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BGN 3.1 billion for green transition - only for Pernik, Kyustendil and Stara Zagora

The new CFP for BGN 6.7 billion will be discussed on 19 April
Pernik, Kyustendil and Stara Zagora are the three cities that will receive a total of BGN 3.1 billion for the transformation of their economy, which depends very heavily on coal. This is the latest version of the new Operational Programme for the Development of the Regions 2021-2027, to be sent for approval to the European Commission.

Before that, however, there is a public debate due to take place on 19 April, and it is possible to add eight more cities in which there are coal-dependent production.

These are Sliven, Yambol, Haskovo, Burgas, Varna, Lovech, Gabrovo, Targovishte. For the preparation of territorial plans for a fair transition, an agreement has been concluded for them with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. For now, however, the European Commission has approved assistance only for Pernik, Kyustendil and Stara Zagora, and the debate during the public discussion will obviously consist of whether 11 cities should be proposed to the European Commission.

The Regional Development Programme is practically just one of the sources for the green transformation of the economy. The other two are the Fair Transition Fund and the Recovery and Sustainable Development Plan, bringing the amount to nearly BGN 7 billion. However, the last two instruments will also be used for remediation and other activities that have nothing to do with coal.

The total resource of the new Programme for Development of the Regions 2021-2027 is BGN 6.7 billion. In the final version of the programme, there are almost no amendments compared to those discussed so far.

According to Priority 1, which is for integrated urban development, projects in the ten most developed cities will be financed (see the infographic on the distribution of amounts) for infrastructure in the areas of health, education, social activities, culture, sport, tourism, housing, energy efficiency and renovation of residential and public buildings, improvement of urban mobility.

Priority 2, whose budget is 2.4 billion levs, is for integrated projects in 40 less developed municipalities, which will be able to implement identical projects with this money, but also in neighboring ones will benefit from those whose effect is felt not only in the respective municipality but also in neighboring ones.

According to the application guidelines, projects to be approved may be of only one municipality, but there will be an advantage in the evaluation that covers several.

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