From Calarasi to Vidin: common borders, common solutions

From Calarasi to Ruse, from Costanza to Veliko Tarnovo, EU Cohesion Policy has supported hundreds of actions and infrastructure investment in the fields of transport, science, education, youth employment, environment and support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Romania and Bulgaria.

Cross-border cooperation (Interreg V-A) in specific, represents one of the main goals of the policy, aiming at tackling common issues and challenges identified from border regions, at enhancing the growth dynamics of those areas, while promoting the values of solidarity and shared mentality.

Despite the occasional shadows and delays in the project planning, the difficulties in the implementation and the bureaucratic obstacles, the Romanian-Bulgarian cross-border cooperation has transformed the economy and the relations between the two countries, improving significantly the quality of life of their citizens.

In this special report, EURACTIV focuses on some of the most important aspects of this shared socioeconomic ecosystem, capturing its core characteristics and added value.

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