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Commissioner Georgieva and Bulgarian football star Hristo Stoichkov team up to fight hunger and promote humanitarian work

Commissioner Georgieva and Bulgarian football star Hristo Stoichkov
07/02/2011  - 

Commitment, team spirit and perseverance are required for both football and providing relief to the victims of crises. Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva was therefore very happy to meet one of Europe’s top football players of the past two decades - Hristo Stoichkov. Mr Stoichkov is Goodwill Ambassador for the “Professional Football against Hunger” campaign, a partnership between the European Professional Football League, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO). Commissioner Georgieva and Mr Stoichkov discussed cooperation in the near future - in particular, Mr Stoichkov's upcoming trip to Burkina Faso, where the winner of the “Golden Ball” is going to visit schools and ECHO-funded projects that support vulnerable families. During their meeting, the Commissioner expressed her commitment to further collaboration with successful sports figures in championing humanitarian aid and volunteering.