As a part of the preparations for the 2021-2027 period, initiated in 2018, a Joint Working Group (JWG) has been established for efficient input from the stakeholders in the programme area. JWG has gathered four times since its first meeting on 12 November 2019. During this process, a socio-economic analysis and a territorial analysis have been prepared as a part of the preparations conducted by the Directorate for EU Affairs and Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development of Public Works, co-chairing the JWG. In light of these documents, a comprehensive and integrated regional strategy has been adopted as the basis for determination of programme’s target areas. You may download the integrated regional strategy here.
In line with above mentioned strategy documents, JWG decided on the priorities of the programme and preparations of the programme document was initiated. Meanwhile, program area, budget, and management structure was clarified with the Interreg Regulation of the European Commission adopted on 24 June 2021 and Interreg Implementation Regulation adopted on 17 January 2022. Finally, with the consultation processes conducted in the region, the measures to be financed has been determined and allocation of the budget to these intervention areas has been clarified. Simultaneously, The Managing Authority of the programme has conducted a Strategic Environmental Assessment process and prepared an Environmental Assessment Report, in colloboration with the Directorate for EU Affairs, which has been consulted for the preparation of programme document. This report, reflecting the comments and opinions of the stakeholders in the region, collected with various consultation processes, can be downloaded here.
As a result of these efforts, the budget of the proramme for 2021-2027 period has been determined to be 33.5 million Euro, while the priority areas have been decided to include “A Greener and Low Carbon Europe”, “A Europe Clozer to the Citizens”, and “A Safer and More Secure Europe”. Finally, the draft programme document has been accepted by the JWG with written procedure conducted between 25 March - 7 April 2022.
Subsequent to the agreement of the European Commission on the programme document, a memorandum of understanding will be signed with the Bulgarian Managing Authority, followed by a financing agreement with the European Commission. With the publishing of these documents on the Official Gazette, the implementation of 2021-2007 will commence. As a result, it is expected that the first call for proposals will be announced in the last quarter of 2022.