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EU regional policy and the opportunities for socio-economic development of municipalities in Bulgaria


  • Veneta Gaydardzhieva

    () (Department of Regional Development, Faculty of Economy, Trakia University, Bulgaria)


The Structural Funds (SF) are the main instrument of the European Union for conducting its regional policy. Through funding the European Regional Policy by EU funds, the Union complements and supports national activities. It has an impact on development planning at regional and local level. In recent years, the municipal administrations in Bulgaria have been relying heavily on project activities in the implementation of municipal goals and priorities. The preparation of municipal projects and their management both require a highly professional staff of experts. Most municipalities in Bulgaria, including those with greater success in the preparation and application of projects under the Operational Programs have difficulties and problems in project implementation. Most of them are summarized and discussed in this research.

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  • Veneta Gaydardzhieva, 2013. "EU regional policy and the opportunities for socio-economic development of municipalities in Bulgaria," Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research, Pro Global Science Association, vol. 5(1), pages 69-75, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rse:wpaper:v:5:y:2013:i:1:p:69-75

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    regional policy; structural funds; design work; Operative Programs; municipalities;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations


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