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The first 202 grant contracts under Operational Programme Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020 will be signed until Christmas - 30/11/2015

The first 202 grant contracts under Operational Programme „Innovations and Competitiveness” (OPIC) 2014-2020 will be signed until Christmas. This was announced by the Minister of Economy, Bozhidar Lukarski on a press-conference, which presented the results of the evaluation of project proposals, submitted within the first deadline of OPIC procedure “Improving the production capacity in SMEs”.

The First Meeting of the Thematic Working Group for the development of the new OP Initiatives for Small and Medium Enterprises 2014-2020 was held - 02/07/2015 - 10/07/2015

   On 1st July, 2015 in Sofia was held the first meeting of the thematic working group for development of the new Operational Program “Initiative for Small and Medium Enterprises” 2014-2020. (OP ISME). The meeting was chaired by Mrs. Ivelina Peneva, acting Director General of the General Directorate “European Funds for Competitiveness” in the Ministry of Economy and Chairlady of the Thematic Working Group.

The Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Economy organize information days - 23/06/2015 - 10/07/2015

  The Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Economy organize information days in the planning regions where the new opportunities for financial support under the Operational Program “Science and Education for Intelligent Growth” and under the priority axis 1 “Technological development and Innovations” of the Operational Program “Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014-2020, shall be presented. The role of the Innovation Strategy for Intelligent Specialization 2014-2020 is under discussion for both Operational Programs.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 28/05/2015 - 10/07/2015

  An updated Operational Manual for implementation of contracts signed under the call for direct awarding of financial grant aid BG161PO003-1.2.05 „Establishment of Hi-tech Park”, version 2 and attachments to it  was approved by Order № РД-16-435/28.05.2015 of the Minister of Economy and Head of the Managing Authority of OP “Competitiveness” 2007-2013 was approved.

EXHIBITION OF THE OPERATIONAL PROGRAMS 2014-2020 SHALL BE CARRIED OUT IN SOFIA - 26/05/2015 - 10/07/2015

  On 28th May, 2015 from 11:00 till 20:00 h in the City garden of Sofia (the ex-Mausoleum area) shall be carried out an exhibition/presentation under the heading “One direction, many opportunities”.  The event shall bring together experts from all operational programs for the period 2014-2020 who shall provide information and promotion materials for the current calls for proposals and general information on the programs.  The Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 shall present good practices of projects that have already been completed.  Ms. Corina Kretzu, European Commissioner of Regional Policy shall attend the event and is expected to visit the presentation desks of the programs at 18:00 h.

Manual for Implementation of Financial Aid Contracts under the Operational Program "Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020 - 20/05/2015 - 10/07/2015

  A Manual for Implementation of Financial Aid Contracts under the Operational Program "Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014-2020 was approved by/BG/ Order № РД-16-411/19.05.2015 of the Minister of Economy and Head of the Managing Authority of the Operational Program “Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014-2020.

Minister Loukarski Inaugurated the Information Campaign on the first Call for proposals under the Operational Program Innovations and Competitiveness - 11/05/2015 - 10/07/2015

  Bozhidar Loukarski – Minister of Economy inaugurated the information campaign on the first call for proposals opened under the Operational Program “Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014-2020 today in Vratza.

THE FIRST CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR PROVISION OF FINANCIAL GRANT AID UNDER THE APPROVED OPERATIONAL PROGRAM INNOVATIONS AND COMPETITIVENESS 2014-2020 WAS OPENED - 07/05/2015 - 19/05/2015

 

The General Directorate “European Funds for Competitiveness” – Managing Authority of the Operational Program “Innovations and Competitiveness” extends an invitation to all concerned persons to submit project proposals under Priority Axis 2 “Entrepreneurship and Capacity for Growth of  SMEs”, Investment Priority 2.2 “Capacity of SMEs to Grow” by announcing a call for proposals under the name: 

BG16RFOP002-2.001 „Improving the Production Capacity of SMEs”.

 

The objective of the call for proposals is provision of investment support to Bulgarian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) for improvement of production processes and for enhancement of production and export capacity.

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION APРROVED THE NEW OPERATIONAL PROGRAM INNOVATIONS AND COMPETITIVENESS 2014-2020 - 17/03/2015

The Operational Program “Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014-2020 (OPIC) is the basic program document on national level outlining the aid envisaged for the Bulgarian business from the European structural and investment funds for the period 2014-2020. The Program’s main objective is the achievement of dynamic and competitive economy through the development of innovations, entrepreneurship, growth capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), energy and resource efficiency of enterprises.

