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SOC-COOP ROBG: 150

Cross Border Cooperation Mechanism in the Field of Social Assistance at multi-regional level Romania-Bulgaria

What’s the goal?                                              

To increase the cooperation capacity and the efficiency of the Romanian National Agency for Payments and Social Inspection (ANPIS), through its cross border decentralised bodies, and of the Bulgarian Agency for Social Assistance in the field of social policy, in a CBC context.

What’s the budget?

671,561.63 euro, out of which 570,827.37 ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 91,606 euro for Lead Beneficiary, 35,900 euro for Beneficiary 2, 49,000 euro for Beneficiary 3 and 227,739 euro for Beneficiary 4.

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary: County Agency for Payments and Social Inspection Constanta (Romania)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): County Agency for Payments and Social Inspection Dolj (Romania)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): County Agency for Payments and Social Inspection Teleorman (Romania)

Beneficiary 4 (B4): Agency for social assistance /ASA/ (Bulgaria)

 When is it happening?

Start date: 23/08/2017

End date: 22/08/2019

Duration: 24 months

Where is it happening?

Mehedinti, Dolj, Olt, Teleorman, Giurgiu, Calarasi, Constanta, Romania

Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse, Silistra, Dobrich, Bulgaria

 How is it going to happen?

  • Comparative study Romania-Bulgaria regarding the regulatory framework and working methodologies and procedures in the areas of social benefits and social inspection;
  • Needs analysis regarding the areas for improvement in the fields of social benefit management and social inspection, via a series of 18 focus groups;
  • Developing by CBC 2 public policies, one for each country, regarding the areas of benefits management and social inspection that will valorize the best practices identified in the two countries;
  • Organizing a series of 6 workshops, 3 on social benefits management and 3 on social inspection, taking place in Vratsa, Ruse and Craiova, with a total of 23 specialists of partners, from the two areas of competence;
  • Capacity building for the border area deconcentrated bodies of the two public institutions in the areas of social benefits management and social inspection, based on the new policy developed in cooperation;
  • 7 training sessions organized in Romania by partners for neighboring AJPISs (3 by AJPIS Dj, 2 by AJPIS Tr and 2 by AJPIS Ct) and 28 trainings in Bulgaria at regional (8 courses) and local level (20 courses);
  • Capacity building for staff of mayor's offices and NGOs from border area regarding the new policy developed in cooperation;
  • Organizing two types of trainings for (1) staff of Mayor’s Offices from the Romanian 7 border area counties and (2) management staff of NGOs from both same 7 border area counties, as from the 8 border districts of Bulgaria;
  • Development and implementation of an online information exchange tool between the partner public institutions;
  • Information and publicity: 7000 leaflets; 7000 pens; 1800 calendars; 2100 folders; 1400 posters; 2100 bloc notes; project website (ro/bg/en), facebook account organizing 4 conferences in Romania and Bulgaria;

 What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs:5 supported cross border mechanism to enhance cooperation capacity: 1 comparative study; 2 public policies developed in cooperation; 1 inter-institutional agreement; 1 exchange information tool.

Programme results: increased level of co-ordination of the public institutions in the eligible area.

Project status

The project teams were consolidated. Project team meetings between the beneficiaries took place. The project beneficiaries started to draft the necessary documents related to the launching of the public procurements. Meetings between beneficiaries were held in order to elaborate the comparative study regarding the regulatory framework and working methodologies and procedure in the area of social benefits and social inspection.

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