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.

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

Sofia has the privilege to have 2 seas at 300 km around: The Black sea and the Aegean Sea in Greece. If you are a golf enthusiast, you can enjoy the best golf courses in Eastern Europe such as the Thracian Cliffs and Pirin Golf. The nearest golf course St. Sofia is 15 minutes from the future EMA headquarters.
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.


Hotel Rooms

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 Sofia

The 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.

Rent-free lease
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:

Lycee Francais

Lycee Francais de Sofia (nursery, primary and secondary school level, part of the Network of French schools abroad (Association des écoles francaises à l'étranger). The school is a part of the same network to which belongs the European school in Brussels.

Over 50 gold medals

  • The Bulgarian students are record-holders of gold medals won by mathematical Olympiads during the last few years.

The Computer

  • The first digital non-programmable computer was invented by John Atanasoff – an American physicist of Bulgarian descent.
Culture & History

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 Voices

A 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 World

The 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.

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Social security and medical care. One of the most accessible healthcare systems. Full coverage of rights.

Sofia is well prepared to meet the needs of the employees of EMA, their children and spouses.

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

The national economy grew with 3.4% in 2016. The export grows with approximately 6.8% on an annual basis. The IT sector has a leading role in the development of the economy. It has been growing annually by an average of 7.3%.

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.





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.