Direct beneficiaries of the PROGRES are the institutions (citizens, assemblies, executive councils and the municipal administrations) in 25 municipalities covered by the Programme. Other beneficiaries may include municipality-founded institutions and public utility companies (PUC), civil society organizations (CSO) and media on the territories of these municipalities. The ultimate beneficiaries are the residents of the PROGRES participating municipalities in the South and South West Serbia. Where Programme activities cover larger areas such as districts or regions, or national policy envis&
The PROGRES will work in cooperation with a number of partners whose areas of authority and competence are relevant to the Programme implementation and oversight. These include, but are not limited to:
PROGRES is a joint development Programme of the EU and the Governments of Switzerland and Serbia, working in 25 poorest municipalities in the South and South West of Serbia. The basic drivers of the PROGRES are: the need to reduce differences between the richer and poorer parts of Serbia, and the need to enable local institutions to better use current and future investment funds from a range of sources. PROGRES is conceived as an area based project, with an aim to strengthen local governance. This will be done by addressing: performance of the local authorities and management of public resources; participation of organised civil society groups and individual citizens in public sector decision making; partnerships between local authorities, civil society, and private sector units. By focussing on four components: (1) good governance, which is a cross-cutting theme underpinning all components, (2) municipal management and development planning, (3) social, economic and environment infrastructure, as well as on (4) public awareness and branding of areas, the Programme will, in a holistic manner, endeavour to accelerate growth and improve the overall living conditions in the focussed areas.
The Programme’s goal is to contribute to enhanced stability and socio-economic development in Serbia’s poorest and most conflict-potential regions: the South and South West Serbia. The PROGRES purpose is to enhance governance, municipal and inter-municipal management capacity and social, economic and physical infrastructure in a holistic, area-focused fashion.
The following are the most important PROGRES objectives:
PROGRES has eight expected results: