Serbia to get EUR 178.7 million under IPA

The European Commission adopted Monday the 2013 national programme for Serbia under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

Source: Tanjug

The EUR 178.7 million program will help Serbia implement reforms in key areas such as rule of law, public administration, social inclusion, private sector development, transport, environment, energy and agriculture, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule's office has released.

"This was a historic year for Serbia's relations with the EU, with the decision to open accession negotiations and the entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement,” Fule said.

“It is important that Serbia now uses this momentum and continues to vigorously implement key reforms. The EU's preaccession funds, now totaling EUR 2.6 billion since 2001, will help implement these reforms, bringing concrete benefits for Serbian citizens," he added.

The funds will also go to improve the capacity of the public administration at central and local levels by developing the country's public finance management and public procurement.

In addition, 34 municipalities in South and South West Serbia will be specifically targeted to develop local governance capacities, conditions for business and infrastructure development and support the implementation of social inclusion and employment policies.

Funds will also be used to strengthen the efficiency of the Serbian customs administration and border control facilities and to improve navigation conditions on the Danube.

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