Preparatory activity in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
STARA ZAGORA REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
SZREDA was established in 1995 with the support of the USAID. Initially serving as a liaison focused on strengthening communication between city governments and the business community, it soon attracted as members the municipalities, training centres and organisations, supporting the economic development of the region.
Members of the Agency are the city of Stara Zagora and its municipalities- Nikolaevo, Bratya Daskalovi, Gurkovo, Opan, Kazanlak and Radnevo- as well as Trakia University, the Bulgarian-German Training Center, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
SZREDA has worked on a number of programmes and projects, funded by the European Union, USAID, as well as on British, Canadian, and Italian bilateral programmes.
Since 2009 SZREDA is a host organisation of Europe Direct Information Centre, and its activities are dedicated to communicating the EU principles and policies to the general public and different local communities as students, teachers, local authorities, and entrepreneurs.
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