New project awards as a result of across office interrelation sets Euro 2020 Strategy goals high.
Serbia is in the middle of an effort to become a member of the EU. In March 2012 Serbia was granted EU candidate status, a development which was quickly followed by the ratification of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Serbia.
As a part of Serbia’s pre-accession agreement with the EU and in line with the Indicative Strategy Paper for Serbia 2014-2020, EU is financially assisting Serbia on its path to EU accession based on two pillars: The first pillar is Democracy and Rule of Law, and the second emphasizes Competitiveness and Growth.
As part of the Euro 2020 Strategy, EU governments have set national targets to help achieve the overall EU targets. The main strategy is to emphasize smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as a way to overcome the structural weaknesses in Europe's economy and improve competitiveness.
In this context, and in cooperation with NIC Poland, the Serbian office has been awarded three major contracts: “Support to the Development of Social Welfare Regulatory Mechanisms” (including monitoring and management of a 5,5 mil EUR worth grant scheme), “Support to Implementation of the Action Plan for Improving Business Environment” and “Technical Assistance for Improvement of Living and Housing Conditions among the Roma Population Presently Residing in Informal Settlements” (including monitoring and management of a 9,5 mil EUR worth grant scheme).
Besides the general objective, which is line with the EU programme and 2020 Strategy, the projects’ specific objectives are: Improving social protection policies, promoting the social inclusion of vulnerable populations, as well as providing guidance and support on awarded grant actions.
On business environment level, the project aims at the improvement of the regulatory and administrative environment for doing business in the Republic of Serbia.
The total TA contract value for all three projects is more than 4 million. Following the successful launch and inception phase, the projects will be implemented from the NIC Serbia office in close cooperation with NIC Poland.