During the event, the other activities within the RAISE Youth project were presented, as well as the Regional RAISE Youth Center itself.

At the invitation of the Pernik Regional Administration and the NGO "Kraischensko Svetogorie", the representatives of the Center for Sustainable Communities Development/CSCD Sofia - Stanimira Hadjimitova and Bojura Fidanska, participated in a colloquium on the topic: "The road to the temple...".

This forum is part of the program of the Montenegrin Council "In the heart of Graovo", which this year will be held on July 16 and 17 near the monastery of the same name "St. St. Silverless and Miracle-Workers Cosmas and Damian of Asia", Gigintsi village, Breznik.

The event was attended by Western and Central European Metropolitan Antony, Plamen Slavov - advisor to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, His Excellency Zelko Jovic - Ambassador of Serbia to Bulgaria, Deputy Minister of Tourism - Mariela Modeva, MPs Kiril Ananiev, Zornitsa Stratieva and Alexander Nestorov , the management of the State Fund "Agriculture", the district governor of Kyustendil district Katya Dimitrova, representatives of the Embassy of Greece in Bulgaria, representatives of state territorial structures in the region, mayors of municipalities and settlements, representatives of the clergy, KRIB-Pernik, United Livestock Breeders in Bulgaria, "Digital Pernik 2030" foundation.

In the course of the discussions, the possibilities for improving the leading infrastructure and accessibility to the monastery complexes in the region of Kraishte were discussed.

Stanimira Hadzhimitova, director of the CSCD presented the activities of the #RaiseYouth project for sustainable development of the tourism potential in the Pernik region. She noted that for this purpose, two years ago, a Regional RAISE Youth Center was opened in the town of Breznik.

One of the directions in its work is directly related to the stimulation of alternative forms of tourism, promotion of unknown tourist routes, cultural events and activities. The RAISE Youth Centre’s team also created its own bilingual mobile application for Android www.travelsofiawest.eu, which presents local attractions, places to eat, relax and stay in an interactive way.

At the moment, a series of working meetings with interested parties for the creation and functioning of a tourist cooperative, in which representatives of hotels, attractions, guest houses, agricultural producers, farmers, community centers and other organizations, will be members.

Stanimira Hadjimitova welcomed the desire and readiness of the Regional Governor of Pernik Kiril Stoev for the establishment of a Regional Tourism Advisory Council.

Photos: Regional Office of the Government in Pernik (Press center)

The RAISE Youth project, implemented by the Center for Development of Sustainable Communities, covers over 500 young people aged between 18 and 29, living in the municipalities of Pernik, Breznik, Trun, Radomir, Zemen and Kovachevtsi, who are not currently involved. Within its framework, various trainings for career and personal development are passed, and the most active 20 participants will be provided with additional training and mentoring assistance to start their own business.

The RAISE Youth project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.


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