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The EC approved the “Greece-Bulgaria” program, providing 84 million euros for joint projects

The European Commission has approved the cross-border cooperation program “(Interreg VI-A) Greece-Bulgaria” 2021-2027. Through it, the two neighboring countries will be able to invest nearly 84 million euros in joint projects for the development of the border regions. Of these, 67 million euros are provided by the European Regional Development Fund.

The program will accept projects under three priorities: “More sustainable and greener cross-border region”, “More accessible cross-border region”, “More inclusive cross-border region”. Interventions are permissible in four Bulgarian regions – Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Haskovo and Kardjali, and seven Greek regions – Evros, Xanthi, Rhodope, Drama, Kavala, Thessaloniki and Seres. Beneficiaries can be national, regional and local authorities, universities, research centers, associations, non-governmental organizations, civil associations and networks, and others.

Bulgaria plans to allocate around 30 million euros for the development of two strategic infrastructure projects. One is the preparation of a technical project and investment study for the modernization of the Radomir – Kulata railway line. The second provides for the completion of the main road communication of Smolyan, which will take over the heavy traffic to the border points with Greece at Rudozem and Zlatograd.

On the Greek side, the project plans to upgrade the remaining parts of the road section – from the border to Xanthi, along with measures for digital infrastructure and equipment with border control and security systems along the route.

€35 million is earmarked for joint disaster and emergency response projects, support for green infrastructure and the circular economy, and pollution reduction.

An important measure in the program is the support for small and medium-sized enterprises, which will have access to European funds for the promotion of a circular and green economy, stimulation of the connection between business and education, etc.

Projects for the development of tourism and cultural exchange will also be financed. A new measure is the possibility of support for micro or family enterprises and social cooperatives working in the field of culture and tourism.

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