commitment would increase the fairness of the decision process and its outcome.
Go from North West to South East of Europe - let’s show to the world, that we are really one union.