“We are working with 99 municipalities across Serbia, which we have helped with over 30 million euros so far, in cooperation with the Ministry of European Integration and our partners from UNOPS. Today we signed an agreement on additional 10 million euros in assistance to local governments to to invest in infrastructure, social conditions and balanced economic development, “Joffre said.
He assessed that Serbia reacted well in the circumstances of the pandemic, but that additional support is needed at the local level in order to face the challenges that lie ahead.
He stressed that the EU remains Serbia’s partner in the European integration process, and an intergovernmental conference to be held next week will confirm Serbia’s progress in the process.
Joksimovic pointed out that the agreement on additional support is a continuation of good news for Serbia, after the decision of the EU member states to open Cluster 4 with four chapters related to environmental protection next week. According to Joksimović, this will end a good year for European integration.
At the meeting of the Steering Board of EU PRO Plus, chaired by the Ministry of European Integration, three public calls were presented – two open and one planned for January 2022, worth 4.5 million euros through which the EU will support local infrastructure development, small competitiveness and medium-sized enterprises, as well as the improvement of social protection services in 99 local governments in the two regions of Šumadija and western Serbia and southern and eastern Serbia that are covered by the program.