First of its kind Mobility Center Opened in Varna under an EU project

14 Jun

First of its kind Mobility Center started work in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna under an EU project.

It was officially opened on May 16, 2012, in the presence of H.E. Tove Skarstein – Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Bulgaria, the City Mayor Kiril Yordanov, mayors from the region, diplomats and the Deputy District Governor of Burgas Zlatina Bukova.

The Center is situated in the building at 67A Osmi Primorski Polk Blvd, which was completely renovated under a pilot project for energy efficiency.

The new feature of the Bulgarian sea capital is now a fact thanks to the “Southeast Europe Mobility Management Scheme”.

The funding for the project totaling EUR 1.4 M will be provided under Operational Program for Transnational Cooperation “South-East Europe” 2007 – 2013, co-financed by the EU through the European Regional Development Fund.

The Mobility Center is realized in partnership with Greece, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

The budget allocated to Varna is EUR 101 000, 15% of which is national funding from the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, explained by Dr. Petar Radushev who is in charge of the Municipality Directorate working on European programs and project leader.

In his words, the Mobility Center in Varna will employ permanent two persons whose job will be to provide information about the transport network, ticket prices and tourist trips prices, parking spaces, pedestrian routes etc.

The new structure will offer also a full range of tourist information, and, at a later stage will sell air and bus tickets. That means that soon the Center will be able to support itself completely, Dr. Radushev explained.

Norwegian Ambassador Tove Skarstein, Varna Mayor Kiril Yordanov  and  Dr. Petar Radushev at the inauguration of the city’s first Mobility Center.