INTERREG-IPA Bulgaria – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020 is a CBC programme financed by the European Union funds under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.
The overall objective of the Programme is to intensify cross-border cooperation between people and institutions in the region to jointly address common challenges and exploit the untapped potential.
The Programme covers two districts on Bulgarian side: Kyustendil and Blagoevgrad and three regions from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: North-East, East and South-East.
The total Programme budget is EUR 19,461,690, of which 85% EU co-financing (EUR 16,542,434) and 15% national financing from both partnering countries (EUR 2,919,256).
The Programme has four priority axes: Environment, Tourism and Competitiveness (under which investment and “soft measures” projects are financed) and Technical assistance priority axis..
Programme beneficiaries can be national, regional and local authorities as well as educational, cultural and business supporting organisations, which is a prerequisite for improving the knowledge and utilisation of best practices in the border region.
Additional information can be found on the official website of the Programme – www.ipa-cbc-007.eu