 

The total budget of OPIC amounts to € 1,39 billion, with financing from the ERDF almost  € 1,18 billion (85% of the budget ), and national cofinancing € 209 million (15% of the budget).

 

The fourth session of the thematic working group for development of OP Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020 took place. - 01/10/2014 - 02/10/2014

On 1st October, 2014 in Sofia Hotel Balkan, in Sofia was held the fourth session of the thematic working group for development of the Operational Program “Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014-2020 (OPIC). The meeting was chaired by Mrs. Irena Mladenova – Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy and Head of the Managing Authority of the Operational Program.

 

MORE INFO  is available in the Bulgarian version of the website at: www.opcompetitiveness.bg

  

ANNOUNCEMENT- 24/09/2014 - 30/09/2014

IMPORTANT!!! Dear beneficiaries, by  Decision РД-16-1284/24.09.2014  the Head of the Managing Authority of Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013, amended Decision РД-16-250/26.02.2014 for the adoption of Instructions on the conditions and order for selection of contractors by beneficiaries of financial grant aid.

MORE INFO  is available in the Bulgarian version of the website at: www.opcompetitiveness.bg

Public Discussion on an Indicative annual program for 2015 under Operational Program Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020 - 15/09/2014 - 30/09/2014

Following Art. 7, Para. 3 of Decree № 107/2014 of the Council of Ministers, the Managing Authority of Operational Program “Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014-2020 published a draft version of an Indicative Annual Work Program for 2015.

MORE INFO is available in the Bulgarian version of the website at: www.opcompetitiveness.bg

ANNOUNCEMENT - 31/07/2014

IMPORTANT!!! The Managing Authority of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of Bulgarian Economy 2007-2013” published Instructions on the application of Art.9, para. 2 of Council of Ministers Decree No. 118/2014 relating to the provisions and order for selection of Contractors by beneficiaries of financial grant aid from the European Regional Development Fund…..

MORE INFO  is available in the Bulgarian language version of www.opcompetitiveness.bg  

ANNOUNCEMENT - 03/07/2014 - 07/07/2014

INVITATION TO NON-PROFIT LEAGAL ENTITIES FOR PROVISION OF REPRESENTATIVES AND DEPUTIES TO ACT AS OBSERVERS WITH CONSULTATIVE VOTE AT MEETINGS OF THE MONITORING COMMITTEE FOR THE OPERATIONAL PROGRAM “INNOVATIONS AND COMPETITIVENESS” 2014 – 2020

The Ministry of Economy and Energy, on the grounds of Art. 3 of the Mechanism for selection of non-profit legal entities whose representatives will act as observers with consultative vote at the meetings of the Monitoring Committee of Operational Program “Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014 – 2020, extends an invitation for participation in the selection of representatives for the Monitoring Committee of Operational program, “Innovations and Competitiveness” 2014 - 2020 to the following groups of non-profit legal entities working in the fields of:

MORE INFO available in the Bulgarian language

ANNOUNCEMENT - 23/06/2014 - 24/06/2014

Decision for cancellation of the call for proposals BG161PO003-2.1.14 „Technological Upgrade of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises“ 

 

The Call for proposals BG161PO003-2.1.14 „Technological Upgrade of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises“ (announced by Decision № РД-16-1462/22.10.2013 of the Head of Contracting Authority, modified and amended by Decision № РД-16-646/14.05.2014) was cancelled  by Decision № РД-16-860/23.06.2014 of the Head of the Managing and Contracting Authority of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007 – 2013. The latter Decision repealed Decision № РД-16-694/23.05.2014 by which the Head of the Contracting Authority of OP “Competitiveness” had approved the Evaluation Committee’s Report on the evaluation carried out under the open call for competitive selection of project proposals with fixed deadline for applying: BG161PO003-2.1.14 „Technological Upgrade of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises“, Priority axis 2 ““Increasing the Efficiency of Enterprises and Development of Favorable Business Environment” of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 and Appendix № 1 – List of Project Proposals approved for financing and  Appendix № 2 – List of Reserve Project Proposals which successfully passed evaluation but failed to contract due to shortage of funds.

MORE INFO  is available in the Bulgarian language

ANNOUNCEMENT - 20/06/2014 - 23/06/2014

INVITATION TO NON-PROFIT LEGAL ENTITIES FOR SELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVES AND DEPUTIES FOR THE MONITORING COMMITTEE OF THE OPERATIONAL PROGRAM “INNOVATIONS AND COMPETITIVENESS” 2014-2020

  1. In implementation of the provisions of Art. 5, Para. 1 of the Mechanism for selection of nonprofit legal entities for social benefit, by providing representatives acting as members of the Monitoring Committee of the Partnership Agreement and the Programs co-financed by the European structural and investment funds for the program period2014-2020,  the Ministry of Economy and Energy extends and invitation to the following groups of nonprofit social benefit legal entities, working in the following fields:

MORE INFO  available in the Bulgarian language

ANNOUNCEMENT - 18/06/2014 - 18/06/2014

A List of Project Proposals Suggested for Rejection at the Stage of “Administrative Compliance and Eligibility Evaluation”  under the call for proposals BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy “

MORE INFO is available in the Bulgarian language

ANNOUNCEMENT - 18/06/2014 - 18/06/2014

In connection with the time limit for applying Regulation №800/2008 allowing to carry out negotiation procedure and contracting up till 30th June, 2014, the Managing and Contracting Authority of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”2007-2013 published:

 

Decision № РД-16-832/17.06.2014 of the Head of the Contracting Authority of OP “Competitiveness” for approval of the Evaluation Committee’s 17th Report on the evaluation carried under the open call for proposals covering specific quality requirements without a fixed deadline for applying: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy 

MORE INFO  in the Bulgarian language


ANNOUNCEMENT - 02/06/2014 - 02/06/2014

The Managing and Contracting Authority of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”  2007-2013 published a  List of contracts signed under the procedure for Direct Awarding of financial grant aid BG161PO003-3.2.01 „Support for Initiatives of Acceleration & Seed Funds” under Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”  2007-2013.

The List was published also on the Single Information Web Portal for general information on the management of EU Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund - www.eufunds.bg

 MORE INFO is available in the Bulgarian language


ANNOUNCEMENT - 31/05/2014 - 31/05/2014

 

CONSULTATIONS CARRIED OUT ON THE REPORT OF THE ECOLOGICAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF OPERATIONAL PROGRAM “INNOVATIONS AND COMPETITIVENESS” 2014-2020

For more information please read the Bulgarian version

MORE INFO is available in the Bulgarian language

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - 30/05/2014 - 30/05/2014

Amended Guidelines for Applicants under the Call for Proposals BG161PO003-2.1.14 „Technological Upgrade of Small and Medium Enterprises” and the Attachments thereto

 

By Order № РД-16-729/30.05.2014 of the Head of the Managing Authority of Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”  2007-2013, amendments were made to the Guidelines for Applicants under the Call for Proposals BG161PO003-2.1.14 „Technological Upgrade of Small and Medium Enterprises” and the attachments thereto.

MORE INFO  is available in the Bulgarian language


IMPORTANT: The Council of Ministers Issued Decree № 118/20.05.2014, repealing Council of Ministers Decree № 69/11.03.2013г. - 27/05/2014 - 27/05/2014

On 20 May, 2014  the Council of Ministers adopted Decree No. 118 setting the terms and order for selection of contractors by beneficiaries of grant aid under the European Regional Development Fund, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, EEA Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism,  promulgated in the State Gazette issue No. 44/ 27.05.2014, in force from  27.05.2014.

MORE INFO is available in the Bulgarian language

ANNOUNCEMENT - 23/05/2014 - 23/05/2014

The Managing and Contracting Authority of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”  2007-2013 published:

 

Decision № РД-16-694/23.05.2014 of the Head of the Contracting Authority of OP “Competitiveness” for approval of the Report drawn up by the Evaluation Committee under the open Call for proposals for competitive selection of project proposals, with fixed deadline for applying: BG161PO003-2.1.14 „Technological Upgrade of Small and Medium Enterprises”, Priority axis 2 “Increasing the Efficiency of Enterprises and Development of Favorable Business Environment”

MORE INFO is available in the Bulgarian language 

ANNOUNCEMENT - 07/03/2014

By decision РД-16-250/26.02.2014 of the Head of the Managing Authority of OP Competitiveness, the Regulation providing for beneficiaries implementing grant aid contracts to collect at least 3 (three) offers with technical and financial provisions so as to comply with the principles of good financial management was repealed. On the grounds of the said decision, instructions for the new order to be followed by grant aid beneficiaries/candidates in all cases within the scope Art. 9, Para 2 of Council of Ministers Decree 69/2013,   were published herein.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 07/03/2014

By order № РД-16-267/28.02.2014 of the General Director of the European Funds for Competitiveness General Directorate to the Ministry of Economy and Energy, and Head of the Managing Authority of the Operational program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007 – 2013, an amendment was carried out to Chapter III „Public procurement procedures for selection of contractors“  of the Guide Manual for implementation of grant financial aid contracts

