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Nov 30, 2010


On December 2, Thursday, in hotel Cosmopolitan, Ruse, there will be a seminar entitled “INTERREG IVC – guidelines for participation”, organised by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism of Romania.

The seminar is aimed at stakeholders with connections to regional development, as well as local, regional and national authorities and public organisations from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Participants will have the opportunity to exchange valuable experience, to receive up-to-date information about projects financed under the programme and key evaluation criteria, with the primary focus being placed on the results achieved by project partners through the INTERREG IVC programme.

The seminar agenda includes four major topics:

  • entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • employment, human capital and education;
  • pollution prevention and waste management;
  • energy and sustainable transport.

Special attention will be paid to participants from the regions of Dobrich, Targovishte, Shumen, Ruse, Montana, Pleven, Lovech, Smolyan, Kurdzhali and Haskovo.

The Operational Programme INTERREG IVC 2007-2013 provides funding for interregional cooperation across Europe as part of the EU Cohesion Policy. The overall objective of the porgramme is the cooperation between regions with less experience in some areas and those with more experience in the same areas, in order to improve their effectiveness and regional policies and the administrative capacity. Potential beneficiaries include all regions (national, regional and local authorities, public organisations and legal entities) from the EU Member States, including Switzerland and Norway.

INTERREG has two major priorities: “Innovation and the knowledge economy” and “Environment and the risk prevention”. Its budget amounts to EUR 321 million, provided by the European Regional Development Fund.

Possible areas of interregional cooperation in the field of environmental protection include water and waste management, pollution prevention and preservation of natural resources. Typical networking activities which can be financed are working visits, personnel exchange, study surveys, seminars, media projects, creation of operational action plans, development of joint concepts and pilot implementation of new tools.