Project: „EURO bio REGION MARITZA EVROS“ с Acronym „EU 2 BIO“

The Project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by national funds of the countries participating in the Interreg V-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” Cooperation Programme

Managing Authority: Managing Authority of the Objective “European Territorial Cooperation” Operational Programmes of the Ministry for Economy and Development, acting as the Managing Authority of the Cooperation Programme “Interreg V –A Greece-Bulgaria” 2014-2020

 Funding programme: Cooperation Programme “Interreg V –A Greece-Bulgaria” 2014-2020

Lead Beneficiary: Association “Business Center-Maritza”

Address: Bulgaria, Haskovo 6300, 150 Balgaria Boulevard, 3rd fl., 322 office

E-mail: bcmaritza2009@gmail.com

Tel.: +359 38 62 24 05

The association was registered as a non-profit organization in 2009, with the aim of supporting he development of family, small and medium-sized business in Haskovo region, to co-operate for accumulating new ideas, exchange of information and experience from the developed market societies with the aim to decrease of unemployment in the region, to support the non-government sector and to create favorable conditions for its development.

Project Beneficiary 2: Federation of Professionals, Crafts and Trade Associations of Evros)

Address: 307, Leoforos Dimokratias str. (Building Evros Chamber of Commmerce) Alexandroupolis

E-mail: oebese@hotmail.gr

Tel.: +302551038018

The Federation of Professional, Craft and Trade Associations of Evros (OEBES Evros) is a secondary professional organization (federation) founded in 1945. Members of the federation are the primary trade unions, of bakers, tavern and café owners, shopkeepers, retailers, electricians, plumbers, hairdressers and grocers of the Prefecture of Evros in Greece. The aims of the organization are to claim, preserve, study, and promote the common economic, social and professional interest of its members in the service of the community as a whole.

Period of implementation: 13/01/2021 – 12/01/2023.

Overall objective:

The overall objective of the project is to ensure the establishment of a Trans-border Bio-area for agriculture, stock breeding and aquacultures and secure its sustainable functioning as a pilot model for other organizations and companies in the region and other trans-border regional programmes

Specific objectives:

The specific objectives of the project are related to:

1)To conduct a research on the bio-organic agriculture, stock breeding and aquaculture industries in the trans-border region and outline the perspectives and problems for their development.

2)To investigate and promote in the project’s target regions working sustainable bio-area practices.

3)To elaborate bio area map suited to the Trans-border region’s needs, statute and founding documents pertaining to the governance of the area, financial stability plan, 5 year business strategy plan for governing body structure plan.

4)To promote the idea of trans-border bio-area in compliance with the developed map and strategy and to involve as many as possible participants in the initiative.

 5)To popularize the bio area activities to the general public to further promote the partner approach in bio-agriculture and increase the cumulative effect of such approach.

The focus of the project and its activities allow a wide range of stakeholders from the cross-border region to improve their skills and knowledge at a time convenient to them, thus increasing the opportunities for the development of organic products in both countries, based on two main approaches:

1) To promote entrepreneurial culture thereby affecting the rates of new businesses formation in the field of the bio farming in the CB area;

2. To strengthen the factors affecting entrepreneurial success, thereby affecting long-term success of those businesses in the field of the bio farming in the CB area.

In this regard, the project envisages the implementation of three main activities – strategic analysis, strategic planning and promotion of the cross-border bio-area.

Activities:

Work package 1: Project Management & Coordination

Work package 2: Communication & Dissemination

Work package 3: Strategic analyses                                                                        

Work package 4: Strategic planning                                                                        

Work package 5: Promoting the trans-border area at EU exhibition on bio products                                                                                                                 

Expected results:

Implemented project management, incl. development of progress reports and performed FLC

Organized and held 4 Partners’ meetings

Developed & implemented tender procedures;

Developed Brochures, Posters, e-Advertisement publications, branded materials

Developed branded materials

Organized conference

Developed research on Bio production in Haskovo Region; Developed research on Bio production in Evros Region, incl. Printed 2500 copies of results of the Research on Bio production in Haskovo & Evros Region in BG, EN, GR & published on LB website;

Developed Research on perspectives and problems for the development of bio products in Haskovo Region; Developed Research on perspectives and problems for the development of bio products in Evros Region;, incl. Printed 2500 copies of the results of the Research on perspectives and problems for the development of bio products in Haskovo – Evros Region in BG, EN, GR & published on LB website

Developed Research on opportunities to register Trans border Geographical indication & the package of documentation to register a geographic indication, incl. published on LB website

Developed common: Strategy, Action plan, Standardized management practices, Actions to establish new companies for bio production, organized as a “total package of personalized support services”

LB Web Site update & published results on LB website in BG, EN, GR & translation;

Developed & published founding documents & statute of transborder partnership – Euro Bio Region; stability plan, 5 year business strategy plan for governing body structure to secure long term sustainability of the trans border bio food area in BG, EN, GR

Video lessons to provide  consultancy on legislation & administrative requirements on Bio Production

Developed a bio area interactive map of Haskovo – Evros Bio Region

Organized B2B networking events /4 matching meetings in BG, 4 in GR/

Organized promotion of the transborder bio area at EU exhibition on bio products Purchased equipment

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