EU supported renovation of the City Theatre in Gevgelija (16/12/2011)

On Sunday, 18 December 2011, at 19:00 hrs, with the theatre play "The Marriage of Figaro" the City Theatre in Gevgelija will mark the successful renovation of the Theatre supported by the European Union.

At the official ceremony, official addresses will be delivered by:
Mr. Ivan Frangov, Mayor of Gevgelija;
Mr. Dieter Thiel, Head of Operations, EU Delegation; and
Ms. Elizabeta Kamcevska-Milevska, Minister of Culture.

The "Renovation of the City Theatre in Gevgelija" is part of the Local infrastructure for Social and Economic Cohesion project funded by the European Union. The total volume of the project is 8.7 million EUR, including national co-financing of 1.7 million EUR.

The City Theatre Building in Gevgelija built in the 1950’s was severely damaged by a fire in 1996. Immediately after the fire, the main structure and the roof were refurbished but additional works were necessary to make it operational and functional.
The works included the reconstruction of the water supply and sanitation systems, electrical, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, floors, walls as well as the installation of new doors and windows.
The value of the contract for the Renovation of the Theatre in Gevgelija is nearly 500,000 EUR. Works were completed within 12 months.

Please find enclosed the project's background information.

The journalists and photographers are kindly invited to cover this event.

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Background information on
the Local Infrastructure for Social and Economic Cohesion project

The Local Infrastructure for Social and Economic Cohesion project is financed under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) - Component 1. The total envelope of the project is 8.7 million EUR, including the national co-financing of 1.7 million EUR.

The European Union attaches great importance to the decentralisation process. With the support of the European Union and international community, the country has made significant progress in this area in recent years. A comprehensive legal framework for decentralisation in accordance with EU standards and the Ohrid Framework Agreement have been put in place.  In spite of all these achievements, significant steps still remain to be taken by the Government on the way to decentralisation and good governance.

The Local Infrastructure for Social and Economic Cohesion project is a continuation of EU assistance to the decentralisation process and aims to improve local infrastructure designed to reduce regional disparities. The overall objective of the project is to stimulate social and economic cohesion through support to infrastructure development in municipalities supported by training of public officials to assist them in their tasks of developing, implementing and supervising the infrastructural projects. The project aims to improve municipalities' infrastructure through completion of selected small-scale projects and to improve the capacity of the identified counterpart staff in the Ministry of Local Self-Government and municipalities through on-the-job and other training and day-to-day management of infrastructure programmes, notably in those sectors where responsibilities have recently been devolved to the municipalities and in areas targeting the most economically vulnerable.
The project consists of three components:
Component 1: Implementation of small-scale infrastructure projects in municipalities;
Component 2: Training of selected ministry and municipal staff
Component 3: Implementation of the Municipal Award to reward those municipalities that have significantly contributed to improve their services to their inhabitants.
Expected results and measurable indicators of the project include:
• Improved access to better quality services and infrastructure for a wider range of the community in their municipalities.
• Reduction in disparities between municipalities in terms of the quality of infrastructure and services.
Total of 14 municipalities (Chair, Prilep, Gjorche Petrov, Karpos, City of Skopje, Kriva Palanka, Resen, Ilinden, Sveti Nikole, Gevgeljja, Debar, Zajas, Bitola and Strumica) were selected for support (11 through an open call for municipal infrastructure proposals and 3 as a result of the implementation of the Municipal Award).
The works projects to be implemented in 14 municipalities in the country are as follows:
1.  Municipality of Čair: Reconstruction of access ramps to the Old  Town of Skopje and installation of Hydraulic Rising Bollards
2.  Municipality of Prilep: Renovation Works in 10 school buildings
3.  Municipality of Gjorche Petrov: Renovation works in 6 school  buildings
4.  Municipality of Karpoš: Renovation Works in 2 school buildings
5.  City of Skopje: Reconstruction of Youth Cultural Centre building
6.  Municipality of Kriva Palanka: Renovation works in 4 school buildings
7.  Municipality of Ilinden: Construction of Cultural Club building
8.  Municipality of Debar: Construction of Sport’s Hall
9.  Municipality of Gevgelija: Reconstruction of the City Theatre
10.  Municipality of Resen: Construction of Fire Protection Station
11.  Municipality of Sveti Nikole: Reconstruction of Cultural Centre building
12.  Municipality of Zajas: Renovation works in the Primary School “Redzo Rushid”
13.   Municipality of Bitola: Renovation Works in the Elderly Home “Sue Raider”
14.  Municipality of Strumica: Renovation works in 3 School Buildings