SocialCrafts project is being implemented with the financial support of the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020”.
A cross-border region is a territorial entity composed of several local or regional authorities that are co-located but belong to different national states. European cross-border regions are more commonly established through cooperation between municipalities, districts or border regions. Cross-border cooperation can develop the economy of each participating country in the area, depending on the relationship between the countries. The basis is the common interest in improving the standard of living, ensuring a sustainable framework and removing barriers, restrictions or other factors. In order to improve the socio-economic position of the regional communities and to remove the negative effects of the border, local communities are increasingly involved in the regional collaboration. The "Social Crafts" project aims to raise awareness of the enormous potential of these areas, specifically that between southern Bulgaria and northern Greece. Problems with labor inequalities, poverty and high unemployment among the different types of vulnerable groups such as young people, women, Roma, elderly, long-term unemployed and disabled, gave us the idea through this program to try and bring them new ideas of self-employment using crafts and at the same time integrating themselves totally into their local community.