As part of EU’s support for infrastructure improvement in two Serbian regions – Sumadija and Western Serbia and Southern and Eastern Serbia – there is an on-going public call for project proposals for which the EU has allocated EUR5.2 million. The call runs through 29 June 2018 and is open to 99 local self-governments. The EU PRO is funded through 2016 IPA programme and is implemented by the UN Office for Project Services in partnership with the Government of Serbia, or more precisely the Ministry of European Integration.
Pointing to importance of the programme, the Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic said that “the process of EU integration is not an end in itself, but should rather be seen as a mechanism for a comprehensive development of the country. It is therefore extremely important for local self-governments to build their capacity in order to absorb as much money from European funds as possible. I would like to call on towns and municipalities to tap into the full potential of the EU PRO and apply for funding with their projects and thus contribute to sustainable regional development and higher quality of health, social and municipal services offered to our citizens.“
Local self-governments may apply for funding through projects aimed at improving the quality of citizens’ lives – such as reconstruction and construction of educational, health care and social protection institutions – as well as through projects focused on improving the living conditions of vulnerable groups, the Roma community in particular, through improvement of existing social and municipal infrastructure. Also, submitted projects may be focused on improving the environment, solid waste management, wastewater treatment or energy efficiency boosting.
The value of individual projects will range from EUR50,000-150,000. Each of the local self-governments may submit one project proposal. Proposals without a construction permit in place will not be taken into consideration.
Each project proposal has to have an explanation, detailing how its implementation would contribute to improving and observing the principles of good governance (responsibility, efficiency, transparency, citizen participation and non-discrimination).
In order to bring local self-governments closer to terms and conditions of EU PRO’s call for proposals, programme representatives will hold a series of info sessions. Sabac and Uzice have already had their info sessions on 8 and 9 May, respectively. In the following days info sessions will be held Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Smederevo, Zajecar, Leskovac and Nis.
For more information about the call and necessary documents, please visit EU PRO public calls.
The European Union supports the activities of EU PRO, a programme aimed at promoting a more balanced socio-economic development of Serbia, with EUR25 million. The programme seeks to improve competitiveness of micro and small enterprises and business environment and to advance social cohesion in 99 local self-governments in two regions of Serbia: Sumadija and Western Serbia, and Southern and Easter Serbia. All activities on the ground are implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
INFO SESSIONS SCHEDULE
Thursday, 10 May 2018, at 11:00
Business Innovation Centre (Trg Topolivaca 4)
* The session is aimed at representatives of the following towns and municipalities: Cuprija, Despotovac, Jagodina, Paracin, Rekovac, Svilajnac, Arandjelovac, Batocina, Knic, Kragujevac, Lapovo, Raca and Topola
Friday, 11 May 2018, at 11:00
Kraljevo City Hall, conference room 2 (Trg Jovana Sarića 1)
* The session is aimed at representatives of the following towns and municipalities: Cacak, Gornji Milanovac, Ivanjica, Lucani, Aleksandrovac, Brus, Cicevac, Krusevac, Trstenik, Varvarin, Kraljevo, Novi Pazar, Raska, Tutin and Vrnjacka Banja
Tuesday, 15 May 2018, at 11:00
Regional Centre for Professional Development of Teaching Staff (Goranska bb, 2nd floor)
* The session is aimed at representatives of the following towns and municipalities: Golubac, Kucevo, Malo Crnice, Petrovac na Mlavi, Pozarevac, Veliko Gradiste, Zabari, Zagubica, Smederevo, Smederevska Palanka and Velika Plana
Wednesday, 16 May 2018, at 11:00
Eastern Serbia Regional Development Agency (Trg oslobođenja 1)
* The session is aimed at representatives of the following towns and municipalities: Bor, Kladovo, Majdanpek, Negotin, Boljevac, Knjazevac, Sokobanja and Zajecar
Thursday, 17 May 2018 at 11:00
Higher Business School of Leskovac (Vlade Jovanovića 8)
* The session is aimed at representatives of the following towns and municipalities: Bojnik, Crna Trava, Lebane, Leskovac, Medvedja, Vlasotince, Bosilegrad, Bujanovac, Presevo, Surdulica, Trgoviste, Vladicin Han and Vranje
Friday, 18 May 2018 at 11:00
Regional Chamber of Commerce (Dobrička 2)
* The session is aimed at representatives of the following towns and municipalities: Aleksinac, Doljevac, Gadzin Han, Merosina, Nis, Razanj, Svrljig, Babusnica, Bela Palanka, Dimitrovgrad, Pirot, Blace, Kursumlija, Prokuplje and Zitoradja
|10:30-11:00||Registration of participants|
|11:00-11:10||Opening remarks and the presentation of EU PRO|
|11:10-12:00||Presentation of the public call for formulation of detailed regulation plans|
|12:30-13:30||Presentation of the public call for development of execution designs for business infrastructure, local infrastructure and economic infrastructure|