April 2011



Bulgarian Meteorological Service celebrates 120th anniversary

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  (From left to right) Ms Ekaterina Mihajlova, Vice-President of Bulgarian National Assembly; Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO; Ms Nona Karadjova, Minister of Environment and Water; Mr Fritz Neuwirth, President of European Meteorolocal Society

Bulgaria marked the 120th anniversary of the Bulgarian Meteorological Service, and 150 years of meteorological observations in Bulgaria, on 8 November 2010.

A ceremony in Sofia was held under the patronage of the Minister of Education, Youth and Science, Mr Sergei Ignatov. Among the official guests were the Vice-President of Bulgarian National Assembly, the Minister of Environment and Water, the President of European Meteorological Society, and leaders of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of Austria, the Russian Federation, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.


The special guest of honor, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, made a statement during the ceremony. He expressed his appreciation to the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology for exemplary collaboration with WMO and the international meteorological community and awarded a special WMO certificate to the Bulgarian agency. Dr Georgi Kortchev, the Bulgarian Director-General of the agency, expressed gratitude to WMO for support and assistance throughout the years.


Mr Jarraud and Mr Kortchev  
Mr Jarraud (left) and Mr Kortchev (right)  

The official guests planted a tree at the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Sofia to mark the occasion. They then visited the telecommunication centre, which serves as WMO Regional Telecommunication Hub, as well as the meteorological and hydrological forecasting divisions and the training centre.

During his visit to Bulgaria, the Secretary-General delivered a lecture on the Global Framework for Climate Services at the Jubilee Scientific Session held the following day at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He also met with the Minister of Environment and Water and the Minister of Education, Youth and Science.



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