On 16th October2018 the NGO”Seafarers’ professional development cluster” signed a grant agreement under the Operational Program “Human Resources Development 2014-2020”, under the call of proposals BG05M9OP001-2.010 “Development of Social Entrepreneurship”.

The project proposal aimed at facilitating access to employment and support for social inclusion of vulnerable groups through the creation of appropriate conditions for their professional integration in the social economy, including reduction of poverty and promotion of social entrepreneurship and vocational integration in the social enterprises and the social and solidarity economy in order to facilitate access to employment, increase the number of people employed in social enterprises. The purpose of this proposal is the creation and development of social enterprise through the following activities: A1: Social and professional integration of members of vulnerable groups in the social economy sector. A2: Support with equipment. A3 Support for employment for a period of up to 12 months; A4 Study of demand and opportunities for marketing of services provided; A5 Social marketing and promotion of the social economy and social entrepreneurship.  The execution of the project of NGO Seafarers’ Professional Development Cluster is based on the objectives of the OP” Development of Human Resources” and the strategy “Europe 2020” and aimed at reaching planned and intended results, namely increase the number of employees in a social enterprises, providing support for social inclusion and professional integration of vulnerable groups through creation of suitable conditions for professional integration in the sphere of social economy.

The total amount of the project BG05M9OP001-2.010-0499-С01 “Development of the social entrepreneurship at NGO “Seafarers’ professional development cluster” is 98 746.34 BGN. The part of the EU financing is 83 934.38 BGN and the national financing is 14 811.96 BGN.

The period of execution is 14 months. The performance of the contract activities starts on 16th October.2018.



The Project BG161PO003-2.4.01-0036 „Seafarers’ professional development cluster” – implementation of innovative methods to popularize and promote the maritime work as a possibility for professional development and carrier”

In 2012 the non-governmental organisation “Seafarers’ professional development cluster” applied for a grant financing under the call for proposals BG161PO003-2.4.01 “Support for the Development of Clusters in Bulgaria” under the Operational program “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013. The Application was approved and in 2013 the Grant Contract № BG161PO003-2.4.01-0036-C0001was signed and started the project implementation.

The main goal of the project aims to develop efficiently functioning cluster, providing a range of supplementary services, supporting the process of recruitment of seafarers and popularizing and promoting the maritime work.

The main activities of the project are:

  • Activity “Participation of the administrative and managerial body of the cluster in trainings and conferences”;
  • Activity “Creating database, intranet and internet site of the cluster”;
  • Activity “Organisation of visits in EUROCREW and The Nautical Institute;
  • Activity “Development of a common strategy for development of the cluster; marketing strategy of the cluster and analysis of the target markets”;
  • Activity “Promotion of the name and trademark of the cluster”.

The duration of the project is 24 months and the deadline was planned in March 2015.