Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and the biggest political, administrative, cultural and educational centre in the country, with a current population of 1,8 mln. inhabitants. Sofia Municipality is an administrative unit with a status of a region and divided into 24 districts, administered by local mayors. The main activities include: preservation of the environment, healthcare, social, educational and cultural activities for the citizens of Sofia.
The local authority is represented by the Sofia Municipal Council, a body of local self-government, and by the city’s Mayor who performs executive functions supported by the municipal administration. The Municipal Administration is divided into nine sectors with different spheres of activities, one of which is Green system, ecology and use of land.
The competence of Sofia Municipal Council is to adopt and implement strategies, programmes and plans on local issues concerning the sustainable development of the city.
The first Strategic objective in Sofia City Development Plan (2008-2013) is “Accelerated and sustainable economic growth and development of a knowledge-based economy and information society for attainment of average levels of development of similar regions in the EU” which is in full complience with EU 2020 aims. In order to achieve increased growth and sustainability, based on improvement of economic competitive capacity in the framework of European regions (EU-27) there is a need to further create favourable conditions for innovations and high-tech technologies transfer.
To achieve this goal Sofia strongly focuses on creating support structures in the field of innovation, financial instruments, technology and business development. As capital city, Sofia would like to increase its capacity to influence economic development and innovation policies in the country and wishes to learn from others in the project to become a SMART city, that will improve the quality of life of its citizen.
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