Rural Development in Bulgaria is managed nationally through one Rural Development Programme (RDP), funded under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and national contributions. The RDP sets out priority approaches and actions to meet the needs of the specific geographical area it covers.

Explore EAFRD-supported projects in Bulgaria;

Browse through the Bulgarian Local Action Groups (LAGs).

Rural development funding through the EAFRD is part of a broader framework of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), including also Regional Development, Social, Cohesion, and Fisheries Funds. These are managed nationally, by each EU Member State, on the basis of Partnership Agreements, strategic plans outlining the country’s goals and investment priorities.

Country Information

RDP documents

See ENRD summaries of all national and regional RDPs. Find out more about RDP implementation and the broader Rural Development policy framework.

Partnership Agreement documents

See ENRD summaries of all 28 Partnership Agreements.


National Rural Network

NRNs operate in each EU Member State to support and enhance rural development objectives, enable and facilitate exchange and learning between all the partners involved in policy implementation.


The operation of each NRN is supported by a Network Support Unit (NSU) tasked with coordinating thematic and analytic work, facilitating networking and exchange, and communicating the work and voices of the network.

Contact the Bulgarian NSU

Управляващ Орган, Дирекция "Развитие на селские райони" (Managing Authority, Rural Development Department)
55, Hristo Botev Bld.
1040 Sofia
Telephone: 00359 2 985 11 333; 00359 2 985 11 590



Contact person:

Elena Hadjinicolova (Managing Authority, NRN):
Stefan Spasov (Managing Authority, LEADER/CLLD):
Tatyana Petrova (Managing Authority, NRN):

Managing Authority

Министерство на земеделието и храните (Ministry of Agriculture and Food)
55, Hristo Botev Bld.
1040 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 985 11 354

Contact person: Elena Hadjinicolova, Chief expert, Rural Development Department


Paying Agency

Държавен Фонд Земеделие-Разплащателна Агенция (State Fund Agriculture Paying Agency)
136, Tzar Boris III Bld.
1618 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 8187 100