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Green Jobs Network (ROBG -183)

„Green Jobs Network - Promoting Ecotourism and Organic Agriculture as Innovative Mechanisms for employment and local sustainable development in the Rural areas in the Romania-Bulgaria Cross-Border area”

What’s the goal?

To increase the employment opportunities and the mobility of the labor force through development of special competences and skills in the area of innovative ecotourism and organic agriculture and food production in the selected cross-border area.

What’s the budget?

1,219,573.08 euro, out of which 1,036,637.12 euro ERDF

Who?

Lead beneficiary (LB): Municipality of Lyaskovets(Bulgaria)

Beneficiary (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit – Videle Town(Romania)

When?

Start date: 25.04.2017

End date: 18.09.2020

Duration: 40 months 25 days

*The project implementation period was suspended for the period 13.03.2020 – 31.07.2020

Where?

Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria

Teleorman in Romania

How?                                                     

  • Raising public awareness;
  • Development of cross-border business incubators for ecotourism and organic agriculture;
  • Reconstruction and renovation of a municipal property;
  • Development of a joint strategy and virtual Cross-border platform for green jobs in the rural areas;
  • The supply and installation of 4 info-kiosks ;
  • Organizing joint special learning programs and trainings to increase the mobility in rural areas;
  • Language courses;
  • Organization of Joint Cross-Border Markets (job-fairs) for ideas, opportunities and good practices for job creation in the cross-border rural areas;
  • Organization of summer academy “Green Innovation Lab” for entrepreneurs from both sides of the border.

Results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 15 initiatives that activate workforce mobility in the cross border area; 160 participants in joint local employment initiatives and joint training.

Programme results: 30,396 persons will have access to joint employment initiatives.

Project status

The project is finalized.

The project was implemented within 40 Month 25 Days (25.04.2017-18.09.2020) instead of initially envisaged 24 (extended via Addendum no.1 from 11.02.2019, Addendum no.2 from 23.10.2020 and suspended from 13.03.2020 until 31.07.2020).

All of the project activities have been implemented according to the approved application form. The project objective: “to increase the employment opportunities and the mobility of the labor force”, along with the overall objective of the project “To encourage the integration of the cross-border area in terms of employment and labor mobility”, has been fullfield.  The beneficiaries purchased  the equipment foreseen within the project, renovated the building for the cross-border business incubator in Lyaskovets, as well as they organized  different trainings, job fairs and developmed 2 web platforms. In regard with the project indicators, the proposed contribution to the Programme indicators was achieved, as mentioned in the approved application form.

In regard with the project indicators

According to the information available in the final report and on the spot, the proposed contribution to the Programme indicators was achieved, as mentioned by the approved application form.

Outputs indicators:

A)  8e.1 - No. of initiatives (trainings, education schemes, websites, agreements, networks, job-fairs etc.) that activate workforce mobility in the cross border area:

According the application form, the target for this indicator is 15 initiative and all of the actions have been performed by the beneficiaries, contributing to the target value, as mentioned within the Approved application form. Still, considering the provisions of the MC Decision no. 128/19.11.2019 and also the opinion of the assessors during the evaluation process and the performed actions, the reporting achieved value of the indicator shall be that of 6 initiatives, as follows: 4 modules of the professional trainings (Organic farming and agriculture, Social entrepreneurship in the rural areas, Development of local crafts and services based on local resources, Sustainable tourism in rural areas).

B.  8e.2 (CO44) - No of participants in joint local employment initiatives and joint training

According to the approved Application Form, the contribution to this programme output indicators should be:‘160 participants in Joint Cross-Border Markets, and 100 participants in green academy “Green Innovation Lab”, while the project contributes with 351 participants in total which comes from 171 participants in the Joint Cross-Border Markets

2 job fairs were organized: - one in Videle on 26.02.2020, with 91 participants;

                                         -one in Lyaskovets on 10.05.2019, with 80 participants;

According to the information provided in the last revision of the final report:

-100 participants in summer academy “Green Innovation Lab” (1st edition of Green Academy with 20 participants took place on 05-07.03.2020 and has been organized in Lyaskovets);

- Other 4 editions were organized in August and September 2020, (with 80 participants)  in the 4 modules of the professional trainings:

Module 1: Organic farming and agriculture 24.08 – 25.08.2020 – with 20 participants;

Module 2: Social entrepreneurship in the rural areas - 22.08 – 23.08.2018 - 19 participants;

Module 3: Development of local crafts and services based on local resources - 29.08 –30.08.2018 - 24 participants;

Module 5: Sustainable tourism in rural areas 26 – 27.08.2020 - 20 participants), considered as contributing by the assessors;

Within the project, an existing municipal building in Lyaskovets, which is developed to serve as a cross-border business incubator for ecotourism and organic agriculture in Lyaskovets municipality, is renovated,

The cross-border business incubator for ecotourism and organic agriculture is equipped with office space, facilities for information services, two presentation and training halls for theoretical and practical vocational trainings. LB’s Business Incubator is located at the following address: Lyaskovets, Buzludzha street no. 1.

There are two websites elaborated, namely the web platform for green jobs developed and maintained by the LB: https://www.greenjobs.lyaskovets.bg/( Ro/ENG/BG) and the e-learning portal developed and maintained by B2: https://elearning.primariavidele.ro/ro.

In addition, the beneficiaries also developed within the project a mobile application – Green Jobs Lyaskovets, which can be downloaded and installed for free on any smartphone using Android or iOS as operating systems.

                                                                        

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