“In 2008 construction output was BGN 16 billion. Last year it was only BGN 8 billion, as BGN 6 billion were of public procurement,” said BCC Chairman Eng. Svetoslav Glosov during the fourth seminar “Problems in the absorption of EU funds and ways to solve them” which was held in “Topola Sky” Hotel near Kavarna. It was organized by the Chamber along with its regional offices in Varna, Dobrich, Targovishte, Silistra and Shumen in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, State Fund Agriculture and governors of the Northeast Planning Region.
“Meetings between municipalities-beneficiaries, managing authorities and builders became a tradition. Now is the time to correct the errors in the absorption of EU funds in this planning period and not make them in the next one. We are confronted with many problems in the implementation of building sites, added Eng. Glosov. – You know that years after completion of the project it is subject to monitoring and may receive financial penalties. The reasons are a lot – both in feasibility studies and after them. We should actively absorb the funds to create something for the Bulgarian society, i.e. treatment plants, motorways or other sites. The purpose of this type of gatherings organized by the BCC is to identify the problems that arise and managers of operating programs to provide solutions to prevent more mistakes,” said the BCC Chairman.
“We have never set ourselves the task to train local authorities. The seminar is not meant for that. It involves successful mayors who in just a few months defended very serious projects,” said BCC Deputy Chairman and FIEC Vice President Venelin Terziev. He stressed that in a process of dialogue representatives of the Chamber wish to continue the good cooperation with municipalities to defend mutual interests of builders and local authorities before managing authorities of operational programs. “With an active dialogue we can, the three parties, move forward together. We must not forget that a new planning period is forthcoming during which EU funding will be different. We must absorb in order to support the development of Bulgarian economy,” he added.
“We need to talk about the future in the next year and a half to make quality projects that will be implemented after 2014. We should not make the mistakes that we made in 2006-2007 and waste time to correct them. In the next programming period we will be working on integrated projects. We will not act in a piece but together with other operational programs. The lack of coordination led to scattered investments which did not achieve the desired effect. That was reported at EC level. Before looking at the next programming period, we should know where we are now. For the present period very quickly were prepared the programs, it was not based on the needs of each region,” said Denitsa Nikolova, chief director at DG “Programming of Regional Development” at MRDPW.