EU Contribution : € 18,100,000
SDC Contribution: € 2,500,000
Government of Serbia: € 1,500,000
Participative, responsible and transparent management with respect of human rights
One of the purposes of EU PROGRES is to increase governance in 25 municipalities of the South West Serbia. This is achieved through working both with the institutions and civil society organisations on the local level. The Programme supports the elected and appointed officials with tools to perform their functions, to be accountable and to ensure appropriate information of all stakeholders
Municipal organizational effectiveness and efficiency improved and capacities to deliver services to citizens and business increased
Considering the results achieved over the project implementation, especially in terms of One Stop Shop permitting services, establishment and modernization of Citizens’ Assistance Centres (CACs), support to Local Tax Administrations (LTAs) or business enabling environment, but also in the field of in-depth reform processes such as implementation and certification process for Quality/Environment Management Systems (QMS/EMS) or the programme budgeting and capital investment planning, it can be noted that the level of effectiveness and quality of service delivery has improved (or is at least sustained) in the 25 municipalities as a result of EU PROGRES’ interventions.
Capacities for planning municipal and regional sustainable development strengthened
and relevant development documents created
The number of grants for general regulation plans (seven) and detailed regulation plans DRP (23) has already surpassed the initially planned by more than double, and it seems that the long-term effects on development potentials will be higher than anticipated. Over 3,300 hectares of construction land has been covered with new, valid planning documents regulating industrial zones (seven DRPs), tourism development areas (four GRPs and four DRPs), communal infrastructure (one Spatial Plan elaborate and two DRPs), legalization of informal settlements and housing (three GRPs and six DRPs), cross-border cooperation (two DRPs) and one DRP for the existing local economic activities enhancement. Seven GRPs and 19 DRPs have been either adopted or have reached the final adoption stage during the reporting period. The municipalities will be able to issue building licences in accordance with the Law on Spatial Planning, while the investors will benefit by having access to defined zones for future development.
Projects and project documentation prepared for key economic, environmental and social projects
Preparation of documentation for three out of four inter-municipal infrastructure projects is in the final stage (main design for the Banjica Landfill; Feasibility Study with Preliminary Design for Waste Water System for the National Park and Tourism Centre Kopaonik and Technical Study of Underground Drinking Water Reserves for Raška Municipality; and the Main design for Meteris Landfill) while one main design, for the bypass road to the Industrial Zone in Vranje is completed. In addition, 11 main designs for small (municipal) infrastructure are finished.
Project financing facilitated through enabling contacts with ministries, donors and other projects
EU PROGRES’ consultants gave significant support to developing legal and management documents for municipalities. The most important one was for the development of founding documents for the Regional Centre for Development of Agriculture (Pešter Development Centre) and for the Banjica Landfill managing company. The consultants worked to develop the business plan for the Regional Centre for Development of Agriculture and helped Medveđa municipality to choose the most suitable management modality for the Termovent Factory.
Another important activity was the development of the project proposal for the construction of the Faculty of Economy building in Bujanovac, which EU PROGRES’ consultants worked on together with the Municipality of Bujanovac and the Coordination Body. EU PROGRES contributed to preparation of public procurement documents as well.
Selected projects financed and implemented through EU PROGRES
Through this Result, originally, it was planned to implement five inter-municipal and 25 small (municipal) infrastruc
The Serbian European Integration Office
Ministry of Regional Development and Local Self Government
Coordination body for South Serbia
Ministry of Energy and Environment
Ministry of Agriculture
Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities
Ministry of Finance and Economy
Citizens of the above mentioned 25 municipalities
The EU PROGRES purpose is to enhance governance, municipal and inter-municipal management capacity and social, economic and physical infrastructure in a holistic, area-focused fashion.
Economic Development- It is all about jobs
Environment- Painting the environmnet greener
Social protection and Health- Hope for all, and the greatest wealth is health
Water supply- life with(out) water
The project overall objective: to contribute to enhanced stability and socio-economic development in the South and South West Serbia