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The city of Pazardjik was founded in 1485. It’s located in the south of Bulgaria in the central part of the Tracia Lowland to the north of the Rhodopi Mountains. It’s situated more than 200 metres above the sea level between two large cities – Sofia and Plovdiv. The city is divided into two parts by the river Maritza.










The city of Pazardjik is an administrative centre of the Pazardjik region with a population more than 130 thousand people. The region comprises a large city Pazardjik and 31 rural settlements. Recently, the city's economy has been developing dynamically, foreign investments have been observed. The factory on production of spare parts for "Audi" cars of the German company "Costal" started its work in the city of Pazardzhik in 2017 year. Factory shops were built in the industrial zone of the city of Pazardzhik on an area of 10,000 square meters, investments amounted about 30 million euros. Small industrial enterprises, specializing mainly in the processing of agricultural products and manufacturing of garments for export define an economic development of the city. The major areas of agriculture in Pazardjik are growing of vegetables, sunflower and tobacco, as well cultivating of orchards and grapes for wine production.

Close location to the ancient Rhodopi and Sredna mountains, mild climate and natural resources affluence present splendid opportunities for having rest and promote tourist business development. A lot of attention is paid to the education and social sphere development. In the city of Pazardjik an educational system includes two universities, secondary schools, specialized technical and language schools which provide competitiveness of school-leavers in local business community. Social services provided by the city of Pazardjik include gerontological centres, children’s home for children with mental disorders, family centres for children from 1 up to 3 years of age, orphanage for neglected children.



More than 330 architectural and historical monuments are being carefully preserved on the territory of the region. They are: an art gallery “Stanislav Dospevsky”. It has a rich collection of painting, graphic arts and sculpture. The paintings of Bulgarian artists from the end of the XIX-th century up to nowadays are presented in the gallery;

a museum-house by Konstantin Velichkov wh ere a famous writer, painter and interpreter lived; he was an active member of the struggle for national liberation movement; a church “Assumption of Saint Mother of God”, a monument of culture of national importance which was built in 1836-1837years.

Currently, the mayor of the Community Pazardjik is Todor Popov. In 2015 year hе was re-elected for the third term. More information about the city of Pazardjik you can find on the website: www.pazardjik.bg. Friendly relations between Stavropol and Pazardjik were established in 1969, when the Agreement between Stavropol city administration(the Russian Federation) and Pazardjik City (the Republic of Bulgaria) on establishing sister city relationship was signed and a city branch of Soviet –Bulgarian friendship was founded.

70-80th years of the XX-th century were marked with active partners relations. Annual exchange of official delegations was carried out, business contacts between industrial enterprises were fruitful. New industrial and housing buildings, a shop “Pazardjik”, a restaurant “Trakia” were built in Stavropol with participation of Bulgarian builders. Stavropolian architects took part in an open competition for the best administrative building and a residential area “Stavropol” in Pazardjik.

Friendship trains” were organized, so the residents of Stavropol and Pazardjik got the opportunity to learn about the sister-cities traditions and customs. A lot of delegations of teachers, doctors, students, pupils, artistic groups visited each other. Cultural relations were very active. An artistic group “Pazardjik”, a children choir “Maestro Atanasov’’, a folk dance group “Chavdar” gave concerts in Stavropol. Artistic groups “Zoryanochka”, “Zhavoronok” from Stavropol went on tours to the sister-city. The poems by Bulgarian poets were translated into Russian and the collection of poems “Tear in the wind” and “Kind echo” were published.

Sister-cities newspapers, radio and TV informed about the most important and interesting events of cities social and cultural life. The collections of essays, articles and documents “By friendship roads”, a book “Together for ever”, a booklet “Stavropol and Pazardjik are brothers” were published.

Changes in the beginning of the 90-th years in Russia influenced further development of friendly relations between our cities which were characterized by a certain decline. From the beginning of 1996 a dynamic development of cooperation between sister-cities was observed. According to the Agreement on the cooperation between Stavropol and Pazardjik sister-cities relations developed in different fields: in the sphere of sharing experience on local self-government and city economy issues as well as development of economics and trade, education and culture.

Active development of cultural relations was going on. Days of Culture of the city of Stavropol and Pazardjik became traditional as well as the celebration of the City Day with the participation of artistic groups from the sister-cities. A state folk song and dance group “Pazardjik” performed an interesting programme during Stavropol City Day celebration.

In the course of the Days of Culture of Pazardjik different activities became popular: applied arts and fine arts exhibitions, exhibitions of photos and others. Artistic meetings of the members of the Stavropol Region Writers organization and the Bulgarian Writers Union were organized during the Days of Poetry in the city of Pazardjik. Presentation of Bulgarian poets’ translations was made. Stavropol city administration representatives took part in the events at the Russian and Bulgarian Soldiers Memorial on the top of Shipka within the framework of the national programme devoted to the celebration of Bulgaria liberation from ottoman yoke.

The officials of the sister-cities took an active part in the I-VII Bulgaria and Russia Twin-cities Meetings which were organized by the "Twin-cities” International Association and the Bulgarian National Communities Union. During those Meetings the partnership development issues between local governments of two countries were discussed, the participants shared experience on intermunicipal relations development problems between Russia and Bulgaria.

