Currently available funding
Strengthened social and economic cohesion
This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.
The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Education and Science. The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) is Donor Programme Partner (DPP). The Council of Europe is International Partner Organisation (IPO).
The programme objective, “Strengthened social and economic cohesion”, will be attained through three outcomes:
The programme shall support the outcome “Increased social and economic development in disadvantaged municipalities” (Outcome 1) by way of four pre-defined projects (PDPs): “Grow through Activating Local Potential (GALOP)” (PDP no. 1), “Innovative Community Care Models in Favour of People with Chronic Diseases and Permanent Disabilities” (PDP no. 2), “Recovery Centre for Children with Oncoheamathological Diseases” (PDP no. 3) and “Healthcare for everyone Conceptual, technical and detailed design for the construction of the National Multiprofile Paediatric Hospital” (PDP no. 4), as well as one small grant scheme (SGS) and one restricted call for proposals. The SGS will enhance local development through supporting innovative approaches strengthening economic activities and generating jobs in targeted areas. The SGS will be complementary to PDP no. 1; projects shall be implemented in the 10 municipalities selected under PDP no. 1. The restricted call for proposals shall be addressed to the four youth centers established under the “Children and Youth at Risk” programme supported under the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 in Bulgaria. It will aim at expanding the scope of activities and community outreach of these youth centers.
The programme shall support the outcome “Enhanced social inclusion of children and youth” (Outcome 2) by way of pre-defined project “INCLUDE – Building Capacity for Educational and Social Inclusion in Bulgaria” (PDP no. 5), and two calls for proposals (calls no. 1 and 2). Call no. 1 shall aim to support pre-school education and early childcare in remote, rural and/or poor settlements. Call no. 2 shall aim to support the establishment of new youth centers in communities with a large share of youth at risk, notably Roma.
The programme shall support the outcome “Enhanced inclusion and empowerment of Roma” (Outcome 3) by way of pre-defined project “Novel Approaches to Generating Data on Hard-to-reach Populations at Risk of Violation of their Rights” (PDP no. 6) and one call for proposals (call no. 3). Call no. 3 shall aim to support integrated projects on improved access to education, employment, social and health services.
A maximum level of funding available from the total eligible expenditure of the programme for infrastructure (hard measures) shall be identified in the concept note.
Developing further the results of projects funded under the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 shall be explored when developing the concept note.
Municipalities in disadvantaged areas with a high percentage of Roma population shall be given priority.
The possibility of predefining project(s) with the Council of Europe and, as relevant, other stakeholders shall be explored when developing the concept note.
The programme shall combat exclusion and discrimination of Roma.
The programme shall ensure a systemic approach to local development and poverty reduction integrating measures in education, employment, housing, and health (including initiatives addressing the health needs of vulnerable groups).
€100,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.