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Improving safety of navigability on Danube River in the Calarasi – Silistra cross – border region

What’s the goal?

To improve the infrastructure on the both sides of the Danube river in order to maintain the navigability on the Danube.

What’s the budget?

5,946,041.76 euro, out of which euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 25.718,00 euro for LB, 7.313,00 euro for B2 and 9.000,00 euro for B3.

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Territorial Administrative Unit – Calarasi County

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Silistra Municipality

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Territorial Administrative Unit – Calarasi Town

When is it happening?

Start date: 30.03.2019

End date: 31.12.2023

Duration: 57 months and 2 days

Where is it happening?

Silistra in Bulgaria

Calarasi in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Strategies and action plans to improve the safety of the navigation on the Danube;
  • Works in Calarasi County – to facilitate the direct access of the boat owners from one community to another, offering an open area of ​​navigation on the inside Borcea arm;
  • Works in Silistra District – rehabilitation of Riverside fortification walls;
  • Promotional activities focus on providing project information, transparency and effective communication with stakeholders, as well as presenting the results of project activities and target groups and local stakeholders working in the cross-border region;
  • The transport waterway between Calarasi and Silistra will be improved by installing beacons on 5 km inland waterway on the Borcea – secondary arm of Danube. Two river station will be developed, one for each side of the Danube. Two boats of medium size will be purchase for passengers transportation.

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

Programme outputs: Total length of new and improved inland waterway – 11 km;

Programme results: 2.34 % of the RO-BG CBC Danube length and Black Sea where safety of the navigation have been improved.

Project status

The project is currently under implementation with the following results reported so far:

LB – The contract for the technical design was signed (investments for Borcea arm). The Start Order for elaboration of the Technical Project was issued in the middle of November 2020. The development of the Technical Project together with all obtained permits was completed in the end of March 2021. In addition, the Lead Beneficiary organized the Project Launch Conference on 21st of December 2021, in parallel with the starting of the works execution in Borcea Arm.

B2 – A general review on the technical documentation (developed in 2017) is in progress (Reconstruction and modernization of the River Port in Silistra facilities). The Municipality of Silistra had identified modifications of the technical documentation and a contract for elaboration of a new Technical Project was signed in August 2021. The Start Order for elaboration of the Technical Project was issued in September 2021. The elaborated Technical Project was delivered to B2 and in the beginning of November 2021 a request for statement from the Ministry of Transport in Bulgaria on the provided Technical documentation was sent. At the end of March 2022, a negative statement was received from the Ministry of Culture in view of the type of the works foreseen to be performed on a plot with Roman archaeological remains, part from the location of the River Port in Silistra. Therefore, Silistra Municipality must conduct a preventive rescue archaeological research of the site, including performing of on the spot checks of archaeologic specialists, after which a report for the status of Roman archaeological ruins will be issued. Further on, a commission with representatives from the Ministry of Culture is supposed to visit the place, to evaluate if the foreseen works will impact negatively the Roman heritage and to issue the final opinion over the interventions proposed within the Port in Silistra.

B3 - LB has started the procedures to clear the land of the investment, demolishing the existing constructions on site. A contract for execution of the construction works in Borcea arm was signed in November 2021 and the Start Order for works execution was issued in the middle of December 2021. So far, there were done activities of worksite organization, land clearing, digging and land levelling. The works completion level as a percentage has reached and approximate 3, 54%.


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