Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović said today that the European Union is funding 18 local government projects, mainly related to property management, with approximately €3 million.
At a meeting with representatives of local self-government at Deputies’ Club, Joksimović emphasised that this is important for changing the investment and business environment in cities and municipalities.
She said that the projects, for which the contracts have been formally signed today, were approved under the Exchange 5 Grant Scheme – support to local self-government.
Minister of State Administration and Local Self-Government Branko Ružić pointed out that municipalities, cities and their partner organisations successfully passed the selection for obtaining EU funds.
He stressed that asset management, as well as strategic planning and programme budgeting, deserve European support, and Exchange 5 is the real proof of that.
Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia H.E. Sem Fabrizi said that the role of local authorities in the process of Serbia’s accession to the Union is significant because the main interaction of citizens and public administration takes place at the local level.
According to him, the capacity of local self-government in Serbia has to be strengthened as more than 60 per cent of EU regulations need to be implemented at the local level.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Slavica Slavčić recalled that in December last year amendments were made to the Law on Public Property that additionally contributed to the strengthening of the efficiency of employees in local self-government.
Assistant Minister of Finance Marko Jovanović said that within the framework of the EU’s Exchange 5 Grant Scheme, 48 local self-government units in Serbia have been included, 18 of which are grant coordinators, while the remaining 30 are partners.