Professor Nikolay Valkanov DSc.

President of the Bulgarian Chamber of Mining and Geology



Dear Colleagues and Partners,

I have the great pleasure and honour to invite you to the Fifth European Mining Business Forum, which will take place in the beautiful Bulgarian capital Sofia.

The forum first took place in 2010 as a regional conference, gradually evolving into a European forum of global significance. The forthcoming fifth edition of the EMBF, which will take place in May 2018, will have an even greater significance because it has been included in the Calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This will enable us to bring a range of topics relating to the mining industry into the focus of public attention at the highest institutional level in Europe. In an open dialogue between the business and senior responsible officials representing an array of EU institutions with regulatory powers vis-à-vis the industry, we hope to raise the visibility and understanding of the challenges we encounter and to propose solutions to the most pressing challenges in the sector. I believe that the forum is also a chance to make an important step forward toward sustainable development of the mining industry, which has crucial significance for Europe’s economy.

In keeping with previous years, this year’s programme will feature topical theme panels that reflect the latest developments and major challenges encountered by the industry in Europe. Presentations will be made by influential professionals and prominent industry experts. The forum will also be an opportunity to meet senior officials responsible for the mining sector from Bulgaria and Europe. It will be a platform for mutually beneficial business contacts and forging new partnerships to boost business prospects of your companies.

I am convinced that the EMBF 2018 will achieve its ambitious goals, generating benefits for all stakeholders.

Welcome to the EMBF 2018!  We look forward to seeing you!