Presentation of the Interreg-IPA Bulgaria-Serbia Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020

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Presentation of the Interreg-IPA Bulgaria-Serbia Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020

The overall objective of the Programme is to stimulate the balanced and sustainable development of the Bulgaria-Serbia border region integrated in the European space.

This overall objective is the basis of the Programme’s strategic framework, which referrers to three thematic priorities namely:

– Encouraging tourism and cultural and natural heritage;

– Investing in youth, education and skills;

– Protecting the environment and promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation, risk prevention and management.

Priority Axis 1: Sustainable Tourism

Specific Objectives:

– Tourist Attractiveness: Supporting the development of competitive tourist attractions achieved through cooperation, thus contributing to the diversification of tourist product(s) in the cross-border region;

– Cross-Border Touristic Product: Capturing economic benefits from development of natural and cultural heritage in the border area through creating common cross-border touristic destination(s);

– People-To-People Networking: Capitalising the effect of cultural, historical and natural heritage tourism on border communities through common actions.

Priority Axis 2: Youth

Specific Objectives:

– Skills & Entrepreneurship: Supporting the development of attractive environment for advancement of young people in the border region achieved through cooperation;

– People-To-People Networking: Promoting cooperation initiatives for and with young people, thus enhancing mobility of young people across borders.

Priority Axis 3: Environment

Specific Objectives:

– Joint Risk Management: Preventing and mitigating the consequences of natural and man-made cross-border disasters;

– Nature Protection: Promoting and enhancing the utilization of common natural resources, as well as stimulating nature protection in the programme area, through joint initiatives across the border.

The key objective of the Programme is to raise the capacity of the local and regional authorities in the development and implementation of joint projects in the eligible cross-border region, defined in the Programme as follows:

  • For Bulgaria (administrative level NUTS III) – districts of Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Sofia, Pernik and Kyustendil;
  • For Serbia (administrative level, NUTS III equivalent) – districts of Bor, Zajecar, Toplica, Nisava, Pirot, Jablanica and Pcinja.

The total amount allocated to the Call for proposals is 28 986 914 EUR.

Managing Authority (MA) –Territorial Cooperation Management Directorate at Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of the Republic of Bulgaria is designated to perform the functions of single Managing Authority under the Interreg – IPA CBC Bulgaria – Serbia Programme. The Managing Authority is responsible for managing and implementing the cross-border Programme in accordance with the principle of sound financial management.

National Authority (NA) – Ministry of European Integration of Republic of Serbia supports the Managing Authority in process of management and overall implementation of the Programme.