Bulgaria to Receive Less EU Funding in 2014-2020 Programming Period
Bulgaria will receive less EU funding under almost all operational programs in the next programming period, according to Justice Minister Zinaida Zlatanova.
On Wednesday, Bulgaria's government approved the draft Partnership Agreement with the EC for the 2014-2020 programming period.
Zlatanova, as cited by Sega daily, made clear that the draft Partnership Agreement would be published by the end of the day on the website Eufunds.bg and urged people to read it carefully.
Asked to comment on the matter, Education Minister Aneliya Klisarova said that a Deputy Minister would be appointed in charge of EU funds absorption under the new "Science and Education for Intellectual Growth" Operational Program.
Regional Development Minister Desislava Terzieva admitted that she still could not specify how many Bulgarian cities would be included in Axis 1 of the "Regional Growth" OP, adding that their current number was 67, but the matter was yet to be discussed with the interested parties and the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB).
Environment Minister Iskra Mihaylova explained that water, waste treatment and biodiversity would remain major priorities under the "Environment" Operational Program in the next programming period.
Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov said that Bulgaria was lagging behind with the absorption of EU funding under the "Rural Development Program", but added that measures could be launched "as of tomorrow" so as to fast-track the absorption of EU funding.
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