NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME: BULGARIA 2020 (NDP BG2020)
The National Development Programme: Bulgaria 2020 (NDP BG2020) is the leading strategic and programme document, which specifies the objectives of development policies of the country by 2020. The formulated objectives of the government policies will ensure the achievement of accelerated economic growth and will raise the living standards of Bulgarian citizens in the medium and long term.
Culture and cultural heritage is viewed as a leading resource/development potential in 2 of the 8 strategic priorities: "Priority 1. Improving access and raising the quality of education and training and the quality of the labour force" and "Priority 3. Achieving sustainable integrated regional development and development of the local potential".
Culture as a driver of sustainable growth is included in the sub-priority 1.5 Development of culture and arts, cultural and creative industries, expanding access to art and raising the culture of the population. It aims at enhancing cultural outlook of people unleash their creative potential and encourage them to actively participate in public cultural life. The sub-priority includes provisions of accessibility and equal opportunities for consumption of cultural products for all ages and social groups in society in order to support human capital formation and socialization of the individual. In this sub-priority a key role is assigned to the artist as a leading figure in the spiritual growth of the nation, as a driver of innovation processes and exponent of smart growth of society as a bearer of the spiritual memory and achievements of Bulgarian culture.
The National Development Programme is a framework long-term document which, based on an analysis of the situation in the country and on the development trends, sets the overall strategic objectives of national policies by 2020 for all sectors of government. The main vision of the programme is that by 2020 Bulgaria should be a country with a competitive economy that provides conditions for full social, creative and professional development of the individual through smart, sustainable, inclusive and regionally balanced economic growth. Culture is increasingly perceived as an important resource for achieving these goals.
The implementation of the programme is expected to raise the standard of living through competitive education and training, creation of conditions for quality employment and social inclusion and ensuring accessible and quality education; building infrastructure networks to ensure optimal conditions for economic development and quality and healthy environment for the population; enhancing the competitiveness of the economy by creating a favourable business environment, investment promotion, implementing innovative solutions and increasing resource efficiency. Through the implementation of the objectives the programme favourable conditions for equal access to culture and promotion of intercultural dialogue will be created.