ANNOUNCEMENT - 06/03/2014

The Managing and Contracting Authority of OP “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007 – 2013 published an Updated List of the Contracts Signed under the open Call for proposals covering specific quality requirements without fixed deadline for applying: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy", under the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007 – 2013.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT - 04/03/2014

A List of project proposals suggested for rejection at the stage of administrative compliance and eligibility was published under the Call for proposals for provision of grant aid BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy”

ANNOUNCEMENT - 19/02/2014

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published: 

 

Updated List of the Contracts Concluded under the open Call for proposals BG161PO003-1.1.07 "Introduction of innovations in the enterprises".

INVITATION FOR PARTICIPATION OF NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS IN THE SELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NON-GOVERNMENT SECTOR FOR THE MONITORING COMMITTEE OF OP COMPETITIVENESS 2007-2013 - 18/02/2014

The Managing Authority of the Operational program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 extends an invitation to non-government organizations to take part in the selection of representatives of the non-government sector for the Monitoring Committee of Operational program “Competitiveness”.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 17/02/2014

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published an Updated List of the Contracts Concluded under the open Call for proposals covering specific quality requirements without a fixed deadline for applying: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy” under the Operational program Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013

OP Competitiveness provides BGN 10 000 000 for over-contracting under the Call for proposals Support for the Development of Clusters in Bulgaria - 31/01/2014

By Decision № РД-16-119/31.01.2014 of the Head of the Managing  Authority of OP Competitiveness the total budget of the Call for Proposals BG161PO003-2.4.02 „Support for the Development of Clusters in Bulgaria  has been increased by BGN 10 000 000.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 31/01/2014

Extension of the deadline for submission of project proposals to the Contracting Authority under the Call for Proposals BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy”

The Managing Authority of OP “Competitiveness” extends the deadline for submission of project proposals to the Contracting Authority till 31.03.2014.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 22/01/2014

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational Programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007 - 2013 published:

List of contracts under grant procedure BG161PO003-1.1.07 "Implementation of innovations in enterprises".

(only in Bulgarian language)

ANNOUNCEMENT - 13/01/2014

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational Programme “Development of the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy” 2007-2013 published Updated List of contracts signed under an open call for proposals covering specific quality requirements without fixed deadline for application: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy efficiency and green economy"

ANNOUNCEMENT - 10/01/2014

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational Programme “Development of the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy” 2007-2013 published:

Decision № РД-16-20/10.01.2014 of the Head of the Contracting Authority of OP "Competitiveness" for approval of the eleventh report of the the Evaluation commission

ANNUAL AWARDS "COMPETITIVE BULGARIA" - 21/12/2013

"European Funds for Competitiveness" Directorate General at the Ministry of Economy and Energy presented the annual awards „Competitive Bulgaria“ 2013 for most successful project under OP "Competitiveness". The award ceremony took place on 20.12.2013 in Hall 3 of the National Palace of Culture.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 20/12/2013

A List of the project applications, proposed for rejecting at the stage of administrative compliance and eligibility is published under grant procedure BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy efficiency and green economy

ANNOUNCEMENT - 16/12/2013

By Order № РД-16-1776/14.12.2013 of the Director-General of "EFC" DG and Head of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme “Development of the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy” 2007-2013 an amendment in Chapter III "Procedures for selection of a contractor"

THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY AND ENERGY SHALL AWARD THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS FOR 2013 IMPLEMENTED UNDER OP COMPETITIVENESS - 11/12/2013

The Ministry of Economy and Energy shall present in Hall 3 of the National Culture Palace at 19:00 h on 20th December, 2013 the implementation progress of Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 within the framework of a big information event. The annual awards “Competitive Bulgaria” for most successful project under the Operational program in 2013 shall be delivered at the official ceremony.

OP COMPETITIVENESS provides additional BGN 55 million for large enterprises under the Call for proposal for introduction of innovations in enterprises - 10/12/2013

By Decision РД-16-1749/09.12.2013 of the Head of the Managing Authority of OP “Competitiveness” the total budget  of the grant financial aid under the Call for proposals BG161PO003-1.1.07 „Introduction of innovations in enterprises”  was increased by BGN 54 903 858.16 for the category “ large enterprises”.

