South East European
Cyber-security Cooperation Conference
September 8-9, Sofia, Bulgaria
under the aegis of President Georgi Parvanov
The US government through the Department of State, in collaboration
with the Bulgarian Government, the Bulgarian President's Council for
Information Technologies and Internews Network is sponsoring a conference on
regional cyber-security cooperation for South East Europe in Sofia,
Bulgaria on September 8-9, 2003, and under the aegis of Bulgarian President
The conference will introduce participating
governments, magistrates (judges, investigators, law-enforcement
to the various component aspects of cyber-security and what is required
to organize on a national and regional level to protect critical
1.Venue and Date
The cyber-securityconference will be held on September 8
- 9, 2003 at the Boyana Governmental Residence in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Located 6 km south of the center of Sofia at the base of the
Vitosha mountain. It is a widely recognized landmark and all
taxi drivers know the location. There will be wireless access
in the meeting hall and around it, as well as several LAN
cables. There will be also 5 PC for participants to use Sept.
7-10. The hotel has fax/phone/copy machine.
The coordinator from Bulgaria is Mr. Veni Markovski, Chairman
of the Information Technologies Council with the President
of the Republic of Bulgaria. Tel: +359-2-980-2334, mobile:
In the country you may also contact Mr. Dimitar Penkov, advisor
to the Minister of State Administration,
The contact points for the U.S. Department of State are Mr.
tel: 202.647.9095 and Mr. Josh Hanson,
Please contact the nearest Bulgarian Embassy or Consulate
to determine visa requirements for entry into Bulgaria. U.S.
participants with official or diplomatic passports must obtain
a visa from the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Participants may check-in for the conference on Sunday, September
7th between 16:00 and 20:00 or on Monday, September 8th between
8:00 am and 9:00 am in the lobby of the Boyana residence to
receive conference materials and name tags.
5.Accommodations / Meals
Reservations will be made for all sponsored participants
and speakers at the Boyana residency. Detailed information
regarding accommodations will be sent via email two weeks
prior to the conference. All lunches and dinners are being
taken care of by the organizers. Breakfast will be served
6.Distance from airport to Boyana
The Boyana Residence is located approximately 15 km from
Sofia Airport. There are many taxis available at the airport.
Prices are negotiable and all taxis are safe. Participants
may use also rental cars and there is a parking place at the
NOTE: there will be someone from the organizers, waiting for each participants,
arriving by airplane. The person will wait in front of the airplane, in a
small blue bus. Please, approach them and they will have your name in a list, so
that you can proceed. However the organizers need to have
information about arrival time/date/airways. Please, send this
information to firstname.lastname@example.org
7.Languages, discussions and documents
There will be simultaneous interpretation into English and
Bulgarian only. All documents distributed during the conference
will be in English. English is official language for the conference.
It is summer in Sofia at the time of the conference. The
temperature in Sofia ranges between 25° - 33° C. Please refer
for more details.
GMT + 03:00 Sofia (Washington, DC + 7 hrs).
The electrical current is 220 volts, 50 cycles