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Lack of working capital, complex coordination procedures and difficulties during the reporting are among the main problematic areas for the beneficiaries from the Lovech region under the operational programmes 2007-2013. These are the interim results from the filled out questionnaires under the campaign "Lessons Learned" up to now. The goal of the initiative, which is carried out under the auspices of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Zinaida Zlatanova, is to establish where are the critical points during the implementation of projects, funded by the EU funds and to propose ways for overcoming them. Some of the checks by a few institutions and difficult procedures for selecting contractors are also pointed out as problematic areas. The recipients of funding from the Lovech region also think that it is good to simplify and unify the procedures, the documents for applying and reporting, to move to electronic application and reporting, as well as to shorten the procedures for review, evaluation and conclusion of contracts regarding the projects, approved for funding. Since the beginning of the campaign, a total of 35 representatives of municipalities, municipal administrations, firms, schools and non-governmental organizations have given their opinion for improving the process of implementation of EU projects. 68 are the beneficiaries in the region, who have concluded a total of 144 contracts under the seven operational programmes 2007-2013 in accordance with the Unified Management Information System of the EU Structural Instruments in Bulgaria (UMIS). The survey will be conducted until mid-September 2013, and after that, based on the obtained data, there will be round tables about the outlined weak points, in order to be discussed and to find solutions for overcoming them. All proposals will be summarized and provided to the managing authorities of the operational programmes in order to be included in the rules for the next programming period 2014-2020. Part of the questioned recipients of EU funding pointed out that they are informed about the funding opportunities at the information meetings held by Lovech Regional Information Centre and the electronic newsletter with current procedures under the operational programmes, which the Centre sends out monthly to a wide range of current and potential beneficiaries. The team of Lovech Regional Information Centre will continue to promote the campaign "Lessons Learned" and to collect the opinions of the beneficiaries by actively promoting the other national initiative too - the contest for a common logo and message (slogan) of the operational programmes in the period 2014-2020.

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