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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:04

Partnership

Ellwangen city is located in the eastern district of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Situated in the valley Yagst, which runs through the city from south to north.

The town developed in the 7th century as an Alemanic settlement in the Virgunna forest next to the Franconian-Swabian border. In 764 the Frankish noble Hariolf, Bishop of Langres, founded a Benedictine monastery, Ellwangen Abbey, on a hill next to the settlement. The monastery was mentioned in a document of Louis the Pious as Elehenuuwang in 814. It became a Reichsabtei in 817.

From 870 to 873 the Byzantine Greek "Apostle of the Slavs" Saint Methodius was imprisoned in Ellwangen, after he had been arrested by Ermanrich, bishop of Passau. He was set free in 873 thanks to the intervention of Pope John VIII.

In the middle of the town is situated Bulgarian chapel "St. Cyril and Methodius. There is a memorial stone on the square, "St. Methodius" set by grateful Bulgarians. In 2010 the  chapel was painted by the painters Valentin Tsvetkov and Tsvetko Vitanov.  The Bulgarian state  provide funding for the painting of the chapel.

Every year on May 24 at the "St. Methodius " squere  a celebration of the Bulgarian alphabe is organized by Bulgarian emigrants and students. Ambassador of Bulgaria and many guests from Bulgaria attend the festival. Celebrations in recent years become increasingly large.

The partnership between Troyan and Ellwangen municipalities was established six years ago.

An exchange of school groups was made in 2012. At the invitation of the YouthCenter in 2012, a group of 16 young people from Troyan had a week-long visit in Ellwangen. The group took part in many social and cultural events organized by the host organization. The Bulgarian students had opportunities to participate in a meeting with the Mayor of Ellwangen and to discuss different issues about youth policies. They found friends and built new partnerships with organizations of young people from Germany and discussed future collaboration and participation in European projects.

Project "Efficiency and Quality for Good Governance" is developed by experts from TroyanMunicipality and partner organization - EllwangenMunicipality, in 2011. It was approved and funded by OPAC (Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" 2007-2013).

Mrs. Donka Mihaylova, Mayor of Troyan, signed a contract for starting project activities on 09.04.2012. The Project has budget of 313 138 leva and has to be competed in 14 months.

Project team:

Project manager: Mrs. Tatiana Markovska

Coordinator: Mrs. Diana Laleva

Financial manager: Mrs. Borislava Vasilkovska

Coordinator for partner organization: Mr. Bernd Beckler

A working meeting was organized in September 2012 in Ellwangen. During this meeting a presentation of work packages was done and details about the implementation of activities and partners commitment were arranged. All activities are related to the analysis of governance in both municipalities and the exchange of best practices in the management of municipal property.

The working meeting was attended by Bulgarian and German experts. The Bulgarian partner was represented by Mrs. Donka Mihaylova - Mayor of Troyan Municipality, Mr. Minko Akimov - Chairman of the Municipal Council, The Project Manager - Ms. Markovska and The Coordinator - Ms. Laleva.

 

"The project is implemented with the financial support of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity"2007-2013, financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund"
Friday, 01 February 2013 13:59

Project progress

Project: "Efficiency and Quality of Good Management" ( 10-16-10/09.04.2012).

Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" 2007-2013

Beneficiary: Troyan Municipality

Main objective:

Increasing management efficiency through the implementation of best practices on the implementation of cost-efficiency of management of public property.

Specific objectives:

  1. To create conditions for the application of European best practices in the management of municipal facilities and cost optimization.
  2. To create tools for effective management of municipal property.
  3. To increase the capacity of experts in Municipal administration - Troyan to implement the principles of good governance.
  4. To enhance the capacity of experts in Municipal administration - Troyan to improve the management of municipal property.
  5. To create conditions for a long-term partnership in the field of good governance.

Results:

  1. Established degree of implementation of the principles of good governance and outline measures for improvement.
  2. Performed analysis of the work of management of municipal property.
  3. Increased capacity of staff and gained practical knowledge and skills in the management of municipal property.
  4. Shared experiences create lasting contacts at expert level, established cooperation in specific areas of management.
  5. Created conditions for long-term partnership in the field of good governance.

Target group:

  • Municipal Administration - Troyan and Troyan City Council, Bulgaria
  • Municipal Administration – Ellwangen, Germany

Partner organization:Ellwangen Municipality, Germany

Project activities:

1. Organization and implementation of procurement procedures.

2. Study, analysis and assessment of both administrations to implement the principles of good governance and effective budget spending in management of municipal property.

3. Working visit of experts from the Municipality of Troyan in Municipality Ellwangen for exchange of information and experience in applying the principles of good governance and effective budget spending in the management of municipal property.

4. Organization of a Conference: "Good Governance- a Guarantee of Effectiveness and Efficiency”.

5. Elaborate and introduce new common measures to improve the efficiency of management of municipal property.

6. Education of experts from TroyanMunicipality in partner organization Ellwangen to test instructions and acquisition of practical skills for managing municipal property.

7. Information and publicity activities.

8. Project management.

9. Project Audit.

Project development:

1. 5 procurement procedures were successfully organized and contracts were signed with:

  • "Consulting Group Procurement" Ltd. for "Preparation of documents for procurement procedure to select a contractor for implementation of activities for information and publicity, logistics services, consulting and audit the project “Efficiency and Quality for Good Governance"”;
  • "Prime Consulting" Ltd. -responcible for "Consultant services under the"Performance and Quality for Good Governance"”;
  • "Atlas Travels", responsible for "Logistics in the implementation of activities related to the organization of trainings, seminars and workshops on project "Efficiency and Quality for Good Governance””;
  • "Personal Konsult - Gantcho Popov" for "Activities for information and publicity for the project "Efficiency and Quality for Good Governance”";
  • KB "Ltd. for "Perform audit activities and the implementation of cost accounting project "Efficiency and Quality for Good Governance””;
  • "Sunny Home Investment"– (direct contract)-responsible for "Translation services during the project "Efficiency and Quality for Good Governance”".

2. Study in both administrations - started immediately after the first press conference. The whole analyze has to be completed by the end of May 2013.

3. Information and publicity. Initial press conference was held on 12.12.2012. Two banners were produced. Four articles about the Project were published in national journals and local newspapers and five electronic publications were also made. It was created a project section in the Internet site of the TroyanMunicipality ( www.ekdu.troyan.bg).

4. Project team is formed with ordinance № 302/18.04.2012г. from Mayor of TroyanMunicipality:

Project manager - Mrs. Tatiana Markovska

Coordinator - Mrs. Diana Laleva

Financial manager- Mrs. Borislava Vasilkovska

Coordinator for partner organization - Mr. Bernd Beckler

Now we are actively working on the organization of implementation of main activity 3 - Working visit of experts from TroyanMunicipality in EllwangenMunicipality for exchange of information and experience in applying the principles of good governance and effective budget spending in the management of municipal property.

The visit is planned to take place in Ellwangen from 10th to 14th March 2013. Now we are planning and coordinating a detailed work programme.

 

Tatyana Markovska
/Project Manager/
30.01.2013 г.

 

"The project is implemented with the financial support of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity"2007-2013, financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund"
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