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Bulgaria

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on 9 December 2016 signed new Memoranda of Understanding with Bulgaria on a number of new programmes under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. Click here to find out more.

Areas of support

  • Business Development, Innovation and SMEs
  • Social Dialogue – Decent Work
  • Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Enhanced Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups
  • Environment Protection and Climate Changes
  • Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Energy Security
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange
  • Civil Society
  • Judicial Reforms and Correctional Services
  • Police Cooperation and Migration

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.

Programmes under the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014

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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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.

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Results from the previous funding period

Read about results in Bulgaria from the funding period 2007-2009

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Project stories, news and features

We have everything we need except for freedom

18.07.2017

Many inmates enter Bulgaria’s only women prison with severe health problems. As a result of a reconstruction process, they can now get the health care they need behind prison walls.

Women on the move

10.03.2017

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the EEA and Norway Grants have taken a week to celebrate the work and the people that, with the help of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, promote gender equality every day.