The Hessen – Thuringia Construction Chamber has concrete plans and projects it wants to implement together with colleagues of the Bulgarian Construction Chamber (BCC) and to cooperate with our companies in terms of building a system for vocational education. This became clear during a working visit of the BCC management in Germany. The official meeting of the Bulgarian guests was held at the Wartburg Castle where the chairman of the Construction Chamber of Hessen – Thuringia Dr. Burkhard Siebert heartily welcomed the BCC Chairman Eng. Svetoslav Glosov, Deputy Chairman Plamen Ivanov and Executive Director Eng. Ivan Boykov.
Dr. Siebert presented the spheres of activity and priorities of the organization headed by him. It includes about 240 construction companies of the two provinces. Its main commitments are largely determined by its role to advise member companies on contracting. When creating new bills or making amendments to existing regulations concerning the construction industry, the Chamber of Hessen – Thuringia conducts research and analyses and consults companies affiliated to it because the main objective set by the organization is to promote good and legal framework conditions so that the business can operate smoothly.
On his part BCC Chairman Eng. Svetoslav Glosov presented the Bulgarian industry organization pointing out that the state has assigned it by a special law to regulate processes in sector “Construction” providing the basis for business development and compliance with regulations. He told the hosts about the Central Register of Professional Builders supported by the Chamber adding that it lists all companies in the sector divided into groups and categories. “They are separated depending on production volumes of companies, realized activities, composition and specialization in a certain type of construction. The Chamber also has 27 regional offices and its own printed edition “Stroitel” newspaper. As an organization that represents the industry we work on solving the most important problems of companies. They are related to the imperfect legislation, old and repeatedly repaired laws on territory planning and on public procurement. The gaps in the public procurement act permit unfair competition, setting discriminatory conditions in tenders, and pre-determined outcome of the procedures.” In this way Eng. Glosov summarized the challenges facing the construction sector in Bulgaria.
German business provides staff training
The educational center for construction professions in Walldorf is the most advanced among the other six in the country, located in Essen, Frankfurt, Erfurt, Nordhausen and Gera. The management of BCC was on a visit in it within its stay in Germany.
Established in 1981, the center covers an area of 86 thousand square meters, as on 46 thousand square meters of it functions a training zone for heavy construction equipment, 15 thousand square meters – for cranes, and 3 thousand square meters – for management of compact equipment. The administrative building where the premises for theoretical instruction are situated has two floors with about 7 thousand square meters floor area.