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300 million Euro for IT Development

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The European Union (EU) will provide 300 million euro grant from the structural funds to Bulgaria for the development of ICT. ICT accounted for 8.4 per cent of Bulgaria's 2007 gross domestic product (GDP).

According to statistics from the State Agency of Information Technologies and Systems (SAITS), 70 per cent of the population uses mobile services. In Sofia 88 per cent of the population uses mobile devices, in the different regions it was 78 per cent, in small towns 66 per cent and 55 per cent in rural areas. Around 34 percent of the Bulgarians were using the Internet in 2007, out of which 28 percent have their own connection in home. Thirty two per cent of Bulgarians in the different regions uses the Internet but only five per cent of people in rural areas. According to the statistics, Bulgarians used the Internet mainly for checking their emails. The second most common use was for reading online news and collecting information. Only five per cent of the local population paid bills over the Internet in 2007. There were currently 5000 IT companies in Bulgaria. The majority of their income, 80 per cent, come from establishing contracts with European and American companies. Bulgaria has also developed several strategic documents with the aim of creating a framework within which the operational programmes will be developed.

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