Official title of the project

European Partnership with Municipalities EU PROGRES Initilally: European South and South West Serbia Support Programme

Project information

A brief elaboration on/clarification of the main title, if necessary in case the title is not self explanatory
Region / City
South, South West Serbia
Total budget of programme / project

  EU Contribution : € 18,100,000

  SDC Contribution: € 2,500,000

  Government of Serbia: € 1,500,000


IPA 2010

Implementation period
2010. Jul - 2014. Mar
Expected results

Result 1:

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

Result 2:

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.  

Result 3:

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.[1] 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.

Result 4:

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.

Result 5:

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.

Result 6:

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

Target Groups

Citizens of the above mentioned 25 municipalities

Summary of the project

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

Programme/Project objectives

The project overall objective: to contribute to enhanced stability and socio-economic development in the South and South West Serbia