REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
2014 – 2020
The Region of Vidin is situated in the North-western part of Bulgaria and spreads on an area of 3032.9 square kilometres (2.73% of the territory of the country). Centuries on end, the geographical position had been favourable to its development as a transport, trade and cultural centre. The region of Vidin is the entrance-exit gate of the Republic of Bulgaria to Europe and the World. To the North the region of Vidin borders with the Republic of Romania, to the West with the Republic of Serbia, to the South is surrounded by the Balkan Mountains and to the East with the region of Montana.
Two Trans - European corridors pass through the region:
The territory of Vidin region includes 140 settlements, united in 11 municipalities: Vidin, Boynitsa, Bregovo, Belogradchik, Gramada, Dimovo, Kula, Makresh, Novo selo, Ruzhintsi, Chuprene. In the region dominates th urban population which is 63.38% of the total population.
Population of Vidin represents 11.89% of the population of the Northwest Planning Region / Vidin, Vratsa, Montana, Lovech and Pleven / and about 1.36% of the country to 31.12.2011.
During the recent years were established unfavorable trends in the demography of the region - an annual population decline, aging and deterioration of the age structure, decreased fertility and increased mortality and worsening depopulation.
From 2004 to 2011 the population decreased by 20,771 people, or 17.23%, from 120 192 people in 2004 to 99,481 people in 2011. Reported continuous decrease is a result of both natural movement and developed over the last decade, migration and economic environment.
Population by municipality,
gender and location to 31.12.2011
The number of enterprises is 3183, which represents about 0.86% of those in the country and 11.37% of those registered in SWPR to 31.12.2011. According the number of employees 93.56% are micro enterprises, 5.50% are small, 0.82% are medium and 0.13% are large initiated by staff of over 250 people. For 2009-2011 there is a decrease in the number of enterprises in Vidin region with 250 companies or over 7.3%.
The sectoral allocation is as follows: "Trade, repair of motor vehicles and household goods" - 47.50 %, "Hotels and restaurants" - 8.2 % "Industry" - 7.26 %, "Transport, storage and communications" – 5 %; "Construction" - 2.86 %, and "Agriculture, forestry and fishing" - 5.75 %; "Health and social work" - 5.53 %, “Other activities, social and personal services" -17.88 %.
Types of enterprises by number of employees
The largest share of employment in micro enterprises is 41.88 %, which marks an increase from 2007 when ranged around 37.7 %, and in 2009 - 40.82%. In small enterprises the employment rate is 25.30%, with 23.46% in 2009. Reverse trend was recorded in the group of medium-sized enterprices - respectively from 23.55% occupied in 2009, in 2001 the rate reached 19.62 %. To 2009 in the same were occupied 23.55 %. The employment rate in the large enterprises is 13.19 % of all employed.
The tourism sector in Vidin region is with great potential for development and is essential for the economic development of the region. Following the nomination of the Belogradchik Rocks in the campaign for the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2009, sharply increased the site visit by tourists and the number of accommodations. Unfortunately, the trend of increasing attendance is not preserved and still in 2010 has been a serious decline. Taking into account the favorable effect on the economy, the local authorities of Belogradchik, Vidin, Kula, Dimovo and Chuprene joined forces to promote the destination. The tourism in Vidin region is represented mainly by companies providing hotel services, catering and licensed travel agencies. Despite the existing traditions, wealth of natural, cultural and historical sights in this sector there is a decrease in the number of active facilities, from 274 in 2009 to 261 in 2011. The amount of fixed assets also decreased from 6,210 Levs in 2009 to 5,600 Levs but considering the number of visitors to the tourist sites in the area there is increase in the quality of the provided tourist services and modernization of existing tourist sites.
Significant sites for the development of Cultural and Historical tourism
The Ancient fortress of Baba Vida
The fortress “Baba Vida” is one of the most preserved Middle-age defensive facilities in Bulgaria. It towers in the North-eastern end of Vidin, on the bank of the Danube River. It is accepted that the construction of the medieval fortress “Baba Vida” had happened in the 10th century. It was built on the ruins of an older ancient fortress – Bononia. At first the medieval fortress was rather small in size, with the parameters of a watch-tower. Then reconstructed into a bigger medieval castle. After decades of research and restoration, today the “Baba Vida” fortress is an original outdoor museum with internal expositions.
