The Chair of the Financial Supervisory Service, Boyko Atanasov, opened the anniversary conference “140 years of Bulgarian insurance”

On October 5, 2022, in the presence of officials and guests, an anniversary conference was held on the occasion of 140 years since the beginning of insurance in Bulgaria and 30 years since the establishment of the Association of Bulgarian Insurers (ABI). The prestigious event is organized by ABI, a long-standing partner of the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC).

The conference was opened by Mr. Konstantin Velev – Chair of the Board of ABI, Mrs. Daniela Dobreva – Deputy Minister of Finance and Mr. Boyko Atanasov – Chair of the Financial Supervision Commission. Leading figures of European insurance were also present – Mrs. Petra Hielkema, President of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), Michaela Köhler – Director General of the European Federation of Insurers Insurance Europe and Didier Millero – Head of the Insurance and pension insurance Sector in the Directorate General “Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union” of the European Commission.


Mr. Velev set the highlights of the conference – regulations, competitiveness and the growing climatic, demographic and digital risks of the modern age, as well as the search for appropriate protection against them.

In her speech, the Deputy Minister of Finance – Ms. Daniela Dobreva emphasized the successful partnership of the Ministry of Finance with the FSC and the ABI, as “the goal is to increase the protection of users of insurance services, guarantee financial stability and preserve the competitiveness of Bulgarian insurers”.

The Chair of the FCS – Mr. Boyko Atanasov welcomed the participants and shared that “the role of the Association of Bulgarian Insurers is to be a pillar of security, a balancer for diplomacy, a visionary for conquering new horizons. I believe that the words that best describe our joint work with the insurance sector in Bulgaria are dialogue, technological orientation and cause”.

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The Financial Supervision Commission will continue to support the insurance industry and work to achieve a smooth implementation of the new regulations affecting this sector in the country. As of the first half of the year, it represented 3.9% of GDP calculated on the basis of gross premium income (insurance penetration), and 8.2% calculated on the basis of insurers’ assets (2021 data). For the first six months of 2022, Bulgarian insurers realized gross premium income in the amount of BGN 1.7 billion, taking into account an increase in written premiums of 11%, and for the same period benefits were paid in a total amount of BGN 684 million , with the same growing by 10% on an annual basis.

The cited data are an indicator of a stable insurance market, which is a prerequisite for a higher level of competitiveness and at the same time for maintaining confidence in it. Innovation is about to be created and introduced, with the potential to position insurance companies and their customers at another level.

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During the conference, Mr. Vladimir Savov, Deputy Chair of the FSC, Head of the Insurance Supervision Department, took part in the discussion part of the panel “Insurance Market: Regulations and Competitiveness – in Search of the Balance”. Topics fundamental to insurance were discussed and effective policies were outlined to stimulate the development of the sector, with all the resulting benefits for the economy and society.