Director of the European Integration Office Milan Pajevic and Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert signed a financial agreement between Serbia and the European Commission for the implementation of the National Programme for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) worth €172 million.
After the signing of this document at the Palace of Justice, Pajevic stated that the grant will be used for projects that will help Serbia to implement reforms in key sectors needed for future membership in the EU such as the rule of law, public administration reform, social and economic development, environmental protection, agriculture and more.
He announced that Serbia will set aside €27 million for 13 projects in the coming year, adding that along with the IPA funds, the total amount for this purpose will be €199 million.
Degert pointed out that the rule of law is crucial for the functioning of democracy in a country, and that this agreement will bring direct benefit to the citizens of Serbia.
The Head of EU Delegation to Serbia recalled that the Union is the largest donor to Serbia and that since 2000 it has invested more than €2.4 billion in our country.
Minister of Justice and Public Administration Nikola Selakovic, who attended the signing, said that the fact that the EU has set aside about 30% of the funds for the judiciary and public administration indicates a great importance of work for the Justice Ministry and the Office for European Integration.
He said that funds, among other things, are intended to strengthen the rule of law by improving the efficiency of the justice system, with particular support to the judiciary, prosecution and police, for which €17 million will be allocated, while €16 million will go for public administration reform.
Selakovic announced that in the first quarter of next year, the Ministry will present three strategies that are necessary for the modernization of Serbian society and accession in the EU.
These are the strategies for the fight against corruption, judicial reform strategy and a strategy for public administration reform which will ensure efficient and equitable justice, effective public administration and fighting corruption.
According to him, the Serbian judicial reform, public administration and the fight against corruption does not enter the EU, but for itself and its citizens, with the signing of this agreement is a great opportunity to move towards the creation of an effective, efficient and accountable judiciary.
Degert also delivered technical and computer equipment to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Serbia worth €2.3 million.
This donation is part of the EU project that aims to improve the efficiency of the prosecution and to introduce an effective system for managing cases and statistics.
source: Serbian government