EU to Allocate 25 Million Euros to Bulgaria, Turkey for Cross-Border Cooperation

EU to Allocate 25 Million Euros to Bulgaria, Turkey for Cross-Border Cooperation

The European Commission (EC) will allocate 25 million euros of EU funding to Bulgaria and Turkey for cross-border cooperation on environmental protection and sustainable tourism. The new Interreg-IPA cross-border programme between Bulgaria and Turkey, which was adopted on Thursday, foresees promotion of the environment, preserving the natural and cultural assets in the region and developing sustainable tourism. Funding will also be allocated to measures improving research and competitiveness in the regions and tackling the problem of brain drain, the EC informs. 
EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu said that this programme will benefit the people living in the border regions in terms of jobs, research, innovation and tourism. The new Interreg-IPA cross-border programme covers three border regions in Bulgaria – Burgas, Yambol and Haskovo and two Turkish provinces – Edirne and Kirklareli. 
The programme is worth almost 30 million euros, with the contribution from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) exceeding 25 million euros. Among the expected results are preventing and mitigating the consequences of natural and man-made disasters, improving the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources and supporting spatial planning initiatives across borders. 
 
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