Programme Thematic Objectives
Investment priority 3A
To Improve entrepreneurship SME support systems
Investment priority 3D
To improve SME capacity to expand beyond local markets
Investment priority 5B
To improve CB cooperation on flood risk management plans at river basin level
Investment priority 6C
To valorise CB area cultural and natural heritage for tourist purposes
Investment priority 6D
To enhance the effectiveness of biodiversity protection activities
Investment priority 6F
To enhance water management
Investment priority 7B
Improve cross-border accessibility
Investment priority 9A
To improve access to primary and emergency health care (at isolated and deprived communities) in the cross-border area
Investment priority 9C
To expand social entrepreneurship in the cross-border area
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Last open call closed on 7th October 20196th call for project proposals
The Cooperation Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” was approved by the European Commission on 09/09/2015 by Decision C(2015) 6283.
The total budget (ERDF and national contribution) for the European Territorial Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013” is €129,695,572.00 .The total financing consists of €110.241.234,00 (85%) ERDF funding and €19.434.338,00 (15%) national contribution.
The eligible area of the Programme consists of the Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace (Regional Units of Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi and Drama) and the Region of Central Macedonia (Regional Units of Thessaloniki and Serres) in Greece and the South-Central Planning Region and South-West Planning Region (Districts of Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardjali and Haskovo) in Bulgaria.
The Greece-Bulgaria cross-border cooperation area for the programming period 2014-2020 is identical to the current ETC programme. It extends to 40.202 km2 and has a total population of 2.7 million inhabitants. It covers four territorial units at NUTS II level (Regions), and 11 territorial units at NUTS III level (Districts). The eligible area extends across the entire Greek-Bulgarian border and is neighbouring with Turkey (east) and FYROM (west), both countries aspiring to access to the EU. It is part of the most south-eastern non-insular area of EU, and it is situated between three seas: the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian-Adriatic Sea. Finally, it sits at the crossroad of strategic fossil fuel pipelines supplying the EU market and TEN transport axes.
The settlement structure of the area is characterized by the presence of 10 medium-large cities (>50.000 inhabitants) which accumulate 38,2% of total population, and 25 small cities (10.000-50.000 inhabitants).
Despite the historically relatively small amounts of funds allocated, there is a long history of cooperation in the eligible area, which started with Community initiative INTERREG I (1989-1993).
Joint Secretariat Interreg V-A "Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020"
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