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The Use of EU Structural & Cohesion Funds for Projects within the Energy Sector – Improvement of Energy Efficiency in Bulgaria – Europe” Programme. Kolio Kolev Director, Directorate Energy Efficiency Control in Buildings and Public Register,
The Use of EU Structural & Cohesion Fundsfor Projects within the Energy Sector– Improvement of Energy Efficiency in Bulgaria– Europe” Programme
Directorate Energy Efficiency Control in Buildings and Public Register,
Energy Efficiency Agency to the Minister of Economy and Energy,
EU cohesion policy is about solidarity; helping lagging regions to cup in order to strengthen the economic, social and territorial ‘cohesion’ of the Union
Structural Funds and Cohesion Funds (SF/CF) are available to reach this goal
The new SF/CF programming period (2007-2013) focuses on the link with the goals of the Lisbon Agenda (competitiveness) and Gothenburg (sustainable development)
Energy investments are vital for regional development
Renewable energy systems (RES) and energy efficiency (EE) projects can contribute to a better environment, improved competitiveness, more jobs, and overall economic growth
EC documents advocate the financing of RES & EE investments through SF/CF
Few energy-related projects are currently financed through SF/CF
Managing Authorities often lack awareness and know-how to take into account energy aspects when promoting and managing SF/CF
In 2005, less than 1% of the SF budget was actually spent on sustainable energy
Renewable energy and energy efficiency in the operational programs of NMS 2007-2013
(based on code priority themes 39-43 according to Regulation 1828/2006)
funded by the European Regional Development Fund (85%) and
co-financed from the national budget (15%).
The above mentioned three OPs use national (sectoral) approach
(not regional or mix approach).
OP “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”
Thematic areas of interventions under
Priority Axis 2 “Increasing efficiency of enterprises and promoting
supportive business environment”
Beneficiaries - Bulgarian enterprises, both SMEs (392) and large enterprises (150) , both from the productive and service sectors.
OP “Regional Development” 1 / 2
Indicative activities to be supported under
Priority Axis 1: Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development
Priority Axis 4: Regional and local networking, co-operation and
Beneficiaries - state-owned institutions, municipalities, public authorities, associations of owners of multi-family residential buildings (over 3000 sq.m useful floor space) , public transportation companies
OP “Regional Development” 2 / 2
Key areas of intervention within
Priority Axis 2: Regional and Local Accessibility
Beneficiaries - municipalities without granted gas distribution licensees
The energy related measures (improvement of the EE and RES usage) are inserted horizontally into the separate projects the OP.
Area of intervention within
Priority axis 2: “Improvement and development of waste treatment infrastructure”
Beneficiaries - municipal administrations, regional associations/associations of municipalities
(based on code priority themes 33-43 according to Regulation 1828/2006)
Energy Efficiency Agency
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