The EU has allocated three million euros in support to small businesses for the purchase of equipment and the introduction of services
The European Union’s (EU) Local Development Program “EU PRO Plus”, implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of European Integration, announced today a public call for grants to entrepreneurs, micro and small enterprises registered in one of the 99 local governments in Serbia. which are included in the program.With a total of three million euros, through the purchase of equipment and the introduction of services, the EU will support companies registered between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020 and engaged in the production or provision of services involving information technology, architecture and engineering, health and social care, tourism-related services, maintenance and repairs, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) said in a statement.

The Minister for European Integration of Serbia, Jadranka Joksimović, said that Serbia, in cooperation with the EU, is continuously working on economic development and reducing regional inequalities in the country, and that small and medium enterprises are the backbone of the development of the Serbian economy.

“This concrete support from the EU will contribute to the improvement of production and market potential of companies, the creation of new jobs, as well as greater resilience from the negative impact of the pandemic and the current geoeconomic crisis,” said Joksimovic.

The head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Emanuele Giofre, said that in this way the EU supports the development and competitiveness of the micro and small enterprises sector, which, as he stated, represents the basis of a healthy and sustainable economy and directly contributes to job creation.

“As before, we will support good business ideas so that the Serbian economy is ready for the European market,” said Ziofre.

It was specified that out of the total budget, two million euros are intended to support production companies, and one million euros will be spent to help those small businesses that are engaged in service activities.

The amount of support per individual project for companies registered for production activities is from 10,000 to 40,000 euros, and for companies registered for the provision of services from 10,000 to 30,000 euros.

In both cases, a minimum co-financing of 20 percent of the project value is required, ie 15 percent for companies from municipalities that are in the fourth category of development.

“In order to have an even greater positive impact on local communities, within individual projects, entrepreneurs and companies are obliged to design and implement socially responsible activities and thus provide support to their fellow citizens, vulnerable groups, children, sports clubs, or contribute to environmental protection. “, said EU PRO Plus program manager Olivera Kostić.

The call is open until June 30, 2022, and more information on the terms of the call, the criteria for selecting users, the method of applying, as well as the application documentation are available on the website of the EU PRO Plus Program.

The EU supports the activities of the “EU PRO Plus program” with 40 million euros.

The program, implemented by the Ministry of European Integration, aims to contribute to improved governance of territorial development, economic growth and improvement of social infrastructure and cohesion in 99 local self-government units in the region of Sumadija and western Serbia and the region of southern and eastern Serbia.

Field activities are carried out by UNOPS.

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