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RN4SC (ROBG-193)

Regional Network for Social Cohesion

What’s the goal?

The project aims to achieve more effective social services for people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in cross border area through cross border consolidation of resources, capacity building and public-private partnerships

What’s the budget?

347.854,79 euro, out of which 295.676,57 euro ERDF


Lead beneficiary (LB): Free Youth Centre (BG)

Beneficiary (B 2): Vasiliada Association (RO)


Start date: 26.04.2017

End date: 25.04.2019

Duration: 24 months


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

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


  • an evaluation study of current situation of social systems and needs assessment in RO BG border region
  • a virtual Community of Practice created as networking tool for sharing of methodical resources and communication
  • a data-base of 200 records about Bulgarian and Romanian social legislation, policy, profiles of social providers in cross border area
  • 300 experts in social field from public and NGO sector that will participate in exchange experience forums and joint trainings
  • 12 social public and non-governmental organisations that shared practical experiences and developed joint intiatives as result of exchange visits
  • A RO BG cross border network of providers of social services created

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

Programme outputs: 1 supported cross border mechanism

Programme results: increased level of coordination of the public institutions in the eligible area

Project status

The project is finalized.

For the development of the project the partners have mapped the available official information for existing social service providers, covering an area of 13 administrative units - Vratsa, Pleven, Veliko-Tarnovo, Ruse, Silistra and Dobrich districts in Bulgaria, Mehedinti, Dolj, Olt, Teleorman, Giurgiu, Călărași and Constanta counties in Romania. As result of this activity, a data-base was created with basic information about every structure and social service – e.g. name, contact details, scope of work, target groups, capacity, best practices, needs, etc. and a consolidated report about current situation of social systems and needs assessment in participating regions for capacity building in provision of social services was developed.

The information is available, in Bulgarian, Romanian and English languages on the project website, . The website contains a section with the social structures from the entire eligible area (data base elaborated within the project), a section with a map which contains all the structures from the data base, a section with national legislation in social field from both countries, and the comparative research of the social systems in the Bulgarian-Romanian border region, elaborated within the project.

For increasing the level of coordination of the public institutions in the eligible area, there were organized 10 thematic exchange of experience forums, 10 training sessions and 6 exchange visits, with participation of 12 organizations/institutions selected on a competitive basis were organized.


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