The project activities will be implemented in Bulgaria and Greece. The project will be implemented in eligible program areas at NUTS III level – Kardjali (BG) and Xanthi (GR). The project is in line with regional and municipal development strategy papers. A Center for Temporary Placement of People in Need as a new social enterprise will be set up in Bulgaria in Krumovgrad. In the municipality of Krumovgrad part of the building of the former regional hospital will be reconstructed and equipped for the needs of the Center for accommodation of people in need. A 1 office to support social entrepreneurship will be set up in the building of the Krumovgrad municipal administration.

In the building of the Municipality of Topiros will be established 1 office for support of social entrepreneurship. The activities to be implemented under the project are aimed at creating conditions for social networking, household accommodation and employment related to social entrepreneurship.

Social entrepreneurship

A campaign for social entrepreneurship was held in the municipality of Krumovgrad, which is part of the project: “An integrated approach for social inclusion in the Bulgarian-Greek region through support for employment and development of social entrepreneurship”, with the acronym “ACCESS FOR ALL”, funded by the Program for cooperation INTERREG VA “Greece-Bulgaria, 2014-2020”.

Five seminars were held within the campaign. Employees of the social enterprises established under the project, as well as representatives of the municipality related to the provision of social services, participated in the seminars.

The topics of the seminars were dedicated to presenting different social alternatives for solving problems of particular groups in the community and aimed at promoting social entrepreneurship as an opportunity for the realization of people with innovative spirit. The increasing importance of social entrepreneurship for financing social service organizations was emphasized.

The overall objective of the campaign was to contribute to the expansion of social entrepreneurship in the cross-border region of Bulgaria-Greece by providing support for the social inclusion of vulnerable groups and by creating a common tool for promoting social entrepreneurship. It is in line with the TO 09 program: “Promoting social inclusion, combating poverty and all discrimination”.