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Archeology and culture (ROBG-568)

Tourism as a bond of perspective development of border region

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to improve the cultural heritage of the border region and to increase public awareness of the importance of the cultural and historic heritage of the region through creating integrated tourism product - "Archeology and culture"

What’s the budget?

1,483,998.37 euro, out of which 1,261,398.60euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Dolna Mitropolia Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit – Motatei Commune (Romania)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Motatei Parish (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 13.09.2018

End date: 08.09.2022

Duration: 47 months and 27 days

Where is it happening?

Dolj in Romania

Pleven in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • Common management plan for restoration and promotion for sustainable economic use of historic and cultural sites
  • Marketing strategy for promotion of tourism product "Archeology and culture"
  • Common tourist guide with impressive photography
  • Organization of professional training of experts in cultural and historic heritage in Bulgaria and Romania
  • Conservation, partial restoration and socialization for Roman Ad Putea Road Station
  • Construction works in Church of St. Nicholas Motatei village

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

Programme outputs: 1 integrated tourism product created, 1 common strategy for valorising the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses, 500 visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction

Programme results: 500 tourist overnights in the CBC region

Project status (reflected in progress reports)

The project is under implementation and important steps have been done for the main activities of the project:

LB and B2 awarded the service contracts for external project management.

The Common management plan for restoration and promotion for sustainable economic use of historic and cultural sites, was elaborated. In addition, the LB has signed contract for "Elaboration of a Marketing strategy to promote the tourist product Archeology and culture” in November 2019 and the developed strategy was delivered to the LB in all three languages and is uploaded and could be consulted on the project website: . The dissemination of the previously elaborated Common Management Plan for restoration and promotion for sustainable economic use of historic and cultural sites and the Marketing strategy to promote the tourist product Archeology and culture, continued through the project website and the website of the Municipality.

The technical design related to the LB investment objective “Conservation, partial restoration and socialization for Roman Ad Putea Road Station in Village of Riben, Municipality of Dolna Mitropolia”, was elaborated. The developed Technical Project for execution of conservation and restoration works in „Roman Ad Putea Road Station”, Object 1: "Conservation, partial restoration and socialization the Roman roadside station "Äd Putea"- stage and Object 2: "Ad Putea Information and Visitor Center and supporting tourist infrastructure" was delivered to LB in the middle of September 2019. The final technical project was accepted from Dolna Mitropolia Municipality without comments. Still, the long period passed since the end of February 2020, during which the LB was expecting the statement from the National institute for immovable cultural heritage from Bulgaria on the technical project, was already finalized. A positive statement from the National Institute for Immovable Cultural Heritage regarding the technical project for Investment site 1 was obtained in the end of July 2020. Further on, the process for obtaining all the necessary permits and approvals of the Technical project was closed with the issuing of the statement on the technical project for compliance with fire safety rules and regulations and the issued comprehensive investment compliance report, based on which the Chief architect of Dolna Mitropolia Municipality issued the building permit. The main procedure for works execution in Dolna Mitropolia is expected to launched in very short terms.

The Technical Project and the execution details, as well as the necessary documentation for obtaining the approvals/authorizations/agreements related to Beneficiary 3 investment objective “Construction works in Church of St. Nicholas Motatei village”, were elaborated. Following their elaboration, the official reception of the Technical Project for renovation and restoration works of the St. Nicholas church was made in October 2019. The building permit was obtained in January 2020. Subsequently, the procedure for the acquisition of construction works for the restoration and consolidation of the Church of St Nicholas Motatei was launched in February 2020. The deadline for submission of tenders is until April 2020. Following the acquisition of the simplified procedure for the construction works for the structure of the Church of St. Nicholas Motatei, an execution contract and a service contract for site supervision were signed. In the end of June 2020, the order for starting the works execution was issued. Since then, the construction works are ongoing, with a temporary suspension from the end of September 2020 until middle of February 2021, due to the fact, that during the execution of the works at the foundation of St. Nicholas Church in Motatei, the Directorate for Culture Dolj requested an archaeological diagnosis. Following the research carried out, it was found that those bricks are not of archaeological interest. The approximate technical progress of the works executed already is in proportion of 15.3%, currently the construction works are ongoing.

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