POLAND-RUSSIA Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014–2020
Last weekend (17th-19th September), a three-day rally “Giżycko-SoVeTSK” took place in Giżycko, organized under the project “Giżycko and SoVeTSk – cooperation for the development of preservation of the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the cross-border area”. The event was part of the celebration of the European Cooperation Day and the European Funds Open Days. On behalf of the institutions of the Poland-Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme it was attended by Director of the Centre for European Projects Mr Leszek Buller, Director of the Department of Territorial Cooperation of the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy Mr Rafał Baliński, Member of the Board of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Region Ms Jolanta Piotrowska and Head of the Joint Technical Secretariat of the Programme Ms Katarzyna Bartnik.
The main part of the event was the Friday opening and a ride/walk along the marked pedestrian and bicycle route built within the project around the Boyen Fortress (3729 m). Thanks to the project a 1899 m long mountain bike route was also created and a fragment of the fortification, i.e. the Carnot wall, was renovated. Participants of the event – citizens, pupils from Giżycko schools and representatives of partner cities and institutions – could take part in quizzes, quests and outdoor and task games with prizes, as well as visit a promotional stand of the Poland-Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme run by the employees of the Joint Technical Secretariat, where gadgets and publications presenting undertakings co-financed within the Programme were waiting for them. There was also a barbecue and for those who wanted there was a guided walk around the Boyen Fortress every hour.
On Saturday, on the other hand, a longer, 40-kilometre bicycle tour around Giżycko took place. On that day, a promotional stand of the Programme was located in the Municipal Sports Centre, where sport events organised by the Lithuania-Poland Cross-border Cooperation Programme took place. On the last day of the rally, the participants visited, among others, the water tower and the harbour in Wilkasy, and cycled along the section of the bicycle path built under the project.
The Russian partners, who could not take part in the event due to the pandemic situation, prepared a video clip with greetings, presenting the bicycle route created within the project on the Russian side of the border, in Sovetsk.