Bulgaria approves co-operation programmes with neighboring countries

Bulgaria’s cabinet has approved a series of cross-border co-operation programmes with Romania, Greece, Turkey, Serbia and Macedonia.

The programmes are to be submitted to the European Commission for approval, following a Cabinet decision on September 17.

The programmes are being carried out between 2014 and 2020, creating opportunities for the implementation of projects to develop cross-border regions and to promote partnerships between the countries involved, according to a Cabinet statement.

Bulgaria and Romania’s programme will operate in six priority areas, including on issues such as the environment. For this programme, the total budget is more than 258 million euro, of which more than 215 million euro will come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The programme with Greece involves regions close to the border between the two countries, including Haskovo, Smolyan, Kurdjali and Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria and Evros, Xanthi, Rodopi, Drama, Kavalla, Thessaloniki and Serres in Greece.

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(Bulgaria Government building. Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)