Structure
 
General Directorate "European Funds for Competitiveness"
Acting General Director: Iliyana Ilieva
Phone: +359 2 80 75 367
Fax: +359 2 932 9299
Address: 21, "6-ti septemvri" Str., Sofia
Work time: 9:00 - 17:30
 

The General Directorate "European Funds for Competitiveness" implements the following functions:

1. organizes and coordinates activities relating to the fulfillment of the obligations of the Ministry of Economy envisaged in the European and national legislation for implementation of the Cohesion policy of the Community;

2. carries out the functions of Managing Authority of the Operational program "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and also the functions of Managing Authority of the Operational program "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020, adhering to the principle for separation of responsibilities:

а) organizes, coordinates and takes part in the development, update, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Operational program "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and of the Operational program "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020 in compliance with the Operation Manuals of each of the programs, the Internal Rules of the Directorate, the management and control systems, and the applicable European and national legislations;

b) defines and develops criteria and methodology for selection of operations under the Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020;

c) carries out the functions of a secretariat, coordinates and supports the work of the Monitoring Committees of the Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020; ensures the proper documents for monitoring the quality of implementation taking into account their specific objectives;

d) manages the entire process of implementation of calls for proposals for provision of grant aid under the Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020;

e) draws up the annual reports and final report on the implementation of the Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020;

f) organizes, coordinates and takes part in the development and when necessary in the amendment of the Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020,   alongside with all supporting documents;

g) participates and carries negotiations with the EC on the program documents of the Operational programs for the periods 2007 – 2013 and 2014 – 2020, including  on the financial allocation and the types of measures corresponding to the European values and policies;

h) participates in the development and amendments of the Partnership Agreement 2014–2020 in the part relating to the Operational program "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020 and also in the implementation processes of the Agreement;

i) certifies that co-financed civil works, supplies and services have been really implemented, that the expenses claimed by beneficiaries have been truly incurred and comply with national and Community Rules; carries out on-the-spot checks of financial grant aid contracts in accordance with the provisions of the management and control systems of the Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020, and the Operation Manuals of Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020;

j) effects payments to beneficiaries and ensures the availability of a system for registering and electronic storing of accounting records for each operation under the Operational programs and that the necessary data has been collected for the purposes of financial management, monitoring, checks, audits and evaluation;

k) develops procedures to ensure that all documents concerning the expenses and audits needed for the establishment of an adequate audit track allow tracing it;

l) ensures the observance of the requirements on awareness and publicity;

m) enters and updates data in the Information Systems for management and monitoring of the funds from the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund of EC   in the Republic of Bulgaria (ISUN and ISUN 2020) and bears the responsibility for the authenticity, current relevance and completeness of the entered information under the Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020;

n) carries out functions on management of state aid granted in implementation of Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020;

o) enters, reviews and updates data relating to the implementation of the Operational program, within the competence of the Managing Authority of Operational programs "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013 and "Innovations and Competitiveness" 2014-2020 in the computerized information systems for data exchange of the European Commission - SFC 2007 and SFC 2014;

р) carries out other functions inherent to the responsibilities of the Managing Authority in compliance with specific Regulations and other Acts of the EC as well as with the applicable national Acts and Rules, and including legal representation;

3. carries out the functions of Implementing Agency under the PHARE Program, as follows:

а) supports the work of the Program Authorizing Officer and is in charge of the correct financial and administrative management of projects;

b) is in charge of the management and implementation of programs and projects for which the Ministry of Economy is Implementing Agency under the PHARE program according to the relevant financial agreement;

c) applies and oversees the observance of the PHARE program Rules;

d) carries out financial checks, verifications and control on the technical implementation of projects co-financed by the PHARE program;

e) works out the relevant documents for the "National Fund" Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and manages payments to beneficiaries under contracts of the PHARE Program after judging on the necessity and eligibility of expenses;

f) keeps a financial accounting system in respect of all payments under contracts of the PHARE Program as well as of funds received as grant aid from the European Commission/the National Fund Directorate of the Ministry of Finance;

g) draws up notifications to the Minister of finance in accordance with the State Aid Law and the Rules for applying it to project beneficiaries of grant aid;

4. takes part in the development of forecasts and draft budget of the Ministry of Economy as well as in the implementation of programs within the program budget of the Ministry of Economy to the extent of its functional competence;

5. coordinates the work of the Thematic working group for the development of the new operational program and carries out the functions of secretariat to it in accordance with the existing regulatory documents.

6. The functions under item 2, letter "n" include:
- drawing up a notification to the European Commission through the Minister of finance in the cases when state aid is subject to preliminary notification;
- preliminary coordination with the Minister of finance of the planned state aid in the cases when it falls within the range of group exemption;
- informing the European Commission through the Minister of finance for any launched state aid scheme that is within the range of group exemption;
- informing the Minister of finance for an allocated de-minimis aid;
- keeping a register of the allocated state aid and de-minimis aid, managed by the Directorate in implementation of its functions of Managing Authority of the Operational Program "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013.

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