Bulgaria Submitted 1st Version of Partnership Agreement with EC in end-August
Bulgaria's government speeded up work on the Partnership Agreement with the European Commission for the 2014-2020 programming period in the past few months, according to Zinaida Zlatanova, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister.
"In end-August, the first complete version was sent to the EC after it was adopted by the government. The agreement passed two rounds of discussion since July. The remarks of the EC were taken into account," she explained on Monday during a public discussion on the Partnership Agreement organized by the Economic and Social Council (ESC).
"The ESC is a very important partner for social and civil dialogue. The economic and social partners are crucial in this process. The main goal of EU funds is to achieve economic and social cohesion in the different regions. The Partnership Agreement must guarantee the necessary level of efficiency of investments for sustainable growth," the Deputy Prime Minister said, as cited by the Focus news agency.
Meanwhile, Dobrinka Krasteva, Director of the "Programming of EU Funds Directorate" at the Council of Ministers, made clear that the PA between Bulgaria and the EC for the 2014-2020 programming period included four priority spheres, among which education, qualifications, innovations, cohesion, green economy, and good governance.
She assured that the PA did not diverge from Bulgaria's current strategic goals, adding that the document had been prepared on the basis of existing strategic documents, as well as program Bulgaria 2020.
Krasteva informed that the main goals in the transport sector were intermodal transport, the overhaul and construction of missing road and railway stretches under the TEN-T network, managing traffic and improving safety.
She said that the emphasis in the sphere of environment was on building wastewater treatment stations, water and sewerage infrastructure, biogas installations, etc.
She informed that the main goals in the field of employment were job creation measures, investments in human capital, and boosting labor-market mobility, while the focus in the sphere of education was on boosting the quality of education, improving access to education, and channeling investments towards education infrastructure.
Krasteva also cited the improvement of health infrastructure, the introduction of innovations in companies and the transfer of technologies, and the update of the e-government as other key priorities.
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