Project name

Common Strategy for Sustainable Territorial Development of the cross-border area Romania-Bulgaria


Cross–Border Cooperation Programme Romania–Bulgaria 2007–2013

Lead partner

Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism (MRDT) – Romania


Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works – Bulgaria

Romanian Association for Electronic and Software Industry – Oltenia Subsidiary

The Center of Consultancy and Project Management – Europroject

National Administration for Land Reclamation

District administration – Pleven

Human Resources Development Agency

Business Support Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises – Ruse

Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration – Ecoregions

Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism (BAAT)

Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo, Republic of Bulgaria

Association of Danube River Municipalities “Danube”


24 months


€ 6,889,500.70


€ 5,818,872.31

National Co-

Romania – € 470,280.70

Bulgaria – € 425,354.39

Own Contributions

€ 174,993.31

Project description

This project gives a common and integrated approach for the entire Cross-Border Programme area (CBA). The project is not addressing administrative limits but is treating a specific functional area overriding the constraints imposed by national barriers. Having a holistic approach, taking into consideration the social, economic, environmental elements, the strategic character of the project is obvious and strengthened by its activities: identifying the potential elements, the main problems, building a database and a strategy for the all cross-border area, putting together the authorities, the citizens and all stakeholders relevant from both sides of the Danube.

The project is defining and building the cooperation framework in order to use the territorial capital to facilitate the competitiveness and innovation for the entire program area and also, to protect and improve the environment.

Also, this strategy can be used as a more focused part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Macro-region. This project helps the next financing period (2014–2020) for the two countries by identifying and prioritizing the interventions with a big impact for the cross-border area in relation with the EU development context and priorities.