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CUSYNA “Synergy of nature and culture - potential for development of the cross-border region”

What’s the goal?

The overall objective is the preservation and promotion of common natural and cultural heritage in order to create a sustainable cross border identity that generate added value across the sectors with potential in sustainable development of communities: tourism, fisheries and environmental protection.

What’s the budget?

1,499,902.70 euro, out of which 1,274,917.29 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 249,989 euro for LB and 249,914 euro for B2

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Balchik Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrativ Unit Mangalia Municipality (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 29.12.2018

End date: 28.12.2021

Duration: 36 months

Where is it happening?

Dobrich in Bulgaria

Constanta in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Creation of the Black Sea's Menu (cookbook focused on recipes with fish from the Black Sea)
  • Creation and distribution of multi-media materials to promote cross-border tourism at Black Sea
  • Organising in Mangalia a cross border festival entitled "Marea Neagra cu Marama si Dunarea cu Naframa"
  • Musical events: Balchik Piano Days and Balchik Jazz Nights
  • Creation of a Joint Strategical Action Plan
  • Modernizing the promenade area of Constanta street in Mangalia
  • Renovation of the promenade of the town of Balchik, connecting the State Cultural Institute – Cultural Center “The Palace” and Cultural Information Center “The Mill”

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

Programme outputs: 2 integrated tourism products/services created; 1 common strategy, policy or management plan for valorising (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses

Programme results: 50.000 tourist overnights in the CBC region

Project status

The project is in the 8th month of implementation out of 36 months. For the moment, all the project activities are implemented according to the approved schedule. The Lead Beneficiary started the renovation of the promenade of the town of Balchik. For now, the construction works are suspended due to the summer sea season, but they will be resumed after. There are no delays registered within the project and most of the contracts have already been concluded except for two: “Balchik piano days” festival and “Balchik jazz nights”.

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