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Project title: ECO-FORCE – Joint Actions For Eco-Responsible Cross-Border SMEs

Funding programme: Romania-Bulgaria Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013, EC ERDF

Short description:

General objectives

To contribute to the sustainable development of the cross-border area through safeguarding the natural environment. To foster cross-border cooperation and joint efforts to solve common problems and utilize the border area potential in a sustainable way. In line with the programme strategy, the action is an opportunity to build a joint cooperation framework on a topic, where a common interest is established and joint initiatives are developed to strengthen the regional identity of the cross-border area and foster sustainable growth.

Specific objective

To raise awareness among the cross-border based economic operators in view of improving their environmental performance for minimizing the negative impact on the environment in a cross-border context. The specific objective of the project corresponded directly to the second objective of Priority Axis 2 – Environment: To increase the awareness on the environmental protection and management in the cross-border area. It was set out to be very concrete and focused: the aim was to promote a nature-friendly behaviour among some of the biggest pollutors of the environment – the economic operators and in particular SMEs, based in the cross-border region. The objective was achieved through the implementation of a major awareness raising compaign to stimulate businesses contribute to enhancing the natural endowments of their region, change their attitude and exercise greater care in use of the natural resources, the waste generation and disposal. The action used various tools and communication techniques to raise awareness on three levels: company management, company employees and sectoral associations, thus synchronizing the efforts of all actors, concerned for maximizing the effect from the action.


Period of implementation: June 2010 – November 2011


The Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
Phone: +359 82 825875 
Fax: +359 82 825873 

Association for sustainable development Slatina (ADDS) 
Phone: +40 249 416 345 
Fax: +40 249 416 345

The Romanian Ecological Action Foundation (REA Foundation), Craiova 
Phone: +40 251 419 053 
Fax: +40 251 419 053 

Idein Society 
Phone: +359 82 83 11 83