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BG - FLAG Cooperation in Bulgaria


Bulgaria’s Operational Programme for the EMFF states that each FLAG should propose at least one cooperation project in its local development strategy. However, cooperation projects in Bulgaria are likely to emerge towards the end of the programming period as FLAGs started the implementation of their strategies later than most Member States.

Although the Managing Authority in Bulgaria sees cooperation with partners from neighbouring countries in the Black Sea basin or along the Danube as a priority, it has allowed for maximum flexibility for FLAGs to choose the type of cooperation projects to implement and the partners to involve.

In terms of budget available for cooperation in Bulgaria, each FLAG takes the decision on the amount of its budget that should be allocated to cooperation projects.

Number of FLAGs in Bulgaria: 9

Level at which cooperation is handled: 

Cooperation is a responsibility for each FLAG which decides how much of their budget to devote to cooperation projects.

It is compulsory for each FLAG to implement at least one cooperation project.

FLAGs will each publish calls for project applications, including for cooperation. The timing of these calls and selection of projects will be decided by each FLAG.

Possible partners: 

Cooperation projects in Bulgaria can be implemented by the FLAGs, LEADER LAGs or other NGOs from the FLAG area, in collaboration with the FLAG.

FLAGs can cooperate with partners in Bulgaria, the EU or outside the EU.

Bulgarian FLAGs can cooperate with partners from CLLD groups funded by all European Structural and Investment Funds and/or with non-EU funded CLLD-type public-private partnerships.

Financing and co-financing of your cooperation project: 

Cooperation projects are subject to the same financing rules as any other FLAG project.

For any further information:

The Managing Authority is available for additional information. Contact: Stoyan Kotov, Ministry of Agriculture: Skotov@mzh.government.bg


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