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The Bridges of Time (ROBG–128)

An Integrated Approach for Improving the Sustainable Use of Nikopol-Turnu Magurele Cross-border Cultural Heritage

What’s the goal?

To improve the sustainable use of Nikopol-Turnu Magurele cross-border cultural heritage by developing, implementing and promoting an integrated joint approach for investing in sustainable tourism.

What’s the budget?

Total budget of the project = 5,836,225.82 euro, out of which 4,960,791.94 ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary (LB): Nikopol Municipality, Bulgaria

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Turnu Magurele Town, Romania

When is it happening?

Start date: 31.03.2017

End date: 30.01.2022

Duration: 58 months

How is it going to happen?

  • construction works for restoring Turnu Magurele fortress
  • constructing Nikopol archeological park with access road to Cliff Church 3 stakeholder workshops for developing 9 integrated tourist products/services
  • 1 joint marketing strategy
  • 1 joint information web portal and smartphone application
  • 8 info terminals
  • 2 clubs for historical restorations
  • 1 large-scale cross-border festival
  • information and publicity materials

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

Programme outputs:10,000 visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction (COI); 2 integrated tourism products; 7 integrated tourism services; 1 common strategy

Programme results: 2,800 tourists overnights in the CBC region

Project status

The project has encountered problems in the implementation of the activities. It led to an extension with 17 months of the project implementation period. The project partners are doing all the efforts to complete the project on time and most of the public procurement contracts were awarded.

In terms of main investments envisaged to be realized within the project, the status is as follows:

LB: awarded the two contracts for the elaboration of the technical design and construction works ( one for the open air museum and the second for the road to the Cliff Church). The elaboration of the technical designs for both investment objects is pending by the approval of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of the geological surveys corresponding to the envisaged emplacements for the two investment objectives.

B2 awarded the public procurement contract for the elaboration of the technical design and works execution. Subsequently to the elaboration of the technical design, was performed the site organization in July 2018, while the construction works started since 01.10.2018. Due to bad weather conditions, they have been suspend only once from 17.12.2018 until 19.03.2019 and a second time from 20.12.2019 until 16.03.2020 when they were resumed and are ongoing now. (working time execution 20 months).

Within the project, so far the following equipment services have been delivered:

- A joint marketing strategy has been elaborated;

- The contract for design and development of a trilingual online portal “The bridges of time” and a smart phone application has been awarded and the software products are under development;

- A 100 pieces of household costumes from the ancient era which will be used by the 2 clubs for historical restorations have been delivered;


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