• GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS
  • PREFACE
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • MAIN REPORT
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
  • 1.1. Objectives
  • 1.2. Background and Context
  • 1.3. Evaluation Questions
  • 2. PERFORMANCE OF PHARE ASSISTANCE
  • 2.1. Limited overall achievement of Phare due to institutional and operational weaknesses
  • 2.2. Insufficient high-level commitment to a strategic approach for Phare assistance
  • 2.3. Pervasive delays in contracting and implementation seriously hampered efficiency
  • 2.4. Phare institution building for acquis sectors constrained by systemic lack of administrative capacity
  • 2.5. Reasonable immediate impact; intermediate and wider impacts weak in the absence of adequate public administration reform
  • 2.6. Pre-conditions for sustainability are generally fragile and insufficiently assured
  • 3. THEMATIC/ CROSSCUTTING FINDINGS
  • 3.1. Bulgaria’s pre-accession process was heavily dependent on Phare assistance
  • 3.2. Phare achievements were restrained by under performance in horizontal PAJC
  • 3.3. National preparations for Structural Funds came too late and with little enthusiasm for achievement
  • 4. CONCLUSIONS AND LESSONS LEARNED
  • 4.1. Conclusions
  • 4.2. Lessons Learned
  • 4.3. Recommendations
  • ANNEXES
  • Annex 1. Terms of Reference
  • Annex 2. Phare National and CBC Programme Data for Bulgaria 1999-2004
  • Annex 3. Evaluation Planning Summary Sheet
  • Annex 4. Evaluation Indicators
  • Annex 5. Sample projects – Financial data and results
  • Annex 6. Additional Sectoral Information
  • Annex 7. Legislative, procedural and institutional changes in the environmental sector
  • Annex 8. Processing delays with development and approval of project fiches
  • Annex 9. List of Documents
  • Annex 10. List of Interviews