The desire to provide young people with an option to live healthier through various sports activities has united the City of Smederevo with the Romanian Municipality of Ghilad as partners on the “Water Sports – A Healthy Future for Our Children” project. This two-way project is financed by the EU through the program of cross-border cooperation, writes the Nase Novine regional weekly.
On Smederevo’s part, the project entails the preparation of design documentation for the construction of an indoor pool, whereas works on an outdoor pool as a sports center for children and the young are to be carried out in Ghilad. The completion deadline is May 2019.
People of Smederevo need an indoor pool, whereas people of the municipality of Ghilad need an outdoor pool, which is the meeting point for the cooperation, which in fact started in late 2015 and was formalized through a recent signing of a cooperation agreement. More precisely, Smederevo and Ghilad have become partners on the project realized through the Interred-IPA cross-border cooperation project financed by the European Union.
The project’s budget amounts to EUR 829,000, with EUR 434,869 meant for Smederevo and EUR 394,131 meant for Ghilad. The EU funds 85% of the amount from the IPA funds.
As Zdravka Kovacevic Vasic, head of the Office for economy, agriculture, local economic development and public procurement, also the manager of the project, explains, this is a very complex project, requiring the preparation of a feasibility study and exploration works, since the location in question is the abandoned river bed of the Jezava.
The realization of the project will take 22 months, and the results will be presented to the EU by May 2019. The plan also includes a big closing conference in Ghilad. As the participants hope, the conference should serve to confirm that both sides have achieved the set goals, namely, fully prepared documentation for the indoor pool in Smederevo and the raised outdoor pool in Ghilad, as a recreation center for children and the young, Nase Novine reports.