"Achieving sustainable integrated and balanced regional development by using the local potential and by cohesion of regions in economic, social and territorial aspect."
Having in mind the existing deficiencies in national, European and global context, the achievement of this main strategic goal requires effective use of the specific regional and local potentials, enhancing their competitive advantages and removing the barriers of their development. The social and economic development is combined with the protection and improvement of the environment, preservation of the natural and cultural heritage and its integration into regional touristic products to make popular the specific cultural identity of the Bulgarian regions.
The Main strategic goal is disaggregated into several hierarchical levels: strategic objectives, priorities and specific objectives, which are interrelated and complementary. The strategic objectives cover the key aspects of cohesion - economic, social and territorial/ spatial.
A system of objectives, priorities and specific objectives of the National Regional Development Strategy for the period 2012 - 2022
Each of these objectives relates to all the three levels of cohesion: Bulgaria – EU; interregional and intraregional.