Bulgaria is actively working towards the energy transition objectives and implementation of declared policies for achieving the low-carbon economy. Yet, together with several other so-called EU-13 countries it experiences low participation rates in research and innovation (R&I) activities and the realisation of the European Union’s Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan Implementation Plans. As a consequence, it has received only a marginal contribution of the EU R&I Horizon 2020’s budget.
This workshop will offer a detailed overview of the European policies, strategies, EU funding programmes and collaboration opportunities at the disposal to the Bulgarian research community in the low-carbon energy sector. It will also support the research community in getting closer to the R&I activities of Europe and becoming increasingly active within the SET Plan process. Meanwhile, the invited experts and stakeholders will share their experience in relevant EU and national project implementation. All together, we will discuss the possibility of developing a shared vision and strategy for Bulgaria in the upcoming research and innovation activities, and work to identify strong points and nurture solutions for building a competitive advantage.