J. Joksimović: European projects improve cooperation between the countries of the region

September 21 2022 | Belgrade

J. Joksimović: European projects improve cooperation between the countries of the region

Today, Minister of European Integration in the Serbian Government and National IPA Coordinator Jadranka Joksimović has said that numerous European projects make it possible to overcome common challenges, such as climate change and social inclusion, but also to improve tourism and cultural exchange, as well as everything that contributes to a better life of citizens.

The official website of the Government of the Republic of Serbia conveys the entire statement of Minister Joksimović given on the occasion of 21 September – the Day of European Cooperation:

“Today in Serbia, as well as in more than 30 European countries, we celebrate the European Cooperation Day.  At the initiative of the European Union, back in 2013, it was decided that 21 September would be the date when we would talk about the achievements of territorial cooperation, that is, the cooperation of regions within the European Union, but also those along the border with member states.

Numerous projects make it possible to adapt the European development model to the new global reality, to overcome common challenges such as climate change, and social inclusion, to improve tourism, cultural exchange, and everything that contributes to a better life for citizens regardless of where they live.

The total funds of the European Union for all cross-border and transnational cooperation programs in which Serbia participated, since we started implementing projects in 2004 until the end of 2020, amounted to more than 400 million euros, and the beneficiaries of those projects in our country allocated an additional amount of 15 percent.

We used the money in local areas for more than 1,000 projects, which enabled greater employment of citizens, better social and health care, sustainable tourism, environmental protection, support for young people and improvement of the economic competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, promotion of sustainable transport and improvement of public infrastructure.

This is an opportunity to emphasise once again that the European Union has approved a new 236.1 million euros for cross-border cooperation programs in our country from IPA funds for the 2021-2027 financial perspective.

All the difficulties we face – from the consequences of a multi-year pandemic to the functioning of multilateralism in times of war, the economic and energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine – are easier to solve if we approach them together, in solidarity and partnership. And that, among other things, is why even today, along with all other countries that benefit from these programs, we celebrate this day in our country.

I would like to remind you that Serbia participates in nine cross-border and transnational cooperation programs, which are mostly financed by the European Union.

As a minister and national IPA coordinator, I lead the institution that is responsible for coordinating cross-border programs in our country with Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia, as well as for two transnational ones – the Adriatic-Ionian program ADRION and the Cooperation programme Danube.

For the citizens of Serbia, the contribution of cross-border cooperation is not measured only in money – the beneficiaries have the opportunity to solve common problems and encourage social and economic development through the projects they implement with their neighbours.

That is why even today, the Ministry of European Integration, as the National Coordinator, in marking the European Cooperation Day in Serbia, organises a campaign in Belgrade, Zrenjanin, but also in other cities and municipalities that belong to the border regions, in order to draw attention to the results that this cooperation provides to all of us and to remind us once again of all the good that we have done together with our neighbours and with the support of the EU”, Joksimović has said.

Source: Government of the Republic of Serbia website