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Remember the war, appreciate your liberty (RO-BG 449)

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to create and promote a representative tourist product by bringing to life the atmosphere of the battle Calafat-Vidin during the 1877-1878 Independence War.

What’s the budget?

499,921.16 euro, out of which 424,932.97 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Agency for Regional Development and Business Center – Vidin (ARDBC Vidin)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Local Employers Association for Small and Middle Enterprises (LEASME)

When is it happening?

Start date: 01.08.2018

End date: 31.10.2020

Duration: 27 months

Where is it happening?



How is it going to happen?                                  

  • promotional movie
  • 6 workshops for high school pupils
  • 2 workshops for local authorities
  • 6 military trainings
  • event “Calafat and Vidin in 1877-1878 period”

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

Programme outputs: 1 integrated tourism products/services created, 540 expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction

Programme results: increase of the number of overnights in the cbc area with 500

Project status

The project is finalized. The implementation period was 27 months (01.08.2018-31.10.2020) instead of initially envisage 18 months (extended via Addendum no.1/19.02.2020 and Addendum no.2/12.05.2020).

All of the project activities have been implemented according to the revised application form.

The project objective have been fulfilled, along with the overall objective of the project ‘To improve the sustainable use of natural heritage and resources and cultural heritage’, by the Beneficiaries with the purchase of the equipment foreseen within the project (described above in the current report) organization of the different workshops, trainings and the creation of the tourism product The reconstruction of the historical event “Calafat and Vidin in 1877-1878 period“.

Equipment purchased by LB:

-45 units Bulgarian military uniform;

-25 units Russian military uniform;

-20 units Turkish military uniform;

-90 units Military boots;

-90 Historical rifle replicas;

-90 sabres/special sword;

Equipment purchased by B2:

-10 units Military uniform "Vanatorii pedestri";

-20 units Military uniform "Infanterie linie;

-20 units Military uniform "Soldat artilerie;

-25 units Military uniform "Dorobanti";

-15 units Military uniform "Soldat marina”;

-65 units Military boots”;

-25 units Specific shoes "opinci";

-90 units Historical rifle replicas ;

-90 units Sabres/special sword.

During the project implementation period, the beneficiaries realized the following events:

1. 6 Workshops for awareness raising among young people (workshops for high school pupils):

In Bulgaria, village of Falkovets, district Vidin

- 1st workshop have taken place on 19-20 January 2019;

- 2nd workshop have taken place on 26-27 January;

- 3rd workshop have taken place on 2-3 February 2019;

In Romania:

- 1st workshop have taken place on 30-31 March 2019, in Calafat;

- 2nd workshop have taken place on 06-07 April 2019, in Drobeta Turnu Severin;

- 3rd workshop have taken place on 13-14 April 2019, in Corabia;

2. 6 “Military Trainings”:

- 3 in Bulgaria in Falkovets, in periods: 22-24 november 2019; 29,30 November and 1 December 2019 and on 6,7,8, December 2019.

- 3 in Romania: Calafat on 7-9 May 2019; Turnu Severin on 20-22 September 2019 and Corabia on 1-3 November 2019.

3. 2 Workshops with local authorities: 1 in Calafat in period 18-19 September 2020 and 1 in Vidin in period 06-07 February 2020.

4. Event “Calafat and Vidin in 1877-1878 period” in Vidin on 11-13 September 2020 and also in Calafat in period 16-18 October 2020;

5. 3 press-conference in Vidin, on 25 September 2018, on 26 February 2020 and on 30 October 2020.

6. 3 press-conference in Calafat, on 14 January 2019, on 15 October 2020 and 29 October 2020.

Also, promotional movie has been realized with the title “Remember the war, appreciate the liberty”.

More detailed information is available on the project website, at:  

The financial execution at project level, in terms of certified amounts is 94.78 % (473,821.05 euro) from the total budget of the project (499,921.16 euro).

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