Contact Us

CONTACTS AND USEFUL INFORMATION

The meeting point for registration and payments:

HOTEL “NOVOTEL PLOVDIV”
Address: Zlatuy Boyadzhiev Str. 2, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Website: http://icep.bg

Address of the organizer:

Blagoevgrad 2700, BULGARIA
Georgi Izmirliev Square No. 5
Tel./Fax: +35973833480

Organizing Committee

Mario Bogdanov
President of The Organising Committee
mobile: +359 898 94 5555

Vergiliy Sitnislki
Vice-President of The Organising Committee
mobile: +359 895 555 163

Kostadin Dimitrov
Vice-President of The Organising Committee
mobile: +359 888 706 008

Most important phone numbers

  • 150 - Emergency Medical Aid
  • 166 - Police/Road patrols
  • 175 - weather forecast
  • 180 - exact time ("speaking" clock)
  • 121 - operator for long-distance calls within the country
  • 140 - sending of telegrams
  • 144 - telephone information service for office phone numbers
  • 145 - telephone information service for home numbers
  • 146 - Emergency Road Service

Currency: The monetary unit in the Republic of Bulgaria is the lev (BGN), which is equal to 100 stotinki (st.). Since 1997, the country has been governed by a currency board and the value of the lev has been pegged to the Euro, at a fixed rate of 1 EUR – 1.95583 BGN.

You can find current currency information on the site of the Bulgarian National Bank: www.bnb.bg.

Currency can be exchanged in banks or in any of the country’s many currency exchange offices. Some of these exchange offices also work on holidays. Euro-cheques can be exchanged in banks.

Credit cards: Most Bulgarian hotels and stores now accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club credit cards.

Weather: Weather Forecast

Time difference: Winter time: GMT + 2 hours( October- March).

Summer time: GMT + 3 hours (April- September)

Language

The official language in Bulgaria is Bulgarian. Bulgarian was the first "Slavic" language attested in writing. As Slavic linguistic unity lasted into late antiquity, in the oldest manuscripts this language was initially referred to as языкъ словяньскъ, "the Slavic language". In the Middle Bulgarian period this name was gradually replaced by the name языкъ блъгарьскъ, the "Bulgarian language". In some cases, the name языкъ блъгарьскъ was used not only with regard to the contemporary Middle Bulgarian language of the copyist but also to the period of Old Bulgarian. A most notable example of anachronism is the Service of St. Cyril, a 13th-century Middle Bulgarian manuscript from northern Macedonia according to which St. Cyril preached with "Bulgarian" books among the Moravian Slavs. The first mention of the language as the "Bulgarian language" instead of the "Slavonic language" comes in the work of the Greek clergy of the Bulgarian Archbishopric of Ohrid in the 11th century, for example in the Greek hagiography of by Theophylact of Ohrid (late 11th century).

Alphabet: Cyrillic

In 886 AD, the Bulgarian Empire introduced the Glagolitic alphabet which was devised by the Saints Cyril and Methodius in the 850s. The Glagolitic alphabet was gradually superseded in later centuries by the Cyrillic script, developed around the Preslav Literary School, Bulgaria in the beginning of the 10th century.

Attention: Bulgarians shake their heads from the left to the right to express "YES". However, this stands for "NO" in the rest of the world.

Voltage

Attention! All electrical appliances work on ~ 220V.

Religion

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church - Bulgarian Patriarchate (Bulgarian: Българска православна църква - Българска патриаршия, Balgarska pravoslavna tsarkva - Balgarska patriarshia) is an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church with some 6.5 million members in the Republic of Bulgaria and between 1.5 and 2.0 million members in a number of European countries, the Americas and Australia. The recognition of the autocephalous Bulgarian Patriarchate by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 927 AD makes the Bulgarian Orthodox Church the oldest autocephalous Slavic Orthodox Church in the world, which was added to the Pentarchy of the original Patriarchates - those of Rome (which became today's Roman Catholic Church after the Schism), Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem - and the autocephalous Georgian Catholicosate.

90% of Bulgarian people are Orthodox Christians and celebrate the traditional Christian holidays - Christmas, Easter and the name days of Bulgarians named after Archangels, Saints and Martyrs. About 8% are Muslims and a few are gypsies. As a whole Bulgarian people are very obliging and hospitable.