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SoBy (ROBG-278)

‘Improved coordination and Social policies between Municipality of Byala and Commune Grădinari for Effective cross-border region’

What’s the goal?

The aim of the project is to improve cooperation and effectiveness between the public institutions in the cross border region Romania – Bulgaria. 

What’s the budget?

1,081,938.54 euro, out of which 919,647.75 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Municipality of Byala (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Gradinari Commune (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 02.02.2019

End date: 01.07.2022

Duration: 41 months

Where is it happening?

Ruse in Bulgaria

Giurgiu in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  •     Elaboration of a joint strategy regarding actions for the elderly people;
  •     Development of the Social Care Department in Gradinari commune hall;
  •     Creating GraDAL – active and direct assisted living system for elderly people living in Gradinari;
  •     Creating exchange information system between social departments from Gradinari and Byala;
  •     Joint social events for elderly people;
  •     Establishment of center for elderly in municipality of Byala;

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

Programme outputs: 5 supported cross border mechanisms (agreements, networks, regulations, studies, policies, strategies, information exchange tools) to enhance cooperation capacity.

Programme results: increased intensity of cooperation between cross-border stakeholders (administrations, NGOs) reaching from level 3 to level 4.

Project status

The following progress has been registered:

- Both partners have awarded the contracts for provision of external consultancy services for the project management;

- Both partners have awarded the contracts for provision of information and publicity services, which will be used to carry out the project’s information campaigns;  

- 1 opening press conference was organized on 26.06.2019 in Ruse;

- B2 has awarded the contract for interpretation and translation services, which will be used throughout the implementation of the activities within the project;

- The Development of the Social Care Department in Gradinari Commune Hall has been finalized, the 2 experts, foreseen in the AF have been appointed. The foreseen equipment (2 laptops, 2 filing cabinets and 1 multifunctional device) has been delivered;

- B2 has awarded a contract for supply of 30 first aid kits, 30 medicine organizers and 30 bags, foreseen for the Creating of the GraDAL – active and direct assisted living system for elderly people living in Gradinari;

- The equipment foreseen for the Joint social events for elderly people has been delivered to B2, but the events have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions;

- The Joint strategy for addressing social needs of the elderly people living in the cross- border area Byala Municipality – Gradinari Commune have been elaborated;

- LB has awarded the contract for the performing of the construction works, which have been finalized, and have concluded contracts no. D-10/11.01.2021 and no. D-22/25.01.2021, for Lot No. 1 “Supply of surveillance and security equipment”. The surveillance and security equipment has been all delivered and the final delivery-acceptance protocol has been signed on 02.06.2021.

 - The foreseen equipment and furniture for the center for Elderly in Byala, in the activities ‘Supply of surveillance and security equipment’, ‘Supply of equipment for doctor's office’, ‘Supply of dental equipment’ and ‘Supply of furniture and equipment for the center for the elderly’ have been delivered and installed. 


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