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With 210 million euro Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway will support priority projects in Bulgaria
09 December 2016
Bulgaria signed a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2014-2021. Within the framework of this cooperation our country will receive financial support in the field of social and territorial development and cohesion in the amount of 210,1 million euro, granted by the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Lichtenstein, and the Kingdom of Norway. Bulgaria is among the first 15 countries to sign such a memorandum of understanding, which will provide the opportunity for further deepening of the bilateral relations.
“The programs of the two mechanisms have a key role for Bulgaria, because they complement measures from the main priority policies of the country, which do not entirely fall within the scope of the operative programs,” said the Deputy Prime Minister on European Funds and Economic Policy Tomislav Dontchev, who signed the two memoranda on behalf of Bulgaria. “With those agreements we strengthen the cooperation between Norway and Bulgaria in order to achieve maximum effect on a number of important policies,” said the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova Ms Tove Bruvik Westberg. The Financial Mechanism of the EEA with the resources of 115 million euro, provided by Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Norway will finance projects for local development and poverty reduction, energy efficiency and security, environmental protection, and development of entrepreneurship in the field of culture. In addition, Norway will provide another 95,1 million euro for projects targeting business development, innovation and SMEs, and justice and internal affairs, which will be implemented in Bulgaria through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The civil society will receive 15,5 million euro in support for monitoring and evaluation of policies and the activities of the administration. 951 000 euro will be devoted to support for social dialogue and guaranteeing adequate working conditions.
In the next six months the respective ministries and stakeholders from Bulgaria and the donor countries will prepare the idea concepts for each of the approved programs. The first projects can start in the end of next year, while the deadline for the implementation of all activities is 30 April 2024.
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice, and presidents of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court presented their positions on the judicial reform to ambassadors of EU member-states and the United States.
After his visit to Vietnam, on the way to Bulgaria, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski paid a short visit to the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan. There, the Prime Minister met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov. Mr. Oresharski and Mr. Azimov discussed bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Uzbekistan , with a an emphasis on economic issues. The two discussed the upcoming meeting of the Joint Committee of the intergovernmental Commission and political consultations in June this year. Discussed was also the possibility the Bulgarian Prime Minister to visit Uzbekistan before the end of the year.
The repair of the road between Drenovets and Ruzhintsi will begin within a month. The Government has provided BGN 2.7 million to repair the railway overpass on Blvd Pannonia, the Minister of Regional Development says
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev announced that he had sent a letter to European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, in which he responds to her criticism regarding the refugee situation in Bulgaria
Dialogue is the only form of communication and the only way that leads to mutually acceptable solutions, said Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova following the meeting of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation
The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Bulgaria supported Ukraine’s EU association but South Stream gas pipeline was important for us so that we did not depend on relations between third parties for the transit of gas
We will work to complete the 31 km highway section connecting the border and Sofia so that we could have a first class road between the two capitals, said the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Information
We have made our aware that Bulgaria needs to receive assistance immediately. Many lies were told about the Ministry of Interior Bill. Sofia Directorate of Interior was a subcontractor for a security company, which is not right, the Minister of Interior said.
It is logical that EC begins direct dialogue with the Russian side to clarify South Stream issues. Bulgarian immigration could not be of any concern for Great Britain, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
It is possible to lose money due to financial corrections. It is important to identify those responsible for the errors in order to correct errors as soon as possible and protect national interests, said Minister of Environment and Water
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