A Programme of events devoted to 130th anniversary of victory in 1877-1878 Russian- Turkish War and liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman yoke was implemented by the International and Interregional Relations Department and sectoral (functional) bodies of Stavropol city administration. A ceremonial meeting of the members of All-Russian non-governmental organization “Bulgaria’s friends Union” Stavropol branch was held with participation of Stavropol city administration representatives, Great Patriotic War veterans and the public. “Memory lessons” and thematic class hours were given at the educational institutions as well as an essay competition devoted to the significant date was held at specialized educational institutions.

Stavropol citizens had an opportunity to learn about the present, history, and perspectives of friendly relations development at the exhibition “Stavropol-Pazardjik–twin-cities”, opened in the Stavropol State museum preserve named after G. Prozritelev and G. Prave with the assistance of the International and Interregional Relations Department. A books review of Bulgarian and Russian authors was held in the city libraries. Days of Bulgarian cuisine were held aimed at popularization of Bulgarian people’s traditions and customs.

A Plan of events devoted to the Year of Bulgaria in Russia - 2009 was implemented aimed at raising awareness of residents about the history of Russian-Bulgarian relations development as well as Bulgarian customs and traditions. During its implementation a special attention was paid to involvement of students and pupils into activities. An international theoretical and practical conference “Russian-Bulgarian Friendship and Cooperation: Traditions, Modernity, Perspectives” was held by Stavropol State University and the Stavropol city administration. A collection of scientific articles was published. Web-forum was created for on-line communication between University students and teachers of Stavropol and Sofia as well as the pupils of the city of Stavropol and Pazardjik’s vocational school named after G. Bregov.

Within the Plan implementation research and practice conferences were held at the educational institutions of the city: “Ethnic Culture of the Slavs and Contemporary Life” and “Yermolov’s Readings” as well as thematic class hours and talks devoted to the history of cooperation between Russia and Bulgaria. “130-anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and Bulgaria” presentation-lessons competition was held. Days of Bulgarian Book were held at school libraries. Exhibitions of contemporary Bulgarian writers were opened. “Our countrymen in the Bulgarian side” multimedia show was presented.

The Slavonic Writing and Culture Days have become traditional in Stavropol. During them press contests and quizzes were held, theatrical shows and literary-musical programs were performed commemorating the founders of Slavonic alphabet. A literary holiday “Slavonic Writing Days at Stavropolje” was held. At the city libraries the meetings with the Writers Union members and the Bulgarian poets’ poems interpreters were carried out. The concerts of Cossack groups and children folk groups were performed at institutions of culture, parks.

Photo displays and children’s picture show at the Children’s Art School were devoted to the joint action of two countries. Bulgarian pupils from the twin city Pazardjik sent their drawings for “In the friendship network” children’s picture show. A concert-lecture devoted to Bulgarian folk and contemporary music was performed at the children’s music school.

A work was going on with the All-Russian public organization “Bulgaria’s Friends Union” Stavropol section. Social aid was rendered to the low-income members of the organization. Stavropol city residents of Bulgarian origin improved their health in the municipal healthcare institution “Centre for Restorative Medicine and Rehabilitation”.

The issues of Stavropol and Pazardjik sister-cities relations development were covered by the regional radio, TV and newspapers “Stavropolskaya Pravda”, “Vecherniy Stavropol”, “Stavropolskaya Molodyozhnaya Gazeta” and school newspapers.

Activities dedicated to the Year of Bulgaria in Russia were important for development of friendly relations between Stavropol and Pazardjik and promoted inter-municipal cooperation. The organized cultural event was highly appreciated by International Association of Twin-Cities. Information of Plan of activities dedicated to the Year of Bulgaria in Russia implementation was published in the magazine “Twin cities”.



One of the priority areas of cooperation between the municipalities of Stavropol and Pazardjik is cooperation in the field of education. Gymnasium №25 of the city of Stavropol and a vocational school named after G. Bregov were defined as basic institutions for the development of friendly relations in the educational sphere. During exchanges the teachers and the pupils learnt the educational systems of Russia and Bulgaria as well as cultural and historical heritage of twin-cities, they shared experience of methodological and educational work. A meeting of Bulgarian pupils with the students of Philology, Journalism and Arts Faculties of the Stavropol State University was organized.

According to the Plan of cooperation between Stavropol and Pazardjik (Republic of Bulgaria), group exchanges of students and teachers of partner-schools were regularly organized. During their visits, students and teachers of partner schools were received by city leaders. “Round tables” and master-classes dedicated to new teaching methods, modernization of the methodology of teaching certain disciplines and final assessment were organized for teachers. Students learnt about the educational systems of Stavropol and Pazardjik, participated in joint concerts of friendship, creative festivals. With the assistance of the International and Interregional Relations Department Internet communication between the teachers of Stavropol gymnasium No. 25 and Pazardjik secondary general education school "G. Bregov" was organized.

