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Bulgaria Donates New Social Centre to Strumica

15 August 2019 News

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva presented to the public in Strumica a new multifunctional social centre of the municipality, which the Bulgarian Government financed by BGN 270,000 under its 2019 official development assistance programme for North Macedonia.

The presentation was attended by Strumica Mayor Kosta Janevski and by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia Andrej Žernovski. At the centre, six non-governmental organisations will provide services to various groups of people with disabilities.

This is the second time that Bulgaria has helped the people of the Town of Strumica and the nearby settlements within the framework of development assistance.

“I am very happy to be here exactly one year after Prime Minister Borissov handed Prime Minister Zaev the key to an automobile capable of transporting people with disabilities, and this project sort of builds on the previous one. We support many other sensible and useful projects in the Republic of North Macedonia,” Zaharieva said.

“Thank you, Mrs Zaharieva. Our dream is to join the EU, and we are seeking your experience along the European path you managed to cover,” said Strumica Mayor Kosta Janevski.

For 2019 alone, the Government of Bulgaria allocated over BGN 1 million for the implementation of 11 projects countrywide. They include building a second centre for early detection of autism in Ohrid, reconstruction of two bridges in Struga and the Village of Ložani, and construction of sports facilities in Kriva Palanka.

The rest of the projects target cooperation between the media of the two countries and measures against hate speech, building sports facilities in Kriva Palanka, festivals in support of cultural exchange (more than 900 children and adults from Bulgaria took part in two festivals in 2019), supply of sports equipment to six schools and five kindergartens in the Gjorče Petrov Municipality of Skopje, and support for health mediation among the Roma.

One of the 2018 projects was completed in early 2019: renovation of the façade of one of Skopje’s largest schools: the Dimitar Miladinov Elementary School. The total cost of the project amounts to BGN 255,000.

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