SOFENA`s team prepared the structure of the training program in TRECE project.

The 6 modules aim to develop the key competence of social workers in their daily duties of support and help of energy poor people and households in each of the 5 partner-countries.

In the training could participate also representatives of NGOs and local and regional public authorities that have tools to help vulnerable people in situation of energy poverty.

The last but not the least target group is this part of the population that is defined as energy poor. The modules: EE appliances and equipment; Energy suppliers and billing and Subsidies for energy poor people are of great importance for them as they aim to provide tools for improving their comprehension in energy consumption, give them information for financial mechanisms for support and provide solutions for reducing the energy consumption by easy and useful change in their behavior at home.

The duration of each module is supposed to be within 4-6 hours and will include theoretical and practical part with a test in the end of the training.

All partners will take place in the preparation of the modules. The structure of the training program and the responsible partner for each one are as follows:

  • Energy saving measures and measures of energy consumption interpretation – SOFENA
  • EE appliances and equipment – ENERO
  • Energy suppliers and billing – SOFENA
  • ICT tools and solutions for EE at home – SGS
  • RES and climate change – CRES
  • Subsidies for energy poor people – financial models in each country – LEAG

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The Kick-off Meeting of the Trece Project under Erasmus + program took place on 21st and 22nd October 2019 at SGS office in Valencia. This hashtag#europeanproject aims to reduce energy consumption through actively involving citizens and social agents. SOFENA is a partner in a consortium of 5 organizations from Greece, Romania, Spain and Slovenia. SGS is the lead partner. The duration of the project is till 30.09.2021.

The last meeting of project MEM took place on 24th and 25th September in Kaunas, Lithuania. KREA as a host welcomes the participants with a short introduction to Lithuanian culture and history. The first day was dedicated to the respective work packages and their progress, the second day included an excursion with technical visits.Within Day 2 partners participated in a technical visit to two municipal buildings, the library and the tourist information centre of Jurbarkas. In addition, the mayor of Jurbarkas welcomed the delegation to discuss MEM and sustainable energy efforts.

The 3rd MEM Project Meeting was held in Sofia from 26th to 27th March 2019. The participants from Germany, Lithuania and Slovenia, as well as the host from Bulgaria – SOFENA discussed the achievements in the project in Energy Controlling of municipal buildings and the organizational measures in the municipalities. The Capacity Building Support implemented by different training sessions in all the countries was presented by successful training formats. An overview of the financial models for the implementation of investment measures in EE was done by Nadya Nikolova – chairwoman of SOFENA`s Board of Directors.

The second day of the meeting was very intensive and full of on-site visits. Among the municipal buildings that the participants visited were: kindergarten № 191 and a clinic center on the territory of Sofia Municipality and the school “St. St. Kiril and Metodii” in Novi Han, as well as the building of the Municipality Elin Pelin. The Director of the school, Mrs Nikolova warmly welcomed the guests and presented the heating system of the building that was renovated in 2012 under another EU project. At the municipality of Elin Pelin,  the deputy mayor Stoyan Stoyanov welcomed the guests and presented the projects that the municipality is implementing at the moment regarding the renovation of municipal buildings on the territory of Elin Pelin district.  All of the buildings are examples of well-organized process of energy management in the building stock. Of course there is a possibilities for improvement that were presented and discussed with the partners.


A workshop on”Dissemination and Public Relations Training for EUKI Implementing Organizations and Partners” was held on 7th and 8th March 2019 in Berlin. Different communication strategies, the use of social media in implementation of international projects, as well as the creation of video and small reports on topical issues were presented. SOFENA also participated in the training as a partner in the project “Municipal Energy Management”.

The 2nd Annual Conference of EUKI Initiative (Making Transformation Happen through Strengthening Climate Cooperation within the European Union) was hеld in Berlin on 5th and 6th March 2019. Representatives of all EUKI projects implemented on the territory of Europe participated in the event. A lot of good examples of successful practices in climate actions were shared and discussed. The organized workshops created the atmosphere for exchanging thoughts, ideas and workable solutions for strengthening the climate cooperation in EU. The conference aimed to be an example for good synergy for implementing the Paris Agreement in the EU. SOFENA was presented by the project “Municipal Energy Management” and participated in the workshop “Greening the EU Building Stock: Breathing New Life into Renovation Strategies” where senior expert Diana Galeva had the chance to share the MEM achievements.

BMU/André Wagenzik, 2. Jahreskonferenz Europäische Klimaschutzinitiative (EUKI) | 05.-06.03.2019

BMU/André Wagenzik, 2. Jahreskonferenz Europäische Klimaschutzinitiative (EUKI) | 05.-06.03.2019

The ASSOSIATION OF BULGARIAN ENERGY AGENCIES is organising its XIII National conference “INTELLIGENT CITIES AND REGIONS: Integrated Energy Management and Development, Bioeconomy, Nearly- Zero Energy Buildings”. The Conference will be held in Sofia, Balkan Hotel, Serdika Hall on 4th December 2018, at 13:00.


We are inviting you to participate in the conference and the accompanying events. The goal is to draw the attention of national institutions, municipalities, businesses and the public to current topics in the field of integrated energy management and development, smart cities with “smart” buildings with nearly- zero energy consumption and clean air, and the possibility for investments in innovation.


For the ninth year in succession ABEA will award the most innovative and efficient installations on biomass and solar energy, divided into two categories in the Bulgarian National RES Champions League. The competition is based on strict criteria covering technical specifications of the installations, their efficiency profile and their innovative nature.  The RES Champions League aims to facilitate seamless adaptation of local communities to the rapidly changing energy situation. Realising both the effects of climate change and rising oil prices, local authorities and stakeholders sometimes are frustrated by being unable to find solutions which can be applied to address these problems.


The main topics of the conference:


The challenges to the Bulgarian energy policies – national and municipal targets and challenges

Intelligent city – sustainable energy and climate development

From energy efficiency buildings to buildings with nearly zero energy consumption

Investments for innovation and their realization in municipalities


Information and demonstration stand in the conference hall will be available. The new tools and training platforms will be demonstrated. You can try the platforms and ask our experts.


Expected participants:


Mayors, city council members, municipality experts

Representatives of businesses in the spheres of EE and RES

Experts form energy agencies, universities and R&D organisations

Representatives of companies




We invite you to join us like delegate to share your point of view and ideas.

A Training and Strategy Workshop for Cooperation Management with Capacity WORKS within the EUKI – Academy was organized in the period 12-16.11.2018, in Warsaw, Poland.

Under the professional facilitation of Stefan Friedrichs the participants from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Greece, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Germany and Poland have learnt about the model of Capacity WORKS and its 5 elements: Strategy, Cooperation, Steering Structure, Processing and Learning &Innovations. Many challenges in managing projects were discussed and analysed through the model of Capacity WORKS.

The formed working groups under each of the 5 elements defined different obstacles, challenges and threatens in the implementation of the presented EUKI projects and by playing role games and discussing real issues, a workable decisions for overcoming the issues were pointed out.

A lot of common features and characteristics in the projects were discovered and a base for good cooperation among the projects were laid.

Within the workshop each participant had also the possibility to present its project in an innovative and attractive way.

SOFENA is implementing one project under EUKI Program – Municipal Energy Management project, in cooperation with KSA, EnerGap and KREA. It was presented by Diana Galeva from SOFENA and Leonie Grothues – from KSA.

Here are some photos.


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