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Joint efforts against natural disasters

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to ensure a fast working cross-border interaction and cooperation in case of emergency situations caused by man-made or natural disasters.

What’s the budget?

937,151.73 euro, out of which 796,578.96 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Mezdra Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Mehedinti County Gendarmes Inspectorate, Mehedinti County (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 13.09.2018

End date: 12.07.2022

Duration: 46 months

Where is it happening?

Mehedinti in Romania

Vratsa in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • elaboration of well-structured common action plans and strategies
  • coordination of the joint initiatives such as know-how sharing, training, resources, and equipment sharing
  • constant monitoring of the current situation and identification of potential risks
  • involvement of the population through delivery of information about possible risks and appropriate behavior to avoid and minimize them
  • introduction of measures and rules for prevention of natural and man-made hazards on a local and cross-border level
  • implementation of an early warning system where this would lead to specific preventive actions
  • modernization of tools and equipment needed to perform the specific tasks and actions
  • landslide area reconstruction

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

Programme outputs: 1 joint partnership in the field of joint early warning and emergency response, 22,000 people benefiting from actions of risk management and flood protection measures, 385,000 people benefiting from forest fire protection measures

Programme results: increased quality of the joint risk management in the CBC area

Project status

The project is currently being implemented with consistent progress in the implementation of the activities.

The Lead Beneficiary, Mezdra Municipality, has finished the implementation of the works activities for Landslide reconstruction for strengthening the landslide in Ignatitsa village, the permission for use was issued on 28th of February 2020 by the Directorate for National Construction Control from Bulgarian. Lead Beneficiary finalized the information campaign among representatives of the municipal administration, representatives of the state administration on the local level, municipal structures, teachers from schools and kinder gardens. Also, the Lead Beneficiary elaborated the joint “Strategy and action plan” in case of disasters.

The Beneficiary 2,Mehedinti County Gendarmes Inspectorate, acquired and have the following equipment delivered: Two pick-up 4x4 land vehicles for action in the forest fire-fighting; 6X4 Multifunctional vehicle with crane; Mobile container to transport materials (sand); Mobile container equipped with fire fighting equipment;

Still, because of COVID-19 restrictions, the activities of the project related with organization of events, trainings for the specialized staff and common exercise are delayed.

The project website is prepared and functional, can be found at


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