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News & Events

1st International Australian rules football tournament on March 4, 2023, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 

AFL Bulgaria, in cooperation with Bulgarian-Australian Business Council, presents the 2023 International Australian rules football Tournament in Sofia.

4 Teams from 3 countries competed for The Cup With The Martenitsa. The one-day tournament has a similar format to the AFL Europe’s EURO Cup and Champions League


🏆 The London team won the first International Australian Football Tournament in Sofia, the Bulgarians - a fourth 🏉

A special word of thanks goes to our sponsors, members and helpers without whose generous donations, their time and professionalism makes the 1st International Australian rules football tournament in Bulgaria the success that it deserves to be.

💰 Raffy Bar & Gelato, HLS Trade Ltd, Multiplan Pty Ltd

The participating teams include the current AFL London runner-up Wandsworth Demons and the top Israeli side Tel Aviv Cheetahs.

The hosting country was represented by the newly formed Bulgarian Bombers.

 Thursday, 23 February 2023

    11:00 AM -12:00 PM (EET)

A huge thank you to all the participants and inputs!
We hope you enjoyed Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) REFERRAL SERVICES webinar as much we did and learned something new that will help your business.
If you have any feedback or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 
Special Thanks to our speakers: Naïla Mazzucco, 
Pavlina Cilenti and the moderator Dimitar Stoimenov

#australianbusiness #investment #bulgarianbusiness

Celebration of Australia Day 26th of January 2023



Thank you, members, partners and friends, for joining us yesterday for Australia Day celebration.


We're still energized from being surrounded by the top innovators and thought leaders of the Business. We can't thank you enough for the insightful conversations and great atmosphere from the evening. 


A special thanks goes to Dandelion Vineyards for being our Sponsor. Amazing experience and spectacular wine!



📣 Exciting News Announcement! 📣
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Ambassador-Designate Alison Duncan as the new Head of Mission for Australia! 🥳🌟 BABC extends a warm welcome! 🎉🌟

With her wealth of experience and expertise, Ambassador Duncan brings a fresh perspective and a strong commitment to strengthening bilateral relations between Bulgaria 🇧🇬 and Australia 🇦🇺.

Under Ambassador Duncan's leadership, we are confident in achieving significant milestones and fostering greater cooperation in various sectors, including trade, investment, culture, and more. Her vision and dedication will guide us towards building stronger ties and creating valuable opportunities for our members.

Stay tuned for updates on the exciting projects that lie ahead. Ambassador Duncan's vision and guidance will steer us towards success, and we can't wait to share our progress with all of you. 📈✨

Join us in extending a warm welcome to Ambassador-Designate Alison Duncan. 🤝💫

On the occasion of 50 years of diplomatic relations Bulgaria and Australia, the Bulgarian-Australian Business Council (BABC) gathered in Sofia diplomats and companies that develop the relations between the two countries. The event was attended by members of the council, business representatives, line ministries and directorates, as well as representatives of other chambers in Bulgaria.
We had the privilege of being able to taste Australian wine made by Dandelion Vineyards last night! A BIG thank you to Elena Brooks and her brother Todor Golakov and of course everyone who participated!
It was a huge success, and we owe it all to you.

During week 25th 2022 BABC has the privilege to join the Australian delegation in Ireland.

The delegation was kindly hosted by Barry Corr, CEO and PJ Byrne QFA, IOD  

and the President of the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Big thank you to the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce for an inspiring and informative group of speakers and delegates.

ABIE submission on the Australian National and State Border Controls related to COVID 19 and the Way Forward, which will be submitted to:

Prime Minister and Opposition Leader of Australia

Foreign Minister and Shadow Foreign Minister of Australia

Australian Department of Home Affairs

Trade Minister and Shadow Trade Minister (tbc)

Premiers of States and Chief Ministers of Territories, plus Opposition Leaders

Ambassador Arthur Spyrou in Bulgaria

To mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Ambassador Arthur Spyrou visited Bulgaria and met with the President of Bulgaria, H.E. Dr. Rumen Radev, the Foreign Minister, HE Ms Teodora Genchovska, the Deputy Foreign Minister, HE Dr Velislava Petrova, the Deputy Defence Minister, HE Dr Yordan Bozhilov, and the Minister of Energy, HE Mr Alexander Nikolov, thanking his interlocutors for their contribution to the warm friendship.

Sofia, May 2022

source: Australian Embassy, Greece (Facebook) 

New Zealand has negotiated a free trade agreement with the European Union, one of the world's largest trading entities.

The European Commission concluded negotiations on a free trade deal with New Zealand on Thursday (30 June), that would slash much of the remaining tariffs between the two trading partners while keeping certain protections for European beef and sheep farmers and including unprecedented sustainability provisions.

After having focused on making the EU trade agenda more assertive in the past months and years, this is the first new free trade agreement (FTA) of the von der Leyen Commission. It could also be the first of a couple of FTAs that the Commission is trying to bring over the finishing line in the coming months.

“This trade agreement brings major opportunities for our companies, our farmers and our consumers, on both sides,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. With a hint at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, von der Leyen stressed the fact that it was a deal between democracies.

Enforceable sustainability provisions

On a visit to Brussels, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stressed that the EU and New Zealand shared the same values and showed content that, in her opinion, the trade agreement enshrined some of the values that New Zealand and the EU shared.

The FTA is the first deal to include the new EU approach towards trade and sustainable development that was only presented by the Commission last week.

For example, the FTA includes sanctionable commitments to respect the Paris Climate Agreement. Moreover, the trade agreement has binding provisions on labour standards and a chapter on trade and gender equality.

Executive Vice-President of the Commission Valdis Dombrovskis said: “Simply put, these are the most ambitious sustainability provisions put in any trade agreement ever.”

“If either side fails to meet its obligations, they are enforceable through sanctions,” he said while adding that the sanctions would only be used as a last resort. source euractiv

October, 2020

We had a very good and constructive meeting with Arthur Spyrou, the Australian Ambassador.

Big thank you for the continued support, enthusiasm, dedication and passion.

October, 2020

Ambassador Arthur Spyrou presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev. The Ambassador and the Bulgarian President talked about the wonderful contribution made by the Bulgarian diaspora to Australia, the bilateral collaboration in the multilateral sphere, and the growing trade and investment links between the two countries.

January, 2020

On the occasion of Australia National Day (26th of January) and with the kind support of the Australian Embassy in Greece, the Bulgarian Australian Business Council marked Australia Day on the 29th of January 2020.
The event gathered together the Ambassador-designate of Australia, H.E. Arthur Spyrou, Indiana Trifonova, Honorary Consul of Australia for Bulgaria, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members and friends of the Bulgarian-Australian Business Council.


February, 2021

Thanks everyone for taking part in this great wine e-tasting session!

18th of March 2020

Second ABIE Network Business Leaders’ Roundtable