Participating in international youth exchange contributed to the skills training of intercultural dialogue, tolerance, the ability to adapt to the society. In recent years, the sister cities municipalities cooperation developed very actively, bilateral visits of official delegations were organized. The representatives of sister cities were received by leaders of Stavropol and Pazardjik. During the visits to facilities under construction, as well as the meetings with representatives of the business communities of the sister cities, principles for the design and planning of urban facilities, the use of the latest technologies in the construction industry were discussed. Exchange of experience in the real sector development of sister cities, social support, city improvement was carried out. During the visit to the Republic of Bulgaria, organized by the municipality of Strelcha, the head of Stavropol city took part in the meeting with the governor of Pazardzhik Province, during which the prospects of the international inter-municipal cooperation were discussed. Stavropol delegation took part in the celebrations of the 135th anniversary of Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman yoke.

In 2014 intermunicipal cooperation with the sister city further developed. A visit of the Stavropol official delegation was organized in the sister city. During the visit of Stavropol delegation the Plan of cooperation between Stavropol and Pazardjik for 2014-2016 was signed, there were discussion of perspectives of sister city relations development in different areas, exchange of experience in city budgeting, organization of local government work, housing and utilities infrastructure. For members of Stavropol delegation was organized a meeting with representatives of the business community, visiting small and medium enterprises. Stavropol delegation took part in the celebrations of the Day of Pazardjik and the Days of Slavic Writing. During solemn ceremony members of Stavropol delegation presented a congratulatory address from the head of Stavropol city administration.

Also in 2014 a group of students and teachers of Stavropol gymnasium № 25 visited sister city Pazardjik. The reception was organized by teaching staff and parents of students of secondary school «G. Bregov» which is a partner school of the gymnasium № 25. During the meeting with the Mayor of Pazardjik the special focus was on the development of cooperation between educational institutions of Stavropol and Pazardjik, expanding youth and educational exchanges between sister-cities.

A roundtable discussion about health protection of students and organization the effective management of educational institutions was held. Teachers discussed questions of educational work and methodology of teaching certain disciplines. Also, Stavropol representatives and teachers of secondary school «G. Bregov» organized workshops and extracurricular activity.

Stavropol students took part in the concert «150 years of the secondary school «G.Bregov», in the celebrations of the Day of Pazardjik and the Days of Slavic Writing, represented a creative program. Stavropol students participated in the Festival of Arts and in the result were awarded by prizes.

In accordance with the Plan of cooperation between Stavropol and the Pazardjik Сommunity for 2014-2016 and with the invitation of the head of Stavropol city administration, in 2014 Pazardjik delegation was hosted in Stavropol. Members of the Bulgarian delegation took part in the ceremony of inauguration of the Stavropol Territory Governor V. Vladimirov. During the meeting with the head of Stavropol issues of further development of international inter-municipal cooperation were discussed.

The Bulgarian delegation took part in opening ceremony of Stavropol Friendship house, looked at expositions presenting the national-cultural autonomies and expatriate communities of Stavropol. During the visit to the Situational center and Public Safety Answering Point of Stavropol the members of Pazardjik delegation got acquainted with the organization of video surveillance system for various city objects in real-time, warning of citizens about natural phenomena that threaten safety.

The visit to various social city facilities was organized for the delegation members. The meetings with representatives of a local organization “Bulgarian society in Stavropol” and with Stavropol regional public organization "Hunter and fishermen Society" were held. Also, the delegation of the sister city took part in the solemn events dedicated to the celebration of the City Day.

2015 indicated further strengthening of cooperation between sister cities. In accordance with the invitation of the head of Stavropol city administration, a reception of official delegation of the sister city Pazardjik was organized in Stavropol. Members of the Bulgarian delegation were received by the head of Stavropol city administration. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Stavropol city administration. Further development of international inter-municipal cooperation was discussed, the successful cooperation in the exchange of local government experience was noted, as well as the expansion of humanitarian cooperation.

During the visit to the furniture factory "Gandylyan" members of the delegation got acquainted with the work of industrial enterprises for the production of children's furniture, as well as the latest technology.

During the visit to Stavropol State Medical University (SSMU), the delegation met with the rector and vice-rectors, got acquainted with the scientific activities of the university, attended the studying laboratories. Prospects of development of cooperation between higher education institutions, questions of possible studying of foreign students in SSMU were discussed. The Bulgarian delegation was received with great hospitality by the teaching staff and students of Stavropol gymnasium 25, which is a partner of Pazardjik secondary educational school "Georgi Bregov". They discussed issues of further development of educational cooperation.

A meeting with representatives of the local NGO "Bulgarian society in Stavropol” and Stavropol City Cossack society was organized for the members of Pazardjik delegation. There was a "round table" on the strengthening of inter-ethnic harmony and understanding in the urban community.

Members of Pazardjik official delegation were present at the reception of the Governor of the Stavropol Territory V. Vladimirov, and made a welcoming speech. The sister city delegation took part in a city-wide celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

In accordance with the invitation of the Pazardjik Mayor, the Stavropol official delegation visited the sister city Pazardjik in May 2015. During the visit, members of the Stavropol delegation was received by Pazardjik Mayor. The parties discussed prospects for the further development of cooperation of Stavropol and Pazardjik in various fields, experience exchange in the humanitarian sphere. During the meeting with the leadership of Council of the Community Pazardjik, members of the Stavropol delegation got acquainted with the structure and organization of local governments work, discussed the main directions of activities.

