European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece – Bulgaria 2007 - 2013




     The region for project implementation spans the geographic area from both sides of the boundary known as Chech - the left waterside of Mesta River.  It is situated in the south-west part of the Rhodopes and the north part of Falakro Mountain. Chech includes about 60 villages from both sides of the boundary.


     The Bulgarian part of Chech includes the villages from Satovcha Municipality, as well as villages from the east part of Garmen Municipality at the banks of Dospat River and Bistritsa River. On the territory of Greece, Chech includes the villages near Potami at the mouth of Dospat River and near Kato Nevrokopi. 


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     Municipality of Satovcha spans on area of 344 km2. It comprises 14 villages with population about 19,050. The average height above the sea level is 1000 m. The highest point is Unden peak - 1667 m. The population of the municipality exceeds 17,000. The municipality has four high schools, each with over five hundred students, four secondary schools, seven primary schools and three elementary schools, as well as fourteen kindergartens. There are eight operational community centres. A museum collection of the municipality has been opened.


     Municipality of Kato Nevrokopi is located 42 km away from Drama. Its population is over 2000. Kato Nevrokopi is a small dynamic town where the basic means of living are agriculture and the sustainable tourism, based on the rich cultural heritage and preserved nature. More than ten cultural festivals and events, which attract the interest of the local population and many visitors, take place in the settlements of the municipality.


     Community Centre Prosveta 1937, Pletena village is one of the eight operating community centre in the Municipality of Satovcha. During its long history the community centre has proven to be a centre, where the cultural traditions of the region are preserved and developed. It has its choral societies and dance groups, which take part at national and international festivals and competitions every year.


Municipality of Satovcha
Satovcha 2950 
District of Blagoevgrad
37,  Todor Shopov Street
Telephone 359 7541 / 2116,
Municipality Kato Nevrokopi
Kato Nevrokopi 66033
District of Drama
23,  Agiou Dimitriou Street
Telephone 0030/25233-50131,50117
Prosveta 1937 Community Cultural Center
Village of  Pletena 2954
Municipality of Satovcha
District of Blagoevgrad
Telephone 00359/ 899870004