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What is the goal?

The project aims to increase employment through provision of trainings in sommelier and investing in human capital, labour mobility and integrated initiatives in wine-selling

What’s the budget?

495.907,75 euro, out of which 421.521,57 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary (LB): National Wine Association (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Romanian Association for Technology Transfer and Innovation (ARoTT) (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 29.08.2017

End date: 28.08.2019

Duration: 24 months

Where is it happening?

Veliko Tarnovo, Pleven, Vidin, Vratsa, Ruse and Dobrich in Bulgaria (+ Sofia).

Giurgiu, Mehedinţi, Calarasi, Constanta, Dolj in Romania (+Bucharest)

How is it going to happen?                      

  • Establishment of a Sommelier Training Center
  • Creation of a Sommelier Phrasebook
  • Vocational trainings
  • 225 trained representatives of the target groups
  • Creation of networks between educational institutions, business representatives and potential employees

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

Programme outputs: 5 integrated initiatives will be implemented and will activate the workforce mobility in the cross-border area, there will be 225 participants in joint local employment initiatives and joint trainings, a 100 participants in joint educational and training schemes to support youth employment, educational opportunities and higher and vocational education will be provided across the border.

Programme results: 30.000 people that have access to joint employment initiatives.

Project status

The project has been finalized on 28.08.2019 and the following objectives have been achieved:

- A Sommelier Centre has been established, renovated, equipped and opened in Veliko Tarnovo on №14 Georgi Mamarchev str.;

- A Sommelier Phrase Book in Bulgarian-Romanian-English and the Sommelier training modules in Bulgarian and in Romanian have been elaborated and can be found on ;

- An e-diary with trained and qualified experts has been elaborated and can be found on ;

- 258 people, out of which 112 students, have participated in 8 Sommelier and Wine-guide trainings;

- 13 Partnership agreements for cooperation with different professional high schools, associations and training centres within the CBC region, have been signed;


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