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ROBG 274

USES (ROBG–274)

Uniform standards, enhanced coordination – common security

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to ensure the protection and safety of the population in the Svishtov-Zimnicea cross border region by ensuring a rapid and adequate response to the emergency situations caused by fires and natural disasters.

What’s the budget?

989.404,57 euro, out of which 840.993,87 euro ERDF.

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Svishtov Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit – Zimnicea Town (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 28.07.2018

End date: 27.07.2020

Duration: 24 months

Where is it happening?

Svishtov, Veliko Tarnovo District, Bulgaria

Zimnicea, Teleorman County, Romania

How is it going to happen?

1. The joint partnership will be created through several project technical meetings in order to clarify and elaborate the technical documentation and the recommendation for:

- Guide to develop a common cross border approach for managing emergencies based on the processes and activities initiated under the USES project;

- Design and dеvеlоpmеnt of Joint Аctiоn Plan covering disaster resilience and mitigation and awareness raising campaigns for the cross-border population on the hazards and risk, with the following programme expected results: hazard management and current rescue service for flood prevention measures, risk management system and cross border rescue services/system; joint disaster risk prevention and management as one of the main cross border priorities; enhance the shared management of common risks at a cross border level; about 40 pages;

- Prevention and alarm guide in Romanian and Bulgarian language printed in edition of 3000 units (1500 Bg and 1500 Ro), A4 booklet, interior 15 glossy paper;

- Guideline for a joint cross border approach for handling emergency situations and Action plan will be contracted by Lead Beneficiary with external service and the Prevention and alarm guide will be developed by Beneficiary 2. All 3 items will be published on the partners websites and transmitted to all relevant organizations from the region in order for the target group to have free access to the information.

2. Purchase of equipment;

3. Information and promotion activities:

- 2 press conferences;

- Web site;

- Information and promotion materials:

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

Programme outputs:

- 65.000 people benefiting from actions of risk management;

- 1 joint partnership in the field of joint early warning and emergency response and exchange of experience;

Programme results: to increase the quality of joint risk management in the cross border area;

Project status

Currently, the project is in the second half of its implementation.

All project activities are implemented in accordance with the approved application.

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2 press conferences have been organized – one in Zimnicea on 11th of December 2018 and another one in Svishtov on the 19th of February 2019.

Both partners have received the information and promotion materials.

Regarding the equipment, the following has been received by the Lead Beneficiary:

- two vehicles, one 4x4 vehicle which will be used mainly of the duty team for towing the special equipped wagon trailer, and one (16+1 seater) minibus.;

- training kit "Young Firefighter";

- adequate equipment for the Crisis Center in the village of Ovcha Mogila, Svishtov Municipality (Printer, Video Projector, Projector screen, Laptop, filing cabinets, etc.);

- Mobile phones and tablets for the volunteers;

For the rest of the equipment such as firefighter’s clothing, water transport vehicle, self-propelled vehicle, folding rescue boats, bulldozers, snow blades, salt/sand spreader for both the Lead Beneficiary and Beneficiary 2, the tender documentation is in a process of elaboration.

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