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FLAG factsheet - Bulgaria - Glavinitsa-Tutrakan-Slivo pole

Offical name: 
Central North Region
Ruse and Silistra Districts
Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG territory includes the entire administrative area of the municipalities of Glavinitsa, Titrakan and Slivo pole, all located along the lower part of the Danube River from kilometer 475 to 410. The territory is strongly linked to fishing, net crafting and local boat workshops. All 3 municipalities are categorized as “underdeveloped rural” and “underdeveloped border” planning regions according to the Law on Regional Development. The main economic sector is agriculture. The main challenges are to integrate the fisheries sector into the model of local economic development, attract the young people to this business, and increase profitability of the industry by diversifying and adding value to the local products. 

Population: 46 153 Employment in fisheries: approx. 250 FTE 

Surface area/km²: 1 231 Coastal or inland:  inland
Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 33.4 Protected areas: 18 % of the territory – wet zones and                                                                                                           Natura 2000

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The overall strategy approach aims to integrate the fisheries sector into the model of local economic development, achieving the sustainable development and management of the territory and creating local capacity. With this in mind, the FLAG strategy gives priority to improving access to markets and creating added value in the fisheries sector; improving the living environment; increasing the local competencies; preserving the attractiveness of the territory; and diversifying the traditional livelihood by encouraging alternative economic activities

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 5
Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 5
Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5

Project examples and ideas

- Training and educational actions for the local fishermen 

- Developing sustainable tourism in the Danubian region  

- Promotion and marketing activities for local fisheries products.

- Rehabilitation of the river bank recreation zones


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity:  Municipality of Tutrakan
Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: Municipality of Glavinitsa, Municipality of Slivo pole, local NGOs, private companies, local fishermen’s organisation
Links with LEADER:  There are 2 potential LAGs in the FLAG territory which haven’t been approved yet           

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 45 %  
% of fisheries actors: 33 %  
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 22 %
% of environmental actors: 0
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 26
Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 9
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 3 FTE


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013: € 3 600 000
EFF: € 2 700 000
Other public (national/ regional/ provincial): €    900 000
Private: €    825 120

FLAG Manager: 
Evelina Ivanova
Other contact: 
President: Ivan Nedev
2a, Aleksanadar Stamboliyski Str., Tutrakan 7600, Bulgaria
gts.flag (at)
+ 359 866 60048
+ 359 866 60048
Languages spoken: 
Bulgarian, English, Russian, Turkish and some French