The project Support to Commission for State Aid Control aims to support to the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and in particular the existing state aid control and granting institutions, in alignment of rules and procedures in the field of state aid control with the EU acquis. The project is managed by the Ministry of Finance – Department for Contracting and Financing of European Union Funded Programs.
„Think State Aid First“ is one of the key project’s messages, intended to enable that state aid control rules are part of the earliest planning phase within institutions. The important segment of the project is raising awareness of all stakeholders in the public sector, as well as of citizens, about the fact that integration of state aid control rules is a tool for long term strengthening of public finances, and that state aid in accordance with the rules can be one of instruments of economic and social growth.
Within the project, training sessions in the field of state aid will be organised for all 174 local self-government units in Serbia, as well as an exchange of experience between Serbian state aid control experts and most relevant experts from the EU.
Overall project’s objective is to further support Serbia’s progress on its European Union accession path (among others through alignment with acquis communautaire), specifically for what relates to Negotiation Chapter 8 – Competition Policy, by securing progress in further development and implementation of the system of rules and procedures in the field of state aid control.