International Defence Equipment and Services Exhibition „HEMUS 2020”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 30 September - 3 October 2020.

Industrial Forum

Traditionally, the Exhibition is accompanied by Industrial Forum, an event that aims to bring together Bulgarian Defence Industry, Scientific, Governmental and Non-governmental Institutions, in order to enhance the efforts and capabilities in support of investment, joint research and development of defence equipment and technologies. In 2020 the following Session of this event will be held. 

During ‘Hemus 2018’ the Industrial Forum was on "Defence and Industrial Cooperation in the European Union - New Opportunities for the European Defence Industry" and was held on 30-th of May 2018. This event accompanying the exhibition in its turn also attracted a wide international interest. Representatives from 15 European and global companies and organizations, as well as participants from more than 40 companies, research institutes and organizations took part in the works. The main highlights of the discussions were focused on the capabilities of the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) and the opportunities for participation of the national and other EU Defence Industry, facilitating and fostering the dialogue between Bulgarian and other European companies with prospects for successful collaborative partnerships for participation in the EDIDP (match-making), the establishment of contacts between relevant Bulgarian and other European companies and institutes to join efforts in participating in projects of the EDIDP using the platform provided by the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and European  Commission, presenting the Work Program for the implementation of EDIDP in the context of already agreed with the European Parliament proposal for establishing a Regulation on EDIDP. The practical result of the work was the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the participants in the Industrial Forum, to which this year joined 4 new Bulgarian companies, as well as the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior.

The topic of the Industrial forum meeting, dirinh "Hemus 2020" is: "European Defence Industrial Programme (EDIDP) and European Defence Fund (EDF) and the Perspective for the Bulgarian Defence Industry."

Place: International Fair Plovdiv, Congress Centre, “Bulgaria” Hall              

Data: 30 September 2020

Aim: Discussions on lessons learnt from the participation of the Bulgarian Defence Technological and Industrial Base and the government authorities in the EDIDP 2019

Development of well-structured and plain model and procedures for participation and support of EDIDP/EDF projects by the industry, research organizations and government authorities

Foster and facilitate the dialogue between the Bulgarian and European undertakings for partnership and participation in EDIDP (match-making).


14:30 – 15:00          Registration

15:00 – 15:30         Official opening and keynote speeches

·         Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov – Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security     and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria

·         Mr. Lachezar Borisov – Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria

·         Admiral Emil Eftimov – Chief of Defence

15:30 – 16:50        Experience and lessons learnt of the participation of the government authorities and the Bulgarian defence industry in the European Defence Industrial Programme 2019

·       Ministry of Economy perspectives – Ms Dilyana Karageorgieva - State Expert, International Controlled Trade and Security Directorate

·        Experience of the Industry – Mr. Toshko  Punchev, Bianor Services Ltd.

·        Experience of the Ministry of Defence – Mr. Rosen Ivanov, State Expert, Armaments Policy Directorate

·       Experience of the Bulgarian Defense Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov” with participation in European research programmes and projects (TBC)

16:50 – 17:05 Coffee break 

17:05 – 17:25  Importance of the Defense Industry from the Perspective of the Service member in Uniform

·   Colonel Shannon L. Johnson, SDO/DATT, U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

17:25 – 18:00          Discussions 

For more info: 


1. From the Ministry of Defence:
Mr. Rosen Milchev Ivanov;
State expert in " Military Cooperation" Department, "Armaments Policy" Directorate;
Telephone: 00359 2 92 20 867;
Mobile: 00359 888 889 468;

2. From the Ministry of Economy:
Mrs. Petya Lazarova Tsenova;
Chief of Department in "Internationally Controlled Trade and Security" Directorate;  
Telephone: 00359 02 940 75 82;
Mobile: 00359 888 810 519;