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An Analysis of the Possibilities to Implement Territorial Instruments : Program for Development of the Regions 2021 - 2027 (Bulgarian)

The aim of the report is to analyze and review the opportunities to implement integrated territorial interventions in Bulgaria during the 2021 - 27 programming period. This report summarizes key analyses performed by the World Bank (WB) team within the scope of the reimbursable advisory services (RAS) with regard to the new integrated approach for territorial development designed by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW). This report also includes additional analyses and recommendations pertaining to new aspects of the integrated approach, which is continuously being developed and refined by MRDPW together with other stakeholders as part of the ongoing programming process. Integrated territorial interventions, if well planned and implemented, can have a positive impact on addressing inter- and intra- regional inequalities. The new integrated territorial approach has good potential to contribute to building stronger and more resilient regions in Bulgaria. This report has the following structure: chapter one provides information about regional disparities in the country and European Union (EU’s) support for territorial instruments that are followed by European Commission (EC’s) guidance to Bulgaria on regional development policy. Chapter two discusses the development needs of Bulgaria’s six nomenclature of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) regions and chapter three reviews the strategic planning framework for the integrated investments in Bulgaria. Chapter four constitutes the core section of the report and it analyzes the GoB’s presented integrated territorial approach, highlighting its strengths, potential risks, and provides recommendations that can help implement the approach. Chapter five discusses implications of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for regional development policy. Finally, chapter six closes with the key conclusions and recommendations.

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Masic,Joanna Mclean Wolszczak,Grzegorz Aleksander Banaszczyk,Anna Marta Kirchev,Atanas Hinov,Aleksandar Georgiev Petrov,Zdravko

An Analysis of the Possibilities to Implement Territorial Instruments : Program for Development of the Regions 2021 - 2027 (Bulgarian). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/632891617099840360/An-Analysis-of-the-Possibilities-to-Implement-Territorial-Instruments-Program-for-Development-of-the-Regions-2021-2027