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Ruse and Giurgevo discussed the future cross-border cooperation program Interreg VIA Romania-Bulgaria

Friday, 22 July 2022

Today, at a working meeting in Giurgiu, the partnerships for joint cross-border projects between Bulgaria and Romania during the new program period 2021 - 2027 were discussed. The forum, initiated by the chairman of the District Council - Giurgiu Dimitriu Beanu, was attended by the deputy mayor Zlatomyra Stefanova, the director of the Directorate "International policies, economic activities and analyses" Ivaylo Kadishev, the expert Emilia Petkova, representatives of the Regional Administration - Ruse, cultural institutions, the Ruse University "Angel Kanchev", non-governmental organizations, as well as the executive director of the Association "Euroregion Danubius" Lili Gancheva.

Work will be carried out in 4 main directions - strategic projects with an emphasis on the Green Deal with main objectives:

- improving mobility, education and culture;

- ecological transition and adaptation to climate change;

- an integrated territorial strategy, the unifying element of which is the EuroVelo 6 bicycle route.

"Good cooperation with our northern neighbor is key for the Municipality of Ruse, and I believe that we will continue to work in sync for the accelerated development of the region during the new program period as well," emphasized Zlatomyra Stefanova. She added that she hopes that the new integrated territorial strategy, which is yet to be developed, will bring even more tourists to the Danube region.

In April, the Council of Ministers approved the project of the cross-border cooperation program Interreg VI-A Romania - Bulgaria 2021-2027. Its budget is 207.5 million euros, of which 163.5 million are provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). . The program territory of the project covers eight Bulgarian regions - Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse, Silistra and Dobrich. On the Romanian side, its scope includes seven Romanian regions - Constanta, Calaras, Giurgiu, Teleorman, Dol, Mehedinci and Olt. Beneficiaries can be national, regional and local authorities, universities, research centers, associations, non-governmental organizations, civil associations and networks, etc. The main objective of the program is to ensure the sustainable and innovative growth of the regions, in line with the new EU cohesion policy for the period 2021-2027.

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