On 02.03.2020 in the Municipality of Valandovo, the Manager of the Centre for development of the South-East Planning Region, Ms. Zhulieta Gjurkova together with the Minister of Local Self-Government, Mr. Goran Milevski, and the Mayor of the Municipality of Valandovo Mr. Pero Kostov had a work meeting.
On the meeting they discussed on the implementation of projects supported by the Ministry of Local Self-Government, the Bureau for Regional Development, as well as on cross border projects supported through the national co-financing.
They also made a visit to the path to St. Georgija in Valandovo, which thanks to the project "Tourist path from nature to culture on the mountain Plavush" which was implemented by the Centre for development of the South-East planning region, has grown into a place for rest, recreation and relaxation for the residents of Valandovo.
The project is funded through the Programme for Balanced Regional Development through the Ministry of Local Self-Government, Bureau for Regional Development providing 7.258.333,00 MKD, while the Municipality of Valandovo participates in the project with its own funding of 897.098,00 MKD.
In the frame of the project 5 km long trail was expanded, lit, with lots of urban equipment and information boards. Rest benches have been set up, 4 gazebos have been placed - relaxation pavilions, children's props, car parks, an open fitness area with exercise elements, an improvised rock climbing cliff and at the monastery more gazebos have been placed.
This project will not only influence the enrichment of tourism offer and tourism development in the region, but will also serve as an example for encouraging tourism in the Municipality and preserving traditional values. By arranging this place, locals will have the opportunity to offer certain catering services, accommodation for visitors, organize sporting activities and events that could provide financial benefit and thus economic development in the South-East planning region.
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