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Operational Programme "Regional Development" 2007 to 2013. (OPRD) is a single operational program for all six planning regions in Bulgaria, which are eligible for funding under the "Convergence" cohesion policy of the EU.
OPRD has been developed in line with the objectives of the European Union specified in the Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion, 2007-2013. Also, OPRD is in line with the National Strategic Reference Framework of the Republic of Bulgaria and the National Reform Programme. In this wider context, all actions provided for the OPRD, include the Community's priorities in favor of sustainable development by strengthening growth, competitiveness and employment, social inclusion and protection of the quality of the environment.
Operational Programme "Regional Development" for 2007-2013 must meet the following midterm targets:

Overall objective of the program:
Improving the quality of life and working environment with better access to basic services and opportunities for increased regional competitiveness and sustainable development.

Specific objectives of the program:
1. Building a sustainable and dynamic urban centers connected with their less urbanized hinterlands thereby increasing opportunities for prosperity and development.
2. Providing better access to roads, ICT and energy networks to underdeveloped areas.
3. Increasing of the potential for regional tourism development and marketing of sustainable, diversified, specific tourist products with higher added value.
4. Mobilization of regional and local technical and institutional capacity and resources to implement the regional development policies. OP "Regional Development" plays a strategic focus on a limited number of questions in response to the need of the implementation of the EU's aims of attaining growth and jobs in the light of the renewed Lisbon strategy, using the tools of cohesion policy and the Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion 2007-2013. Emphasis is placed on the selected combination of several strategic areas, mostly falling within the scope of the first guidelines.

OPRD strategy is to increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of regions and municipalities and to reduce disparities between and especially within the six planning regions at NUTS II level by improving the industrial, residential, social, environmental and cultural environment of urban areas and accessibility of rural areas in terms of travel, ICT and energy networks.

The strategy will be implemented through five priority areas as follows:
Priority 1: Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development
Priority 2: Regional and local accessibility
Priority 3: Sustainable Tourism Development
Priority 4: Local Development and Cooperation
Priority 5: Technical assistance

Managing body  of OPRD
General Directorate "Programming of Regional Development" at the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works. The Managing Authority is responsible for the management of OPRD under Regulation № 1083/2006g.

Contracting authority OPRD
With regard to this scheme, the Managing Authority and the Contracting Authority, pursuant to Decree № 121/31.05.2007 laying down the procedure for grant aid under the Operational Programmes financed by the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund of the European Union and Program of the European Union (State Gazette br.45/07 years).

Monitoring Committee of the OPRD
Approves the criteria for selecting the operations OPRD monitor, approves corrective measures and performs other functions arising from Regulation (EC) № 1083/2006, and Decree № 182 / 21.07.2006g.

Certifying Authority
"National Fund" at the Ministry of Finance. According to Art. 61 of Regulation (EC) № 1083/2006, the certifying authority is responsible for certification of expenditure incurred by the beneficiaries.

Audit Authority
Executive Agency "Audit of EU Funds" Directorate at the Ministry of Finance. According to Art. 62 of Regulation (EC) № 1083/2006, the Audit Authority is responsible for carrying out audits to verify the effective functioning of the management and control of the operational program.

Central Coordination Unit
Administrative unit in the Ministry of Finance, established by Decision № 965 of the Council of Ministers in 2005. to determine the managing authorities of operational programs and IBs management of the Structural Funds of the European Union in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Priority 3 "Sustainable development of Tourism" is covered by the scope of the ERDF mentioned in Article 4, items 6 and 7 of Regulation (EC) 1080/2006. Priority Axis aims to increase the potential of regional tourism development and marketing of sustainable and diverse, specific tourist products with high added value and increase the sector's contribution to sustainable regional development. Tourism is considered to be one of the priority sectors of the Bulgarian economy. Its potential is demonstrated by its contribution to Gross Domestic Product, exports and foreign exchange earnings, as well as job creation. High spatial concentration, however, combined with the product uniformity and gaps in the marketing of tourism destinations, reduces the chances of recent growth to continue from the medium to long term, which creates significant environmental, social and economic risks for the overdeveloped resorts.
The focus of this priority axis is the development of the tourism product in an environmentally and economically sustainable way based on product and market diversification and a greater and more even use of  the potential of  tourism. The aim is to extend the territorial scope of tourism benefits to be distributed regionally in a  more balanced way and to contribute to the economic diversification of regions. Additional support will improve the business environment for tourism with an aim to provide investment solutions that promote tourism and business development through the establishment of tourist attractions based on cultural and natural heritage and associated with them tourist infrastructure,promotion and modernization of tourist sites, expanding and improving destination marketing, increase in market information within the tourism industry and policy and to strengthen the partnership between the various participants.
Without this support the expected level of tourism development will be achieved at a much later stage and not in such a comprehensive and complementary manner, as is provided for in this priority axis.
An essential element of this priority axis will be maximizing the impact of the activities carried out by priority support larger projects that have contributed significantly to the competitiveness and generating revenue for the regions and the change in current territorial structure of tourism.
Priority axis meets the objectives of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), which focuses on the rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage, taking  into account the contribution of tourism for the national growth and accepts it as an essential element of the local potential and one of the engines of regional and local development. NSRF also calls for strengthening the regional dimension of the product, placing emphasis on its role in the economic diversification, particularly in rural areas, and the protection and use of natural and cultural heritage.

The main objective of Operation 3.1. "Improvement of tourist attractions and related infrastructure" is the development of integrated and specific tourist products based on competitive and sought attractions that contribute to the diversification and teritorial distribution of tourism.
The operation focuses on the development of tourist attractions. It is aimed at overcoming the gap between rich and diverse resource potential and the lack of developed attractions adapted to modern market requirements and integrated in a way that provides significant search and to ensure their economic viability.
The operation aims to improve, upgrade and expansion of sites of natural and cultural heritage and / or groups of objects and associated public infrastructure, thereby encouraging the development mainly of specialized products such as cultural, environmental, health (spa / spa) tourism and / or diversify the supply of traditional mass tourism.
Main highlights of the operation are:
a) priority support for larger-scale projects, i.e. projects that promote the development of strategically located tourist products with broad impact based on natural and cultural heritage, or groups of smaller tourist sites, and b) focusing interventions on an underdeveloped tourist locations with considerable tourism potential (i.e., the operation will apply to areas outside the highly developed tourist centers where the development is concentrated at the moment).
The operation supports projects based on real marketing that can prove they are able to attract new, especially foreign tourists and contribute to increased revenues from tourism.
The operation focuses on the tourist attractions in terms of tourist sites that are comprehensive tourist product and experience.



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