Open call for project proposals from Priority 1

Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of the Republic of Bulgaria

(Managing Authority)

in cooperation with

Directorate for European Union Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye

(National Authority)

Announce on the November, 13 2023 Open Call for Project Proposals under the (INTERREG VI-A) IPA Bulgaria Türkiye Programme, with aim to improve the cross-border cooperation between Bulgaria and Türkiye and to enhance competitiveness of the local economy, digital and green transformation, and expanding access to and improving the quality of public services, including reducing pollution and the negative effects of climate change is envisaged within the program

Direct financial support for SMEs is provided under Priority 1, "Environmentally Friendly Cross-Border Region"

Specific objectives:

1.1 Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

1.2 Promoting the transition to a circular and resource-efficient economy.

Eligible candidates are micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises registered and operate or operate in the cross border region in the manufacturing or services sector.

The maximum grant amount per SME is €200,000. 

Eligible activities for specific objective 1.1 include:

  • Investments for reducing GHG emissions and energy consumption in the entire industry life cycle, also by replacing old equipment with new, more energy-efficient 

  • Investments in energy efficiency in building stock owned by enterprises when used for production processes.

  • Exchange of know-how, best practices, and information in the field of energy efficiency.

  • Eligible activities for specific objective 1.2 include:

  • Promoting circular production processes through activities related to the acquisition of appropriate technological equipment and the development of new business models.

  • Developing regional practices for certifying local products based on their sustainability and environmental impact indicators.

The program is co-financed by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance III of the European Union. 

The total amount allocated for Priority 1, "Environmentally Friendly Cross-Border Region" is €6 616 228.

 Programme area:

  • For Republic of Bulgaria (administrative level NUTS III) – districts of Burgas, Yambol and Haskovo;

  • For Republic of Türkiye (administrative level NUTS III equivalent) – provinces of Edirne and Kırklareli.

The full package of documents, including the Guidelines for Applicants is published and can be found on the following websites:

The deadline for submission of project proposal is March, 20-th, 2024, 17.00 h. local time in Bulgaria. The project proposals must be submitted entirely in electronic form using the Joint Electronic Monitoring System (Jems):

You can contact the Joint Secretariat of the Programme for additional information: 

Main office in Haskovo: tel. +359 38 663 888;

Branch office in Edirne: tel. + 90 284 214 9909.

Application package:

     1. Guidelines for Applicants / Corrigendum to the Guidelines for Applicants

     2. Application Form – available at Jems; 

     3. Annexes and attachments for information

     4. Explanatory note for filling Annex A8 “Climate proofing assessment” 


Questions and Answers - updated 06.03.2024