OP Competitiveness provides BGN 88 million for over-contracting under the Call for proposals for introduction of innovations in enterprises - 05/12/2013

By Decision РД-16-1715/05.12.2013 of the Head of the Managing Authority of OP “Competitiveness” the total budget of the Call for Proposals BG161PO003-1.1.07 „Introduction of Innovations in Enterprises” was increased by BGN 88 232 409.65.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 05/12/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published:

Decision № РД-16-1708/04.12.2013 of the Head of the Managing Authority of OP “Competitiveness” for approval of the 10th report of the Evaluation Committee for selection of project proposals covering specific quality requirements under an Open Call for proposals without a fixed deadline for applying.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 04/12/2013

A List of project proposals suggested for rejection at the stage of assessment of administrative compliance and eligibility under the Call for proposals for provision of financial grant aid BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy efficiency and green economy”

ANNOUNCEMENT - 03/12/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published:

Decision № РД-16-1705/03.12.2013 of the Head of the Contracting Authority of Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 for approval of the report of the Committee for evaluation of project proposals under the Open Call for proposals for competitive selection of projects with fixed deadline for applying: BG161PO003-1.1.07 “Introduction of innovations in enterprises”

Extension of the deadline for submission of project proposals under the Call for Proposals BG161PO003-2.1.14 Technological Upgrade in Small and Medium Enterprises - 28/11/2013

In connection with Decision No. 698 of the Council of Ministers of 14th Nov., 2013 for the amendment of Decision No. 945 of the Council of Ministers of 2012, for the rearrangement of the days-off in 2013 (promulgated in the Official Gazette, issue 91 of 2012, further amended, issue 100 of 2013) and the arising necessity thereof for shifting the deadline for submission of project proposals under the open Call for proposals for competitive selection of projects with fixed deadline BG161PO003-2.1.14 „Technological upgrade in small and medium enterprises”, the documentation of the Call for proposals was adjusted accordingly by Order № РД-16-1665/28.11.2013 of the Head of the Managing Authority of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013.

The Deadline for submission of project proposals under the Call for proposals is 27th December, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT - 09/10/2013

List of project proposals suggested for rejection at the stage of administrative compliance and eligibility assessment was published under the call for proposals BG161PO003-1.1.07 „Introduction of innovations in enterprises“.

No funds will be lost till the end of 2013 under the Operational programme Competitiveness - 09/10/2013

As a result of the measures undertaken by the Managing Authority of Operational programme “Competitiveness” no funds will be lost under the programme till the end of 2013.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 08/10/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published:

Decision № РД-16-1375/08.10.2013 of the Head of the Contracting Authority of OP “Competitiveness” for approval of the 8th report of the Evaluation Committee for the evaluation carried out under the open procedure for selection of project proposals

Information about the implementation of the contracts under procedure BG161PO003-2.3.02 Energy efficiency and green economy" - 07/10/2013

The monitoring and verification of the implementation of the activities under the grant contracts, including verifications on the spot, is performed by

The Verification Assistant – Company under the Law on Obligations and Contracts „KPMG Bulgaria and ESD” (VA).

The task of the VA is to verify the implementation of the project activities, which includes checking the final technical report and verification on the spot.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 27/09/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007 – 2013 published Information on the implementation of Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 by 31.08.2013

ANNOUNCEMENT - 25/09/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published:

ANNOUNCEMENT - 20/09/2013

The Management and Contracting Authority of the Operational program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published: Decision № РД-16-1267/18.09.2013 of the Head of the Contracting Authority of OP “Competitiveness” for approval of the report of the Evaluation committee for the evaluation carried out under the procedure for direct provision of financial grant BG161PO003-4.3.03 „Strengthening the Institutional capacity of the Agency for Sustainable Energy Development (ASED) in order to provide more and better services in the field of the energy efficiency" and Annex № 1 “List of the project proposal approved for financing” (the document is available only in Bulgarian language)

ANNOUNCEMENT - 16/09/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published an updated List of the contracts signed under the open Call for proposals for selection of project proposals covering specific quality requirements without a fixed deadline: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy” under the Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013.  (The list is only in Bulgarian language)

The List was also published on the Single Information Web Portal for general information on the management of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund of EU in Bulgaria - www.eufunds.bg

Deadline for submission of project proposals to the offices of the Project Assistant - 10/09/2013

The Contracting Authority reminds that the deadline for submission of project proposals under the Call for proposals BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy” is 31.10.2013. In this connection applicants should take into account the time necessary for preparation of the project which covers a number of stages and activities: implementation of energy efficiency audit, carrying a procedure for selection of a contractor/supplier, preparation of the application form, obtaining the written technical opinion of the Project Assistant including the time required for corrections, obtaining the written statement of a partner-bank ensuring availability of funds as well as provision of a certificate by the National Statistics Institute on the economic activity code.

