Territorial Administrative Unit Galati County (Romania), Lead beneficiary of “Development and Promotion of Active Tourism in the Black Sea Basin – EscapeLand” hosted the start-up conference of the project. In front of media representatives and with the online presence of all the project partners, the lead beneficiary introduced the objectives, the main outputs and the benefits, territorial challenges and cooperation reasons.
The solution proposed by the project refers to the capitalisation of the active tourism potential and expertize of the partner regions as a means of promoting business and entrepreneurship in the tourism and cultural sectors and creating stronger economic opportunities in the Black Sea Basin.
One by one, the project partners: Vilkovo City Council (Ukraine), Cantemir District Council (Republic of Moldova), Self-Government City of Kutaisi (Georgia) and Constanta County Council (Romania) presented the tourism opportunities in their regions and the support added through project implementation.
The main outcomes of the project are:
The project team declared that they are ready to go along together to reach the project goal.
The first meeting of the Joint Programming Committee – body responsible for the preparation of the Interreg NEXT (Neighbourhood External) Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027 – was held on the 29th of January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The eligible participating countries of the new Programme involves ten states from the Black Sea Basin: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
The new generation of projects to be funded under the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 has been approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee during the meeting held in Odessa, Ukraine, on 17th of September 2019.