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Today the Minister of Agriculture and Food Dr. Miroslav Naydenov opened the first Bulgaro-Romanian wine festival in the city of Ruse. The festival represents a kind of a finale to the "Danube wine destinations" project, financed by the Cross-Border Cooperation program Romania - Bulgaria 2007 – 2013, co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

Ruse, as the host of the first Danube Wine festival brought together Bulgarian and Romanian wine specialists as well as local producers, distributors, local authorities and industry organisations, sommelier experts and citizens from both sides of the river Danube. Association "EuroIntegra" - Bulgaria and association "Parteneri 2000" - Romania presented over 25 Romanian and Bulgarian wineries and representatives from the food industry. The festival will take place from 06/28/2012 until 30/06/2012, and will be open to visitors from 11:00 to 19:00. Minister Naydenov commented that the Bulgarian wine producers offer each time higher quality and variety of wines and this reflects a corresponding growth of the industry. Cooperation and exchange of experience between Bulgaria and Romania in wine production enables the increase in competitiveness of both countries on the European market and the markets of third countries.

The project initiates the development of wine tourism and provides new opportunities for development of the tourism industry, the vine-producers/-growers, tour operators, retailers and restaurateurs.

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