2005-2006 Strengthening municipal capacities for identification and preparation of partnership projects to be funded by the Structural Funds
The project is a common initiative of the Embassy of the United Kingdom, United Nations Development Programme and Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
The objective of the project is to support regional development in Bulgaria by building the capacity of 93 municipalities, labour market bureaus, businesses and NGOs to establish effective partnerships for the identification and preparation of projects to be funded by the EU Structural Funds.
The focus of the project is public-private partnerships interpreted in the broad sense of partnership between the municipal administration, the private sector and NGOs. The project is implemented at municipal level in the following stages:
1. Training in public-private partnership
Trained Bulgarian experts by the project, from regional structures, deliver training in public-private partnership to approximately 20 staff of the municipal administration, labour market bureaus, local businesses and NGOs. During the training local needs and priorities are discussed and partnership projects which can qualify for funding under the EU Structural Funds are identified.
2. Establishment of Working Groups for the formulation of local priority partnership projects eligible for funding under the EU Structural Funds
The beneficiary municipality, with the support of the experts, is establishing a Working Group composed of staff of the municipal administration, labour market bureaus, local businesses and NGOs. The task of the Working Group is to discuss in detail the process for the formulation of the identified projects.
3. Support to the formulation of partnership projects eligible for funding under the EU Structural Funds
The trainers support the formulation of the identified projects. The support essentially consist of facilitation and methodological support to the local partners to prepare their joint projects. The experts also provide feedback on the quality of the draft project proposals prepared by the local actors as well as quality control on the final documents