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December 1, 2008 - ,

BNP Paribas and Sofia Municipality join efforts for supporting socially underprivileged citizens for 7th consecutive year

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The Soup Kitchen Project, initiated and realized by BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch’s employees starts its 7th season. This charitable undertaking of the bank has been successfully helping people in need in Sofia Municipality since 2001.

The monthly donations of each employee, which are doubled by the Bank, as well as the support of our current partners in this initiative have been providing the people in need with warm soup and bread five days a week every winter since the project has started.

The Soup Kitchen Project has been a remarkable success: 1750 meals per day over the entire winter period from the beginning of December to the end of March will be served this year – a number 10 times bigger than at the beginning of the project.

The project’s importance grew bigger every year and was acknowledged also by the Bulgarian business community: in November 2006, the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum awarded the Soup Kitchen Project a first prize in the category “Investor in Community” on the Annual Responsible Business Awards. This year, BNP Paribas Personal Finance Bulgaria EAD joins BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia in its project. The numerous letters, showing the gratitude of the supported citizens are the most objective proof that BNP Paribas, Sofia Municipality, and large sponsors like Sodexho, International Women’s Club Sofia, London Sofia Property and numerous other partners together took the right direction.

For a second year in a row, a Soup Kitchen center in Varna will be open for the season on the December 1st , increasing once more the total number. In addition to this, the Bank will provide warm sweaters and T-Shirts to each eligible person.
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.

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 85 countries, with more than 171,000 employees, including 131,000 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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