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Bulgaria will implement two new operational programs in the new 2014 - 2020 programming period. This was explained at a briefing for working proactively with the media, organized by the Regional Information Center - Pernik, held on 27 June 2013. Nikolai Tsenkov - expert in programs and projects of the EU introduced representatives of the regional media with the highlights of the operational programs to come. OPs in the next programming period will again be seven. The current "Transport" OP, "Human Resources Development" OP and "Environment" OP will be upgraded. "Regional Development " and "Development of the Competitiveness of Bulgarian Enterprises" will keep their coverage, but with changed names respectively "Regions for Growth" and "Innovation and Competitiveness". The hitherto acting "Administrative Capacity" OP and "Technical Assistance" OP are merged under the name "Good Governance" OP. The development of education in the next seven years will be taken care by a new operational program entitled "Science and Education for smart growth". In the second part of the meeting Milen Stanimirov - expert in RIC - Pernik, presented the results of the Information center for the first half of 2013. 170 were visitors of the offices, and 370 people were present in 14 briefings held. More than 50 were the participants in working meetings with target groups. From an analysis of the implementation of the operational programs for the period 2007 - 2013, it became evident that in the region of Pernik has registered 109 projects totaling 97,836,538 BGN Currently 52 projects are in progress. In order to promote and share best practices supported by the Structural and Cohesion Funds (SCF) the RIC team was chosen to present the "Technological modernization in Interstroy - Kale AD" project, funded by the "Competitiveness" OP. The choice of this particular project was prompted by the announcement of a public consultation process "technologies in small and medium enterprises". "This is probably one of the most successful and certainly the most sought after procedures by the business, and it will be the last chance to raise the competitiveness of Bulgarian enterprises by SCF in this programming period", said Stanimirov.

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