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Synergy of nature and culture - potential for development of the cross-border region

What’s the goal?

The main objective is to conserve and promote the common natural and cultural heritage in order to create a sustainable cross-border identity that generates added value in all sectors with potential for sustainable development of communities: tourism, fisheries and environmental protection.

What’s the budget?

1,499,902.70 euro, out of which 1,274,917.29 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 249,989 euro for LB and 249,914 euro for B2

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Balchik Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrativ Unit Mangalia Municipality (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 29.12.2018

End date: 28.12.2021

Duration: 36 months

Where is it happening?

Balchik in Bulgaria

Constanta in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Creation of the Black Sea's Menu (cookbook focused on recipes with fish from the Black Sea)
  • Creation and distribution of multi-media materials to promote cross-border tourism at Black Sea
  • Organising in Mangalia a cross border festival entitled "Marea Neagra cu Marama si Dunarea cu Naframa"
  • Musical events: Balchik Piano Days and Balchik Jazz Nights
  • Creation of a Joint Strategical Action Plan
  • Modernizing the promenade area of Constanta street in Mangalia
  • Renovation of the promenade of the town of Balchik, connecting the State Cultural Institute – Cultural Center “The Palace” and Cultural Information Center “The Mill”

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

Programme outputs: 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: 50.000 tourist overnights in the CBC region

Project status

The project is finalized.

The Rehabilitation of the coastal alley of Balchik, connecting the State Cultural Institute - the Cultural Center “Palace” and the Cultural Information Center “The Mill” have been finalized since 05.03.2020.

The execution works for modernizing the promenade area of Constanța street in Mangalia, have been finalized on 26.11.2020.

On 11.09.2021, the cross-border festival “Black Sea with Marama Sea and Danube with Nafram” ( was held in Republica Square, Mangalia. During the festival, a folk show and the gastronomic event “Black Sea Menu” took place (

Between 15.07.2021-18.07.2021, Balchik Municipality organized two artistic events “Piano Days” and “Jazz Nights” outdoors on the stage of the Cultural Information Center “The Mill”. (,,


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