The meeting with representatives of Pazardjik city administration concerning social support of the population was organized for the Stavropol delegation. Experience exchange of the best practices in the social sphere, realized in Stavropol and Pazardjik, took place. Stavropol delegation acquainted with the organization of the social institutions of the sister city.

Members of Stavropol delegation visited Cultural Center "The Knight - Khan Asparuh" that recently opened in Pazardjik. The main objective of center is learning Russian language, literature and also acquaintance with history and culture of Russia.

Visit to Strelcha Community was organized. During the visit members of Stavropol delegation met the Community and representatives of business community.

The Stavropol delegation also participated in the celebrations events devoted to Day of Pazardjik and Days of Slavic Writing and Culture.

The head of Stavropol gave interview for Pazardjik local mass media in which the visit results were summed up.

Also, in May 2015 the visit of teachers of the municipal educational institution gymnasium 25 of Stavropol in the sister city took place.

Reception of Stavropol teachers was organized by teaching staff of Pazardjik secondary education school "G. Bregov". During the visit, the issues of planning and organization of educational process were discussed, experience exchange between teachers of educational institutions in teaching different subjects took place. Prospects of cooperation development of educational institutions, increasing exchanges of students and teachers groups of sister cities were planned.

The Stavropol teachers organized for the Bulgarian colleagues the thematic event devoted to history of Stavropol gymnasium No. 25, during which they presented a book "Same age as the Victory: Gymnasium yesterday, today and tomorrow", and the movie about the educational institution. Teachers of the school "G. Bregov" shared their experience of integrated lessons, events dedicated to the Russian language, traditions and history, organized throughout the year. Stavropol teachers got acquainted with the school "Russian corner" (exhibition in the class of the Bulgarian and Russian languages), as well as exposure of the school museum of traditional Bulgarian dress.

Also, Stavropol teachers took part in the festive events devoted to the end of the school year in the sister city. In a friendly atmosphere the Bulgarian partner school has been handed a welcome address from the teaching staff of the Stavropol gymnasium.

The Stavropol teachers participated in the festive events devoted to celebration of the City Day of Pazardjik and Days of Slavic Writing and Culture.

In accordance with the invitation of the head of Stavropol city administration and a Plan of cooperation between the municipal educational institution Stavropol gymnasium No.25 and a Pazardjik secondary education school "G. Bregov" for 2012-2015, a group of students and teachers of the school "G. Bregov" was received in Stavropol in September 2015. The reception was organized by the teaching staff and parents of gymnasium No.25 students.

Students and teachers of the sister city were received by the director of the partner educational institution, met with school activists, got acquainted with the organization of the training process during the lessons.

During the "round table" dedicated to the anniversary of Rimma Ivanova, organized by methodical association of gymnasium No.25 history teachers together with a Professor of NCFU N. Sudavtsov, the main aspects of history teaching in secondary school, current issues of educational work were discussed. Russian teachers and the head of a group of Bulgarian students shared their experience of organizing and conducting school-wide events, discussed the directions of further cooperation of partner educational institutions.

Students of the gymnasium No.25 and school "G. Bregov" organized a traditional Friendship concert, which program included music and dance performances, as well as a presentation "The magic of Bulgaria", allowing Russian students to get acquainted with the culture and traditions of the sister city.

Bulgarian students took part in the celebrations commemorating the Day of the Stavropol Territory and the Day of Stavropol, making a creative program, which included Bulgarian folk songs and dances. In order to get acquainted with the memorable places and the city history, a city tour, visits to the museums and parks were arranged. During the visit to Stavropol Children's Creativity Palace, Bulgarian students participated in a master class on the artistic creativity, and acquainted with the work of various studios and clubs.

In the framework of implementation the Plan of cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Pazardjik and in accordance with the invitation of the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community Stavropol official delegation visited the sister city in the period from 20 to 24 May, 2016. The delegation consisted of deputy head of Stavropol city administration, the head of Urban Planning Committee of Stavropol city administration and the head of Municipal Contracts and Trade Committee of Stavropol city administration.
During the visit members of Stavropol delegation took part in the solemn reception of the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community. During a meeting with the leadership of Pazardzhik Community Council the members of Stavropol city delegation got acquainted with the structure and organization of work of local self-government, discussed the prospects of further development of sister cities relations between Stavropol and Pazardjik.
A meeting with the leadership of Trade Office of Community Pazardzhik City Hall as well as representatives of the sister city business community was organized for Stavropol delegation. The sides exchanged experience on the regulation of the consumer market, ordering the placement of non-stationary trade objects. During the meeting with the leadership of construction inspection and the Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Pazardzhik Community in the field of construction the major issues of urban policy were discussed, a visit to sister city objects under construction was organized.
During a meeting with representatives of Pazardzhik Russophiles society members of the delegation got acquainted with the prospects of popularization of the Russian language, literature and culture in the sister city.
Stavropol delegation also took part in the celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik and the Days of Slavonic Literature and Culture. During the opening ceremony members of the delegation made a speech and presented a welcome address of the head of Stavropol city administration.
As a result of the visit of Stavropol official delegation to the sister city Pazardzhik the possibility of opening in Stavropol brand store with products manufactured in the Republic of Bulgaria is considering now.

