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EU Funds in Bulgaria

EU Funds in Bulgaria

 

1. Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”

  • Managing Authority - Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism - Competitiveness Directorate
  • Intermediate Body - Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Promotion Agency

 

Eligible applicants for projects under the OP Competitiveness:

  • Legal entities or sole traders registered under the Commercial Law
  • Headquartered in Bulgaria and directly responsible for implementation of project activities

“Energy efficiency and green economy”

 

For micro, small and medium enterprises

Maximum size of grant: € 200 000 - € 1mln

Eligible activities:

  • Expenses / Activities purchase and putting into operation (delivery, installation and initial testing) of new equipment to reduce energy consumption in the enterprise
  • Expenditure on purchasing and installing systems for heating and ventilation of renewable energy sources (solar systems for hot water heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, boilers, pellets, chips, etc..)
  • Expenses for acquisition and implementation of software systems for energy management, etc.

“Development of innovative start by supporting the introduction of innovative products, processes and services”


For micro, small and medium enterprises

Maximum size of grant: € 25 000 - € 500 000

 

Companies have or are in the process of acquiring intellectual property rights on innovative product, process, service

 

Eligible activities:

  • Purchase of new machinery and equipment (incl. computers) related to commercialization of innovative products, processes or services;
  • Acquisition of specialized software;
  • Improving of existing buildings and / or industrial premises by performing construction works.

 

More detailed info you can find on: http://www.opcompetitiveness.bg/index.php

 

 

2. Operational Programme - “Human Resources Development“

 

  • Central Coordination Unit - Ministry of finance
  • Certifying authority - Ministry of finance
  • Audit authority - Ministry of finance (IA Audit of EU funds)
  • Managing authority - Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (International Programmes and Projects General Directorate)
  • Intermediate Bodies:

- National employment agency for priority axis 1 and 2

- Ministry of Education, Youth and Science for priority axis 3 and 4

- Social assistance agency for priority axis 5

 

Employers could apply for financing in two ways:

- Direct application to the regional Bureau of Labor – costs are reimbursed after they are paid by the employer

- Project – 20-% advanced financing

 

Scheme “Qualification and training for employees”


Way of application: Project

Purpose: To provide training services and training for employees in micro, small, medium and large enterprises to increase productivity and create conditions for sustainable employment

Major activities: Providing general or specific training courses or further professional training of employees, including communication in foreign languages, math and IT skills, entrepreneurship

Budget: € 17mln.

 

Scheme “First job”


Way of application: Direct application to the Bureau of Labor

Purpose: Providing incentives for employers to hire and train up to 29-year-old unemployed people

Major activities: Reimbursement of salaries according to the minimum thresholds for the relevant job, insurance and transportation costs of the employee, if he/she has a different residence

Maximum financing: € 200 000

Budget: € 10mln.

Note: Similar scheme is available for hiring socially disadvantaged people, and it also includes reimbursement of training costs and of the trainers’ remuneration in the amount of ½ of the minimum wage

 

Scheme “New Job“


Way of application: Project

Purpose: Providing incentives for employers to hire and train up to 29-year-old unemployed people

Major activities: Reimbursement of salaries and insurance according to the minimum thresholds for the relevant job and of training costs. Purchase of equipment for the newly created jobs is also an eligible activity, but only if it comprises up to 40% of the cost of the entire project.

Maximum financing: € 10 000 - € 190 000

Budget: € 9 mln.

 

Scheme “Development“


Purpose: Training through vouchers in order to acquire or increase qualification

Major activities: Payment of subsidies to the employer for a period of 9 to 12 months and in the amount of € 190 per person. The employer is obliged to cover the same amount of labor costs.

Budget: € 90 mln.

 

Scheme “Social Innovations in Enterprises“


Way of application: Project

Purpose: Providing social benefits for employees and investing in their qualification aiming at their better adaptation to the conditions of the working place

Major activities: Development of training plans and conducting of trainings, providing social benefits, introduction of flexible working hours

Maximum financing: € 10 000 - € 190 000 with up to 40% cross-financing, just for additional activities

Budget: € 7 mln.

 

Scheme “Commuting“


Way of application: Project

Purpose: To facilitate mobility of workers from their residence to their working place

Major activities: Reimbursement of commuting costs of employees paid by the employer for the period of 12 months, provided the former reside in less than 100km radius from the working place

Maximum financing: € 10 000 - € 190 000

Budget: € 10 mln.

 

Scheme “Safe work“


Way of application: Project (at least 12 months duration)

Purpose: Improving working conditions in enterprises

Major activities:

  • analysis of the working conditions and design of the work organization, in its entirety of in parts (obligatory)
  • modernization or securing of objects, technological processes, machines and equipment
  • purchase of protective equipment and clothing
  • development and acquisition of safety standards
  • training employees on safe use of work equipment

 

Maximum financing: € 25 000 - € 100 000

Budget: € 15 mln.

Note: Co-financing in the amount of 20% of the project costs is obligatory for large enterprises, while SMEs receive a

100% grant

 

More detailed info you can find on: http://ophrd.government.bg/

 

3. Operational Programme - “Development of Rural Areas“

 

Eligible applicants:

  • Promotion of SMEs, agricultural producers and municipalities from rural and non-rural areas
  • All payments under the program are made after contracting and after the 3-year period of the project

Measure 121: Modernization of Agricultural Holdings

 

Investments, directed at environmental protection are considered priority

  • Eligible beneficiaries: registered agricultural producers from all municipalities, producers of primary agricultural production
  • Eligible activities: purchase of new equipment, irrigation systems, covering of international standards, creation of new orchards, greenhouses, reconstructions, construction of new livestock farms etc.
  • Maximum financing: € 1,5mln. grant per candidate for the entire period

Measure 123: Adding value to agriculture/forestry products

 

  • Eligible beneficiaries: micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from all municipalities, engaged in processing and marketing of forestry products and/or processing of end products
  • Maximum financing: € 4 mln. grant per candidate for the entire period
  • Eligible activities: Support for the purchase of buildings, equipment and machinery for the processing of end products, covering international standards

Measures 311 and 312: Diversification into non-agricultural activities

 

  • Eligible beneficiaries: registered agricultural producers (measure 311) or micro-enterprises (312)
  • Maximum financing: up to € 200 000
  • Eligible activities:

- production and sale of renewable energy (solar, wind, water, geothermal energy etc) except bio-fuel production

- production and sale of bio-energy

- investments in tourism accommodation and amenities of agricultural producers and micro-enterprises

 

More detailed info you can find on: http://prsr.government.bg/index.php/en/