By additional BGN 18 million from OP Competitiveness shall be financed projects for development of applied research - 04/09/2013

By decision № РД-16-1211/04.09.2013 of the Head of the Management Authority of Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 the total budget of the Call for Proposals BG161PO003-1.2.04 Development of the applied research in the research organizations in Bulgaria is increased by BGN 18 566 979.57. In this way the overall amount of the financial grant is increased for a second time from BGN 35 700 637 to BGN 54 267 616.57. This will enable the financing of further 12 projects of the Reserve list of project proposals that have passed evaluation successfully.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 04/09/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published a List of the contracts signed under  the open call for proposals for competitive selection of project proposals with a fixed deadline BG161PO003-1.2.04 „Development of the applied research in the research organizations in Bulgaria under the Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013.

The List was also published on the Single Information Web Portal for general information on the management of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund of EU in Bulgaria - www.eufunds.bg

ANNOUNCEMENT - 21/08/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of Operational programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published an updated List of contracts, signed under the open call for proposals for selection of project proposals covering specific quality requirements without a fixed deadline: BG161PO003-2.3.02

ANNOUNCEMENT - 05/08/2013

Since 30th July, 2013 the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has agreements signed  with three more commercial banks, under the procedure BG161PO003-2.3.02 "Energy Efficiency and Green Economy".

ANNOUNCEMENT - 30/07/2013

The Managing Authority of Operational Program “Competitiveness”  and the European Investment Fund (EIF) extend an invitation to financial intermediaries interested in managing the instrument: Fund(s) for cofinancing within the framework of JEREMIE initiative.

The deadline for submission of letters of interest is 9th September, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT - 26/07/2013

Walltopia Ltd., a company which is a world leader in the manufacturing of artificial climbing walls, honoured in the category “Market Leadership” of last year’s national innovation forum, received a Certificate for class A investor in the field of high-tech  and innovation,  for the establishment of a research and development – part of the “Collider Activity Center” of Sofia Tech Park. BGN 7.2 mln. is envisaged for the setting up of the R&D center from the BGN 15 mln. total amount of the investment. The joint project provides for the opening of about 100 new jobs.

Deputy Minister Krassin Dimitrov shall hand in an A Class Certificate to Walltopia Ltd. - 25/07/2013

The Deputy Minister Krassin Dimitrov shall hand in an “A” Class Certificate to Walltopia Ltd. The ceremony shall take place on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 10:30 h in the building of the Ministry of Economy and Energy, at 8, Slavianska Str., Floor 3.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 22/07/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published:

Decision № РД-16-1008/22.07.2013 of the Head of the Contracting Authority of OP Competitiveness for approval of the fifth Report of the Evaluation Committee for the evaluation carried under the open call for proposals for selection of project proposals covering specific quality requirements without a submission deadline: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy”, Priority axis 2 “Increasing the Efficiency of Enterprises and Development of Favorable Business Environment” of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 and Appendix No 1 “List of Project Proposals Approved for Financial Support”

ANNOUNCEMENT - 19/07/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013 published:

An Updated List of the contracts signed under the Call for Proposals for provision of financial aid № BG161PO003-2.1.13 "Technology Upgrade of Small & Medium Enterprises” under the Operational Program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013.

OP "Competitiveness" provides additionally over BGN 16 mln for the development of applied research - 17/07/2013

With Order № РД-16-966/17.07.2013 (only in Bulgarian) of the Head of the Contracting Authority of OP "Competitiveness" the total budget of grant procedure BG161PO003-1.2.04 "Development of applied research in the research organizations in Bulgaria" is increased by BGN 16 142 337, representing the available resource under Priority Axis 1 of the Programme.

Thus, the total amount of the grant under  grant procedure BG161PO003-1.2.04 "Development of applied research in the research organizations in Bulgaria" was increased from BGN 19 558 300 to BGN 35 700 637. This will enable the financing of project proposals included in the reserve list, which have successfully passed the evaluation process, but did not reach funding.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 08/07/2013

As of today, via the special section "Suggestions, comments, recommendations" on the website of the Operational Programme „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007-2013, the business will be able to send its suggestions, comments and recommendations for the new programming period 2014-2020, based on the experience / opinion about the present programme.