The Belogradchik Rocks
The Belogradchik Rocks - was established with the idea to protect both the unique geomorphologic formations and the habitats of rare and threatened by extinction animal and plant species. It comprises huge territory of 30 km of length and 3 km width in the western part of Balkan Mountains near Belogradchik. A great number of rock formations (red sandstone) had been sculptured by nature for centuries and turned into whimsical fairy forms in synchrony with the variety of animal and plant life around them (more then 23 protected plant species and over 15 protected animal species), which turn Belogradchik region into uniquely beautiful place. The developed eco-itineraries in the region create preconditions for developing cognitive eco-tourism, dissemination of natural resources importance in international aspect as well as for raising the level of ecologic culture and education.
The Magura Cave
The cave is a natural landmark with interesting formations and prehistoric findings. It is situated on the land of Rabisha village, Belogradchik municipality. It is one of the biggest caves of that kind and beauty in Bulgaria (more than 30 000 square meters). Fantastic formations as cave halls and cave galleries, stalactites, stalagmites, stalctones with enormous proportions (up to 20m in height and over 4m diameter) in the form of animals, people, and waterfalls can be found in it. The Magura cave is also famous with its prehistoric rock drawings from the time of epi-paleolite to the early bronze era because of which the cave is under the special aegis of UNESCO with international statute of cultural monument. Similar paintings have been discovered only in three other places in the world – France, Spain and Siberia. The drawings on the walls of the cave are true masterpieces and are the only ones in South-eastern Europe. They date from the beginning of the Bronze Era. The name of the cave is a part of many tales about mythical dragons and legendary heroes.
Natural reserve Chuprene
Natural reserve Chuprene is
situated on the territory of Chuprene and Belogradchik municipalities and
covers the area of
1439.20 hec. The reserve is exceptionally state
property, which is managed and guarded by the Ministry of Environment and
Village tourism in Vidin region is very well developed. Virgin areas, river-side and mountain regions, caves and lakes have always attracted the nature lovers. There are numerous guest houses in the region of Belogradchik which offer accommodation for tourists. In the evening, tourists are often invited to have a meal with their hosts. Traditional dishes are served, folksongs are performed, and local legends are shared. In most cases, guests can help prepare the food. Some villages offer lessons in pottery making, icon painting or folksongs and dances, and there are demonstrations of sewing and embroidering.
On the territory of Vidin region there are the following border checkpoints - Vrashka Chuka (Bulgaria – Serbia); Bregovo (Bulgaria - Serbia); Vidin-River Port; Vidin – Ferryboat and Danube Bridge 2 (Bulgaria - Romania).
Border checkpoint Vrashka Chuka (Bulgaria – Serbia) in the direction II-nd class road Vidin - Kula - Vrashka Chuka – Serbian border, connects the towns of Kula and Zaychar (Serbia). Border checkpoint Bregovo (Bulgaria - Serbia) in the direction of second class road Vidin-Inovo-Bregovo-Serbian border, connecting the towns of Bregovo and Negotin (Serbia). Border checkpoint Vidin-River Port situated in the center of Vidin and servicing the vessels on the Danube. Border checkpoint Vidin – Ferryboat – situated at 2,5km far of the town of Vidin in North Industrial Zone. It services the ferryboat relation Vidin - Kalafat (Romania).
Border control in Vidin takes priority of Border Police Directorate / GPU / Vidin and Border Police Directorate Brusartsi. GPU Vidin is a territorial unit of the Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Rousse. The unit is responsible for border control at 132 km from the river border. In the area of responsibility of the GPU Vidin there are two separate checkpoints - Vidin ferry cargo, port and border checkpoint Lom - cargo port.
Border checkpoint Bregovo is territorial unit of the Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Dragoman and is responsible for carrying out the border control of the Bulgarian - Serbian border in the region of Vidin. Border checkpoint Bregovo guards the section of the state border of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Serbia / EU external border / with total length 92,339 km.
In 2008 on Border chekpoints Bregovo and Vrashka chuka was introduced the service “single fiche”. That turns out to be non-functional, as it greatly slows the passengers in the control area. To March 2013 passenger service is performed by "one control line".
Border checkpoint Vidin is a ferry connection between Bulgaria and Romania. Tourist and passenger ships coming along the Danube are processed at Vidin border checkpoint - River Station.
