The Minister of Environment and Water Neno Dimov and the mayors of Haskovo Dobri Belivanov and Gorna Oryahovitsa Dobromir Dobrev signed contracts for updating the municipal programs for improving the quality of the ambient air.

The projects include updating the municipal ambient air programs over five years period (2021-2025). The programs will be addressing the main sources of air pollution in the two municipalities. The focus is on selecting adequate measures to reduce particulate matter pollution to local conditions.

This is the first project with a beneficiary Water Supply and Sewerage Operator financed under OP "Environment 2014-2020"

The Minister of Environment and Water Neno Dimov and the manager of "Water Supply and Sewerage" Ltd. - Smolyan Eng. Marian Nikolov signed a contract for the integrated water project of Smolyan agglomeration. This is the first project with a water utility beneficiary, financed under OP "Environment 2014-2020".


6400 students competed in the Green Olympics Campaign campaign on a national scale. Participants from more than 25 schools responded to nature conservation issues and won prizes provided by the Operational Programme Environment .

This year the online platform http://zelenaolimpiada.bg/ has registered 5000 participants. 1400 students from Kyustendil, Haskovo, Blagoevgrad and Pleven competed in eco quizzes and answered questions about the conservation of nature.

We need to set up the main political and economic parameters of Europe 2030. It is our responsibility to have an open debate focused on how to outrun our global competitors and to promote EU as a global player instead of just filling in the “budgetary gaps" coming from the new challenges. This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev in front of the members of the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

The efforts to achieve convergence between the European regions must continue. We need a clear European perspective for the Western Balkans. This was a statement by the Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev in the European Parliament’s REGI Committee, where he presented the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency and the vision for the debate on the future of Cohesion Policy.

As Bulgaria gets ready to take over the EU presidency in January 2018, Tomislav Donchev,Deputy Prime Minister for EU Funds and Economic Policies, adds his views to the current debate on Cohesion Policy post-2020 and the importance of European solidarity. 

How important have the EU Cohesion Funds been for Bulgarian citizens since Bulgaria's accession to the EU 10 years ago? Could you highlight a few projects in particular?

Three key railway stations will be modernized with funds under Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014-2020 Operational Program (OPTTI). The project for reconstruction of the stations Poduyane, Iskar and Kazitchene was approved at the total amount of 7.4 million leva, 6.6 million of them being grants.

The waiting areas and adjacent platforms will be refurbished, the construction state of buildings will be improved, energy efficiency systems, as well as modern information and announcement equipment, will be deployed, and green areas will be rehabilitated.

In the next few months we will define the scope of the projects in the transport sector, which will be implemented in the period 2021-2027. This was announced by the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Rosen Zhelyazkov during an international conference "European Solidarity in EU Investment Policy". The event is organized by the Regional Development Committee of the European Parliament and the Chamber of Builders in Bulgaria.

Next year will be crucial for the implementation of large projects financed under OP Transport and Transport Infrastructure, stated the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Rossen Jeliazkov, at the 10th session of the OP Monitoring committee, 29-30.11.2018 in the town of Pravets.

86% of the modernization of the railway section Skutare - Orizovo is completed. This was stated by the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Rossen Jeliazkov at the time of the project inspection. The 26-kilometer stretch between Skutare and Orizovo will be completed early next year, the minister added.