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The main objective of the OP “Innovation and Competitiveness” 2014-2020 is to contribute to the dynamic and competitive development of the economy based on innovation. A key factor in this is that not only in Bulgaria, but also globally, innovation is a driving force for improving the economic situation of a country. Research and innovation ensure smart growth, maintaining high levels of employment and income, adherence to strict social and environmental standards.

The priority axes of the programme are:

Priority axis 1: Technological development and Innovation;
Priority axis 2: Entrepreneurship and Capacity for growth of SMEs;
Priority axis 3: Energy and Resource Efficiency;
Priority axis 4: Removing bottlenecks in security of gas supplies;
Priority axis 5: Technical assistance.

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