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Announcement of the second Call for proposals of the Bulgaria-Serbia IPA Cross-border Programme

22.11.11 | Invitation and application documents

The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria
(Managing Authority)

in cooperation with

The European Integration Office of the Republic of Serbia – SEIO
(National Authority)

Announce on the 22.11.2011. the second Call for project proposals with aim to improve the cross-border cooperation between Bulgaria and Serbia with the financial assistance from the Bulgaria - Serbia IPA Cross-border Programme, co-financed from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) of the European Union.

The overall objective of the Programme is to strengthen territorial cohesion of the Bulgarian-Serbian cross-border region, its competitiveness and sustainability of its development through co-operation in the economic, social and environmental area over the administrative borders.

The total amount allocated to the second Call for proposals is € 10 284 480(according to the corrigendum approved on the 15th of February 2012).

Project proposals would have to target one of the following priority axes and areas of intervention under the Programme:

1. Development of small-scale infrastructure:

1.1. Physical and information infrastructure;

1.2. Infrastructure concerning environmental issues;

1.3. Assistance for project preparation.

2. Enhancing capacity for joint planning, problem solving and development:

2.1. Links and networking on the institutional, business and educational levels;

2.2. Sustainable development through efficient utilization of regional resources;

2.3. People to people actions.

The key objective of the Programme is to raise the capacity of the local and regional authorities in the development and implementation of joint projects in the eligible cross-border region, defined in the Programme as follows:

  • For Bulgaria (administrative level NUTS III) – districts of Vidin, Montana, Sofia, Sofia-city, Pernik and Kyustendil;
  • For Serbia (administrative level, NUTS III equivalent) – districts of Bor, Zajecar, Nisava, Pirot, Jablanica and Pcinja.

The full package of documents, including the Guidelines for Applicants is published and can be found on the following websites:

The deadline for submission of project proposals is February 20th 2012, 16:00 h. local time in Bulgaria, at the address specified in the Guidelines for Applicants of the present Call.

A campaign for information and support of applicants is going to be organized at the beginning of December 2011 in the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Serbia. The dates and venues of the information events are going to be announced soon on the web site of the Programme (

You can contact the Joint Technical Secretariat of the Programme for additional information:

Main office in Sofia: tel. +359 2 9405 337, +359 2 9405 361;

Branch office in Nis: tel. +381 18 521 677.

Application package: