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October 30, 2008 - ,

BNP Paribas strengthens its corporate social responsibility and its commitment to the Mezdra home for handicapped children and goodwill for tennis in Bulgaria

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At an official ceremony on October 30th, 2008 in the home for handicapped children in the city of Mezdra, outside Sofia, BNP Paribas presented its new major donation project and introduced its “Tennis for everybody” program.

The event was attended by Mr. Ullrich Schubert – CEO of BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch, Mr. Vassil Chalashkanov – CEO of BNP Paribas Personal Finance Bulgaria, Mr. Genadi Sabkov – Deputy Mayor of the city of Mezdra, Mr. Ilija Atanasov – Director of Program “Development” of the Bulgarian Tennis Federation, Mrs. Galja Ilieva – Director of the Home for handicapped children in Mezdra and other official guests.

BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch and BNP Paribas Personal Finance Bulgaria EAD provided in cooperation with BNP Paribas’ Loan Syndications and Trading team in London a major donation to the Home for handicapped children in the city of Mezdra, which cares for 72 children aged 3 to 21, many of whom are physically or mentally handicapped.

The donated sum has been used for financing the purchase, delivery and installment of 72 new beds and mattresses. The new beds were installed October 29th. This donation will significantly improve the living conditions and make a considerable difference to the children.

BNP Paribas is already committed to the Mezdra Home for handicapped children. A team of 66 employees of the bank from across Europe renovated the orphanage in May 2007. The team worked on a number of projects, including fitting a new playground, re-tiling carpeting and painting murals in the orphanage. This experience proved to be both a positive and inspiring team building session, while equally improving the children’s day to day lives.

This important donation follows a number of other good socially responsible initiatives by BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch in Bulgaria, among which “Tennis for everybody” and “One day out from the orphanage”.

The program “Tennis for everybody” is a joint initiative of BNP Paribas and the Bulgarian Tennis Federation and consists of educational and social tennis programs implementing regular tennis lessons for orphans and handicapped children. With this initiative BNP Paribas and the Bulgarian Tennis Federation strengthen their activities in helping disadvantaged children to enjoy the pleasure and benefits of this healthy and motivating sport.

The project “One day out from the orphanage” aims to support children, deprived from parental cares in social homes. This initiative allows children living in orphanages to enjoy a monthly recreational or cultural outing, such as visit to a museum, a circus, children’s theatre productions, sports activities, etc.

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, providing 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.

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About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 3 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor’s. The group is present in over 85 countries, with more than 168,000 employees, including 129,500 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Institutional 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.

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About BNP Paribas Personal Finance in Bulgaria

BNP Paribas Personal Finance in Bulgaria was created in 2001 (as JetFinance) and is the leading consumer finance company in Bulgaria:

  • over 1.3 million consumer credits
  • over BGN 700 million granted in credits
  • over 750,000 clients
  • 3,600 outlets, offering company’s financial services
  • a team of 2,300 employees and exclusive agents

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About BNP Paribas Personal Finance

On July 1st 2008, the merger between Cetelem, Number 1 in consumer credit in Western Europe, and UCB, the main player in the mortgage sector, gave rise to the inauguration of BNP Paribas Personal Finance; hence, by reuniting consumer credit, mortgage and refinancing activities, the two companies of the BNP Paribas Group have become a global credit player and European Number 1.

With its 29,400 staff members and more than €100 billion in outstanding loans managed in 30 countries spread over 4 continents, BNP Paribas Personal Finance hopes to integrate the world TOP 5 of its sector by horizon 2010.

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Krasimira Antimova
PR & Communication
BNP Paribas S. A. – Sofia Branch
Tel.: (+359 2) 9218 514
Mobile: (+359 2) 888 458 555
Fax: (+359 2) 9218 695

Ralitza Zaharieva
Marketing Communications Manager
BNP Paribas Personal Bulgaria
Tel.: (+359 2) 9 154 188
Mobile: (+359 2) 885 154 254
Fax: (+359 2) 489 99 98