In 2016 we continued to work and invest in the priority programs of the foundation which are implemented in four main directions:
— Affirmation of the national feelings of the youngest through initiatives for preservation and socialization of the cultural-historical heritage;
— Initiatives for fighting the demographic crises in Bulgaria;
— Educational initiatives for integration and socialization of the Bulgarian communities from the historical diaspora;
— Initiatives for development of economics of knowledge and realization of the young people in Bulgaria.
We present to you a summary of what we achieved within one year only.
Dr. Milen Vrabevski received the award “Apostle of the Bulgarian national traits” – this award is given after unanimous voting of the members of “Guardians of Bulgarian National traits” association. Association “Guardians of Bulgarian National traits”
Dr. Milen Vrabevski was invited as the Chairman of the Jury for the “Enlightner of the Year 2016” campaign. Radio FM +
Dr. Milen Vrabevski was invited as a member of the Public Council of the Bulgarian National Radio. BNR
The “Youth Forum for demography and entrepreneurship” seminar, co-sponsored under the “Erasmus +” program and organized by the Bulgarian Memory Foundation, was awarded with a quality mark by the Human Resources Development Center and the Ministry of Education and Science. Bulgarian Memory Foundation
Within the range of our activities we strengthened our partnership with the “Hanns Seidel” foundation and with the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria, and continued the good collaboration with the Municipality of Varna. This year, foundation’s Spring seminar will be part of the Varna Municipality program, “Varna – European Youth Capital 2017”.
In 2016 540 students from 15 settlements benefited from the training courses provided by us. The courses in Bulgarian language and literature, mathematics, biology, English language, history, geography etc. prepared the students for university entrance exams. More than 85% of the students successfully qualified to study in Bulgarian and European universities. This year – again a record: 580 children form 16 settlements are enrolled.
For the ten years of operation of our organization over 5,000 children have participated in the seminars “Strong national identity – strong European identity” which have become emblematic for our organization.
In the field of education and science we started the elaboration of a textbook on the subject of homeland studies, we issued two books with unpublished information about the activities and the life of Vasil Levski and the April uprising. Bulgarian Memory Foundation
We also sponsored the unique for the country celebrations of the successive glorious anniversaries of our historical past: 830 years from the Asen and Petar uprising and 1300 years form the first in Europe interstate agreement with trade clauses (Tervel / Theodosius in 716). The events were organized by the Veliko Tarnovo University, with which we have longstanding and successful partnership. Bulgarian Memory Foundation
We successfully completed cycle of the campaign “The big family” of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria with two big families from Godech and the village of Dabene. We continued our support for good students from poor families from the western border regions and the Rhodopes. We supported more than 20 families with children suffering from diabetes from Southwestern Bulgaria, Ruse and Karnobat. Nova Television
We sponsored and organized the first in Bulgria conference on “Autism and developmental problems”. One of the world’s best scientists prof. Harry Schneider, trained Bulgarian physicians and speech therapists in implementing an innovative method to treat children with autism and developmental problems. Balkanite.net
On the eve of the Christmas holidays we also started our support for an orphanage in Berkovitsa.
20 years after its founding COMAC MEDICAL is a leading, regional, scientific research company in the field of clinical medicine, which operates in 21 countries.
A unique success is that we qualified as a beneficiary under Horizon 2020. As a result, we received assessments and shares from the European Commission that we are among the most innovative companies ranking among the so-called “Champions of growth” and showing evidences of positive innovative management / 58% , above the average of 54%, Instrument of the EC report to assess the innovative potential of companies (IMP³rove assessment report) /. As a beneficiary under the Instrument for Small and Medium Enterprises of Horizon 2020, we helped Bulgaria to be present on the map of the program because we were among the few Bulgarian companies with successful projects since the beginning of the program. The European Commission honored us also with a certificate for excellent achievements. Comac Medical
We won a project under the operational program “Innovation and Competitiveness”, providing for the introduction of an automated innovative method for collecting and managing data.
The award of the Ministry of Education and Science – Pythagoras for a company with the largest investments in scientific research. It is significant that we are the only company nominated in this category. There were no other companies to meet the EU requirements in this area. Comac Medical