The Border checkpoint Danube Bridge 2 is situated on Danube Bridge 2. The border checkpoint connects Bulgaria /Vidin/ with Romania /Calafat/ and have a road, passenger, railway line, cargo railway line and river passage. Territorial division "Port of Lom" at the State Enterprise "Port Infrastructure", managed infrastructure and other fixed assets of the public ports of national importance located in the area of 645 km to 845,650 km from the Bulgarian section of the Danube river. In the town of Vidin on the right bank of the Danube river from km. 785.000 to km. 795.000 are situated four port terminals.
Port Terminal "Vidin - North"
Concessionaire of the terminal is "Bulgarian River Shipping" – Ruse. Port of Vidin - North is a port for public transport with national importance. The port is located in the Northern industrial zone of Vidin and includes two port terminals - Port "Ferryboat Complex Vidin" and "Vidin - North" part of the public transport port of national significance.
Port Terminal "Vidin Ferry"
The concessionaire of the terminal is "Bulgarian River Shipping" – Ruse. The terminal is located from km 792 800 to 793 000 on the Danube river mileage and is specialized for carriage of passengers and vehicles with Ro-Ro ships.
Port Terminal "Vidin - Center"
From 2010 the "Port Vidin" Ltd. consists of two port terminals - Port Terminal Vidin Center and Port Terminal Vidin South. Along the quay wall with length 1440 m are four pontoon facilities for ships to perform input-output control and the passenger. The port is located in the central part of the 789,900 km to 791,300 km in an area of 17 acres. It has a quay wall with a length of 1,440 m inclined type. The port is euiped with four pontoons for acceptance and bunkering of Bulgarian and foreign vessels input and output controls. The existing building of river station is situated with good functionality in communication links between the three passenger transportation facility in the city, namely the railway station, bus station and river station, creating shorter routes for arriving and departing passengers, without the need for additional trucking.
Port Terminal "Vidin - South"
It is situated in the Southern industrial zone of Vidin, in the area of 785 km to 785 200 km of the Danube on an area of 48 acres. By decision of the Council of Ministers of December 19 2012, the designated company for a concessionaire of port terminal Vidin - South is "TEZ Sviloza" Ltd. The port is constructed for reception and storage of bulk and cargo which require special treatment. Ship loading and unloading is performed by existing electric cranes, equipped with the necessary load grip devices.
The Airport Vidin was built in 1973 as citizen airport at 6 km away from Vidin with 2,030m length and 40m width of the landing strip. It could take airplanes with load up to 50 tones. There is an adjoining office building technical and receiving unit, a control tower for air traffic management, electrical substation with emergency power supply, drainage facilities, cable infrastructure, fire cells and other equipment. By Order RD 14 - 32/01.11.1999 of the Ministry of Transport the airport was closed and managed by the Regional Governor of Vidin.
The total length of the railway lines of Vidin region is 101 km, of which 80 km are electrified and are part of a major railway line VII Sofia – Vidin, by information of the National Statistics Institute to 31.12.2011. The railways in Vidin region are Brusartsi - Oreshets – Vidin and its extension Vidin - Koshava. The line Brusartsi - Vidin is connected with the Romanian railway infrastructure with the ferry Vidin - Calafat. It is expected that the construction of the bridge Vidin - Calafat will increase the importance of the line.
In the section of the railway line Vidin - Sofia, passing through the territory of Vidin region, there are 13 railway stations, bus stops and splits posts. The station of Vidin is opened for commercial activities and shunting. In the schedule of the trains for 2013 is set a local freight train ¹70702 Mezdra – Vidin and train ¹70701 Vidin – Mezdra with a period of driving three times weekly.
For 2012 the total loaded tones on the territory of Vidin region is 36,147 tons, 752 loaded wagons and 1,443 unloaded.
During January, 2013 the loaded tones from “BDZ – Freight Service” Ltd. On the territory of Vidin region are 1395 tons, 27 loaded wagons and 1 unloaded wagon.
In the section of railway line Vidin -
Sofia, passing through the territory of Vidin has 6 railway stations and 8
stations opened for passenger traffic. In 2013 on the territory of Vidin region
there are 6 fast trains Vidin – Sofia - Vidin, 1 passenger train Vidin - Mezdra
and 1 train Lom - Vidin. The train connections in the region provides links to
Lom, Montana, Varna, Burgas, Pernik, Karlovo, Radomir, Kyustendil, Mezdra and
Vision, strategic goals and priorities
of the Regional Development Strategy of Vidin Region
Regional development strategy of Vidin region 2014-2020, defines medium-term objectives and priorities of the state policy for regional development of the area and its correlation with other structural policies.