In accordance with the Plan of cooperation between the city of Stavropol and the Community Pazardzhik for 2014-2016 as well as the invitation of the Mayor of Pazardjik, the group of teachers and students of Stavropol municipal educational institution Gymnasium № 25 visited the sister city Pazardjik during the period from May 19 to May 25, 2016.
The reception of Stavropol students was organized by teaching staff and student’s parents of Pazardjik secondary education school "G. Bregov" – partner school of Gymnasium № 25.
During the visit, Stavropol teachers and students were received by representatives of Education Committee of Pazardjik City Hall. During the meeting the positive tendency of long-term cooperation development was noted, prospects of interaction strengthening of Stavropol and Pazardzhik educational organizations were discussed, and joint projects were considered. Agreement on the cooperation between Stavropol gymnasium № 25 and secondary school «G. Bregov» for 2016-2018 was signed.
Teachers of Stavropol Gymnasium № 25 participated in the "round table" meeting organized by teaching staff of the educational partner organization. During the meeting they exchanged experience concerning carrying out intermediate and final assessment and also organization of work with exceptional children. Also they discussed a system of talented youth support, have drawn up plans of interaction in the education field.
The Stavropol students participated in the festive events dedicated to celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik and the Days of Slavonic Literature and Culture. Sister cities students together performed several musical acts, took part in the thematic drawings competition "My favorite city". A creativity of Stavropol students made a big impression on citizens of Pazardzhik.
During the visit Stavropol representatives got acquainted with cultural and national traditions of the Republic of Bulgaria. They have visited the ethnographic museum, a city concert hall. The excursion to Velingrad and Plovdiv (Republic of Bulgaria), a memorial complex on Shipka Pass was organized for group of teachers and students of Stavropol gymnasium № 25.

In the framework of implementation the Plan of cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Pazardjik for 2014-2016 as well as in accordance with the invitation of the head of Stavropol city administration an official delegation of the sister city visited Stavropol in the period from September 16 to 19, 2016. The delegation included representatives of the mayor's office and business community of the Community of Pazardzhik.
The delegation met with the leadership of Stavropol city administration. The sides discussed issues of further development of the international inter-municipal cooperation.
The members of Pazardzhik delegation met with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of the Stavropol Territory, the entrepreneurs of Stavropol and head of the local NGO "Bulgarian Society in the city of Stavropol". During the meeting a mutual desire to develop cooperation between the municipalities of sister cities Stavropol and Pazardjik in the trade and economic sphere was expressed. The sides exchanged experience on the regulation of the consumer market. The issues on establishment of direct contacts between the producers, the possibility of opening the store "Pazardzhik" with Bulgarian products in the city of Stavropol were discussed. The participants exchanged information on products and prices of goods intended for sale.
Members of the sister city official delegation took part in the celebrations dedicated to the Day of Stavropol and Stavropol Territory.
In order to get acquainted with the historical and cultural heritage and places of interest representatives of the sister city Pazardzhik participated in the city sightseeing tour, visited the State budget institution of culture Stavropol Territory “G.N. Prozritelev and G.K. Prave Stavropol State historical-culture and natural-landscape museum-reserve”.

In the framework of implementation the Plan of cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Pazardjik for 2014-2016 as well as in accordance with the invitation of the head of Stavropol city administration a group of teachers and students of Pazardjik secondary education school "G. Bregov" visited Stavropol in the period from September 15 to 21, 2016. The reception was organized by Stavropol city administration and teaching staff of the municipal budgetary general education institution Stavropol gymnasium № 25
Various meetings and events were prepared and held during а staying the sister city group of teachers and students.
The students and teachers of the sister city were welcomed by the headmaster of the educational organization partner - Stavropol gymnasium № 25, met with activists of the school, got acquainted with organization of the educational process during the lessons.
A "round table" on civil and patriotic education of young students was held. The main aspects of educational work in secondary schools, the issues of formation of active citizenship among students were discussed. Teachers of sister cities shared their experiences of organizing and conducting school-wide, extra-curricular activities, outlined promising areas of cooperation between educational partner organizations.
During a visit to Stavropol Palace of children's creativity a meeting with the leadership of the organization was organized. The issues of comprehensive development of school age children were discussed. Bulgarian teachers and students got acquainted with the organization of additional education of students, work of various studios and clubs, met with members of the club, "I’m native of Stavropol". Students of partner organizations took part in practical workshop "Applied Creativity" making a toy – symbol of friendship.
Students of gymnasium № 25 and School "G. Bregov " prepared a traditional Friendship concert with music, poetry and dance numbers, which allowed students of Stavropol and Pazardzhik get acquainted with the culture and traditions of the sister cities.
The representatives of the sister-city took part in citywide events dedicated to the Day of Stavropol Territory and the Day of Stavropol: a solemn opening ceremony, carnival procession "We are different, but we are together", the final gala-concert of the participants of the project " Stavropol in focus", as well as they prepared creative program, performing Bulgarian folk dance and song in Russian. In order to get acquainted with the memorable places and history of Stavropol the city sightseeing tour, visit to city's museums, art galleries and parks were organized.
The visit of Pazardzhik group of teachers and students promoted further strengthened cooperation of sister cities in the field of education, as well as development of the movement of people's diplomacy.

