President Rosen Plevneliev Wednesday said that the development of Bulgarian economy in unison with the European requires work to be done on improving the business environment and entrepreneurship ecosystem. He was speaking at the opening of an international business forum on the role of business organizations in support of entrepreneurship, organized under the auspices of the head of State and marking the 120th anniversary of the Bulgarian chambers of commerce.
Plevneliev underscored the important of placing entrepreneurship, SMEs and innovative enterprises in the focus of economic policies. In his words, there are many instruments for support - the Juncker Plan, the Connecting Europe Facility, the cross-border cooperation programmes, the EU-backed
operational programmes - and all of them will help improve the investment environment, promote and support SMEs, and encourage entrepreneurship.
Only together can the business community and institutions achieve full transparency and efficiency in the management of state and EU programmes and mechanisms, Plevneliev said. He added that during the previous programming period of Operational Programme Competitiveness, 7,000 SMEs received support and over 120 new Bulgarian companies were established.