Official title of the project

Strengthening Serbia-EU Civil Society Dialogue IPA 2007-2008

Project information

Region / City
Cities
Belgrade, Serbia
Total budget of programme / project

3.5 million

 

Implementation period
2010. Jun - 2011. Sep
Expected results

To develop a sustainable civil society dialogue between the Republic of Serbia and EU Member State

 

Develop quality programme that will promote policy dialogue with Serbian authorities and intensify debates on Serbia’s European Integration process

 

Develop quality programme that will promote policy dialogue with Serbian authorities and intensify debates on Serbia’s European Integration process

 

Civil society organisations are willing to cooperate among themselves and with the EU

 

The civil society organisations do have the capacity to produce quality project proposals

 

CSOs and partners are interested and have capacity to carry out joint projects

Beneficiary

N/A

Summary of the project

In December 2009, the Delegation of the European Commission to the Republic of Serbia launched the Strengthening Serbia-EU Civil Society Dialogue Project. The project is implemented through a Call for Proposals operating during 2010 and 2011. After the assessment of the 174 applications submitted the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia has awarded 32 proposals amounting in total to 3.920.460 EUR.

The overall grant amount contracted is 3.497.530,37 EUR

Civil society is an essential element of democratic public life. Its active involvement in the process of political, social and economic reform in the Western Balkans strengthens democracy and reconciliation.

Despite some positive steps, civil society organisations remain weak and need training to adapt to present circumstances. It is, therefore, important to create conditions conducive to further growth of their activities”,

stated European Commission in its Communication on Western Balkans in 2008.

(COM (2008) 127 final)

Programme/Project objectives

The overall goal of the project is:

The overall objective of the project is to develop a sustainable civil society dialogue between Serbia and EU

The selected actions focus on networking, strengthening cooperation, exchange of knowledge and best practices between CSOs from EU and Serbia. Main areas of intervention are: citizens participation in making and monitoring public policies, protection of consumers rights, fight against corruption and grey economy, raising professional standards, public-private partnership, empowering entrepreneurship, environmental protection, rural development, applying EU standards in non-formal education, youth active participation, protection of vulnerable groups and social policy, etc.