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ROBG 476

“Danube – A River with lot of common history” - eMS 476

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to improve the sustainable development, protection, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage and to improve the socio-economic situation in the region.

What’s the budget?

499,514.72 euro, out of which 424,587.50 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 151,531 euro for LB and 6,697 euro for B2.

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): "Open hand" foundation (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Euro Teleorman Association (Romania).

When is it happening?

Start date: 07.09.2018

End date: 06.03.2020

Duration: 18 months

Where is it happening?

Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse, Silistra, Dobrich in Bulgaria

Constanta, Calarasi, Giurgiu, Teleorman, Dolj, Mehedinti, Olt in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Joint Study and Research of the cultural sites with common history;
  • Elaboration of common strategy;
  • Digitization of the studied and researched sites and elaboration of their 360° digital images;
  • Elaboration of 3D cross border models.

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

Programme outputs:

- 11,000 more visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction;

- 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: 80 tourist overnights in the CBC region.

Project status

The project is at the very beginning of the 10th month of implementation out of 18 months. According to the information reported, the project is being implemented according to the activities’ work plan, but only on behalf of the Lead Beneficiary – Open Hand Foundation, considering the serious problem met with the official withdrawal of the Beneficiary 2 – Euro Teleorman Association. Analyzing the occurred circumstances, a potential partner – Teleorman County Museum was already identified, which will fully overtake all the entire project budget, activities, goals, and task of the withdrew one. The new proposed partner, with the help of the LB, will dispose of all necessary measures in order to speed up properly the project progress and its timely finalization.

Otherwise, the joint internal project management team on behalf of both actual Beneficiaries (LB – “Open Hand” Foundation and B2 – “Forever Europe Association”) was set up within the first reporting period. After the consolidation of the teams, the project beneficiaries have performed three Project Team Meetings.

All of the foreseen office equipment to be purchased by LB is delivered.

Related to WP T1. “Joint Study and Research of the cultural sites with common history”, the LB has signed civil contracts with representatives from Historical Museum Pleven, with historical experts, entitled to gather content, to consolidate information and to elaborate the Joint Study and Research of the cultural sites with common history. The historical experts started their activities and according to the Consolidated Report, submitted from the experts to the LB on December 2018, the first information for the elaboration of the Study was collected and the following first cultural and historical objects with common history were visited, scanned and captured:

- Catholic Temple, St. Joseph, village Bardarski Geran;

- The house of Dina Babis, former Romanian consulate, Ruse;

- State Commercial High School, Svishtov;

- Former Romanian School/ Art gallery, Tutrakan;

- Rock Monastery St. Dimitar BĐ°sarabovski, village Basarbovo;

- Former Romanian court/ Art gallery, Dobrich.

Furthermore, in reference to WP T4. “Elaboration of 3D cross border models”, the LB finalized the procedure in two Lots, having contracts signed and ongoing.

For the WP “Communication” within the reporting period, the LB has organized the first project Press conference for presenting the goals and results proposed within the project on 20.11.2018 in Pleven at the premises of Regional Historical Museum in Pleven. The conference raised a big interest.


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