Bulgaria Lacks Focus in EU Funds Absorption – Expert
Bulgaria's EU funds absorption is characterized by a lack of priorities, according to EU funds expert Atanas Kirchev.
In a Thursday interview for TV channel Bulgaria on Air, Kirchev reminded that Bulgaria's government had approved on Wednesday the Partnership Agreement with the European Commission for the new 2014-2020 programming period as a basis for negotiating with the EC.
Kirchev insisted that the distribution of EU funding in the 2014-2020 programming period was almost the same as that in the past programming period.
He also drew attention to the fact that the allocations were very similar in amount, adding that this indicated a lack of priorities.
"We need a targeted strategy which is centered on supporting the economy," the EU funds expert suggested, adding that such a paper would provide a specific orientation of the programs which were currently scattered across a number of sectors which had nothing to do with stimulating economic growth.
"The problem is that EU money is seen as a major source of funding and not an auxiliary one and they are used to plug a range of budget gaps," Kirchev declared.
He predicted an absorption rate of over 90% for the past programming period, stressing that the impact would be diminished due to the lack of focus.
Kirchev also suggested that the efficiency of EU funds absorption in the 2014-2020 programming period was also questionable due to rate of concentration.
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The EU need to pay a lot closer attention to the funds given to Bulgaria ,in particular to the ROADS SCHEME ,They are repairing roads Not resurfacing them a cheap fix that looks good but will not with stand the use they get, Any road contractor given a contract to resurface a road should sign a guarantee that the surface will be secure for a period of time agreed with the EU, The EU SHOULD BE THE ONES WHO GIVE THE CONTRACTS NOT LOCAL AUTHORITIES, The funds are disappearing and at the local levels rewards are still ask for .
That's strange, my impression has always been that EU funds are "absorbed" here both quickly and efficiently - by the same "ex-"Commies and their thieving brats who have been stealing from us for over thirty years.
I assume the EU turns a blind eye to it these days in case the Red Trash and their cronies declare themselves a Persecuted Minority and appeal to Tsar Vlad to come to "liberate" them....
Some priorities could include fixing the roads properly in cities - after planning properly so they are not dug up a month later for the water or electricity companies. Investing in street signs so people know where diversions are well in advance rather than when they and a hundred other cars are trying to turn round in the same 20 m2 space. Repainting pedestrian crossings in the proper material that does not wear off within a week. Putting traffic lights at difficult junctions. Those just a few for the road