Videos of success stories of citizens` participation in the implementation of INTERREG RO-BG programme

Civic participation is an opportunity for sorting out local and regional challenges. It guarantees real involvement of people in searching for solutions to everyday problems, as well as implementation of actions that support the development of a better society. 

Although there are number of different mechanisms and pathways for civic participation, it is most often implemented in the form of variety by their type and character initiatives. The Cohesion policy of EU provides resources for the implementation of such activities, that support the economic and social development of regions in need. 

The cross-border region of Romania and Bulgaria is one of these  disadvantaged areas, that look for solution of common challenges in order to unlock the full spectrum of their untapped potential. Support in that is offered by the joint cross-border programme. 

Six success stories of civic participation in he pm INTERREG V-A Romania – Bulgaria 2014 – 2020 are presented in this section. The results of these stories have contributed to the solution of different problems of the region and have also boosted its development. 

Ruse, Bulgaria
Good practice of Foundation "Idein Development"
Silistra, Bulgaria
Good practice of Association `Youth Organization for European Silistra
Constanta, Romania
Good practice of ONG `Mare Nostrum
Vidin, Bulgaria
Good practice of Association `Free Youth Center
Calarasi, Romania
Good practice of AISSER
Vidin, Bulgaria
Good practice of Institute for territorial innovations and cooperation

Discussions with focus groups in Romania – resume of the event

Second event with focus groups was held on June 14th.

More than 20 Romanians took part in this discussion. All participants had interests in Cohesion Policy and/or Romania – Bulgaria Cross-border cooperation programme. 

The half day event included 3 panels – presentations, discussions and interactive work. In the context of the presentations the developed practical outlines was presented in its 2 general parts – Cohesion Policy and Mechanisms for civic participation. In the discussions panels the participants were provoked to analyze some video case studies – success stories of civic participation. In the last interactive session – the young people identified some challenges of the Romania – Bulgaria cross-border area and undertook to develop a project for their resolution. 

Based on the feedback received, the project team shall fine-tune the presented outputs and will make them accessible for the general public.  

Informational materials for the meeting can be found here and here, while the final project outputs will be listed in the Publications section of our website.


Practical Outline of the Mechanisms through which the citizens can engage in the design and future implementation of the Operational Programs

Civic participation is the foundation of good governance. It lays the foundation for the application of the principles of transparency, openness and efficiency in the planning and implementation of state policy.

The active involvement of citizens (especially young people) in decision-making and action at local and regional level is essential for the sustainable development of a more democratic, inclusive and prosperous society in which they will live and develop. Cooperation with people should become an integral part of the processes for determining the development priorities of the region or the country, as well as of the procedures for decision-making and implementation of policies aimed at meeting important public needs. This requires the formation and use of inclusion mechanisms through which to ensure sustainable results on truly important topics, the problems of everyday life of the average citizen.

In this regard, in the framework of project RoBulUs: Tools for enhancing youth engagement in Romania – Bulgaria cross-border cooperation, we developed a practical outline of the mechanisms through which the citizens can participate in the processes of decision-making. The focus of this document is towards provision of measures and identifications of local and regional priorities, that need to be reflected in the design and future implementation of Operational programs in Bulgaria and Romania. 

This practical outlines identifies and presents in synthesized form the legislative provided mechanisms for involvement of citizens and their organizations in the processes of planning, decision-making and their implementation to ensure sustainable local and regional development. Next – by providing the necessary knowledge, our Practical Outlines strive to encourage civic activism for inclusion in the implementation of the Cohesion Policy 2021 – 2027 and the use of its funding opportunities. 

Discussion with focus groups in Bulgaria – overview of the event

A pro-active discussion with the Bulgarian youth community was held on June 7th in the framework of the organized discussion with focus groups.

In this online meeting were involved about 20 people with interests in the Cohesion policy and the CBC Romania – Bulgaria programme, respectively – from their priorities for the upcoming 2021 – 2027 programing period. 

In the framework of this interactive event, the RoBulUs team discussed with the participants part of the outputs developed within the project and namely: (a) practical outlines for the mechanisms of civic participation in the planning and implementation of (operational and cross-border) programmes and (b) videos with successful initiatives implemented in the framework of INTERREG Romania – Bulgaria Programme. 

Based on the feedback received, the project team shall fine-tune the presented outputs and will make them accessible for the general public.  

Informational materials for the meeting can be found here and here, while the final project outputs will be listed in the Publications section of our website.


Call for participants in 2 on-line Focus group discussions

Are you interested in the future of your region? Would you like to participate in its change? Are you ready to be more active citizen and to use the existing mechanisms for participation in the design and implementation of operational and cross-border programs? 

If your answer is YES, then join us in one of our focus group discussion events that are organized in the next 2 weeks – on June 7th (10H) for Bulgarians and on June 14th (14H) for Romanians. 

The events Agenda includes: 

 –  Presentation of the Cohesion Policy and its priorities for the period  2021 – 2027 ;

– discussion on the Cross-border cooperation programme Romania – Bulgaria – its achievements and future opportunities for local and regional development; 

– overview of the existing mechanisms for civic participation in the planning and implementation of operational and cross-border prgrammes;

Main objective of these events is to popularize the topics listed above, but also to present and discuss with the youth community part of the products developed in the framework of the project so to foster more active participation in the local and regional development. 


The events are free o charge and open to all interested parties – youth workers and youth leaders, young people that have participated in the implementation of different projects, etc. The events will be held online through ZOOM. A preliminary registration is required. 

For more information – please contact the organizers. 

The European Commission’s support for the production of this website does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

RoBulUs stands for Tools for Enhancing Youth Engagement in Romania-Bulgaria Cross-Border Cooperation. It is an initiative that supports youth in becoming more aware and involved in decision making processes. 

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