Bulgaria – Operational Programme 2007-13: Environment

On the 7 November 2007, the European Commission approved a sectoral operational programme in Bulgaria for the period 2007-2013. The Operational Programme 'Environment' involves Community support for the whole national territory within the framework of the 'Convergence' objective. The total budget of the programme is around € 1.8 billion and the Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to € 439 million and through the Cohesion Fund, it amounts to € 1.027 billion (approximately 22 % of the total EU money invested in Bulgaria under the Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

3. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The Operational Programme “Environment” (OP Environment) is the main programme document of the implementation of the national environmental policy. The purpose of the support within this framework is to protect and preserve the natural resources of Bulgaria and to improve the state of environment throughout the country.

Investments in environmental infrastructure are strongly connected to sustainable economic growth and job creation. They also contribute to promoting convergence and increasing the competitiveness of regions. The programme will also contribute to the preservation and restoration of Bulgarian rich biodiversity and will help to improve the implementation capacity of the local stakeholders.

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