Ruse-GiurgiuCountries: Bulgaria , Romania
The cities of Ruse (170,000 inhabitants) and Giurgiu (53,000 inhabitants) are situated along the Danube, which marks the border between Bulgaria and Romania.
The two cities are linked by the Friendship Bridge, the first Bulgarian-Romanian cross-border bridge, built in the early 1950s. In 1997, the two cities signed a twinning agreement, and in 2001, they jointly formed the Ruse-Giurgiu Euroregion. The activities of this Euroregion are varied, concerning sustainable development, economic development, cultural initiatives, heritage conservation, and urban public services. In 2002 the Euroregion notably established a cross-border university, the Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity Europe Center (BRIE), and between 2010 and 2012 set out a cross-border “Masterplan” for the two cities. In addition, in 2002 the Danubius Euroregion was established, bringing together the districts of Ruse and Giurgiu, its priorities being the development of cross-border governance, rural development and tourism.