On November 28, 2016 the Head of Stavropol city A. H. Dzhatdoev participated in a meeting of the Governor of Stavropol Krai with the Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Russian Federation Boyko Kotsev and representatives of the Embassy which took place in the Government of Stavropol Krai. During the meeting issues were discussed in the field of the international intermunicipal cooperation, and also further development of friendly sister city communications of the cities of Stavropol and Pazardzhik.
For the purpose of economic cooperation expansion of sister cities the meeting of the business representative, who arrived as a member of the Bulgarian delegation, was organized with officials of the Municipal order and trade committee of Stavropol city administration. The possibility and the prospects of the Bulgarian products sale through the Stavropol distributing networks were considered. Assistance in establishment of business contacts with representatives of wholesale enterprises and the chairman of local public organization “The Bulgarian Society in the Stavropol city” was rendered.
Within the cultural program for the Bulgarian delegation headed by the Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Russian Federation a visit was organized to the Stavropol state historical and cultural, natural and landscape memorial museum of G. N. Prozritelev and G.K. Prava.

In the framework of implementation the Plan of cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Pazardjik and in accordance with the invitation of the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community Stavropol official delegation visited the sister city in the period from 20 to 24 May, 2017. The delegation consisted of deputy head of Stavropol city administration D. Alpatov and representative of the city business community.
During the visit, members of the Stavropol delegation were received by Mayor of Pazardjik and Chairman of Council of the Community Pazardjik. Members of Stavropol city delegation got acquainted with the structure and organization of work of local self-government, discussed the prospects of further development of sister cities relations in various fields. The sides exchanged an experience in the sphere of ensuring the city security: meetings with the offices responsible for the security of Pazardzhik, as well as a visit to the dispatch center of the city security company were organized.
Head of Stavropol delegation presented information on the socio-economic development of Stavropol.
Stavropol delegation took part in the celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik and the Days of Slavonic Literature and Culture. During the opening ceremony members of the delegation made a speech and presented a welcome address of the head of Stavropol city.
Members of Stavropol official delegation also visited Cultural Center "The Knight - Khan Asparuh" of Pazardjik as well as met with representatives of the Society "Russophiles of Bulgaria". The prospects of popularization of the Russian language and literature, studying history and culture of Russia in the sister city were discussed.

In accordance with the invitation of the Mayor of Pazardjik as well as with the Plan of cooperation between the city of Stavropol and the Community Pazardzhik for 2017-2019 the group of Stavropol teachers and students visited the sister city Pazardjik during the period from May 19 to May 25, 2017.
The reception of Stavropol students of gymnasium № 25 was traditionally organized by teaching staff and student’s parents of partner school – secondary education school "G. Bregov".
Stavropol representatives were received by the principal of the sister city school and met with a pedagogical staff. During the discussion the sides noted further development of cooperation between students and teachers, considered the main directions of interaction between educational organizations. The parties paid special attention to the issues of exchanging teachers of partner schools with the aim of directly participating in the educational process.
Stavropol teachers conducted workshops on the teaching of Russian language and literature, during which theу exchangeв of experience in using various educational technologies in primary school, the formation of interest to reading. The issues of organization of educational and extracurricular activities, project activities of students as well as the interaction of teachers on the introduction of innovations in the educational process were discussed.
As part of the stay the teachers of Stavropol gymnasium No. 25 presented for the public of the sister city a presentation, which was held at the Regional Library named after N. Fournadzhiev on the social and economic development of the city, as well as on the organization of work and achievements in the field of "Education".
Stavropol teachers visited the cultural center of the International public organization "The Bulgarian Association Heroes — Hang Asparukh" engaged in studying of Russian, history of Russia and its cultural ties with Bulgaria.
Representatives of Stavropol took part in the celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik and the Days of Slavonic Literature and Culture. In the framework of the celebration the Days of Stavropol were organized. Students of a gymnasium № 25 welcomed and congratulated citizens, guests and their new friends with the musical and creative program "From Stavropol with Love". They gave 5 concerts at various city platforms and in the school "G. Bregov". Songs about Russia and a friendship were heard, students performed popular compositions on musical instruments and shown choreographic compositions. Stavropol students presented a historical and literary composition accompanied by photo presentation about the city. The exhibition of students’ pictures "The favorite city", arts and crafts creativity, the photo exhibition "Stavropol Today" was organized. The film "Stavropol yesterday, today, tomorrow", allowed to get acquainted with the history and modern appearance of the city was welcomed with great interest by residents and guests of the sister-city of Pazardzhik.
During the visit Stavropol students and teachers took part in the international action "Night of Museums", with interest got acquainted with the national and cultural traditions of the Republic of Bulgaria. In cooperation with the peers of the school "G. Bregov presented a concert program in the Pazardzhik historical museum.
The interesting excursion program to the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv, Koprivshtitsa, Kazanluk and Veliko Tarnovo was organized for the group of students and teachers.

