Short description of the ETC programme

The «Greece – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia IPA Cross-Border programme» 2007-2013 is a cross-border cooperation Programme co-financed by the European Union under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA).

The Programme focuses on promoting sustainable economic and social development in the border areas and assisting co-operation for addressing common challenges in fields such as the environment, natural and cultural heritage and public health. The Global Objective of the Programme is “to enhance convergence in the programme area by promoting sustainable local development”.

The total budget of the Programme for the period 2007-2013 is 31.549.722,00 €.

Short description of the project

This IPA-CBC project "CENET" aims at the renovation of an old building in Demir Kapija to develop a Center for Education and research in tourism, as well as the creation of a network of stakeholders in tourism and winemaking.

The total approved budget for the implementation of the project is 322.366,00 €.

The establishment and operation of the Center for Education will create links between stakeholders in tourism and increase possibilities for joint development of various tourist products. With the scope to better understand and promote tourism potential on both sides of the border, a familiarization trip will be organized for journalists and tour operators.

During the implementation phase of the project, ten seminars on sustainable tourism will be organized in both countries and ninety people will be trained. Additionally, the project partners will develop a Manual for the Development of Sustainable Tourism with a focus on wine tourism.

An Elaborate and Systematic 5-year Plan of Action will also be delivered. Dissemination activities include a website, a final Conference, printed and electronic promotional material.