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Project “Support to Participation in EU Programmes” presented

July 11 2019 | Belgrade

Project “Support to Participation in EU Programmes” presented

How to make Serbia as successful as possible in participating in EU programmes, from which a large number of projects in different areas are financed, and thus further prepare it for EU accession, has been the main topic of yesterday's presentation of the Project "Support to Participation in EU Programmes".

In the next two years, with the support of this project funded by the EU with EUR 1.400.000, the Ministry of European Integration will improve Serbia’s potential for using the funds allocated for EU programmes.

"This is the second cycle of the programme in which we participate, and now it is necessary to increase the quality and number of projects, as well as the amount of funds that we absorb from EU programmes. Since the budget of the Republic of Serbia allocates money for participation in these programmes, it is necessary that the funds we withdraw from the projects be greater than the money we invest," Ana Drljević, from the Ministry of European Integration, has said at the opening of the Project.

As an EU candidate country, Serbia is participating in programmes such as Horizon 2020, the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of SMEs - COSME, Erasmus, Creative Europe, Fiscalis 2020, Customs 2020 and others, which financially support high-quality projects of EU Member States and candidate countries, whereby the goal of Serbia is for the domestic projects to be as represented as possible. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to improve the capacities of institutions, but also of potential project applicants to find an appropriate programme for their project and to prepare it in the best way possible.

"In order to improve the effectiveness of EU programmes in Serbia, it is necessary to further train national contact points for the implementation of programmes, as well as to improve coordination between the Ministry of European Integration and other institutions," the Programme Manager from the EU Delegation to Serbia has said and stressed that better understanding of the programmes requires their greater visibility in the public.

For each EU programme in Serbia there are contact points in charge of helping potential participants in identifying ideas, writing projects, finding partners and managing projects. National contact points, administrative bodies of the Government of the Republic of Serbia dealing with projects, as well as scientific institutions, civil society organizations, economy, students and other potential participants in EU programmes, are the groups for which the project is intended and to which most of the attention will be directed.

Since national contact points should provide concrete assistance to potential applicants in EU programmes at all levels of applying, a seminar has been held for them during the presentation of the Project. The tasks of contact points and the ways to implement them successfully have been presented through successful examples from Estonia, Poland and Bulgaria. The novelties in the next seven-year cycle of EU programmes have also been presented, relating to changes to the rules in financing, applying and managing projects.

Through a series of workshops and trainings, the Project "Support to Participation in EU Programmes" will constantly work on the training of people in charge of EU programme management and on providing support to potential applicants.