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Borderless Health through sport and Cooperation – United in the battle against diseases

What’s the goal?

To increase the efficiently of cooperation between local public administrations/governments in the cross-border area Hârşova- Shabla, regarding public health services focused on prevention and improvement actions.

What’s the budget?

1,489,666.82 euro, out of which 1,266,216.78 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Territorial Administrative Unit- Hârşova Town (RO)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Municipality of Shabla(BG)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Romanian Oina Federation (RO)

When is it happening?

Start date: 04.04.2017

End date: 03.08.2022

Duration: 64 months

Where is it happening?

Dobrich in Bulgaria

Constanta in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • 1 modernized and properly equipped sports field – stadium and locker room in Harsova Town;
  • 1 modernized and properly equipped sport hall/rehabilitation center in Shabla Municipality;
  • The community of CBC area Harsova- Shabla well informed and motivated to practice physical activities/exercises for the benefit of their health;
  • 1 joint action plan to combat sedentary lifestyle and increase good health.

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

Programme outputs: 18 supported cross border mechanisms - 2 cooperation networks, 1 common policy, 1 common study, 3 meetings for information exchange, 1 strategy, 10 agreements between local actors signed in “Choose to be healthy programme”

Programme results: improved cross-borders cooperation between stakeholders for the implementation of a common policy in the sphere of health.

Project status

The project was finalized on 03.08.2022.

The Constitutive Act and the Statute of the AssociationTRANSPOCOwas approved by the Harsova Local Council, Federal Office of Romanian Oina Federation and by Shabla Municipality. TRANSPOCO main headquarters were established at Harsova and the secondary headquarters at Shabla. The TRANSPOCO Association gained its legal status, the official name being “Asociatia Romano-Bulgara Transpoco - Choose to be healthy”.

LB concluded the works contract for rehabilitation of the sports field (stadium) and locker on 24.06.2020. The construction works have been finalized and the reception of the construction works at the investment object "Modernization of sports field (stadium) and locker room" was carried out by the LB on 15.12.2021. All the foreseen equipment necessary for the modernized stadium and organization of the introductory courses, the Caravan “Sports – a never-ending spring of health”, the “Back to school” event and the SPOCO Cup, has been purchased by the LB.

B2 concluded the works contract forReconstruction of Multifunctional Sport Hall. The construction works for the investment objective “Reconstruction of multifunctional sports hall, town of Shabla, Shabla Municipality, Dobrich district” were completed on 07.06.2019 and the necessary permits were obtained: Technical passport no. 17/03.12.2019 for the construction, according to the Bulgarian legislation and Permission for use no. DK-07-D-46/05.06.2020. In addition, the contracts for supply of equipment necessary for the Rehabilitation center were concluded and the equipment was delivered.

1 common study and 1 strategy (Joint action plan) were developed. LB concluded a service contract on 26.01.2018 for elaboration of study for fighting physical inactivity to improve people’s health in the cross-border area on Romanian side. B2 concluded a contract on 09.01.2018 on Bulgarian side. The two companies subcontracted by LB and B2 produced a joint questionnaire to be applied to the population during the first workshop organized in Harsova on 22.02.2018 with 24 participants. The data obtained from the questionnaires were analyzed, centralized and consolidated at the level of the cross-border area during the second workshop organized in Shabla on 06.06.2018 with 25 participants. A common study and a Joint Action Plan for fighting physical inactivity to improve people's health in the cross border area have been developed. The documents were published on the websites of the three partners for analysis and public debate. The public debate event was organized in the period 25-26.10.2018, with participation of 106 persons, during which the both documents were presented to the public.

The both documents are published at the LB website, available at the following link:

1 common policy was created – the program CHOOSE TO BE HEALTHY. The program was launched during the SPOCO Cup organized in the period 21-23.07.2022 in Harsova.

3 meetings for information exchange were organized:

a) The first workshop was organized in Harsova on 22.02.2018 with 24 participants; during which it was developed a joint questionnaire to be applied to the population in the project area;

b) The second workshop was organized in Shabla on 06.06.2018 with 25 participants, during which the data obtained from the questionnaires were analyzed, centralized and consolidated at the level of the cross-border area;

c) The public debate event was organized in the period 25-26.10.2018, with participation of 106 persons, during which the study and the joint action plan were presented.

10 agreements for implementation of the CHOOSE TO BE HEALTHY program were signed between local actors in Harsova and Shabla.

During the project implementation, the project partnership organized various events related to physical activities, by coordinating actions for achievement of the project objectives:

1. There were organized introductory courses for initiation in oina game, as a non-aggressive sport, accessible at any age: in the period 29.04.2022 – 29.05.2022 in Harsova and in the period 14-16.06.2022 in Shabla.

2. There were organized demonstrations of oina game in the CBC area - caravans:

a) 10.06.2022 – Curcani, Calarasi, Romania – 48 participants;

b) 11.06.2022 – Chirnogi, Calarasi, Romania – 46 participants;

c) 12.06.2022 – Baduleasa, Teleorman – 49 participants;

d) 07.07.2022 – Kainardja, Bulgaria – 33 participants;

e) 08.07.2022 – Ruse, Bulgaria – 28 participants.

3. The “Back to School” event was organized by Shabla Municipality on 14.06.2022. The contest was performed in several categories in order to encompass students and relatives of all ages. The teams consisted of parents and students, only parents against only students, grandparents against parents and etc.

4. The sports competitions – SPOCO Cup was organized in the period 21-22.07.2022 in Harsova, on the modernized sports field, with 175 participants.


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