Plovdiv, Stara Zagora in Bulgaria gets regional innovation valley label

А regional innovation valley in the field of bioeconomy and food will be opened in Plovdiv in October. This transpired in Sofia during a joint news briefing of Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov and EU Innovations Commissioner Iliana Ivanova, held after the two met to discuss the national and EU priorities.


A second planned Bulgarian regional innovation valley, for hydrogen projects, will be established in the southern town of Stara Zagora as part of the energy transition in what is one of this country's largest coal regions, said the Prime Minister. Ivanova explained that the purpose of regional innovation valleys is to help small and medium-sized enterprises establish connections with the research community, to facilitate matchups of research, innovations and businesses, and encourage entrepreneurship. The ultimate goal is bigger economic growth in the regions involved, she added.