When developing the Regional Development Strategy are kept the requirements laid down in the methodological guidelines for the development of the regional strategy 2014-2020 on Works and in accordance with the Regional Plan 2014-2020 Northwest Region, National Regional Development Strategy (NRDS) from 2012 to 2022 and the National spatial Development concept of the Republic of Bulgaria 2013-2025.
Regional development strategy is consistent with the objectives set out in the strategy "Europe 2020” for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Realization of strategic objectives and the corresponding priorities within the present regional strategy depends on various factors - external and internal. In their change it is necessary to make changes to the document to reflect the new state associated with:
· The economic situation and overcome the crisis in Bulgaria and Europe;
· The political situation in Bulgaria and Europe;
· Economic stability in the EU;
· Effective utilization of funds from Structural and Cohesion Fund of the European Union and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development;
· Investments as a result of the newly constructed Danube Bridge II;
The priorities of the Regional Development Strategy for the period 2014-2020 as wording and content are closely linked to the strategic objectives of the national and European regional policy and sub-priorities are formulated accordingly. The specific objectives dropped out the strategic part, with a view to providing a closer link with the strategic objectives of national regional policy. Identified priorities and sub-priorities interact at all levels, providing a complex effect on the main sectors of the regional development - economy, ecology and social development. Thus ensuring the achievement of the strategic objectives of the Regional Strategy.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1
ACCELERATE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF VIDIN REGION
Ensuring economic growth based on competitive enterprises
SUBPRIORITY 1.1.1: Improving the conditions for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector through modernization of business infrastructure
· Establishment and development of an industrial zone;
· Regeneration of suburban industrial zones;
· Development of multi-modal transportation center;
· Construction of offices to serve investors, showrooms and exhibition facilities;
· Linking entrepreneurial environment with all elements of the technical infrastructure (quick and convenient transportation access, quality of communication communications), easy and convenient interaction with elements of market infrastructure (banking and insurance institutions, stock exchanges, etc.)., Convenient access to the various elements of the social infrastructure.
SUBPRIORITY 1.1.2: Administrative support and overcoming administrative barriers for business development
· Improvement of the information environment in general and informing
potential entrepreneurs and businesses for the necessary legal conditions and procedures for starting a business;
· Perform system administration training, oriented towards the needs of SMEs;
· Support initiatives for the development of services in the field of logistics;
· Organization of regional fairs, creating the trademark area, promoting local production and protect local producers;
· Organization and participation of economic operators in exhibitions, trade fairs, information campaigns on promoting economic relations and co-operation and marketing of their products;
· Reducing the duration of the administrative procedures of the institutions, including through the introduction of the 'one stop shop' and electronic technologies;
· Support partnerships between branch organizations, businesses, local institutions and authorities to overcome the administrative barriers.
SUBPRIORITY 1.1.3: Improving access and development of ICT in public services and services for SMEs
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· Improving access to and the development of online business and public services;
· Development of contents of the services and applications at the local level, including and distal locations;
· Support the business, including SMEs to adopt and effectively use information and communication technologies;
· Developing skills in the population related to information and communication technologies;
· Introduction of ICT at all levels of public services.
PRIORITY 1.2: INNOVATION AND PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
SUBPRIORITY 1.2.1: Development of research, technological development and innovation to support the economy
· Establish effective systems of cooperation between businesses, schools, universities and research institutes (lacking the last two in the field, this activity is per level region);
· Establishment of a regional center for research, technology and innovation;
· Development of Regional Innovation Strategy (currently developing a regional strategy will not be effective);
· Promotion of market-oriented technological projects developed jointly by research institutes and companies;
· Promote the transfer of technology to support inter-firm cooperation;
· Innovations in energy efficiency and renewable energy, introduction of energy saving technologies in the enterprise.
SUBPRIORITY 1.2.2: Promote the development of public-private partnerships
· Provide targeted technical assistance to SMEs in the development of projects under the Operational Programmes, application and delivery;
· Creation of an industrial park to attract investors in the company for processing of fruits and vegetables (freezing, drying, canning, distillation);
· Support of private initiatives in the establishment of micro-enterprises (souvenirs, traditional crafts, food packaging).
