At an official ceremony on 20th November 2007 in the National Library of Bulgaria, BNP Paribas’ Sofia Branch will formally present its new major donation project.
The National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” will receive over 80 PCs from BNP Paribas. Although this equipment is relatively new and in perfect condition, the Bank has decided to replace these PCs and to donate them to the National Library.
This donation will enable the National Library to make historical manuscripts, old maps, archives and other rare documents available to the Bulgarian people and to provide digital access to an important part of the Bulgarian cultural heritage, not only for the readers of the National Library, but also to a broader network of libraries across Europe. The donated PCs will be also used to improve user access and facilitate the educational and cultural mission to the Bulgarian people.
This important PC donation follows a number of other good social responsibility initiatives by BNP Paribas in Bulgaria, the most significant of which is the Soup Kitchen project, now in its fifth year, for which the Bank received the 2006 “Investor in Community” award from the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum.
In May this year, a number of BNP Paribas’ employees from across Europe renovated the Mezdra Home for handicapped children and made a considerable difference to these children’s lives.
Another initiative by BNP Paribas’ Sofia Branch, which exemplifies its engagement with the cultural and artistic scene, is its long-term financial support for the New Symphony Orchestra. This has helped the great musical institution to create – without access to public funds – a cultural model of its own, which is unique in Bulgaria.
About BNP Paribas in Bulgaria
BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch is a commercial and investment bank in Bulgaria. It serves large and medium-sized corporate and institutional clients, spanning the major sectors in the economy. They benefit from a full range of commercial and investment bank services as well as from customer-tailored financial solutions with strong advisory components. BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch has been present in Bulgaria since 1994 and operates as a fully licensed branch of the parent group BNP Paribas S.A. since January 2007.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 5 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor’s. The group is present in over 85 countries, with 155,000 employees, including 123,000 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank’s two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.