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Better connected Euroregion Ruse-Giurgiu – eMS 130

“Development of River Danube for better connectivity of the Euroregion Ruse-Giurgiu with Pan-European transport corridor No 7”

What’s the goal?

The main objective of the project is to ensure safety transport through the improvement of the transport water infrastructure of Danube river between Giurgiu and Ruse

What’s the budget?

7.349.963,06 euro, out of which 6.247.468,60 euro ERDF.

Target at the half of the implementation period: 238 600 euro for LB, 111 388 euro for B2.

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Ruse Municipality (BG)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit - Giurgiu Municipality  (RO)

When is it happening?

Start date: 12.05.2017

End date: 11.11.2019

Duration: 30 months

Where is it happening?

Ruse, Bulgaria

Giurgiu, Romania

How is it going to happen?                      

  • acquisition of equipment and services;
  • rehabilitation of the piers of the passenger terminal Ruse center and improving the navigation conditions of the three berths;
  • construction of a quay in Giurgiu Municipality;
  • measures for joint strategy planning in CBC region.

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

Programme outputs: 8 km of improved inland waterway, 1 joint strategy for improvement of safety navigation on the Lower Danube

Programme results:  1.83% of the RO-BG CBC Danube length where safety of the navigation has been improved by joint actions

Project status

The Lead Beneficiary (Ruse Municipality) has awarded all major procurement contracts. The contract for technical design has been awarded before the start of the project implementation and the technical design was elaborated in the 2nd month of the implementation. The works execution has been contracted in September 2017 (No. ЗОП-86/29.09.2017), and works supervision in December 2017 (Contract no. ZOP-129/ 15.12.2017). The commencement of the construction works is pending the issuing of the building permit by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, the procedure for which was initiated since July 2017.

 Beneficiary 2 (Giurgiu Municipality) has awarded the external project management services in July 2017 and procured the envisaged IT equipment and furniture, but is lagging behind schedule with the main procurement procedure for technical design, works execution and technical assistance by the designer, initiated in November 2017 and still in progress at the end of the reporting period.

 Given the period of the contract works execution at LB level (540 calendar days, i.e. 18 months), at the end of the reporting period (end of the 12th month of implementation) the timely completion of the investment is at the limit, but still possible.

 In what concerns Beneficiary 2, given the estimated 20 months of the contract execution for technical design and construction works, the timely finalization of the investment in the remaining 18 months of the project implementation is not possible and will most probably require an extension of the implementation period of the project.

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