A procedure BG161PO003-4.3.03 Strengthening the Institutional capacity of the Agency for Sustainable Energy Development (ASED) in order to provide more and better services in the field of the energy efficiency is launched - 28/06/2013

On 27.06.2013 г. „European Funds for Competitiveness” DG at the Ministry of Economy and Energy – Managing Authority of the Operational programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 LAUNCHES a procedure for direct awarding of grantsBG161PO003-4.3.03 „Strengthening the Institutional capacity of the Agency for Sustainable Energy Development (ASED) in order to provide more and better services in the field of the energy efficiency“

 

This grant procedure is realized with the financial support of the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund. The indicative budget of the grant procedure is BGN 5 378 532, 50. 

Public discussion of documentation under open procedure for competitive project selection with a fixed deadline for application BG161PO003-2.1.14 Technology upgrade in small and medium-sized enterprises - 25/06/2013

The Managing Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 plans the launching of an open procedure for competitive project selection with a fixed deadline for application BG161PO003-2.1.14„Technology upgrade in small and medium-sized enterprises”.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 19/06/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 published: Actualized list of contracts under open call for proposals meeting specific quality requirements without fixed deadline for application: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy efficiency and green economy" under Operational Programme „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy” 2007 – 2013.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 18/06/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 published: Actualized list of contracts under grant procedure BG161PO003-2.4.01: „Support for cluster development in Bulgaria”.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 18/06/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 published: Actualized list of the contracts  under grant procedure BG161PO003-1.1.03 „Development of innovative start-up companies by support for commercialization of innovative products, processes and services”.

The Managing Authority of OP Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy 2007 2013 notifies all interested - 17/06/2013

By Order No ЧР-H-55/06.17.2013, at the position of Director General of the "European Funds for Competitiveness" Directorate General is appointed Mrs. Eli Milusheva.

Modification in the Guidelines for applicants under three grant procedures is published - 14/06/2013

In connection with the provisions in the Council of Ministers Decision № 300/18.05.2013 concerning the possibility to increase the maximum percentage of advance payments to 65%, amendments in the Guidelines for Applicants under three grant procedures were made.

The twelfth Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of Operational Programme Development of the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy 2007-2013 was held - 05/06/2013

On June, 4, 2013, in Interhotel Sandanski, the twelfth Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of Operational Programme “Development of the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy” 2007-2013 was held. The meeting was attended also by representatives of “Regional and urban policy” DG at the European Commission and representatives of the European investment fund.  

A procedure BG161PO003-1.1.07 Introduction of innovations in the enterprises is launched - 08/05/2013

On 08.05.2013 „European Funds for Competitiveness” DG at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism – Managing Authority of the Operational programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 LAUNCHES a call for proposals: BG161PO003-1.1.07 „Introduction of innovations in the enterprises”

ANNOUNCEMENT - 19/04/2013

Modified Guidelines for Applicants under procedure BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy“

Modified instructions relating to the application of DCM №69/11.03.2013 - 19/04/2013

In relation to the application of DCM № 69/ 11.03.2013 concerning the terms and conditions for selection of contractors by grant applicants and by beneficiaries of contracted grants from the EU Structural and Cohesion Funds, the Joint Operational Programme "Black Sea Basin 2007 - 2013", the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Space and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism(DCM № 69/2013)

Public discussion of documentation under open procedure for competitive project selection with a fixed deadline for application - BG161PO003-1.1.07 Introduction of innovations in the enterprises - 01/04/2013

The Managing Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 plans the publishing of an open procedure for competitive project selection with a fixed deadline for application BG161PO003-1.1.07 „Introduction of innovations in the enterprises”

ANNOUNCEMENT - 28/03/2013

Standard forms of documents for selection of contractors by grant applicants and by grant beneficiaries through a public call selection process in accordance with art. 7, § 1 of DCM 69/11.03.2013,  approved by Order № RD-16-468/ 28.03.2013 of the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 28/03/2013

Closure of  the regional sectors in Blagoevgrad and Pleven

ANNOUNCEMENT - 22/03/2013

Pursuant to order № RD-16-446/22.03.2013 of the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, the functions of Head of the Managing Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 will be performed by the Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism - Mrs. Irena Mladenova.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 05/03/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 published „An updated list of contracts under grant procedure № BG161PO003-2.1.13 "Technology upgrade in small and medium-sized enterprises".

Invitation to Non-government Organizations for participation in the selection of representatives of the NGO sector in the Monitoring Committee of OP "Competitiveness" - 28/02/2013

The Managing Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 invites NGOs wishing to participate in the selection of representatives of the NGO sector in the Monitoring Committee of OP "Competitiveness"

ANNOUNCEMENT - 26/02/2013

A new  Tariff about the amount of remuneration of external evaluators  for participation in the evaluation of project proposals under grant procedures under OP "Competitiveness" and Order for its approval are published.

