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Bulgaria

Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the EU have signed the agreements on the EEA and Norway Grants for the period 2014-2021. Click here to find out more.

Key areas of support

  • Strengthening the justice sector through reforms
  • Combating organised crime, including trafficking
  • Improving the situation for vulnerable groups, including children, youth and Roma
  • Protecting biodiversity and improving the monitoring of marine and inland waters
  • Promoting green industry innovation

Allocation

2007-09
2009-14
2014-21
Total allocation:€41.5 M
EEA Grants:€21.5 M
Norway Grants:€20 M
Total allocation:€126.6 M
EEA Grants:€78.6 M
Norway Grants:€48 M
Total allocation:€210.1 M
EEA Grants:€115 M
Norway Grants:€95.1 M

Programme overview

Click on the programme names below for key facts and information about each programme, calls for proposals, partnerships, projects and news. For details on the application process and eligibility, consult the programme operator websites accessible via the below pages. Show all programmes

Click on the programme names below for key facts and information about each programme, calls for proposals, projects and news. For details on the application process and eligibility, consult the programme operator websites accessible via the below pages.

Programme Partner(s) Grant
(€ million)
Green industry innovation Innovation Norway* 13.7
Energy efficiency and renewable energy Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate 13.3
Integrated marine and inland water management Norwegian Environment Agency 8
Biodiversity and ecosystem services Norwegian Environment Agency 8
Correctional services Council of Europe 8.6
Schengen cooperation and combating cross-border and organised crime National Police Directorate (Norway)
Council of Europe
6
Judicial capacity building Council of Europe 3.1
Domestic and Gender-based Violence Council of Europe 2
Public health initiatives   13.4
Children and youth at risk Council of Europe 8.6
Capacity building and Institutional Co-operation Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities Norwegian Barents Secretariat 2
Cultural heritage and contemporary arts   14
NGO Fund   11.8
Scholarships Rannis - Icelandic Centre for Research AIBA - Agency for International Education Affairs (Liechtenstein) SIU - Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education 1.5
Decent work and tripartite dialogue Innovation Norway* 0.5
Bilateral national fund- funding for developing bilateral cooperation and activities of bilateral interest with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

*Programme Operator

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Distribution of funding 2009-14

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Country facts

  Bulgaria EU-28
GDP per capita in PPS (EU=100) 47 100
Economic growth (% change on previous year) 1.5 1.4
Unemployment rate (%)* 8.8 9.1
Youth unemployment rate (%)* 20.7 20.0
Public debt (% of GDP) 27 86.8
Gender pay gap (%) 13.4 16.1
At-risk-of-poverty rate (%) 40.1 24.4
Human development index (2014) 28 (EU-28 ranking)
Corruption perception index (2014) 25 (EU-28 ranking)

Sources: Eurostat, UNDP, Transparency International. All data is from 2014 except where * indicates 2015. Last updated in June 2016.

Project stories, news and features

Empowering youth at risk in Bulgaria

11.11.2016

The International Youth Centre in Stara Zagora in Bulgaria has been awarded the Council of Europe’s Quality Label Award for its work on empowering young citizens in Bulgaria.

Increasing human rights competence within the courts

10.10.2016

The number of complaints against Bulgaria before the European Court of Human Rights has been significantly reduced. According to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice, this is a result of sending Bulgarian judges and experts for a placement at the Court.