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SMART BSnetwork (ROBG-197)

Network for smart cooperation of Black Sea communities in the cross- border region

What’s the goal?

The project aims to increase the cooperation capacity and effectiveness of public administrations of the cross border region of Black Sea Municipalities in Dobrich District and Constanta County.

What’s the budget?

427,222.06 euro, out of which 363,138.74 euro ERDF


Lead Beneficiary (LB):  Municipality of Balchik (BG)

Beneficiary (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit - Navodari Municipality (RO)


Start date: 22.08.2017

End date: 21.08.2019

Duration: 24 months


Constanta, Romania

Dobrich, Bulgaria


  • 1 joint network for smart cooperation
  • 1 joint workshop ”Smart development and cooperation of cross border Black Sea communities“
  • 1 joint strategy for cooperation and evolved territorial development of the cross border Black Sea
  • 1 joint Web platform
  • e-government in Balchik municipality and Navodari municipality were created
  • equipment for improving public services in Balchik municipality
  • 2 workshops for Increasing the capacity of public stakeholders
  • 2 workshops with civil society participation in public decision-making

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

Programme outputs:

 - 9 supported cross border mechanisms (agreements, networks, regulations, studies, policies, strategies, information exchange tools) to enhance cooperation capacity

Programme results:

           - increase in the level of co-ordination of the public institutions in the eligible area

Project status

The project is finalized.

The project has created conditions for cooperation between the Black Sea public administrations in the region cross-border in the Dobrich region and Constanța county, to improve their efficiency and to stimulate the involvement of private stakeholders in the decision-making process. Concerning this, the following progress has been made:

- The joint strategy for cooperation and evolved territorial development of the cross border Black Sea area was elaborated and it is available on the elaborated web platform:

- Workshop “I’ve got an idea” has been carried out in Balchik, during 13-14 June 2019 and also in Navodari, during 28-29 June 2019.

- Workshop “Improving the capacity of local public administration in the CBC area to draft and implement projects/investments, relevant for the local needs” was carried out in Navodari during 30 May -01 June 2019.

- The softwares for introduced in e-government were delivered to Balchik Municipality and Navodari Municipality and employees of the two municipalities were trained to use it.

- Workshop “Increasing the capacity of local public administration for public-private partnerships” was organized in Navodari during 26-28 June 2019.

- 21 Bulgarian public institutions and NGOs, together with other 30 Romanian public institutions and NGOs were selected to be part of the “Joint Network for smart cooperation”.

- Equipment for improving public services were delivered.

The joint web platform was elaborated and is available at the link


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