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ROBG-145 “Romanian Bulgarian Organic- Entrepreneurial Network (RBOEN)”


What’s the goal?

The project aims to increase the entrepreneurial and labour activities in the area of organic  food  production, delivery and promotion in the cross border area Constanţa-Dobrich

What’s the budget?

129,793.23 euro, out of which 110,324.25 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 30,936 euro for LB and 19,328 euro for B2

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Black Sea Centre of Excellence (BG) 

Beneficiary 2 (B2): ONG Mare Nostrum (RO)

When is it happening?

Start date: 20.04.2017

End date: 19.10.2018

Duration: 18 months

Where is it happening?

Veliko Tarnovo, Pleven, Vidin, Vratsa, Ruse and Dobrich in Bulgaria  (+ Sofia).

Giurgiu, Mehedinţi, Calarasi, Constanta, Dolj in Romania (+Bucharest)

How is it going to happen?                      

  • 1 Organic- Entrepreneurial Network that will  link geographically the existing organic food businesses, start-ups, trainees and education and associated institutions;
  • 1 web portal “Cross-Border Nature-Friendly Entrepreneurs”;
  • 2 spot-visit workshops at host farms and companies in the region of Constanta and Dobrich;
  • 1 joint Organic festival “The gifts of Nature”;
  • Training sessions and partnerships with education institutions in organic food area.

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

Programme outputs: 10 initiatives that activate workforce mobility in the cross border area: 1 common strategy, 3 education schemes, 3 trainings, 2 spot visits, 1 organic international festival

Programme results: 402.580 people from the cross border area Constanţa-Dobrich that will have access to joint employment initiatives in organic food area

Project status

The project implementation is ongoing and progress has been made in each one of the project activities:

- A2 "Project management" started with the formation of a joint project team, composed of 5 people - 3 from LB and 2 from B2, whose tasks are to follow the goals and objectives of the project and strictly monitor and control the project activities.  2 subcontracts for each of the partners were signed for providing legal services for procurement and provision of legal consultancies and for translation of documentation for implementation of project activities. 3 team meetings were held that helped to improve the project management.

- A3 Organization and realization of “Romanian Bulgarian Organic - Entrepreneurial Network” has gone through its 4 main phases. First, a marketing research "Organic food - from field to table" was prepared for LB and B2. 4 kinds of questionnaires were prepared and translated by LB into English and transferred in proper format to B2. Over 400 questionnaires were spread, held and analyzed by LB and B2. At the 2nd team meeting the results of the research were discussed with the contractor for development of general strategy for RBOEN. The development of web portal started with a partners’ discussion on the vision of the web portal “Cross- Border Nature- Friendly Entrepreneurs”. A Contractor for development of the web portal was chosen by LB and as a first stage the analysis of functionality of the web portal was prepared. The physical establishment of the Network centers for both partners started with purchase of 4 portable computers.

- A4 "Organization and implementation of training sessions in organic entrepreneurship" has started with the signing of a contract with a training organization. A 3 module-program was prepared: Nature of organic food and European legislation; Set up an organic food business and Marketing.

- As planned, the start of A5 "Organizing and implementation of International Organic festival "Gifts of Nature", was initiated with the choice of a contractor by LB.


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