1. Grant agreements with the European Commission
Grant agreements of the European Commission, awarded to the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria
European Commission awards money in the form of grants in order to implement projects or activities in relation to European Union policies in different areas, including statistics. According to the definition “Grant is direct financial contribution, by way of donation from the EU budget in order to finance an action intended to achieve an objective forming part of a European Union policy”.
Grants are implemented according to the following basic principles:
- Transparency (grants are subject to the annual programme published on the Eurostat website
- Equal treatment (the work program is implemented through the publication of calls for proposals; beneficiaries are selected by collective evaluation);
- Non-comulation: one action may give rise to the award of only one grant from the budget to any one beneficiary;
- Co-financing: (European Commission may not finance the entire costs of the action projects, the beneficiary countries participating with their own funds);
- Non-profiting making (the grant may not have the purpose or effect of producing a profit for the beneficiary).
Over the past 10 years the National Statistical Institute has been the beneficiary of more than 100 grant projects in the field of statistics. The majory of them are implemented through grant agreements with the European Commission, respectively Eurostat, and are an essential tool for improving the methodology, quality and increasing the efficiency of statistical production. They include projects in the areas of macroeconomic and demographic statistics, business statistics, agriculture, environment, innovation, ICT and many others.
2. Projects for statistical cooperation
European Commission Projects for technical assistance under specific EU Programmes
After Bulgaria's accession as a Member State of the European Union in 2007, the National Statistical Institute from the beneficiary under different EC programmes became an institution which in the field of statistics (National and Multi-beneficiary Phare Programmes) started implementing projects for technical assistance in other countries, non EU Member states. The BNSI policy is aimed at participation in twinning projects, expert missions under the Instrument of the European Commission TAIEX and other programmes in countries candidate for EU membership, potential candidate countries and the countries of the European Neighborhood Policy and Eastern Partnership. Participation in projects funded by the European Commission is an opportunity to exchange of know-how and best practice expertise with the beneficiary countries and strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation with them.
Twinning is a European Commission initiative that was originally designed to help candidate countries acquire the necessary skills and experience to adopt, implement and enforce EU legislation. Since 2003, twinning has been available to some of the Newly Independent States of Eastern Europe and to countries of the Mediterranean region.
Twinning projects bring together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of enhancing co-operative activities. They must yield concrete operational results for the beneficiary country under the terms of the Association Agreement between that country and the EU.
Participation in missions within TAIEX
Over the past two years the National Statistical Institute intensified its cooperation with the European Commission under TAIEX - the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument, which provides short-term technical assistance in the form of seminars, study visits and expert missions. Beneficiary countries are candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership, from June 2006 - Russia and the countries from the European Neighborhood Policy.
Study visits and consultations
National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria pursues a consistent policy for development of cooperation and the provision of technical assistance in various areas of statistics. In recent years, Bulgaria has hosted a number of training sessions in statistics of the environment, transport, research, macroeconomic, demographic and social statistics, and project management. Bulgarian statisticians successfully delivered their experience to their colleagues from the statistical offices of the countries of South East Europe and Russia. The BNSI will continue to work in this direction and expand its cooperation within the various programs of the EU pre-accession programs and through bilateral cooperation.
3. Other international projects
Multi-beneficiary Operational Programme for transnational cooperation "Southeastern Europe"