BULGARIA-SERBIA CROSS BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME 2014-2020
Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Bulgaria-Serbia Programme was adopted by the European Commission with Decision No C(2015) 5444 on 30th of July 2015. The First Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) meeting under the Programme was also held on 30th of July, in Sofia. The Application package under the First Call for proposals was approved within the JMC meeting.
INTERREG-IPA CBC Bulgaria-Serbia Programme will finance projects related to development of sustainable tourism, youth and environment. The total amount of the Programmes’ budget is 34 102 256 euro.
The eligible area of the Programme covers NUTS III regions or equivalents, situated on the border between the both partnering countries, including: Bulgarian districts Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Sofia, Pernik and Kyustendil and Serbian districts Bor, Zajecar, Nisava, Toplica, Pirot, Jablanica and Pcinja.
The Application package and the Guidelines for Applicants under the First Call for proposals, including all priority axis under the Programme (Priority Axis 1 – Sustainable tourism, Priority Axis 2 – Youths and Priority Axis 3 - Environment), will be published in the middle of August. The total amount of the Call for proposals’ budget is 12 687 304,24 euro.
The eligible beneficiaries under the Programme are legal entities established in the eligible cross border region between Bulgaria and Serbia, which are non-profit making organizations (i.e. local/ regional/ national authorities or their subsidiary bodies; national and regional agencies; administrations of protected areas; local /regional forestry administrations; cultural institutions; community centres; NGOs; educational organizations- universities, schools, colleges and libraries; euro regions; associations of two or more of the listed above).
The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of the Republic of Bulgaria is designated to perform the functions of Managing Authority, and the Serbian European Integration Office in Republic of Serbia is designated to perform the functions of National Authority under the Programme.
The main office of the Joint Secretariat will continue to be situated in Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria, and the branch office – in Nis, Republic of Serbia.
Announce on the 17.08.2015 the First Call for project proposals under the Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Bulgaria-Serbia Programme, with aim to improve the cross-border cooperation between Bulgaria and Serbia. The Programme is co-financed from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) of the European Union.
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 – achieved through smart economic growth, environmental change adaptation and learning culture enhancement.
The total amount allocated to the First Call for proposals is € 12,687,304.24.
Project proposals would have to target one of the following Priority Axes and specific objectives under the Programme:
- Priority Axis 1: Sustainable Tourism
- Specific objective 1.1: Tourist Attractiveness;
- Specific objective 1.2: Cross-Border Touristic Product;
- Specific objective 1.3: People-To-People Networking.
- Priority Axis 2: Youth
- Specific objective 2.1: Skills & Entrepreneurship;
- Specific objective 2.2: People-To-People Networking.
- Priority Axis 3: Environment
- Specific objective 3.1: Joint Risk Management;
- Specific objective 3.2: Nature Protection.