A procedure BG161PO003-2.4.02 Support for cluster development in Bulgaria is launched - 15/02/2013

On 15.02.2013 „European Funds for Competitiveness” DG at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism – Managing Authority of the Operational programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 LAUNCHES a call for proposals: BG161PO003-2.4.02 „Support for cluster development in Bulgaria”.

Suggestions and comments made during the public consultation on the draft Guidelines and application documents under procedure BG161PO003-2.4.02 Support for cluster development in Bulgaria - 15/02/2013

On 18.01.2013 pursuant to Art.14, § 5 of DCM № 121/31.05.2007 the Managing Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 published a draft of Guidelines for applicants and set of documents under open procedure for competitive project selection with a fixed deadline for application BG161PO003-2.4.02 „Support for cluster development in Bulgaria”.

Updated Declaration of State / minimal (deminimis) aid for the year 2013 - 08/02/2013

To facilitate the candidates on an open procedure for project selection, meeting certain quality requirements, without fixed deadline for application: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy", the Managing Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 published a model of  Updated Declaration of State / minimal (deminimis) aid for the year 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT - 07/02/2013

The Managing and Contracting Authorities of  OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 publish List of contracts signed under  open procedure for project selection, meeting certain quality requirements, without fixed deadline for application: BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy" under OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013

Information on the implementation of OP Competitiveness as of 18.01.2013 - 22/01/2013

We present to you information on the implementation of OP "Competitiveness" as of 18.01.2013 by year and by priority axis

Public discussion of documentation under open procedure for competitive project selection with a fixed deadline for application BG161PO003-2.4.02 Support for cluster development in Bulgaria - 18/01/2013

The Managing Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 plans the announcement of  open procedure for competitive project selection with a fixed deadline for application BG161PO003-2.4.02 „Support for cluster development in Bulgaria”.

Projects under procedure Energy Efficiency and Green Economy shall be submitted in the offices of the Project Assistant - 16/01/2013

As of 16 January 2013 the submission and evaluation of projects under procedure BG161PO003-2.3.02 „Energy Efficiency and Green Economy” will be performed by „Consortia TU-Technologies – Ruvex“ Association by DPA, selected for Project Assistant.

SOFIA TECH PARK - THE FIRST SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL PARK IN BULGARIA - 10/01/2013

A grant contract for establishing the first technology park in Bulgaria was signed today between the Director General of the "European Funds for Competitiveness" DG Kiril Geratliev and the CEO of Sofia Tech Park - Elitsa Panayotova.

ANNOUNCEMENT - 09/01/2013

With Order № RD-16-20/09.01.2013 of the Head of the Managing Authority of OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy“ 2007 – 2013 and in relation to an identified need for removal of inaccuracies

Announcement new contacts Managing Authority of Operational Program "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" - 23/05/2012

New address of Directorate General European Funds for Competitiveness within the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism – Managing authority of OP "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" – Sofia, 21, "6-ti septemvri" str.

A launched call for proposals with a fixed deadline for application BG161PO003-2.1.06 "Upgrade of technologies in small and medium-sized enterprises" under the Operational Programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 - 10/05/2010

 

The Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism and the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) lauch a call for proposals under the Operational Programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013

Indicative Annual Working Programme for upcoming calls for proposals under the Operational Programme "Competitiveness" for 2010, including changes approved through a written procedure for decision making by the Monitoring Committee of the Operational Prog - 30/04/2010

Indicative Annual Working Programme for upcoming calls for proposals under the Operational Programme "Competitiveness" for 2010, including changes approved through a written procedure for decision making by the Monitoring Committee of the Operational Programme "Competitiveness"

A launched call for proposals under the Operational Programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 - 29/03/2010

The Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism and the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) lauch a call for proposals under the Operational Programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013.

 

OP "Competitiveness" has received positive compliance assessment from the European Commission - 10/02/2010

OP "Competitiveness" has received positive compliance assessment from the European Commission DG Regional Policy of the European Commission delivered a positive opinion on the compliance of the Management and control systems of ...

Project BG161PO003-5.0.01-0004 “Providing publicity and transparency of the activities under the Operational programme „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013” is being implemented with the financial support of the Operational programme “Development of the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy” 2007-2013, Priority axis 5 “Technical assistance”, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and from the state budget of the Republic of Bulgaria.