Municipality of Sofia
33, Moskovska str.

1000 Sofia
www.sofia.bg

Sofia Municipality is located in the western part of the country and covers an area of 1 342 km2. It Municipality includes 4 towns – Sofia, Bankya, Novi Iskar and Buhovo, 34 villages and 4 neighbourhoods. The main town of Sofia Municipality is the City of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and the biggest political, administrative, cultural and educational centre in the country, with a current population of more than 1.6 million inhabitants. Sofia is divided into 24 districts, administered by local mayors. 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 competence of Sofia Municipal Council is to adopt strategies, forecasts, programmes and plans on the local issues, including environmental protection, being a first level stakeholder in the regional environmental and waste prevention policy. Sofia has been involved in several projects funded by the European Union and is currently working, among other things, on an integrated system of municipal waste treatment facilities, on a project for the management of household waste and on the re-cultivation and final closure of an old landfill. Sofia’s municipal waste management plan had been updated recently and is focused mainly on prevention and decrease of waste and reaching high level of recycled and utilised waste.

Sofia brings to the Pre-waste partners its experience, as the city gives them another specific context (Bulgarian). It will be involved, in particular, in communication activities (publication of press releases, organisation of a national event on waste prevention and a press conference, as well as support to the communication manager for communication tasks, like the website and the newsletter), the identification of good practices and indicators, the implementing of some good practices on its territory and the drafting of feasibility studies, the participation in a shared methodology to help local authorities implement an effective waste prevention, as well as the participation in the web tool for monitoring waste prevention policies effectiveness, based on indicators.