Jobs and economic growth

Ongoing projects: 10
Completed projects: 0

About Sector

Being one of the priority for European Union, sector of jobs and economic growth includes offering loans or guarantees with greater risk capacity; using the EU's long-term budget to steer EU funds towards jobs, growth and competitiveness; supporting national governments in their work to boost growth and investment, in line with EU rules in the stability and growth pact; and reducing red tape for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and promoting entrepreneurship that can generate jobs.


The EU helps Serbia to increase jobs and accelerate economic growth, and therefore promote projects that increase competitiveness, accelerate adaptation to structural changes, foster a favourable business environment, increase domestic and foreign investment and improve the overall business environment in which SMEs operate, and entrepreneurship and innovation are encouraged. Projects aimed at reducing all the constraints on business growth, including a better business environment, easier access to finance, the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture and the internationalization of small and medium-sized businesses, are also encouraged.  


List of key local partners/organisations

  • Ministry of European Integration
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self‑Government
  • Ministry of Labor, Employment, Social Affairs and Veterans Affairs
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development
  • Ministry of Culture and Information
  • Minister without portfolio in charge of regional development and work of public companies
  • Minister without portfolio in charge of innovation and technological development
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Commission For Protection Of Competition
  • National Bank of Serbia

The support from the EU to the economic development and competitiveness in Serbia has amounted to more than EUR 78 million from 2001 up to now. The assets are used for the projects that support the competitiveness of companies and the promotion of export, insuring credits and guarantees for the improvement of competitiveness and innovation of small and mid-sized companies, increase of the employment rate, protection of competitiveness and the protection of the intellectual property rights. Over 95 thousand small and mid-sized companies in Serbia are funded by EU programs.

The EU projects from this sector improve the competitiveness of Serbian companies at the EU market, which consists of over 500 million consumers. 

The support from the European Union is implemented in cooperation with the Serbian Government. The European Union is the biggest donor out of all other international donors put together. The donations from the European Union are used for Serbia`s development.

EU institutions/bodies

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL)

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL)

Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT)

Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT)

Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP)

Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP)

Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy  (DG REGIO)

Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)

Directorate-General for Trade

Directorate-General for Trade

European Investment Bank

European Investment Bank

Last updated: October 14, 2021, 11:14