On December 10 and 11, 2013, in the town of Edirne was held the closing press conference on Project “Creating a cultural network to unify two neighbouring nations”. It is funded under the Bulgaria–Turkey IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme. Association of Young Businessmen of Edirne, Turkey and Sozopol Foundation from Sozopol, Bulgaria, were partners on the project.
As representatives of Sozopol Foundation, Prof. D.Sc. Violeta Nesheva, Chief Scientific Advisor and Ms. Ivelina Kyutchoukova, Culture and Cultural Tourism Expert, took part in the event.
The project offers an effective and comprehensive approach for implementing the general and specific objectives of the Programme. The partners aim to achieve balanced development and integration of two border regions by providing support for sustainable economic development and improving the quality of life of local people.
Under the project was implemented a georadar study of the fortification system of the town of Edirne. With it was given a stable basis for further archaeological studies of this immovable cultural property for the purpose of its restoration, conservation and socialization.
In Sozopol was developed a Plan for Management and Protection of Ancient Town of Apollonia Archaeological Reserve, which give a clear idea which are the priorities for the transformation and promotion of the old part of the town as an attractive centre of cultural-historical, pilgrimage, natural and marine tourism. The plan also determines activities required to achieve the objectives.
The two main activities within the project, one in the Republic of Turkey, and the other in the Republic of Bulgaria, are consistent with the Directives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).