FIAT-IFTA Annual Meeting 2023 - 7-9 June Varna - Bulgaria

Bulgaria | Europe | June 8, 2023

FIAT-IFTA Annual Meeting 2023!

7-9 June - Varna - Bulgaria

In 2023, Varna (Bulgaria) will host the 52nd FIAT-IFTA I.C.D. (International Council of Direction) Annual Meetig as well as the meeting of the Union of the Funeral Companies in Bulgaria on the occasion of their 30th anniversary of the establishment of the organization. It is certainly a significant milestone in the history of the Bulgarian Association and its contribution to the funeral industry in the Country.
The meeting will once again be a great opportunity for FIAT-IFTA and UFCB members to gather together and exchange knowledge and experience.

The FIAT-IFTA meeting will focus on the latest developments of the organization, funeral heritage as well as the education project. In addition to the UFCB and FIAT-IFTA meetings, a conference will be held for the exchange of knowledge where we can learn from industry experts. The conference will explore new leads within the funeral Industry to help our businesses and ultimately the families we serve.

See general agenda at the official website of the event
and program of the conference below:

Conference program - Thursday 8th June 2023 | 14:00 – 17:30

14:00 – 14:05 Opening of the conference by First Vice-President – Mr William Wappner
14:05 – 14:20 Funeral goes Digital – Miglena Angelova – Bulgaria
14:20 – 14:40 Funeral Heritage – Bulgarian Funeral Customs – Atanas Argirov – Bulgaria
14:40 – 15:00 Sacral architecture in Bulgarian culture – Maria Krazlateva – Bulgaria
15:00 – 15:35 Green Farewell: Embracing Sustainable Practices in the Funeral Industry and  Thanatopraxis – Nuria Capdevilla – Spain
15:35 Coffee break
15:50 – 16:10 Sustainability and the use of Formaldehyde – Craig L Caldwell – United Kingdom
16:10 – 17:20 Panel Discussion – Thanatopraxis and SustainabilityModerator – Gus Nichols – Irish Association – Ireland
Craig L Caldwell – Mazwell Group – UK
Mylena Cooper – AFAI – Brazil
Antton Loinaz – Sortem – Spain
Dominic Vernhes – Anubis – France
17:20 Closure of Conference by President Mr. Marek Cichewicz


All this will take place in the beautiful city of Varna, in  INTERNATIONAL HOTEL CASINO and TOWER SUITES located in the heart of the Golden Sands resort, where the Bulgarian organization is preparing a great experience with wonderful Bulgarian hosting for all those attending from 7th till 9th of June 2023.


Find out more about the event venue:

Bulgaria is located in southeastern Europe, and occupies the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, on the coast of the Black Sea. The country has been a member of the European Union since January 2007.

Varna is the largest city in northeastern Bulgaria, located on the shores of the Black Sea and lake Varna, and is the administrative center of the municipality and district of the same name. It is the largest city in northern Bulgaria and along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. In terms of population, the city ranks third in Bulgaria. Varna is often called the "sea capital" or "summer capital of Bulgaria" and is an important tourist and educational center, starting point for the resorts along the northern Black Sea coast.

Golden Sands is one of the three major Bulgarian seaside resorts, located in the northern part of the Bulgarian Black sea. It is located in the municipality of Varna, 17 km from the center of the city of Varna. The beach strip, covered with golden sand, is 3.5 kilometers long and up to 100 meters wide.

The event will be held at the INTERNATIONAL HOTEL CASINO and TOWER SUITES, which is located in the heart of the Golden Sands resort and is only a few meters away from the beach.


The currency in Bulgaria is the Bulgarian lev (currency code BGN). Each lev is divided into 100 stotinki. You’ll find Bulgarian banknotes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 - although the 1 BGN note is seldom used. There is also a 1 lev coin. The stotinki comes in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50.

Payment by card is widely accepted.

We are all looking forward to seeing you in the beautiful city of Varna soon!

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