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Enhancing Bulgaria’s Competitiveness through Innovation TA. Experience and Lessons of Utilizing National and EU Funds for Innovation in Bulgaria. Ruslan Stefanov Coordinator Innovation.bg Group. Outline. Strategic underpinning Available instruments

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Enhancing Bulgaria’s Competitiveness through Innovation TA

Experience and Lessons of Utilizing National and EU Funds for Innovation in Bulgaria

Ruslan Stefanov

Coordinator Innovation.bg Group

outline
Outline
  • Strategic underpinning
  • Available instruments
  • Performance assessment: strengths vs. weaknesses
    • National Science Fund (NSF)
    • National Innovation Fund (NIF)
    • OP Competitiveness (OPC)
  • Conclusions and recommendations
strategic framework
Strategic framework
  • European dimension: Europe 2020 => draft national goal R&D expenditures = 1.4 ~ 2% of GDP
  • Draft National R&D Strategy and National Innovation Strategy => targets not met + update needed for 2020
  • Legal framework: Law on Encouragement of Scientific Research […] => outdated and patchy
  • Financial underpinning => annual national planning vs. 7 year EU / roughly EU – BG sources parity
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Position of the National Science Fund and National Innovation Fund Along the Science to Market Axis

innovation not a priority in 2007 2013
Innovation not a priority in 2007 - 2013

% of total amount allocated for both Convergence and Competitiveness objectives, compared to the total Community allocations in all themes

Source: Strategic Report of Republic of Bulgaria for 2009, Annex 3 Financial Progress by Priority Themes

capacity of absorption of eu funds
Capacity of absorption of EU funds
  • State administration and managing authorities:Complicated and prolonged the rules and proceduresGradually build up their capacity and information systemsCurrently trying to improve the procedures
  • Beneficiaries: Capacity of beneficiaries varies. Lesser experience of Bulgarian firms; not eligible under the pre-accession instruments.
  • Consultants: Developed consultancy market (Bulgarian and foreign firms) Different levels of professional expertise. Some problems with quality.

Capacity to absorb EU funds

conclusions recommendations
Conclusions & Recommendations
  • Most serious issue: lack of strategic coordination and policy underpinning
  • Problems with absorption similar to all national instruments, incl. operational programs
  • No stable national R&D financial framework
  • Performance can be improved by leveraging national instruments and EU framework programs