The European Commission has again declined to accept Bulgaria’s Partnership Agreement – the document setting the national priorities which will be funded under the European Structural and Investment Funds in the period 2014 – 2020 – meaning that approval of programmes to receive EU funds could be delayed by several months.
A Partnership Agreement is a document prepared by an EU country setting out its strategy for effective and efficient use of EU structural funds in implementing the EU’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The approval process follows “dialogue” between the European Commission and the country.
Bulgaria’s draft Partnership Agreement was sent to the European Commission at the end of August 2013. A revised version of the draft was sent on January 21 2014 and the “final” version was submitted by Bulgaria on April 2.
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