The latter two activities are realizable in the partnerships between private producers and public institutions. Public function must be expressed in three areas - development projects, settle ownership of the land, providing infrastructure and marketing to attract investors. The measures for stimulation of the intensive vegetable and fruit production are applied in parallel as well as assistance in recovery of irrigation systems.
SUBPRIORITY 1.2.3: Promotion of Vidin Region to potential investors and enhance the investment climate
· Expansion of contacts with foreign business partners, international cooperation, stimulating business contacts, organizing and participating in business forums and meetings;
· Marketing advertising and promotion opportunities of the region and gaining approval of an image as a promising localization conditions for business success;
· Preparation of attractive presentations of the region;
· Preparation of quality promotional materials;
· Preparation of the updated database with vacant land, private, municipal and state property - land and buildings.
PRIORITY 1.3: USE OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES
SUBPRIORITY 1.3.1: Preservation, restoration and promotion of cultural heritage and natural attractions in the Vidin region. Preservation of cultural traditions and craftsmanship.
· Develop a plan for management of cultural heritage in the region to ensure the conditions and resources for its preservation and protection;
· Establish cooperation between local stakeholders for uniting financial efforts for the restoration, protection and maintenance of cultural monuments;
· Development and dissemination of information materials about the need to protect the environment and cultural heritage for tourists, employees in tourist services and local people.
SUBPRIORITY 1.3.2: Improve conditions for tourism development in Vidin Region.
· Development and maintenance of specialized tourist infrastructure. Reconstruction and modernization of existing facilities;
· Support for the development of rural and ecological tourism;
· Improving the skills of professional and managerial staff;
· Partnership between government institutions, NGOs and entrepreneurs and joint actions for regional tourism marketing;
· Improvement of the work with tour operators and intensifying generic advertising to strengthen its presence in international markets;
· Participation of the area as a destination in tourism fairs and exhibitions (directly in the country and through representatives and promotional materials-abroad);
· Establish and maintain the website of the district and inclusion in the National Tourism Information System;
· Development of promotional products;
· Maintenance and creation of information centers.
SUBPRIORITY 1.3.3: Promoting the development of agriculture and forestry.
· Restoration of traditional vegetable production in the region;
· Restoration of traditional horticulture and viticulture in the area;
· Rehabilitation and expansion of greenhouse production;
· Expanding the production of berries, herbs, mushrooms;
· Investing in environmentally friendly production;
· Creating conditions for the development of alternative agriculture;
· Restoration of damaged hydrotechnical facilities and irrigation systems and increased irrigated areas;
· Strengthening the institutional environment for the development of agriculture;
· Provide a systematic and updatedmarket, technology and price information for farmers;
· Establishment of an agricultural service and use of the achievements of applied agricultural science;
· Coordinate the efforts of local farmers to unite in professional organizations;
· Organization and control of markets for fruits and vegetables;
· Survey and mapping of micro-regions suitable for irrigated agriculture by gravity method;
· Development / updating of land management projects and zoning scheme for the crops. These projects are a necessary basis for the placement of the field infrastructure. The region needs updated, widely available zoning scheme for the crops according to soil and climatic conditions;
· Afforestation and reducing to a minimum the felling of woodland.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2
RAISING THE LIVING STANDARD OF THE POPULATION OF VIDIN REGION
PRIORITY 2.1: BUILD A MODERN SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND QUALITY EDUCATION
SUBPRIORITY 2.1.1: Improving the quality of health service and access.
· Delivery of a modern and effective medical devices and equipment;
· Provide access to prompt medical services in urban areas where it is lacking;
· Easier access for disabled people to all kinds of health assistance.
SUBPRIORITY 2.1.2: Balancing and improving the educational system in Vidin region.
· New equipment and ICT in secondary education;
· Implementation of energy efficiency measures in buildings of educational infrastructure, including renovation, window replacement and more.;
· Modernization of the facilities and buildings;
· Restructuring of specialized secondary schools with outdated profiles;
· Establishing partnerships with private businesses aimed at improving education and bringing it closer to the practice with a focus on professional and specialized training.
Project: Opening of a branch of higher educational institution in Vidin
On the territory of Vidin Region there is no university and throughout northwestern Bulgaria there is no such offering agricultural specialty. Given that Vidin sets as a priority the development of agriculture, the opening of branch of University will facilitate the revival of agriculture and the traditions associated with it. As main advantages of Vidin Region to implement this project we can mention:
Opportunities for irrigation;
Traditional occupation of the population;
· Geographic location - proximity with Serbia and Romania, and a well developed infrastructure with them will attract students from these countries;
· Political and public support.
