The process of programming consists of a sequence of phases which include defining of priorities and measures for their achievement on the basis of a detailed social and economic analysis of the current situation, SWOT-analysis, determination of the relevant funding, implementation of an efficient monitoring, management and control system as well as the inclusion of all governing levels and partnership with all interested parties.  The programming process encompasses the partners in the member-state and in the European Commission in order to reach the goals of the European Funds, implemented within a long-term programming system.

The principle of partnership is a foundation in the programming process, expressed in close cooperation between the member-state and the European Commission, as well as in cooperation with the national institutions, authorities and organizations (state, non-governmental, private, social and economical partners).

Regional Development Programming in the

2007 – 2013 Period

The preparation of Operational Program Regional Development 2007 – 2013 (OPRD) and of all other operational programs in the sector was carried out within the National Strategic Reference Framework.

Operational Program Regional Development 2007 – 2013 was approved by the European Commission with Decision No 5440/05.11.2007.

The program’s main purpose is directed towards improvement the quality of life and working environment through better access to main public services and new opportunities for regional competitiveness and sustainable development.

The program has 4 main priorities:

  • Sustainable and integrated urban development (BGN 1,680 million)
  • Regional and local accessibility (BGN 782 million)
  • Sustainable tourism development (BGN 387 million)
  • Local development and cooperation (BGN 175 million)


Main documents related to the elaboration of OPRD 2007-2013:

Regional Development Programming in the 2014 – 2020 Period

The conclusions in the Fifth Cohesion Report assert that the cohesion policy should preserve its key significance in order to achieve intelligent, sustainable and cohesive growth and at the same time to encourage the Union's harmonic development by decreasing its regional differences.  The relation between the cohesion policy and the Europe 2020 strategy is clearly defined, which gives an actual opportunity for the continued assistance to the poorer EU regions to overcome the lagging, to facilitate the coordination between the EU policies and to promote the cohesion policy to a leading development factor, including regarding the quality; all these things are envisioned to happen together with the overcoming of public challenges such as the ageing of population and climate changes.

The Report recommends the policy to become more efficient and its influence to be improved in order to increase the added value for Europe and its implementation system to be rationalized and simplified.

It is provided for the next programming period to have a thematic focus of the resources over a smaller number of priorities in order to achieve a bigger critical mass as an answer to the specific challenges confronting the member-states and the regions.  



Approved version of the Operational Programme "Regions in Growth" 2014-2020 - Approved from EC – 15 June 2015

Operational Programme “Regions in growth” 2014-2020 officially sent to European Commission

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