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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 valorising (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 is under implementation, with the following results so far:

Having awarded the contract for public procurement consultancy prior to the start of the project, the Lead Beneficiary Balchik Municipality awarded all major procurement contracts in the first 6 months of the year. Having awarded the contract for construction works relatively early in the project implementation (Contract № 229/19.04.2019), the Lead Beneficiary commenced the construction works for the renovation of the promenade of the town of Balchik on 24th of June 2019 and following the temporary suspension due to the ongoing tourism season at the end of the first year of the project implementation (December 2019) the progress of the construction works has reached 40%.

Beneficiary 2, Mangalia Municipality, awarded in August 2019 the contract for elaboration of the technical design for the modernization of the promenade area of Constanta street in Mangalia, which was elaborated and accepted by B2 In September 2019. In October 2019, B2 launched the public procurement procedure for works execution, but since no tenders were submitted, the procedure was cancelled in November and re-launched in early December 2019, only to be once again cancelled as the only tender submitted by the deadline was inadmissible. The procedure was eventually relaunched in January 2020.


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