SUBPRIORITY 2.1.3: Creating conditions for the development of sports and public recreation in Vidin.
· Major repair works, reconstruction and modernization of public buildings and their facilities;
· Restore and promote traditional sports of the region and increase the sports culture of the population.
PRIORITY 2.2: STABILIZATION AND INCREASING EMPLOYMENT
SUBPRIORITY 2.2.1: Optimizing the management of programs related to employment
· Directing the programs of labor offices to invest in people with higher intellectual potential, not only in limiting them in the contingent of skilled unemployed;
· Focusing on training and retraining programs for current / prospective economic profile and demand in the labor market;
· Develop programs for temporary employment, which are an alternative to the provision of social benefits.
SUBPRIORITY 2.2.2: Realization of targeted employment programs
· Creating opportunities for alternative production;
· Programmes funded a small family business and private initiatives to create a microfirm (souvenirs, traditional crafts, food packaging);
· Targeted assistance programs for regions with high unemployment.
· Reorientation of activities employing people.
SUBPRIORITY 2.2.3: Provide a variety of job opportunities and better employment of the population
· Informing the employers and the unemployed for employment stipulated in the National Action Plan for Employment;
· Implementation of new techniques and methods of work towards a comprehensive and quality services to job seekers;
· Development of an information system about the workforce sought by investors and the relevant proposed professionals;
· Develop skills in support of local economic activity and enhancing the adaptability of human resources;
· Services for self-employment;
· Support for training of entrepreneurs and self-employed.
PRIORITY 2.3: IMPROVING QUALITY OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND PUBLIC SERVICES
SUBPRIORITY 2.3.1: Stimulating Lifelong Learning
· Adult literacy and youth who have dropped out of education through the development of distance learning;
· Implementation of policies for training and professional lifelong learning to enhance adaptive capacity, labor productivity, including policy in relation to the aging workforce.
SUBPRIORITY 2.3.2: Creating conditions for deinstitutionalisation of social services and the development of community based services to overcome social exclusion and isolation of risk groups.
· Enhancing social inclusion of disadvantaged people and people with disabilities;
· Priority funding of infrastructure for implementation of the Regional Strategy for social services including protected homes, community support centers, centers for family-type accommodation and more.
· Improve social services for people exposed to social exclusion and minorities;
· Financial support for the use of various types of services to the socially oriented groups - the disabled, orphans and marginalized communities, children from orphanages and others. for their socialization / cards for public transport, heating in winter, rental housing and more. /.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3
CONNECTIVITY AND DEVELOPMENT OF TERRITORIAL COOPERATION AND TO ACHIEVE BALANCED AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
PRIORITY 3.1: Development of technical infrastructure in Vidin region
• Construction of a gas pipeline and linking Vidin with the national gas grid.
· Introduction of energy systems and alternative energy sources;
· Optimization of energy consumption;
· Promotion of the program for repairing concrete blocks.
SUBPRIORITY 3.1.2: Improving access to water supply and sewerage systems
· Repair and reconstruction of water supply networks;
· Repair and construction of sewer networks;
· Design and construction of water treatment plants for municipal wastewater;
· Construction of infrastructure for drinking water supply, including treatment plants for drinking water;
· Use opportunities for integrated water use for the production of electricity, water and irrigation for agricultural land.
SUBPRIORITY 3.1.3: Developing urban settlements in Vidin region
· Improvement and expansion of small-scale infrastructure in small communities and rural areas;
· Preservation of Local cultural and natural heritage;
· Building infrastructure for recreation
· Build in all rural municipalities Tourist Information Centre and marking of tourist sites;
· Providing access to educational, health and social services in the municipal centers;
· The introduction of broadband Internet access for all municipalities.
SUBPRIORITY 3.1.4: Ensuring sustainable and harmonious urban planning in the territory
· Provision of updated cadastral maps and making plans for the development of settlements and settlement formations;
· Provision of updated cadastral maps and making spatial plans for the development of settlements and residential formations;
PRIORITY 3.2: DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IN VIDIN REGION
SUBPRIORITY 3.2.1: Improvement of existing and construction of new road infrastructure
The most important projects are coming:
· Design and construction of high-speed road Vidin- Montana-Vratsa-Botevgrad;
· Construction of a section of Ruzhintsi Dimovo-road E79;
· Construction of a tunnel through Petrokhan passage;
· Rehabilitation and reconstruction of the national road network 2nd and 3rd Class;
· Rehabilitation and reconstruction of municipal road and street network in the settlements.
