ERDF PP5 - Bulgaria

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Municipality of Devin, Bulgaria


ERDF PP5, Devin, is a municipal centre representing 14 municipalities with a population of 15.000 inhabitants. It is located in the heart of 684 meters above sea level. With good connections to metropolitan centers Smolyan, Plovdiv and Sofia, it can profit from rural-urban complementarities. ERDF PP 5 is located in an intercultural space: southern boundary coincides with the border of Bulgaria with Greece sharing the natural habitat of Rodopi. In the last programming period this border region has inspired cross border, transregional and bilateral projects within the framework of Interreg IIIA, especially Greece-Bulgaria. ERDF PP5 is especially interested in the uprising tourism market segments in the region largely determined by the abundance of water and many hot springs minerals that form in the depths of Devins underground lake. Industry and industrial activities in the municipality are represented by enterprises of machine building, electronics, woodworking, separate departments of light industry, food and other branches of industrial activities with local significance. ERDF PP5s main concern is to achieve right balance between economic uses and protection of natural and cultural heritage as a precondition for the sustainable territorial development Within SAGITTARIUS, ERDF PP5, will activate public-private-third sector alliances to commonly utilize the regions heritage for development. Benefiting from the transferability of systematized knowledge ERDF PP5 will improve capacities of human capital. From the point of view entrepreneurial innovation, ERDF PP5 expects SAGITTARIUS to promotes the diversification of economic activities related to cultural production and consumption. Being a policy maker and a local decision maker, ERDF PP5, will aid SAGITTARIUS with a significant contribution: it will sustain the Project?s political innovation, which promotes community empowerment, employing women and youth in participatory practices and heritage planning.

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Milena Ignatova +359 888 633136 Devin Bulgaria