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Kirklareli ( Turkey) - Burgas (Bulgaria)
Description: The border line between Bulgaria and Turkey amounts to 288 km. Until 1990 the so called “border zone” (about 15 km) has a special regime of access for Bulgarian citizens. Today, there are 3 check points on the border: Malko Tărnovo-Dereköy, Svilengrad-Kapıkule and Lesovo- Hamzabeyli. In 2005 it has been launched a common plan for constructing of 15 more check points on Bulgaria-Turkey border.
In Kırklareli the economy is mainly rural, however, in the past few years industry has developed at a fast pace. Now it seems it is in a transition period from agriculture into industry. Agriculture has been among the leading economic sectors in the border region. The ownership structure is similar on both sides of the border, with a predominance of small-sized holdings.
Although tourism industry is another source for both Kırklareli and Burgas, it is more developed in Burgas than Kırklareli. The level of infrastructure for tourism is low in Kırklareli whereas in Burgas it is relatively high. However, Kırklareli’s natural beauty offers possibilities for sea and cultural tourism.
Both in Kırklareli and Burgas the rate of those employed with higher education is above the national average.
The report of Cross-Border Cooperation Programme sets the weaknesses in the border region as follows:
Dr. James Scott
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Project name: EUBORDERREGIONS
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €