European Territorial Cooperation Programmes- INTERREG

Interreg is one of the key instruments of the European Union supporting cooperation across borders through project funding. Its aim is to jointly tackle common challenges that are faced by citizens and businesses on a daily basis and find shared solutions in fields such as health, environment, research, education, transport, sustainable energy and more.

The key is to find employment, receive better healthcare, make use of public facilities or receive emergency support in cross-border cooperation. In Europe there are currently 79 INTERREG programmes. In the 2014-2020 period it has a budget of EUR 10.1 billion. Since 2004, non-EU countries have also joined INTERREG, giving Serbia the opportunity to join territorial cooperation programs.

Currently, Serbia is implementing seven Cross-Border programmes with its neighbours’ states and two programmes with other states (on Danube and Adriatic-Ionian programmes). By 2016, more than 1000 projects were funded and implemented by 700 organizations from Serbia were funded through INTERREG programs in Serbia, and more than 220 million euros were contracted. Through the implemented projects, hospitals, schools, kindergartens have been equipped, children from border regions of Serbia and neighbouring countries competed in sports, churches have been renovated, joint emergency response and counter-narcotics services have been cooperated, border crossings have been built, factories for wastewater treatment have been built, bicycle paths opened, etc.

In the 2014-2020 financial period, the European Union has allocated to Serbia EUR 260 million for the implementation of nine programs.

About the programme

About Serbia's participation

Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Serbia - Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina Cross-Border Program 2014-2020 supports cross-border cooperation with the aim of promoting good neighbourly relations and socio-economic development of the border area. The program is based on a detailed analysis of common problems and a common strategy for solving them. Common thematic priorities are employment, protection of the environment and the risks of natural disasters, development of…

Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Serbia - Bulgaria

Interreg Cross-border Co-operation Program Serbia-Bulgaria was adopted by the European Commission in July 2015 and its financing projects are related to the development of sustainable tourism, youth and environmental protection. The program covers Serbian districts: Borski, Zajecar, Nisavski, Toplic, Pirot, Jablanicki and Pcinjski, and Bulgarian areas: Vidin, Montana, Vraca, Sofia, Pernik and Kyustendil. Total EU co-financing for the 2014-2020 Cross-border…

Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Serbia - Croatia

Interreg Co-operation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020 is focused on four priorities: improving social and health services, protecting the environment and biodiversity, and improving risk prevention and promoting sustainable energy and energy efficiency, development of tourism and preserving cultural and natural heritage, and boosting competitiveness in the border area. On the Serbian side, the programme covers 5 districts on north-west of Serbia:…

Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Serbia - Hungary

This programme was approved on December 2015 and supports co-operation projects of non-profit organizations located in Serbian regions of West Bačka, North Bačka, South Bačka, North Banat, Central Banat, South Banat and Srem, and Hungarian counties Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun. Operating under the slogan “Good Neighbours Creating Common Future”, the programme supports projects dealing with environmental risks (e.g. drought, flood, hail),…

Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Serbia - Montenegro

This programme includes South-Western Serbia and the North and Central parts of Montenegro. It encompasses 10 municipalities in Serbia situated in three districts – Zlatiborski, Moravički and Raški, and 14 municipalities in Montenegro. Its goal is to increase employability, especially of women in rural population, young and elderly people, improving waste management and wastewater treatment, promoting climate change and improve…

Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Serbia - Romania

The Interreg – IPA CBC Romania – Serbia Programme focuses on the development of the border area through improvement of the accessibility to the labor market and promoting employment, environment protection and tourism. it is dedicated to strengthening the cross-border cooperation between regional and local public authorities, schools and educational institutions, chambers of commerce, NGOs, museums and cultural institutions.On Serbian behalf…

Transnational Cooperation Adriatic-Ionian (ADRION)

Adriatic-Ionian Initiative was established in 2000, and covers eight Partner States, of which four are EU Member States (Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia), three are candidate countries (Albania, Montenegro, Serbia) and one is a potential candidate country (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Builds on Adriatic-Ionian Initiative the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by…

The Danube Transnational Programme

The most international river basin in the world - Danube today flows through 10 countries, more than any other river in the world. Originating in Germany, the Danube flows southeast for 2,850 km, passing through or bordering Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine before draining into the Black Sea. Its drainage basin extends into nine more…

Last updated: June 24, 2022, 14:37