Ten boats, available to tourists and citizens of Trebinje, were launched from a newly reconstructed dock on the Trebisnjica River, to mark the end of the project ‘Life on the Border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro: Ancient Traces of Ageless Heritage and Tradition’.
The project was implemented in municipalities along the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, with the support of the European Union. The aim of the project was to revitalize the rich history and tourist offer of this border area.
“The opening of this truly beautiful tourist attraction has given us an opportunity to support and promote the remarkable cultural heritage of the region and explore all of its beauty and potentials. So far, the European Union has invested over EUR eight million in cross-border cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The people of this area share the same goals and we are always pleased when the European Union has the opportunity to support initiatives that contribute to economic and societal development” said Richard Masa, Head of Cooperation with the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The tourist season in Trebinje was symbolically opened with this new tour of the city’s cultural heritage. Five out of ten boats procured through the project sailed out from the reconstructed pier onto the Trebisnjica River, giving citizens an opportunity to recall the traditional boat races between the two bridges that were held from the middle of the 20th century.
Mayor of Trebinje Mirko Curic underlined the significance of the successful implementation of the cross-border cooperation project for the future development of the city.
“The project is significant in several aspects, not only for tourists but for all citizens of Trebinje, who have an opportunity to savor our tradition once again”, said Curic.
The project ‘Life on the Border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro: Ancient Traces of Ageless Heritage and Tradition’ is being implemented in four municipalities - Trebinje and Bileca in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Niksic and Pluzine in Montenegro.
The value of the project is EUR 330,000 and the EU provided 85 percent of the funds, while the rest of the funds were secured by the City of Trebinje. Masa confirmed that the EU was ready to continue financing projects aimed at strengthening capacities of local communities and improving inter-state relations.