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 “Greece-Bulgaria” Programme 

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The eligible area of the programme is constituted by 7 administrative regions on the Greek side (Evros, Kavala*, Xanthi, Rodopi, Drama, Thessaloniki and Seres) and 4 on the Bulgarian side (Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardzhali, Haskovo), while it covers an area of 40.202 square klm and 2.812.236 inhabitants.

The Strategic Objective of the programme is defined as being the: 

  • Promotion of the inter-state region by ensuring regional cohesion and by enhancing competitiveness

with Specific objectives being the following:  

  • Enhancement of Attractiveness of the Region through the Upgrade of the Quality of Life
  • Improvement of Accessibility Structures and 
  • Improvement of Competiveness through the Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Establishment of Cooperation Networks and Investing in Human Resources.

For the implementation of the Programme the following Priority Axes have been set:

  1. Quality of Life:  Upgrade and management of environmental and cultural elements, medical and social issues for the improvement of quality of life in the cross-border region and the well being of its inhabitants. 
  2. Accessibility: Improvement of transportation and communication networks and ensuring the ease and safe circulation of goods, services and people within the cross-border region. 
  3. Competitiveness and Human Resources: Stimulation of entrepreneurship, investing in human resources and promoting research and innovation, in order to increase competitiveness and to improve the financial and social development of the cross-border region.
  4. Technical Assistance:  Support of the entire management and the smooth implementation of the Programme.
    The total budget of the programme is 110.735.958 Euros, and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

* the Prefecture of Kavala is included in the Programme as an adjacent area with total work expenses in the region not exceeding 20% of the total expenses of the programme.

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Last modification date: 23/03/2010