|8.06.2000 - Dr.
Jorg Mittelsten Scheid, President of Eurochambres: "Bulgaria can choose transport as
At the invitation of BCCI, Dr. Jorg Mittelsten Scheid,
President of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce (Eurochambres) visited Sofia
for one day. The meeting organized by BCCI and its EuroClub was under the topic
"Challenges of the European Market to the Bulgarian Entrepreneurs - Producers and
Tradesmen, and the Role of Chambers of Commerce"
Dr. Scheid discussed the role of chambers of commerce as a mediator in fair business and
of Eurochambres as the official spokesman of small and medium-sized enterprises before
European institutions. Members of Eurochambres are over 1400 chambers from 33 European
countries and Israel. They represent more than 11 mln companies, 95% of them being small
Eurochambres act as a political institution as well. The European commission seeks the
opinion of SME-s through the network of chambers uniting them. The other European
institutions also seek the partnership of the association. That is how Mr. Scheid outlined
the role of chambers of commerce and industry.
Dr. Jorg Mittelsten Scheid spoke also about the problems that stand before Bulgaria. The
country has to pass 20 000 regulations, and, once adopted their implementation will be
controlled. The agricultural produce accounts for 80% of Bulgarian exports, the ecological
movements in Bulgaria are strong which may incur problems. Hungary used to have a similar
structure but it changed its priorities - it redirected its economy towards high
technologies, software, services. According to Dr. Scheid, Bulgaria can develop transport
with priory. The German government envisages 30% growth in this sector for the coming
years, and the European Commission - 60%.
The President of Eurochambres had a meeting with President Petar Stoyanov and with
Prime-Minister Ivan Kostov.
Dr. Scheid's visit was assessed by the President of the Republic as an important sign,
which will encourage the Bulgarian businessmen. "I am very happy that in the person
of BCCI Eurochambres find a good partner. The small businessmen still have problems when
handling new technologies and information. It is exactly there that the help of BCCI will
be of great importance", said Mr. Stoyanov.
The Prime-Minister showed interest in the facilitation of electronic trade in Bulgaria.
BCCI President Bojidar Bojinov assured him that the entrepreneurs can receive the required
information and qualification both by the Electronic Trade Centre with the Chamber and by
the eight EuroInfoCentres located throughout the country, 6 of them being within the
structures of the BCCI and the regional chambers of commerce and industry.