In the framework of implementation the Plan of cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Pazardjik (Republic of Bulgaria) for 2017-2019 as well as in accordance with the invitation of the head of the city of Stavropol the reception of the official delegation of the sister-city was organized in the period from September 22 to September 25, 2017.
During the staying of the Bulgarian delegation in Stavropol the issues further development of international intermunicipal cooperation, interaction in the humanitarian and cultural sphere were discussed.
A meeting with the head of the architecture department of the city planning committee of Stavropol city administration – the chief architect of the city of Stavropol was organized for members of the delegation of the city of Pazardzhik. During the meeting the issues of creation modern urban environment, modernization and reconstruction of existing recreational zones, application of modern technologies in construction and improvement of urban territories were discussed.
The official delegation of the city of Pazardzhik took part in the solemnreception dedicated to the celebration of the Day of Stavropol Territoryand the Day of Stavropol.
Members of the sister-city delegation took part in citywide events dedicated to the celebration of the 240th anniversary of Stavropol and the Day of the Stavropol Territory.
A meeting with the representative of the state institute "Direction of specially protected natural territories of the Stavropol Territory" and the head of the regional public organization "The Society of Fishermen and Hunters" was held. As a result of the meeting the Agreement on the development of hunting tourism was signed.
In order to get acquainted with the historical and cultural heritage of Stavropol the visit to the museum-exhibition complex "Russia is my history", Art gallery of P. Grechishkin, city sightseeing tour were organized for the representatives of the sister city of Pazardzhik.

In the framework of implementation the Plan of cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Pazardjik (Republic of Bulgaria) for 2017-2019 as well as in accordance with the invitation of the head of the city of Stavropol the reception of the a group of teachers and students of Pazardjik secondary education school "G. Bregov" of the sister-city was organized in the period from September 20 to September 27, 2017. The reception was carried out by Stavropol city administration and the pedagogical staff of the municipal budgetary general educational institution Stavropol gymnasium No. 25.
The various meetings and events were prepared and held during the staying of the group of teachers and students of the sister-city.
Students and teachers of the sister-city were received by the principal of the educational partner organization – Stavropol gymnasium No. 25, met with the gymnasium activists, got acquainted with the organization of the educational process during attending the lessons.
A round table "Modern education" was held. The main aspects of educational work in the secondary school, questions of the formation of students' interest in learning were discussed. Teachers of sister cities exchanged experience in organizing and conducting school-wide, after-school events, outlined prospective areas for cooperation between educational partner organizations.
A meeting of Bulgarian guests with the group of students and teachers of the Chinese sister-city Changzhou was organized while the visit to Stavropol lyceum No. 5. Students of sister-cities took part in a press conference.
A visit to the International Children's Picture Exhibition "We are the children of one planet", placed in Stavropol Children's Art School was organized for teachers and students of the sister-city. During the "round table" Stavropol students informed the guests about the history of the school's formation and about the hold events held. Bulgarian students took part in a master class on creation a school logo.
The issues of comprehensive development of school-age children were discussed during the visit to Stavropol Palace of children's creativity. Bulgarian teachers and students got acquainted with the organization of additional education for students, activity of various studios and clubs.
Students of gymnasium No. 25 and school G. Bregov "organized a traditional Friendship concert which included musical, poetic and dance performances allowed students from Stavropol and Pazardzhik to get acquainted with the culture and traditions of the sister-cities.
Representatives of the sister-city took an active part in citywide events dedicated to the celebration of the 240th anniversary of Stavropol and the Day of Stavropol Territory, performing a creative program that included songs in Russian, Bulgarian and English as well as folk Bulgarian dance in accompaniment with the national instrument "Godulka".
In order to get acquainted with the historical places, history and nature of Stavropol, city sightseeing tour, a visit to the museum-exhibition complex "Russia is my history" and Stavropol botanical garden were organized.
At the end of the staying in Stavropol teachers and students of the sister-city of Pazardzhik gave an interview for the radio station "Mir".


In accordance with the invitation of the Mayor of Pazardjik (Republic of Bulgaria) as well as in the framework of realization of the Plan of cooperation between Stavropol and Pazardjik Сommunity for 2017-2019 a group of Stavropol students and teachers visited the sister city during the period from May 19 to May 25, 2018. The reception of students of Stavropol gymnasium № 25 was traditionally organized by teaching staff and student’s parents of partner organization – Pazardjik secondary education school "G. Bregov".
During the staying in the sister city Stavropol teachers were received by the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community and the leadership of the Education Department of the city. During the meeting a special attention was focused on the issues of further development of educational cooperation between Stavropol and Pazardzhik, expansion of exchanges of sister cities students and teachers.
Representatives of Stavropol were received by the headmaster of the partner organization, met with the school's core group. The prospects for strengthening the interaction between educational organizations, including the implementation of exchanges of teachers of partner schools in order to participate in the educational process were discussed, strengthening of mutual understanding among students was noted.
Stavropol teachers conducted workshops on teaching mathematics and foreign language, during which the sides exchanged experience in the implementation of innovations in the educational process as well as the organization of final academic assessment. The traditional Friendship concert jointly organized by students of gymnasium No. 25 and school "G. Bregov" and included music, dance and theatrical performances was vivid and meaningful event.
The representatives of Stavropol participated in the citywide festive events dedicated to celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik and the Days of Slavonic Literature and Culture. A creative program of Stavropol students had a great success among citizens and guests of the sister city of Pazardzhik.
A cultural program was organized for the group of Stavropol students and teachers. The visit to the memorial to Russian soldiers on the Shipka Pass, which allowed to get acquainted with the significant events of Russia and Bulgaria history, to feel pride in native country, was the most important in the framework of patriotic education. Stavropol and Pazardzhik students performed the song "Alyosha".

