Official title of the project

Support to Socio Economic development of the Serbia Danube region

Project information

Region / City
Total budget of programme / project

Total Budget of programme/ project:

EU contribution:

Co-financing (if any):

IPA budget line:

  EU Contribution : € 18,500,000

  ADA Contribution: € 2,500,000

  Government of Serbia: will provide co-financing


   IPA 2011

Implementation period
2012. Jul - 2015. Jul
Expected results

The project’s expected results are:


Expected Result 1: Enhanced socio-economic development and creation of new employment opportunities in local municipalities by improving environment and tourism management along the Danube river through development of new practices and capacities in relation to environment and tourism and to prepare the ground for the development of SMEs


Expected Result 2: Improved visibility of the Danube Serbia Region;  Danube Serbia Region stakeholders are sensitized and actively engage in socio-economic development initiatives.


Expected Result 3: Grant scheme amounting 3,5 million EUR for inter-municipal projects that will develop socio-economic potentials in the tourism sector in local municipalities in the Danube Serbia Region designed and implemented

Expected Result 4: Socio-economic development infrastructure projects of Danube municipalities identified, transparently selected and fully prepared


Expected Result 5: Two infrastructure projects (Golubac Fortress rehabilitation, Veliko Gradište water supply system) tendered, contracted and constructed in line with EU regulations

For this component an estimated budget of EUR 11 million is available for infrastructure works. The works to be conducted include:

  1. Rehabilitation and urban infrastructure for Golubac fortress

       2. Water supply system Veliko Gradište:


The Serbian European Integration Office

Ministry of Regional Development and Local Self Government

Ministry of Energy and Environment

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ministry of Finance and Economy

Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities


Summary of the project

Programme/Project objectives

The project’s overall objective is:


To advance the comprehensive and sustainable socio-economic development of the tourism sector for the Danube Serbia Region and indeed for Serbia as a whole by promoting investments of the private sector, creating job opportunities and increasing the attractiveness of the Danube Serbia Region to foreign investors through infrastructure development.

The project purpose is:


To tackle current problems in the tourism sector, which hinder the socio-economic advancement, and thus enable Serbia’s Danube river bank municipalities to increase the competitiveness of the region, to create new employment opportunities and to raise the attractiveness of the Danube Serbia Region to foreign and local private sector investors through the establishment and development of basic municipal environmental and business infrastructure.



The Danube region which brings us all together has a long tradition in cooperation between people and countries. The partnerships between municipalities, regional development agencies, business clusters, SMEs and high education institutions which participated in this call,  form a solid foundation which will make Serbia's regional economies grow stronger and more innovative as well as make businesses more competitive on domestic and foreign markets.

We all are aware how important this project is for Serbia. It should advance sustainable economic development in a comprehensive way, by maximizing appropriate development opportunities, job creation and increasing the attractiveness of the Danube basin to potential investors.

This project is equally important for the European Union, because it promotes and shows the first concrete results in the implementation of the Danube strategy.

We cannot approach the Danube Strategy as if it were a menu of priorities from which each of us can choose to work on just one or two. The whole point of the strategy is to design and implement common policies, shared by all.