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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.

A business delegation composed of business delegates from across Bulgaria will visit  Australia in February 2023 to explore trade, tourism, and investment opportunities and other areas of collaboration with key government agencies, business organizations and private sector representatives.

Bulgarian business leaders are invited to express an interest in joining this delegation

Please contact us before 1st of January 2023

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

18th of March

Second ABIE Network Business Leaders’ Roundtable

February, 2021

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

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October, 2020

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

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

September, 2020

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Georg Georgiev received copies of the letters of credence of the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Australian Union - Arthur Spirou.

Deputy Minister Georgiev praised the cooperation and bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Australia. He discussed with the new Ambassador Arthur Spirou, who is based in Athens, the possibility of expanding trade and economic co-operation, as well as signing agreements to avoid double taxation and social security. It was also noted that the Bulgarian community in Australia, which numbers over 10,000 countries.


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.