Switzerland works with thematic funds for some of the projects in Bulgaria. There are six thematic funds in total that assist in the seven key areas of safety, civil society, partnerships, integration of Roma, healthcare, research and scholarships.
Thematic Funds in Bulgaria
The thematic funds are administered by Swiss Intermediate Bodies, which analyse project proposals and make recommendations to Switzerland for approval. The use of thematic funds has several advantages: the topics are focused as the fund is limited to seven key areas; the funds also ensure that projects are selected sensibly and implemented efficiently and correctly, as Swiss partners with in-depth expert knowledge of the topic oversee the process. The following thematic funds are currently being implemented in Bulgaria: