Bulgaria-Turkey IPA Cross Border Cooperation Programme

A.SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

Bulgaria-Turkey IPA Cross Border Programme is one of the CBC programmes where the Ministry for EU Affairs acts as the National Authority. The Programme is co-financed through the new target of ‘European Regional Cooperation' by the European Regional Development Fund and Pre-Accession Instrument. The overall objective is to achieve balanced sustainable development built upon the key strengths of the Bulgaria-Turkey cross-border co-operation area in contribution to stronger European co-operation and integration.

Managing Authority of the Programme is the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of the Republic of Bulgaria and the National Authority is the Republic of Turkey Ministry for EU Affairs. The eligible cross-border co-operation area covers the districts of Bourgas, Yambol and Haskovo on the Bulgarian side and provinces of Edirne and Kırklareli on the Turkish side. Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS-main office), which conducts informative campaigns and assists the programme management bodies in carrying out their respective duties, is based in Haskovo (Bulgaria). Governorship of Edirne EU Coordination Centre functions as the antenna office of the JTS.

Specific objectives to be achieved by the grant projects are as follows:
• To boost sustainable economic development in cooperation area built on the comparative advantages.
• To improve the overall social development and promote social cohesion among people and communities.
• To improve the quality of life by efficient use of common natural resources as well as protection of natural, cultural and historical heritage values.
In order to achieve the overall objectives of the programme, three priority axes should be taken into account when preparing a project:
1. Sustainable Social and Economic Development
2. Improvement the Quality of Life
3. Technical Assistance

 

B. BUDGET OF THE PROGRAMME


The total budget of the Programme for the period of 2007-2013 is approximately 32 million Euros, of which 27 million euro is provided by EU contribution and 4.8 million Euro is national co-financing of the two countries.
Under the first call for proposals, a total of approximately 9 million Euros have been contracted to 46 projects.


C. STATE OF PLAY IN THE PROGRAMME


First call for proposals under the Programme was launched on 28 September 2009 and the evaluation of the projects submitted by 28 December 2009 was completed by independent evaluators using the Evaluation Grid, which was set parallel to the objectives of the Programme. Following the completion of contracting process of the projects approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) in July 2011, those projects have passed to the implementation stage.
The second call for proposals was launched on 8 September 2011. The deadline for submission of proposals is 8 December 2011.


D. FURTHER INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

 

Potential beneficiaries, who would like to apply for grant under the Programme, are able to obtain detailed information by visiting the official web site of the Programme.
* Priority axis of ‘Technical Assistance' is dedicated to provide finance for the activities of Managing Authority and National Authority to ensure the proper functioning of the programme

 

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