NISPAcee Annual Conference
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Author(s)  Maria Velikova 
  Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar"
Varna  Bulgaria
Mihaleva Daniela,  
Paper Name  New approaches and instruments for the governance of specific territories in Bulgaria – key points in a reforming regional policy
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Presenter  Maria Velikova
Paper Abstract  
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 Preliminary Abstract
Relevance of the issue: A strategic element of the debate at the European Parliament concerning the future of the cohesion policy and the coordination of the sector policies are the particular challenges to the development of the European regions with specific territorial characteristics (urban agglomerations; rural; mountainous; coastal; border; central and periphera). A number of European initiatives and documents have been adopted for the further improvement of the governance of those territories, while the nation-states, including Bulgaria, have expressed their political will to handle successfully this process.
Subject of analysis in the proposed paper are the new approaches and instruments for the governance and development of specific territories, which are of priority for Bulgaria (mountainous, coastal, urban areas) within the context of the reforming European and national regional policy.
From the perspective of these positions, there will proposed comments and evaluations on issues relating to: the latest trends, problems and challenges in the European and national policy, as well as in the programmes for territorial development of the specific territories; good and bad policies and practices, with an emphasis on the economic development, public works, public services; the new approaches and instruments for the governance of the regional development: integrated territorial approach and strategies, integrated territorial investment.
Practical applicability: A toolset will be proposed for the integrated governance of the specific territories, accompanied by conceptual approaches and standards, particular recommendations, measures and indicators for its implementation. Indicators’ value will allow to follow the dynamics of the evaluated process, make comparison between the municipalities, assess the rate of achieving the set objectives and the achieved specific results.
Research methods: critical analysis of the research literature, and of the regulatory, strategic and programme documents; problem analysis of the results from the practical-and-applied research and analytical papers; comparative analysis and evaluation of results from sociological and author’s own research; method of determining policies on the basis of the desired future results.
The data, which are going to be analyzed refer to: the territorial scope of the specific regions (share of the population and territory of the specific group of municipalities compared to the whole country, distribution of the respective group municipalities by regions from the level of NUTS 2); major socio-economic characteristics (on the basis of a summarizing evaluation, which includes a set of indicators for: the economic status, property and income status of the population, the condition of the infrastructure, condition of the public services); inter-group differentiation between the municipalities from the respective specific territory according to the summarized evaluation of their socio-economic development compared to the average for the country; the barriers and opportunities to the socio-economic development of the specific territories, the comparative advantages, which are available to those territories, while also justifying opportunities for the provision of differentiated funding.
Target groups to be used by the research: public authorities on national and local level; management staff, employees and experts at the municipal administrations; civil society structures and the business, people working on the issues of the regional development and policies, etc.