DIRECTORATE FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND INVESTMENTS IN TOURISM

Milka Nanova – Acting Director 

  1. Assisting the Minister in the representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to international authorities and organisations in the field of tourism, performing and coordinating the implementation of the obligations of the Republic of Bulgaria arising from her membership therein;
  2. Assisting the foreign missions of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Tourism sector by tourism Attachés;
  3. Making proposals for the conduct of bilateral visits and meetings at the level of heads of state and government in the field of tourism, and preparing positions on tourism cooperation;
  4. Assisting the activities of the Ministry and participating in the sessions of bilateral intergovernmental commissions for economic cooperation and meetings of other forms of bilateral trade and economic cooperation; ensuring the implementation of ongoing work and coordinating the implementation of the tasks together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other concerned agencies in preparing and conducting sessions and meetings;
  5. Ensuring the Minister’s functions in the implementation of interstate cooperation in tourism and the implementation of bilateral agreements within the competence of the Minister;
  6. Coordinating the activities related to the participation of the Republic of Bulgaria in international tourist-oriented initiatives;
  7. Participating in the Advisory Committee on Tourism at the European Commission (EC) and other advisory bodies in the field of international tourism;
  8. Assisting the participation of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU in working groups related to tourism legislation and development of tourism;
  9. Preparing the annual report to the European Commission on the state of tourism in the country (legislative framework and reforms, taxation policy, etc.);
  10. Coordinating the activities related to the Republic of Bulgaria’s membership in the EU in the field of tourism (contacts with the rotating presidents, preparation of the rotating presidency of the country, etc.);
  11. Preparing analyses and reports on the development of bilateral tourist relations and providing information to other interested agencies and non-governmental organisations;
  12. Implementing the operational management of the tourism attachés in the foreign missions of the Republic of Bulgaria in different countries, coordinating their plans for work and their specific tasks for pursuing the external policy of the country in the field of tourism;
  13. Establishing contacts and exchanging information on the foreign tourism policy with their counterparts in government institutions and other organisations in the respective countries and informing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other concerned ministries and departments about it;
  14. Coordinating the activities with other departments to develop measures to facilitate the formalities for the arrival and stay of foreign tourists in Bulgaria and ensuring their safety; coordinating with other administrations measures to ensure the security of Bulgarian tourists travelling abroad;
  15. Assisting Directorate General for Tourism Policy in the implementation of initiatives in the field of better regulation of tourism activities and services and in the harmonisation of the regulatory framework in accordance with the European Union legislation;
  16. Assisting the Minister in her functions related to attracting investment;
  17. Assisting the Minister and performing tasks related to the participation of Bulgaria in the management authorities of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) and other international organisations; participating with its representatives in the work of committees and working groups on cooperation in tourism to the World Tourism Organisation and other international organisations;
  18. Preparing in coordination with Directorate General for Tourism Policy positions forwarded to the Central European Initiative and participating with its representatives in the Initiative’s working groups in connection with the development of policies and instruments at international level;
  19. Encouraging the participation of the non-governmental tourism sector in international sectoral and product organisations;
  20. Carrying out the activities for the coordination of Priority Area 3 of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region;
  21. Assisting the Minister in representing the Republic of Bulgaria in high-level international forums and encouraging partnerships with state, regional and local institutions in the Danube countries;
  22. Supporting the work of other directorates of the Ministry in the development and coordination of programmes and funding instruments at regional level;
  23. Making proposals for the development of partnership networks in the Danube region;
  24. Assisting the Minister in her functions related to attracting foreign investment;
  25. Coordinating the activities and interacting with the Bulgarian Investment Agency in presenting and advertising abroad investment opportunities in the tourism sector in the country;
  26. Participating in the development of forecasts and the budget estimates of the Ministry, as well as in the implementation of the programmes from the programme budget of the Ministry in view of its functional competence.