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Sofia 2018 – International Annual Conference

The European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB) together with its partner organization European Vocational Training Association (EVTA) will organize their next annual conference in Sofia hosted by the Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Centre State Enterprise (DBBZ). Both European organizations, EVBB and EVTA are part of the expert group of GD Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and are thus well-established and committed partners as European networks defending the interests of European VET providers. In addition, EVBB coordinates one of the working groups within the scope of the CEDEFOP run initiative on the community of VET Providers. The EVBB strives for a better reputation of VET in Europe and promotes VET policy as an essential tool for a sustainable economic development in Europe. Quality in VET, a better permeability between the education systems and innovative action for socially marginalized people are the topics embedded in our long-term strategies. EVBB and EVTA represent more than 70 VET and education actors including the biggest ones from Germany, France and Italy.

The EVBB and EVTA will organize their 2018 annual conference at the premises of the Hotel Balkan and the Hilton Hotel in Sofia, the capital city of the current Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

This year’s topic will focus on VET within the context of the challenges we are currently confronted with:

VET and further training models for the economy in the context of digital developments as a safeguard of competitiveness and social cohesion “

Moreover, we will have very enthusiastic participants presenting the development of vocational training policies and the role of trade unions in these issues. Also, we will have 5 different, very interesting seminars on June 8th, e.g. on “SMART VET 4.0 for a Smart Industry 4.0 – new training and new trainers for new skills”. Further, we will have Representatives for the Bulgarian government, such as the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Lazar Lazarov, as well as the Representative for the German-Bulgarian Educational Institution, Dr Lubov Popova.

Call for Participation in the Competition of the
Dr. Adalbert-Kitsche Foundation for the prize award


The prize “DIE EUROPA” will be awarded to projects which are aimed particularly at promoting disadvantaged populations and recognized refugees.

“DIE EUROPA” prize of the Adalbert Kitsche Foundation of the EVBB is a female body about 50 cm tall & winged, standing on the European part of the globe with the imprint “EUROPE TERRANOSTRA” (Europe our country, our homeland). The head of the body is modelled like the head of a peace dove. The sculpture was cast in fine bronze. The artist Ladisłav Dryak wanted to use the sculpture to express the idea of ​​a peace-creating, free-to-air Europe. The wings of the sculpture want to protect this idea and carry it into all countries of Europe.

The prize will be awarded on occasion of the International Annual Conferences of the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training and is project related. A qualified jury determines the winner according to pre-determined evaluation criteria.

Projects submitted in 2018 will be evaluated and awarded in 2018.

It is in the sense of the founder and the association that especially projects for the disadvantaged will be proposed for the award. All submitted projects receive certificates for successful participation in the competition.

Your Tickets

Get your tickets for the conference now. This year all prices are calculated on the basis of the member countrie’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Please choose your ticket according to your country of residence.


We already made some reserved accommodation for you! Just contact or click the reservation link of the hotel of your choice and do the booking getting a special EVBB conference room rate.

Please be aware that you can book only one hotel! The minimum stay in the two main locations Hilton and Balkan is 2 nights from 6th to 8th of June.

No need to switch hotel rooms. All hotels are conveniently located near the conference locations!

Hotel Les Fleurs

Optional Accommodation
from110/€ per Night
  • Different rooms on hold:
  • Single rooms at ~€ 110
  • Double rooms at ~€ 120
  • 5 mins walking distance from Sofia Hotel Balkan
  • Visit Hotel Website
  • Quote: EVBB

Hotel Latinka

Optional Accommodation
from35/€ per Night
  • Different rooms on hold:
  • 10 Single rooms at ~€ 35 per room
  • 15 Single / Double rooms at ~€ 45
  • 3 Metro Stations from Sofia Hotel Balkan
  • Visit Hotel Website
  • Quote: EVBB
  • DEADLINE: 15th of May 2018

Have a look at the prize award of ‘DIE Europa’

Done with booking your tickets and accommodation? Have a look at the prize award of ‘DIE Europa’ which will be awarded to projects which are aimed particularly at promoting disadvantaged populations and recognized refugees.

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