Deputy Minister Georgieva: The applications of 328 applicants have been examined and 313 have received funding from the State under the Humanitarian Aid Program

27 April 2022

“313 applicants have received BGN 10 509 867, VAT included, funding from the State under the Humanitarian Aid Program for people seeking protection from the war in Ukraine. 241 052 overnight accommodations have been paid for under the aid rules”. This was announced at a briefing by Deputy Tourism Minister Irena Georgieva.

For the first payment under the Program, 395 applications were submitted by applicants - persons operating in 506 sites (hotels, guest houses, etc.) within the meaning of the Tourism Act, and 15 sites owned by government institutions and municipalities, the Deputy Minister announced.

Of these 395 applications, 13 were withdrawn by the applicants or cancelled due to resubmission. Another 54 have been submitted with invalid data /including invalid electronic signature, applicant’s UIC/ and have therefore not been processed before the first payment, but are currently being clarified and completed.

Under the Program, 328 applications of applicants for funding have been processed, of which 15 are for state and municipal facilities and the funds for these will be disbursed in the third and final payment under the Program in June. BGN 10,509,867.20, VAT included, were paid under the remaining 313 applications.

Of these 313 applications, 85 applicants received aid at the amount requested and the remaining 228 received less than the amount requested. The most frequent reasons are requested overnight accommodations for the whole period until the end of the Program, not only for the period 24.02-31.03.2022. This was observed for 100 applicants, the Deputy Minister further announced. There is also a complete match of the identifying data of 3700 Ukrainian citizens and their periods of stay in different establishments.

Specific questions have been prepared and are now being sent to 115 of all applicants, including persons with both pending and partially assisted applications, for further clarification of their cases.

“Our aim is, after clarification and verification of the data, to prepare a Decision of the Council of Ministers for additional payment of amounts due to applicants before the second payment cycle in May. If a total of more than 85 000 overnight accommodations are verified, more than BGN 3.7 million, VAT included, will be paid,” Deputy Minister Georgieva further said.

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