On 28.08.2013, the District Information Point (DIP) in Smolyan familiarised representatives of regional media with information on the current initiatives of the network of Provincial Information Points and procedures under the Operational Programmes until the end of 2013.
Those present were also briefed on three new initiatives of the network of DIPs, which are under the aegis of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Ms Zinaida Zlatanova.
The initiative "The First Seven Years of Bulgaria in EU" is closely connected with the main activities of the network of DIPs and provides for the promotion of EU's contribution in the period 2007-2013 and for the provision of initial information on the new Programming Period.
The campaign of the Provincial Information Points in favour of current beneficiaries is an initiative stipulating a sizable survey among beneficiaries to be promoted under the slogan ‘Lessons Learned'. The purpose of this initiative is to identify where the bottlenecks in the implementation of projects financed by funds from EU Funds are and to suggest ways for their overcoming.
Another initiative where the network of DIPs in the country is involved in is the competition for creating a visual identity during the new Programming Period 2014-2020. The selected logo and message (slogan) are to be used on all information, advertising and promotional material related to the new Operational Programmes.
From the information presented concerning the existing opportunities for financing projects, the most notable interest among those present was provoked by two procedures under the Operational Programme ‘Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy': the current procedure "Energy Efficiency and Green Economy" and the upcoming procedure "Technological Modernisation in Small and Medium Enterprises". More information on the current procedures under the Operational Programmes and on the initiatives of the network of DIPs may be sought at the Smolyan DIP team's Office.