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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 valorizing (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 has made important stepts for implementation.

The construction works for modernizing of the promenade area of Balchik have been finalized in time and accepted with in 05.03.2020.

Also, contractor have provided services for production, delivery and installation of one temporary panel and one permanent panel of the project.

The contract for the elaboration and the modernizing of the promenade area of Constanta street in Mangalia was signed and delivered on 11.09.2019 to TAU Mangalia.

On 11.03.2020 UAT Mangalia Municipality signed the Works Contract with a term of execution of 8 months. TAU Mangalia Municipality issued the order for starting works on 30.03.2020. The works are in execution.

From the financial point of view:

The deadline for the half implementation period of the project was 30th of June 2020.

The beneficiaries reached the set targets at the half implementation period as follows:

Lead Beneficiary = 151.83%

Beneficiary 2 = 194.93%

In conclusion, both beneficiaries exceeded their targets at the half implementation period of the project, avoiding the decommitment oh their budgets.

In July 2020, the financial execution per partner, taking into consideration the amounts validated by FLC, is 61.41% for Lead Beneficiary and 4.82% for Beneficiary 2.

Overall, the financial execution at the project level, taking into consideration the amounts validated by FLC, is 33.11% (496,689.39 euro) from the total budget of the project (1,499,902.70 euro)


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