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Programm: IPA CBC Bulgaria – Serbia

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Programme
IPA CBC Bulgaria – Serbia
Type of Fund Structural Fund
Description of programme
"IPA CBC Bulgaria – Serbia"

The overall aim of the IPA II CBC Programme Bulgaria-Serbia is to stimulate the balanced and sustainable development of the Bulgaria-Serbia border region integrated in the European space – achieved through smart economic growth, environmental change adaptation and learning culture enhancement.

Such overall objective is the basis for elaborating the Programme’s strategic framework, which refers to three thematic priorities, namely:

  • Encouraging tourism and cultural and natural heritage,
  • Investing in youth, education and skills,
  • Protecting the environment and promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation, risk prevention and management.

The programme differenciates between:

  • “soft projects” - projects that do not have any works component or that do not grant more than half of their total eligible budget to purchase of equipment, but rather involve studies, strategies, seminars, know-how exchanges etc. and
  • “investment projects” projects that have works (construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, renovation, etc) and/or purchase of equipment components, forming at least 70% of the total eligible cost of the entire project.
Link Link to Programme
Thematic Focus Employment, Education, Development Cooperation, Disaster Prevention, Youth, Art and Culture, Sustainability, Tourism, Environment & biodiversity, Natural ressources
Macro-Region
Adriatic and Ionian Region, Danube Region
Origin of Applicant of programme
IPA CBC Bulgaria – Serbia
Bulgaria / България Северна и Югоизточна България (Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria) Северозападен (Severozapaden)
Bulgaria / България Югозападна и Южна Централна България (Yugozapanda I Yuzhnan Tsentralna Bulgaria) Югозападен (Yugozapaden)
Serbia / Сpбија
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Every project must include at least one partner from each side of the border region. The maximum number of partners in a project shall not exceed 5 including the Lead Partner.

Eligible funding area in Republic of Serbia are7 NUTS III districts: Borski, Zajecarski, Pirotski, Nišavski, Toplicki, Jablanicki, Pcinjski.

The projects must deliver direct cross-border impact and benefits for the project partners / target groups / project area / programme area. The partners should clearly demonstrate that the cross-border approach has been respected in the project proposal.

Direct cross-border impact shall be understood in terms of respecting the following cooperation criteria as they are defined in the Application Guide: at least joint development and joint implementation and, additionally, one of the two cooperation criteria: joint financing or joint staffing (as described below).

Applicant details

Lead Partner and its partners must comply with all of the following general eligibility criteria:

  •  be legally established organizations (legal persons) according to the national legislation of the state on whose territory they are located. Exception is made for subsidiary structures of local/regional/national authorities. In case a structure of local/regional/national authority is not and cannot act as a legal entity, its legally established central organization, if such exists, shall be the project partner;
  • be registered in the eligible cross-border region between Bulgaria and Serbia;
  • be non-profit making organizations; 
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action, not acting as an intermediary.

Indicative list of potential beneficiaries under each Specific Objective is given below:

1. For applications under Specific Objective 1.1:

  • All levels of regional/local authorities;
  • Regional and sector development agencies;
  • Central and regional offices and structures of relevant government institutions/ administrations;
  • Public cultural institutes (museum, library, community centres, etc.);
  • Non-government organizations;
  • Regional touristic associations.

2. For applications under Specific Objective 1.2:

  • All levels of regional/local authorities; 
  • Regional and sector development agencies; 
  • Central and regional offices and structures of relevant government institutions/ administrations; 
  • Non-government organizations; 
  • Regional touristic associations; 
  • Business support structures - chamber of commerce, business association, business cluster;
  • Education/ Training Centres;

3. For applications under Specific Objective 1.3:

  • All levels of regional/local authorities;
  • Regional touristic associations;
  • Civil society structure (association/foundation/NGOs);
  • Business support structures;
  • Education / Training Centres;
  • Cultural institutes (museum, library, art gallery, community centres, etc.);
  • Local Action Groups (LAGs) established and supported under measure "Leader" within the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 for Bulgaria and within IPARD for Serbia.

4. For applications under Specific Objective 2.1:

  • All levels of regional/local authorities;
  • Local and national education institutions;
  • Training service providers;
  • Vocational training institutions;
  • Universities, knowledge / research institutes;
  • Civil society structure (association/foundation)/ NGOs;
  • Business support structures;
  • Cultural institutes, local community centres.

5. For applications under Specific Objective 2.2:

  • All levels of regional/local authorities;
  • Youth organisations / Non-government organizations;
  • Local and national education institutions;
  • Training service providers;
  • Universities, knowledge / research institutes;
  • Civil society structure (association/foundation);
  • Business support structures;
  • Cultural institutes, local community centres.

6. For applications under Specific Objective 3.1:

  • Relevant local and regional structures dealing with emergency situations;
  • Central and regional offices and structures of relevant government institutions/ administrations;
  • Regional and sector development agencies.

7. For applications under Specific Objective 3.2:

  • All levels of regional/local authorities;
  • Central and regional offices and structures of relevant government institutions/ administrations in the sphere of their competence;
  • Regional and sector development agencies;
  • Administrations of protected areas;
  • Research and academic institutes;
  • Environmental NGOs;
  • Local Action Groups (LAGs) established and supported under measure "Leader" within the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 for Bulgaria and within IPARD for Serbia. 
Financial details

Obligatory activities are covered by:

  • for Bulgarian bodies: 85% EU contribution + 15% national public co-financing, 
  • for Serbian bodies: 85% EU contribution + 15% national own co-financing. 

Note: Further to the forementioned obligatory amount of the activities, each project partner (Bulgarian or Serbian) may choose to provide ADDITIONAL own co-financing for the needs of the project. For Serbian bodies, this additional own co-financing shall come as a supplement to the OBLIGATORY own co-financing of 15% of the activities. There are no limits for the amount of the additional own co-financing.

Grant Amounts between 75,000 € and 600,000 € depending on the type of project (soft or investment project) and the priority addressed.

The duration of the project varies between 8 and 24 months  depending on the type of project (soft or investment project) and the priority addressed.

Contact Details

Joint Secretariat - JS main office

Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works
17-19 St. St. Kiril and Metodiy Str.
Ground floor, office 1.1 and 1.2
1202 Sofia, Bulgaria

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