SUBPRIORITY 3.2.2: Construction of railway infrastructure
· Modernization of the railway line Sofia-Vidin.
SUBPRIORITY 3.2.3: Improving infrastructure along the the Danube River
· Modernizing, strengthening and further development of protective facilities against high waters of the Danube;
· Protection of the banks and soil along the Danube from water and wind erosion;
· Strengthening of landslides;
· Construction of a logistics center adjacent to the Danube Bridge.
PRIORITY 3.3: PRESERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
SUBPRIORITY 3.3.1: Providing safe and harmless treatment of municipal and industrial waste.
· Construction of a regional waste disposal site in Vidin region.
SUBPRIORITY 3.3.2: Construction of environmental infrastructure
· Conduct an active information campaign about the value and quality of the environment in the region;
· Introduction of environmental education and training at various levels in order to obtain ecologically thinking / in schools, institutions, private companies /;
· Encouraging the use of renewable energy sources. / renewables /;
· Construction of supporting infrastructure for protection of the environment / near monuments, tourist sites, border checkpoints, etc.. /
SUBPRIORITY 3.3.3: To maintain biodiversity by expanding the network of protected areas and protected landscapes, including cultural landscapes
PRIORITY 3.4: DEVELOPMENT OF TERRITORIAL COOPERATION
SUBPRIORITY 3.4.1: Development of cross-border cooperation Bulgaria - Romania and Bulgaria - Serbia.
SUBPRIORITY 3.4.2: Development of interregional and transnational cooperation
· On 18th-20th April 2012 Bulgarian delegation led by the Regional Governor of Vidin, including representatives of big business and mayors, was on an official visit to Ortenau region.
· On 28th and 29th June 2012 Italian delegation from the Lombardy region was on an official visit to Vidin. The delegation from Italy were private contractors in construction, real estate, plants for the production of electricity from biogas, metalworking, production of components for cars and motorcycles, construction of treatment plants for drinking water and wastewater engineering, reconstruction existing etc..
· From 29th September 2012 to 07th October 2012 Regional Administration participated in the exhibition - Upper Rhine 2012, Offenburg, Germany. Vidin region successfully presented their production, services and tourism to potential German investors and entrepreneurs.
· From 19th to 22th November 2012., by invitation of the Confederation of Industrialists Leko, the Regional Governor of Vidin and business representatives from the region attended the Leko province, Lombardy, Italy. The delegation participated in conference, on which economic situation in Vidin was presented, legal framework, financial and administrative policies and specific business opportunities in the region.
· In the period January - 20 February 2012. were held a series of meetings with RARIS Zaichar, Republic of Serbia on the development and application of two projects under the IPA CBC Bulgaria-Serbia.
SUBPRIORITY 3.4.3: Initiate and participate in projects on national and international programs.
· TRANSDANUBE project on Transnational cooperation program Southeastern Europe. The project was launched in October 2012. Regional Administration participates as a partner in the project with a leading partner Environment Agency - Austria.
The project focuses on various forms of sustainable mobility and integrated regional and tourism development in the partner regions of the Danube countries.
The main objective is the development of "sustainable mobility" in the pilot regions along the Danube, incl. transport by train, bus and boat to facilitate the concept of sustainable mobility in the whole Danube region.
· "Work To" project on CBC IPA Bulgaria - Serbia, a leading candidate - Regional Administration of Vidin Region, Partner - RARIS, Republic of Serbia
The project objective is creating sustainable network for cross-border cooperation and development and seeks to enhance the socio-economic and investment climate in the border region Vidin-Timok by building networks of cooperation between institutions on both sides of the border and to create conditions for business development and investment attraction.
· „Knowledge base” project on CBC IPA Bulgaria - Serbia, a leading candidate – Faculty of Management, Zaichar, Partner - Regional Administration of Vidin Region and RARIS, Republic of Serbia
The project objective is to improve the region's ability to deal with major regional problems by pooling resources and sharing information.
The project implementation will allow for systematic knowledge and resources in four priority areas (Infrastructure, Agriculture, Environment, Tourism) and make them available to the people of the region and for anyone who is interested.
REVISED DOCUMENT FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY OF VIDIN REGION 2009-2013