Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation

Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation Programmes are jointly referred to as Territorial Cooperation Programmes or INTERREG Programmes. They were created at the initiative of the European Commission, and represent the EU financial support to the cooperation between the border territories of neighbouring countries (Cross-Border Cooperation) or the cooperation of parts or entire countries (Transnational cooperation) in resolving issues of common interest. Since 2004, the non-EU countries have joined EU Territorial Cooperation Programmes (INTERREG), due to which Serbia gained an opportunity to develop Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation.

By 2016, more than 5,500 project proposals were submitted through Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes in Serbia, more than 1000 projects implemented by around 700 organizations from Serbia were financed, and more than EUR 220 million were contracted. Hospitals, schools, and kindergartens received equipment through the implemented projects, children from the border areas of Serbia and neighbouring countries participated in sports competitions, churches were renovated, joint emergency response services and departments for combating drug trafficking cooperated, border crossings, waste water treatment plants, and bicycle paths were constructed, concerts, bicycle races, and regattas were held, and vulnerable groups were given new impetus and faith in better tomorrow. This achieves the goal of Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation - creating the conditions for a better quality of life of citizens throughout Europe.

In the financial period 2014-2020, the European Union has, for the implementation of the Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation Programme in Serbia, allocated EUR 260 million for nine programmes:

Bulgaria - Serbia

Within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Bulgaria-Serbia for the period 2014-2020, a total of EUR 34,102,256.00 have been allocated, out of which EUR 28,986,914.00 have been provided through IPA funds of the European Union, and the remaining amount has been provided through national co-financing through institutions which implement the projects within the Programme. Programme priorities are: encouraging the development of tourism and cultural and natural heritage; investing in youth, education and skills; environmental protection and promotion of adaptation to climate change; risk management and prevention.

More information about the Programme can be found on the following website:  https://www.ipacbc-bgrs.eu/

Hungary – Serbia

Within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Hungaria-Serbia for the period 2014-2020, a total of EUR 76,616,470.00 have been allocated, out of which EUR 65,124,000.00 have been provided through IPA funds of the European Union, and the remaining amount has been provided through national co-financing through institutions which implement the projects within the Programme. Programme priorities are: improving the system for cross-border water management and risk prevention; reducing the number of bottlenecks in cross-border traffic; encouraging cooperation in the field of tourism and cultural heritage and improving the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises through innovation-based development.

More information about the Programme can be found on the following website: http://www.interreg-ipa-husrb.com/

Romania – Serbia

Within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Romania-Serbia for the period 2014-2020, a total of EUR 88,124,999.00 have been allocated, out of which EUR 74,906,248.00 have been provided through IPA funds of the European Union, and the remaining amount has been provided through national co-financing through institutions which implement the projects within the Programme. Programme priorities are: promotion of employment, labour mobility and social and cultural integration of the population in the border region; environmental protection and risk management; sustainable mobility and attractiveness for sustainable tourism.

More information about the Programme can be found on the following website: http://www.romania-serbia.net/

Serbia – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for the period 2016-2020, a total of EUR 4,055,883.00 have been allocated, out of which EUR 3,500,000.00 have been provided through IPA funds of the European Union, and the remaining amount has been provided through national co-financing through institutions which implement the projects within the Programme. Programme priorities are: promotion of employment, labour mobility and cross-border social and cultural inclusion; encouraging tourism and preserving cultural and natural heritage.

Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina for the period 2014-2020 a total of EUR 16,223,529.41 have been allocated, out of which EUR 14,000,000.00 have been provided through IPA funds of the European Union, and the remaining amount has been provided through national co-financing through institutions which implement the projects within the Programme. Programme priorities are: promotion of employment, labour mobility and cross-border social and cultural inclusion; environmental protection; promoting and mitigating the consequences of adapting to climate change; crisis prevention and management; encouraging tourism and preserving cultural and natural heritage.

More information about the Programme can be found on the following website: http://srb-bih.org/

Serbia – Montenegro

Within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Montenegro for the period 2014-2020, a total of EUR 9,734,117.60 have been allocated, out of which EUR 8,400,000.00 have been provided through IPA funds of the European Union, and the remaining amount has been provided through national co-financing through institutions which implement the projects within the Programme. Programme priorities are: promotion of employment, labour mobility and cross-border social and cultural inclusion; environmental protection; promoting and mitigating the consequences of adapting to climate change; crisis prevention and management.

More information about the Programme can be found on the following website: https://www.cbcsrb-mne.org/en/

Croatia - Serbia

Within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia for the period 2014-2020, a total of EUR 40,344,929.00 have been allocated, out of which EUR 34,293,188.00 have been provided through IPA funds of the European Union, and the remaining amount has been provided through national co-financing through institutions which implement the projects within the Programme. Programme priorities are: improving the quality of social and health services in the programming area; environment, risk prevention and energy production; tourism and cultural and natural heritage; competitiveness and development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

More information about the Programme can be found on the following website: http://www.interreg-croatia-serbia2014-2020.eu/ 

INTERREG Adriatic-Ionian Transnational Programme (ADRION) 

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OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME 

The overall objective of the ADRION programme is to act as a policy driver and governance innovator fostering European integration among Member and non-Member states, utilising the rich natural, cultural and human resources surrounding the Adriatic and Ionian seas and enhancing economic, social and territorial cohesion in the programme area. 

AREAS OF INTERVENTION 
Innovative and Smart Region
Support the development of a regional Innovation system for the Adriatic-Ionian area.

Sustainable region
Promote the sustainable valorisation and preservation of natural and cultural assets as growth assets in the Adriatic-Ionian area.
Enhance the capacity in transnationally tackling environmental vulnerability, fragmentation and the safeguarding of ecosystem services in the Adriatic-Ionian area.

Connected region
Enhance capacity for integrated transport and mobility services and multimodality in the Adriatic-Ionian area.

Supporting the governance of the EUSAIR
Facilitate the coordination and implementation of the EUSAIR by enhancing institutional capacity of public administrations and key stakeholders and by assisting the progress of implementation of joint priorities.

PROGRAMME VALUE: 15,688,887.00 EUR

TERRITORY 
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia. 

DOCUMENTS
Framework Agreement
Adriatic-Ionian Cooperation Programme
List of relevant Serbian laws regarding national eligibility rules

More details about the program are available at official web site: https://www.adrioninterreg.eu/index.php/about-program/

Danube Transnational Programme

The Danube is a Transnational Cooperation Programme for the period 2014-2020, in which 14 European countries are participating. Among them are nine EU Member States (Austria, Germany - the provinces of Baden-Württemberg and Bayern (Bavaria), Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia) and five candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Moldova, with the "Danube" regions of Ukraine also included.

Within this Programme, a total of EUR 262,989,839.00 have been allocated; of this amount, EUR 202,095,405.00 have been provided from EU funds, EUR 19,829,192.00 through IPA as support to the candidates and potential candidates for EU accession, while the remaining amount has been provided through national co-financing through institutions which implement the projects within the Programme. Programme priorities are: innovative and socially responsible business within the Danube Region; environmentally and culturally responsible action within the Danube Region; better interconnectivity of the Danube Region and good governance of the Danube Region.

More information about the Programme can be found on the following website: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/