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Integrated system for the improvement and upgrading of the strategic and operational planning of tourism policy

Creation of Modern Structures and Tools for the Public Services used by visitors.

The project concerns the support and promotion of entrepreneurship in the tourism sector of the cross-border area through the creation of a dynamic platform where vital information and data, gathered directly from the visitors and the tourism industry will be incorporated in dynamic indicators. The results of this process will provide the tourism sector and its actors, with necessary tools for a more targeted and effective strategic planning in the future, thus enhancing development dynamics in the whole region.

European Territorial Cooperation Programme

The cross-border European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013” was approved by the European Commission on 28/03/2008 by Decision C(2008)1129/28-03-2008. 

The total budget (ERDF and national contribution) for the European Territorial Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013” is €138.691.303,00 .The total financing consists of €117.887.607,00 (85%) ERDF funding and €20.803.696,00 (15%) national contribution.

Eligible area
The eligible area of the Programme consists of the Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace (Regional Units of Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi and Drama) and the Region of Central Macedonia (Regional Units of Thessaloniki and Serres) in Greece and the South-Central Planning Region and South-West Planning Region (Districts of Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardjali and Haskovo) in Bulgaria. The Regional Unit of Kavala has been included as adjacent area.

Strategic Goal – Strategic objectives
Τhe general objective of the OP Cross-Border Cooperation «Greece – Bulgaria» for the Programming Period 2007 – 2013 is “to promote the cross-border area by ensuring regional cohesion and enhancing competitiveness”.

This strategic goal will be achieved through the following strategic objectives:

Strategic Objective 1: Strengthening the attractiveness of the area by upgrading the quality of life and improving accessibility structures
Strategic Objective 2: Enhancing competitiveness by promoting entrepreneurship, establishing networks of cooperation and investing in human resources.