Within the Plan of cooperation between the sister cities of Stavropol and Pazardzhik (Republic of Bulgaria) for 2017-2019 and according to the invitation of the Head of Stavropol a reception of the sister city’s official delegation was organized from September 20 to September 23, 2018.
During the visit of the Bulgarian delegation in the city of Stavropol issues of further development of the international intermunicipal cooperation were discussed.
For members of Pazardzhik delegation a meeting with representatives of the committee of urban planning of Stavropol city administration was organized. The delegation of the sister city of Pazardzhik participated in a City planning council meeting at which questions of city development, use of modern technologies in construction and improvement within the "Formation of the Comfortable Urban Environment" program were considered.
During visiting of construction sites of the "Perspectivny" residential district of Stavropol problems of the complex housing estate, combination to the developed infrastructure were discussed.
The official delegation of the city of Pazardzhik took part in the reception devoted to the celebration of Day of Stavropol Krai.
The members of sister city’s delegation participated in the city events devoted to celebration of Day of Stavropol Krai and Day of Stavropol city.
The meeting with the head of local public organization "The Bulgarian Society in the City of Stavropol" was held. They discussed issues of further development of interaction.
The representatives of the sister city of Pazardzhik visited the museum exhibition complex "My country. My history" and sights of the city of Stavropol.


Within implementation of the Plan of cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Pazardzhik (Republic of Bulgaria) for 2017-2019, and further development of the international educational exchanges a reception of the group of teachers and students of secondary general school "Georgy Bregov" was organized during the period from September 19 to September 26, 2018 in Stavropol.
During stay the Bulgarian pupils examined educational process in Stavropol gymnasium № 25 at lessons of mathematics, history, English and technology, took part in open classes of music and Russian. The meeting of teachers of the sister city with representatives of Committee on Education of Stavropol city administration was organized, the "round table" devoted to profile training in educational institution was carried out, exchange of experience concerning teaching and educational work was done.
The Bulgarian school students and teachers became participants of the festive actions devoted to Day of Stavropol Krai and Day of Stavropol city, were present at an opening ceremony.
With big enthusiasm the group of pupils and teachers of school "Georgy Bregov" took part in the Festival of sister cities "Our friendship is boundless", which was held in Stavropol for the first time, and submitted the colorful creative program in national suits. On the thematic site devoted to Pazardzhik, the Bulgarian school students played national instrument, danced and sang songs, recited poems of the Bulgarian poets on Russia. Together with the Stavropol peers they participated in master classes in national creativity and the interactive program. Also they got acquainted with other thematic platforms devoted to the sister cities of Stavropol, cultural traditions of different people of the world, attended exhibitions of national suits and household items, products of national trade. The best art numbers of pupils of the sister city were performed at the festival gala concert.
For the purpose of acquaintance with history, memorable places and sights of Stavropol the highly topical cultural program was organized: visits of museum exhibition complex "My country. My history", Stavropol state historical and cultural and natural and landscape memorial estate of G.N. Prozritelev and G.K. Prava, Stavropol regional museum of Fine Arts, etc.
The traditional visit to the city of Stavropol contributed to the further development of friendly contacts among youth.

In order to further develop bilateral cooperation and strengthen friendly contacts between educational organizations-partners a traditional visit of a group of teachers and students of secondary school "Georgi Bregov" of Pazardzhik sister city was organized in the period from 19 to 25 September 2019 in Stavropol.
During the stay of Bulgarian teachers and students various educational activities were developed. Meetings with the principal and teaching staff of the partner school-gymnasium No. 25 of Stavropol took place. Students and teachers got acquainted with the organization of the educational process during the integrated lessons of Russian, English, literature and music. A joint friendship concert was organized.
A significant event was the participation in the "round table" "Role of children's diplomacy in the formation of a harmoniously developed and socially responsible person". The event was attended by the Head of the Department of international and interregional relations of Stavropol city administration, the Head of the Education committee of Stavropol city administration, teachers of the sister city of Pazardzhik, as well as representatives of the pedagogical community of Stavropol. The purpose of the meeting was the formation of intercultural communication in the establishment of friendly relations between Russian and Bulgarian students. Two sites worked within the framework of the round table. During the first one the issues for the development of children's diplomacy, education of language personality were discussed, as well as a creative presentation of a joint intercultural project prepared by Russian and Bulgarian schoolchildren was shown. During the second communicative and educational platform, students of the sister city of Pazardzhik gave interviews to young journalists from the children's public association "TV Company 45-parallel", a master class on making Souvenirs was held.
Bulgarian students and teachers attended a number of cultural events dedicated to the celebration of the Day of the city of Stavropol and the Day of Stavropol territory. An extensive excursion program was prepared for the guests from Pazardzhik. Students and teachers of the sister city visited the exposition of Stavropol museums, got acquainted with the main sights and natural monuments of the city of Stavropol.
As a result of the visit, mutual interest in the further development of educational exchanges was expressed.