Life stories of participants in projects, implemented with the support of the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation programs are exhibited in the National Assembly. The photo exhibition is entitled “People for people”. The author of the exhibition, which was opened today in the National Assembly, is the photographer Ivo Danchev.
The Deputy-Chairman of the Bulgarian-Swiss Friendship Group, Mr. Spas Garnevski, opened the exhibition and underlined, that the bilateral Bulgarian-Swiss partnership has an almost centuries-old history. The Bulgarian-Swiss cooperation program, which has been implemented for nearly 10 years, gives new dimensions to this partnership. This is a new type of investment – it cannot be measured and is not material. This is unusual for us when we are speaking about donor programs. Here we are talking about changed human lives, family destinies and development of whole communities, said Mr. Spas Garnevski.
The Swiss Ambassador Muriel Berset Cohen, pointed out at the opening of the exhibition, that this exhibition has a deep meaning for us. It is an expression of our common conviction, that the Bulgarian and the Swiss people have a common future.We face common challenges; together we can overcome them and be stronger. Many joint projects have been implemented under the program, hundreds of people have beеn supported, we managed „to touch“ hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians, not only in Sofia, but also in many other places in the country and we helped them to implement their ideas, specified Ambassador Muriel Berset Cohen. The value of the program is 72 million euros. The aim is Switzerland to contribute the enlargement of the EU and to assist the new member-countries, noted the Ambassador.
The National Police General Directorate has also implemented projects under the program. One of the projects concerns strengthening of child protection and juvenile delinquency prevention, the other project concerns the establishment of real time identification of vehicle register plates. The Deputy-Director of the National Police General Directorate, Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva, held talks with the Swiss Ambassador Muriel Berset,, Cohen and discussed the possibilities for further participation of the National Police General Directorate with projects in the next program period.