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The Ancient stadium project - an occasion for the first visit of Minister Donchev in Plovdiv

15.04.2010

The project "The Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis - Preservation, Rehabilitation and Urban Renewal" was the specific reason for the first visit in Plovdiv of the Minister managing the European Union funds Tomislav Donchev at the invitation of the Regional administration governor eng. Ivan Totev.

"By design and as an intention, this is a great project and we have to do everything possible to realized it. There is a temporary delay beyond the efforts of the Regional Administration", explained Minister Donchev. He added that unfortunately the Regional administrations in Bulgaria, which are secondary spending of budget funds do not have on their disposal sufficient financial resources to advance all the activities.

"Especially when talking about the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area, a lot was done for dropping the precondition for granting advances. There are some other issues related to joint efforts to be made by all the partners. I am here to do the necessary so that in an operational partnership the project to be implemented because it is an important project for Plovdiv", said the Minister managing the European Union funds Tomislav Donchev.

"The large projects in Plovdiv can not happen without the help of the relevant public institutions, so we look with hope to the meeting with Minister Donchev. We have already had such a meeting in Sofia and I am extremely pleased with what we commented about the Ancient Stadium and I hope that we will continue the discussions in this direction", said Ivan Totev.

"In the Region of Plovdiv 190 projects in various European programs are being realized or have been already completed, which is an impressive figure. These are projects implemented by a wide range of entities - municipalities, companies, NGOs", said Tomislav Donchev.

The Mayor of Plovdiv municipality Slavcho Atanasov and the deputy Mayor responsible for the "European policies, projects and international cooperation" Gancho Kolaksazov also attended the meeting at the Regional Administration Plovdiv.

Later the governor eng. Ivan Totev and Tomislav Donchev visited the Ancient stadium site, as well as the exposed archaeological findings in a trade center along the main pedestrian street. Minister Donchev stated his support for the realization of the future museum under the main street of Plovdiv.