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“Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013”


The cross-border European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013” was approved by the European Commission on 28/03/2008 by Decision C(2008)1129/28-03-2008.


The total budget (ERDF and national contribution) for the European Territorial Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013” is €138,696,303. The total financing consists of €117,887,607 (85%) ERDF funding and €20,803,696 (15%) national contribution.

Eligible area

The eligible area of the Programme consists of Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace (Prefectures of Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi and Drama) and Region of Central Macedonia (Prefectures of Thessaloniki and Serres) in Greece and the South-West Planning Region and South-Central Planning Region (Districts of Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardjali and Haskovo) in Bulgaria. The Prefecture of Kavala has been included as adjacent area.

Strategic Goal – Strategic objectives


Τhe general objective of the OP Cross-Border Cooperation «Greece – Bulgaria» for the Programming Period 2007 – 2013 is “to promote the cross-border area by ensuring regional cohesion and enhancing competitiveness”.

This strategic goal will be achieved through the following strategic objectives:

Strategic Objective 1: Strengthening the attractiveness of the area by upgrading the quality of life and improving accessibility structures
Strategic Objective 2: Enhancing competitiveness by promoting entrepreneurship, establishing networks of cooperation and investing in human resources

Priority Axes

These two Strategic Objectives are defined in the relevant Priority Axes, with more special objectives for each one of them that are the following:

  • Priority Axis 1: “Quality of Life”
    • Specific Objective 1.1: Protection, Management & Promotion of the Environmental Resources
    • Specific Objective 1.2: Protection, Management & Promotion of the Cultural Resources
    • Specific Objective 1.3: Cooperation and Networking on Health and Social Welfare Issues
  • Priority Axis 2: “Accessibility”
    • Specific Objective 2.1: Development of the Road and Railway Network
    • Specific Objective 2.2:  Improvement of Cross-Border Facilities  
  • Priority Axis 3: “Competitiveness and Human Resources”
    • Specific Objective 3.1: Support and Valorization of Human Resources - Support of Preparatory Actions in view of the Open Labour Market
    • Specific Objective 3.2: Encouragement of Entrepreneurship & Actions that Cope with the Restructuring of the Economy
    • Specific Objective 3.3: Promotion of Cooperation between Research, Technological and Academic Institutions and Business Organizations
  • Priority Axis 4: “Technical Assistance”
    • Specific Objective 4.1: Core Programme Management Activities
    • Specific Objective 4.2: Project Generation and Information & Communication Activities of the Programme

Basic information on the Programme

Title of the Operational Programme

European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013”


132.318.963 €


  1. Quality of Life
  2. Accessibility
  3. Competitiveness & Human Resources

Eligible area in Greece

  • Region of East Macedonia – Thrace (Prefectures of Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi and Drama)
  • Region of Central Macedonia (Prefectures of Thessaloniki and Serres)

Eligible area in Bulgaria

  • District of Blagoevgrad
  • District of Smolyan
  • District of Kardjali
  • District of Haskovo


For all information regarding the European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013” please visit the website  http://www.greece-bulgaria.eu


You may find all the approved projects at the webpage here

Calls for proposals

1st Call for Proposals
(04/09/2009 – 30/10/2009)
2nd Call for Proposals
(23/03/2011 – 10/06/2011)

3rd Call for Proposals
(21/09/2012 – 31/10/2012)

4th Call for Proposals
(23/10/2012 – 08/11/2012)


Managing Authority
Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes  
Leof. Georgikis Scholis 65,
570 01, Thessaloniki

Telephone center: +30 2310 469600

fax: +30 2310 469 602

E-mail: interreg@mou.gr

Joint Technical Secretariat
Balkan Center, Building D, 110th klm Thessaloniki-Thermi, 57001, Thessaloniki

Telephone center: +30 2310 024040
Fax: +30 2310 024078
E-mail: jts_grbg@mou.gr