Economic growth in Targovishte district has accelerated over the last four years, but this has not led to any significant reduction of poverty levels or an increase in household incomes. This is mainly due to the negative dynamics of the labor market, characterized by rising unemployment and low employment. At the same time, the share of the workforce with primary or lower education has been growing. The district attracts foreign investment at a relatively high level, but has not made enough progress in the utilization of European funds. There is significant improvement in the quality of road surfaces and in the expansion of households’ access to the internet. Despite some increases, local taxes remain low compared to most districts. The self-assessments of the municipal administrations of their capacity to provide electronic and one-stop shop services are inconsistent, but their transparency is improving.

Although Targovishte is one of the few districts with positive net migration, its overall demographic indicators are gradually deteriorating, especially the natural growth rate. The district has visible problems with enrolment in secondary schools, and students’ exam results have deteriorated in recent years. Targovishte district is characterized by a shortage of both GPs and specialist physicians. Despite the lowest reported workload of the courts, the speed of delivery of justice has been declining in recent years. There are visible improvements in the treatment and recycling of household waste. The theaters and libraries in the district attract great interest.

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