Bulgaria is granting 3 485 028 leva (about 1.78 million euro) to countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus to finance projects for the development of education, science, culture, social integration and civil society, the government information service said after a March 27 Cabinet meeting.
The Cabinet agreed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should conclude the relevant grant agreements.
A total of 42 projects have been approved in nine countries countries: the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Republic of Albania, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, the Republic of Armenia and Georgia.
Among them are a project to support education in Bosilegrad, Republic of Serbia, amounting to 35 000 leva, a project to strengthen the European dimension in education in Serbia at a value of 45 000 leva. A total of 180 000 leva will be allocated to improve the infrastructure of the complex Neshkov peak in the Serbian municipality of Dimitrovgrad.
In the Republic of North Macedonia, a total of 10 projects will be funded, including a project for underwater and archeological research on Ohrid Lake worth 48 895 leva, a bridge reconstruction project in Struga and the region at a total value of 200 000 leva, as well as projects to improve dialogue between the media from the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Bulgaria, cultural development projects, education and civil society.
For Bosnia and Herzegovina, funding will be provided to improve the conditions of education in kindergartens and schools, for Kosovo to improve conditions for education, and for the Republic of Albania to improve road infrastructure.
Three projects have been approved in Taraklia in the Republic of Moldova. Of these, 190 349 leva will be earmarked for renovation of the infectious diseases ward in the district hospital.
The projects in Ukraine, the Republic of Armenia and Georgia are aimed at developing education and civil society.
The funding for the projects is from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget for 2019, intended for Official Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid.
“The selection of projects carried out together with the beneficiary countries is in line with the tasks of the Bulgarian foreign policy, among which are strengthening the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries, and stimulating the socio-economic development of the partner countries,” the government statement said./ibna