Minister Jadranka Joksimovic: By 2020, EUR 1 billion from the EU for the reforms

05. July 2017. | Belgrade

Minister Jadranka Joksimovic: By 2020, EUR 1 billion from the EU for the reforms

Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic said today that, from 2016 to 2020, Serbia can expect EUR 1 billion in grants from the European Union for the reform process.

At the "Support to Local Self-Governments in Serbia on the Road to the EU" meeting, Joksimovic stressed that not only high political issues are important for European integration, but also concrete programmes, contribution to development, support to innovations and preparation for a better future of Serbia in the EU.

"The European Union remains, despite all its problems, the best place to live," the minister said.

Stating that 60, maybe even 70 percent of regulations and the achievement of European standards refer to local self-governments, Joksimovic said that municipalities and cities will be the main drivers of change.

She pointed out that the Republic of Serbia uses its candidate status in a good way, stating that this is a good stage to be utilised to improve standards, for internal development and state modernization.

"It is important that we use all the advantages of the candidate status in order to prepared when the membership comes", she said, stressing that using this period leading up to our ultimate goal in the best way possible is more important than the membership itself.

Joksimovic stated that some countries became part of the European family without being fully prepared, so they could not even feel all the benefits of the membership, and she added that local self-governments can help in the reforms that are set before us.

She recalled that, with the opening of chapters, and Serbia has already opened ten of them, we are showing that we have, to some extent, achieved standards in a certain area.

"Reforms, progress and the development of society are key words," the minister said.

She pointed out that the Ministry of European Integration will deal with the development and use of funds, reminding everyone that Serbia has EUR 200 million available from the IPA funds annually.

In terms of other funds, she listed other programmes such as Horizon 2020, Competitiveness Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises, Employment and Social Innovation Programme, Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens, European Health Programme, and Customs Programme 2020.

Among the priorities, the Minister highlighted the adoption of the Development Strategy, adding that the ministry headed by her is absolutely ready to engage in the drafting of this document.

Source: Tanjug

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