The Project

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Our Mission

GoB project aims to improve the conditions of women’s entrepreneurship in Greece and Bulgaria by developing and evolving the business climate and eliminating the obstacles that women face when establishing and operating their business. In addition, the project will enhance the factors that affect business success by providing consulting services to the beneficiaries.

GoB project’s overall objective is “To stimulate business creation and promote entrepreneur culture”. The project focuses on removing the existing barriers and identifying the main problems faced by women entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs, focusing on women from rural areas both in Greece and Bulgaria.


The main outputs relating to the project activities are the following: joint platform with integrated advisory system and e-learning tools, elaboration of joint entrepreneur growth strategy, joint handbook for entrepreneurs skills development and guide with key stages in the lifecycle of products and service.They are selected to create versatile and powerful toolkit for potential entrepreneurs, leading to better entrepreneurship climate.


The Cross-Border

The cross-border approach is crucial to achieving the project objectives, as the partners will address common challenges identified in both countries and improve the current state of women entrepreneurship by promoting awareness-raising,training, creating and funding new actions and developing new businesses in theregion of Central Macedonia (GR) and Blagoevgrad (BG).

The Cooperation Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” was approved by the European Commission on 09/09/2015 by Decision C(2015)6283.  

The total budget (ERDF and national contribution) for the European Territorial Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” is €130,262,836.00 .The total financing consists of €110.723.408 (85%) ERDF funding and €19.539.428 (15%) national contribution.

Eligible area
The eligible area of the Programme consists of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Prefectures of Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi and Drama) and the Region of Central Macedonia (Prefectures of Thessaloniki and Serres) in Greece and the South-Central Planning Region and South-West Planning Region (Districts of Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardjali and Haskovo) in Bulgaria.

The Greece-Bulgaria cross-border eligible area for the programming period 2014-2020 extends to 40.202 km2 and has a total population of 2.7 million inhabitants. It covers four territorial units at NUTS II level (Regions), and 11 territorial units at NUTS III level (Districts). The eligible area extends across the entire Greek-Bulgarian border and is neighbouring with Turkey (east) and the Republic of North Macedonia (west), both countries aspiring to access to the EU. It is part of the most south-eastern non-insular area of EU, and it is situated between three seas: the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian-Adriatic Sea. Finally, it sits at the crossroad of strategic fossil fuel pipelines supplying the EU market and TEN transport axes.
The settlement structure of the area is characterized by the presence of 10 medium-large cities (>50.000 inhabitants) which accumulate 38,2% of total population, and 25 small cities (10.000-50.000 inhabitants).
Despite the historically relatively small amounts of funds allocated, there is a long history of cooperation in the eligible area, which started with Community initiative INTERREG I (1989-1993).

The priority axes are:
PA 1: A Competitive and Entrepreneurship Promoting Cross-Border Area
PA 2: A Sustainable and climate adaptable Cross-Border area
PA 3: A better interconnected Cross-Border Area
PA 4: A socially inclusive Cross-Border area
PA 5: Technical Assistance