President lists six priorities
Opening the first session of the Bulgarian Council for Development of the Regions and National Infrastructure President Rosen Plevneliev has indicated that there are six priorities to develop. The Council is an initiative by the president which was a manifesto commitment of his to ensure greater regional development through the participation of national and local government, trades unions and the business community.
In his opening speech the president said that a draft report should be ready by mid-July and should cover the six development areas of transport infrastructure, technical infrastructure in the water sector, eGovernment, energy efficiency and housing, creating conditions for balanced urban development and innovation and competitiveness of SMEs.
With regard to transport infrastructure the president said that Bulgaria should be repositioned as a regional transportation centre but that the priority should not just be motorways but also Class I, II and III roads as well as municipal roads.
The priority for water is to ensure that all regions have access to drinking water whilst improvements in e-government should aim to restore confidence in government institutions.
Energy efficiency is needed in residential buildings but public buildings such as schools and hospitals should also be targeted.
In the regions the emphasis is on investing in secondary growth centres to create regional clusters.
Funding is likely to come from the Cohesion Fund as well as the European Regional development Fund.
The full transcript of the press release can be found on the presidential website (see Bulgaria page and Links).