Belgrade, 10 May 2019

The Kingdom of Norway Supports Infrastructure Development and Facilitates Employment with EUR 840,000

Eight municipalities in Serbia will be supported by the Kingdom of Norway to implement the projects for infrastructure development while six local self-governments will receive the funds for the activities contributing to the employment of vulnerable groups and those that are difficult to employ. Through the “Norway for You”, the Kingdom of Norway allocated EUR 840,000 for these projects.

Infrastructure projects that will be implemented by May 2020 will improve conditions in health, social protection, education, culture and sports facilities. They will also include the construction of sewerage network. The projects will be implemented in Bela Palanka, Babušnica, Golubac, Knjaževac, Bela Crkva, Surdulica, Kučevo and Vladičin Han. The Kingdom of Norway allocated EUR 780,000 for the implementation of these activities while the municipalities contribute in the amount of EUR 297,000.

According to the project proposals related to the improvement of employability, the municipalities of Aleksinac, Babušnica, Bela Palanka, Mionica, Sjenica and Trgovište will recieve support for the implementation of various trainings in both public and private sector for 102 persons after which 50 of them will be employed. The support is aimed at those groups that find it more difficult to find a job, primarily persons under 30, persons with lower educational attainment, Roma, those over 50 and persons who are long-term unemployed. The Kingdom of Norway allocated EUR 60,000 for these activities while the municipalities are supposed to provide their share in the total amount of EUR 16,500.

„The Kingdom of Norway provides support for eight municipalities in Serbia in order to improve the quality of life for the population through construction and reconstruction of public facilities,” said Radule Ristović, “Norway for You” Project Manager. “Apart from that, six local self-governments will organize professional practise and training as active labour market measures that are part of the Local Employment Action Plans. This way, they will contribute to increased employability of vulnerable groups and those that find it difficult to get a job by improving their knowledge and skills.”

The Call for Proposals for infrastructure projects was open from 6 November 2018 to 24 December 2018. Fifty applications arrived with request for funding of EUR 4.4 million in total. The Call for Vocational Trainings was open from 6 November 2018 to 22 January 2019. Ninety-one local self-governments from Serbia belonging to III and IV categories of development were eligible to apply having the adopted Local Employment Action Plans for 2018.