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Interreg Romania – Bulgaria

  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • A more connected Europe – mobility and regional ICT connectivity

        RSO 3.2 Developing and enhancing sustainable, climate resilient, intelligent and intermodal national, regional and local mobility, including improved access to TEN-T and cross-border mobility

        • This programme aims to improve travel between border areas by connecting them to key European transport routes.

          Funds will focus on:

          1. Better Train Travel across the Danube:
          - Modernising train lines.
          - Using eco-friendly transport.
          2. Improving Danube & Black Sea Water Travel:
          - Simplifying admin.
          - Enhancing navigation safety.

          Projects should align with national/EU goals, show funding sources, benefit the area, and be eco-friendly.

          Ultimately, it’s about quicker travel and a stronger local economy.

    • A greener, low-carbon Europe

        RSO 2.4 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention and resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches

        • The area is facing environmental challenges from climate change and natural disasters, especially floods near the Danube.

          This programme aims to:

          1. Combat Disasters: Improve emergency responses and manage risks like floods and fires.
          2. Adapt to Climate Change: Educate communities and use nature-friendly solutions.

          The focus is on natural approaches, collaboration across borders, and alignment with national and EU goals.

          In essence, it's about protecting the environment and prepping the community for challenges.

        RSO 2.7 Biodiversity and green infrastructure

        • The River Danube region, abundant in wildlife, faces threats from pollution and habitat destruction. This initiative focuses on:

          1. Cutting pollution: Invest in monitoring air, water, and soil quality.
          2. Creating green spaces: Develop and maintain green areas in towns and cities, and raise awareness of their benefits.
          3. Protecting biodiversity: Safeguard natural heritage, including species like the Danube sturgeon, through conservation and sustainable practices.

          Projects should align with national and EU strategies and involve collaboration across borders. The goal is a cleaner, greener environment for the benefit of people and nature.

    • A more social Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights

        RSO 4.2 Improving equal access education, training and lifelong

        • Education near the border is underperforming, with low rates of higher education and language learning. To address this:

          1. Language Programs: Introduce courses to improve communication across the border.
          2. Shared Education: Create joint online and on-site educational programs.
          3. Internships & Exchanges: Establish cross-border internships and student exchanges.
          4. Adult Learning: Support lifelong learning for adults.
          5. Connecting Education & Business: Link schools with businesses to align education with job market needs.
          6. Inclusivity: Ensure education is accessible for everyone, including those with special needs.
          7. Facility Upgrades: Invest in education facilities and digital tools.

          The goal is to improve education, promote cross-border collaboration, and support the local economy.

    • A Europe closer to citizens – sustainable and integrated development of urban, rural and coastal areas through local initiatives

        RSO 5.2 Fostering the integrated and inclusive social, economic and environmental local development, culture, natural heritage, sustainable tourism and security in areas other than urban areas

        • An Integrated Tourism System (ITS) will be set up within 18 months around the Eurovelo 6 cycling route to rejuvenate the border area.

          Cycling Route Enhancements:
          1. Build safer cycling paths with service points.
          2. Connect the route to public transport.
          3. Provide amenities like food and lodging along the route.
          4. Use mobile apps for information and promotion.

          Boost Tourism & Local Business:
          5. Help local businesses modernize and grow.
          6. Develop natural sites with trails and campsites.
          7. Upgrade tourist attractions like castles and museums.
          8. Market regional heritage products and attractions.

          ITS Implementation:
          9. Train stakeholders for ITS deployment.
          10. Monitor and support ITS implementation.

          The aim is to make the area a prime destination, bolster local business, and promote sustainable tourism, ensuring accessibility for all.

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  • Currently there are neither job vacancies or calls for projects open for this programme

27th October 2017

Last open call closed on 27th October 2017

Administrative Capacity Romania
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The Interreg VI-A Romania-Bulgaria Programme, backed by the European Regional Development Fund, is geared towards enhancing the Romanian-Bulgarian border region from 2021 to 2027. The European Commission gave the green light to this programme on 30th November 2022.

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