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December 2, 2009 -

BNP Paribas and Sofia Municipality join efforts for supporting socially underprivileged citizens

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The Soup Kitchen Project, initiated and realized by BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch’s employees starts the new 2009-2010 season. This charitable undertaking of the bank has been successfully helping people in need in Sofia Municipality for seven years in a row.
The monthly donations of each employee, which are doubled by the Bank, as well as the support of our 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 is a remarkable success: total number of 1,750 meals per day over the entire winter period from the beginning of December to end of March will be served this year in Sofia and in Varna.
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 Project Soup Kitchen a first prize in the category “Investor in Community” on the Annual Responsible Business Awards. In June 2009, the project received the BNP Paribas Innov@action award for Corporate Social Responsibility. The numerous letters, showing the gratitude of the supported citizens are the most objective proof that BNP Paribas, Sofia Municipality, and large sponsors like International Women’s Club Sofia and numerous other partners together took the right direction.
This season, we open for a 3rd year a Soup Kitchen center in Varna on 1st of December, serving 400 people. 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. They benefit from a full range of commercial and investment bank services as well as from customer-tailored financial solutions with strong advisory components. BNP Paribas has been present in Bulgaria since 1994. It is also present on the Bulgarian market with its life and credit insurance activities through “Cardif Bulgaria.” Аpart from this, BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leading consumer crediting company in Bulgaria.

About BNP Paribas:
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is one of the 6 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor’s*. It has one of the largest international networks with operations in 83 countries and 202,300 employees, including 160,200 in Europe, 15,200 in North America and 10,200 in Asia. It holds key positions in its three activities: Retail banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. The Group benefits from its four domestic markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.
* Within its peer group

Press Contacts BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch:
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Tel. (+359 2) 9218 514, (+359) 888458555
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