Author: Parvoleta Tsvetkova
Source: Standart Newspaper, September 14, 2012
Minister Delyan Dobrev chose Belogradchik and the Chiprovtsi carpet
The second round of votes for the Wonders was opened by Slavka Bozukova, the Chief Editor of the Standart newspaper in Vidin. As of today until October 3rd, the Bulgarians will be able to choose among the symbols of the tangible and intangible heritage of our country, in which they take greatest pride and which they want to see included in the UNESCO’s lists, explained Mrs. Bozukova. The finalists will be announced on the mega spectacle The Miracles of Bulgaria, which will be organized with the support of Dundee Precious Metals Inc. and Bulgartransgaz.
Mr. Delian Dobrev, the Minister of Economy chose the Belogradchik Rocks and the Chiprovtsi carpets. He voted for the Miracles in front of the representatives of 12 embassies and more than 40 domestic and foreign businessmen. That was also the start of an international conference on the economic and tourism development in Vidin, organized by the Ministry of Economy, the National Company Industrial Zones and the Standart newspaper. “I thank the Standart Newspaper for the excellent presentation of the remarkable Bulgarian sights. Our country has a huge cultural and historical heritage, which is our chance for the development of tourism,” said Minister Dobrev. He added: “The ‘Wonders of Bulgaria” is a wonderful idea that has grown into an initiative to promote our miracles.” The Minister of Economy said also that the state has established a fund for investments in the cultural and historical heritage. 20% of the concession fees charged for the exploitation of the mineral resources will be allocated to this fund. The funds will be used for restoration of monuments, explained Dobrev. And announced that the revenues from concessions of mineral resources for 2012 were already over BGN 100 million, while in 2011 they were BGN 60 million.