Bulgaria Югозападен (Yugozapaden) (BG41)

Population per km² (2017) - 104


Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Moderate -

Yugozapaden Planning Region (Southwest Planning Region) is a planning region in Bulgaria. It is the biggest and best performing region in Bulgaria in terms of GDP and innovation. The region also has the highest intensity of R&D expenditures in the country. The region hosts almost half of the universities in the country, as well as the two biggest public R&D performers – the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Agricultural Academy.



Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? 

Yes, Horizon 2020 - Work Program 2018-2020 Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

Policy documents


  1. Bulgarian National Health Strategy (2014 -2020) implementation towards achieving WHO Policy Framework for Health and Wellbeing – Health 2020 indicators and Sustainable Development Goals and Targets 

  2. National Health Strategy 2020 

  3. National ACTION PLAN for implementation ПЛАН ЗА ДЕЙСТВИЕ за изпълнение 

  4. NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR RARE DISEASES 2009 – 2013 НАЦИОНАЛНА ПРОГРАМА ЗА РЕДКИ БОЛЕСТИ 2009 – 2013 (генетични, вродени малформации и ненаследствени заболявания)


Topics covered by policies: Population genomics initiative (cfr 1 million genomes participation); Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Specific disease related research: oncology and rare diseases; Education, training and skill development; Prediction and prevention; Value based healthcare; Public awareness, patient participation with respect to Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health


Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: No

Image attribution

By Nikki080 - Self made, based on File:Bulgaria location map.svg., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=88118356

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium