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Regional Multi-Actor Platform | Sofia

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About the MAP

In Bulgaria, the European Rural Development Network (ERDN) coordinates the Multi-Actor Platform Sofia, which operates at a regional level. The Bulgarian Institute of Agricultural Economics facilitates the activities of this newly established platform.

The activities of the MAP will focus on discussing the contribution of the social infrastructure and social policy in rural areas, which is a key pillar to provide viable livelihood, which is thought to demand adoption of new policies for stimulating the rural regions and implementing the best practices of innovative social models complied with the contemporary needs. The purpose of this discussion will be to make recommendations to policy makers on these issues in order to enable the realization of the vision for rural areas in the region in 2040.


The activities of this MAP are designed to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • MAP objective 1: Recognition of the strengths and weaknesses of the current state of social infrastructures in rural regions, evaluation of the state of the policies that are implemented and solving problems that are current or rising via new policies.
  • MAP objective 2: Identification of the changes in the needs related to social infrastructure in order to make rural areas attractive for different generations and people in active and retired age and to draw attention to the model of social services, which may deliver a decent quality of life.
  • MAP objective 3: Setting a new approach for rural development fostered by the best practices and innovative approaches of social development in rural areas.The needs of public policy to crated better social infrastructure that is based on social inclusion and is in synergy with UN and EU on the Millennium Development Goals.
  • MAP objective 4: Prepare the necessary action plan that might be implemented further by public policies to create better conditions to foster a better social infrastructure and innovative thinking for greener, better and livable rural areas.


Institute of Agricultural Economics.

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