The Kingdom of Norway, through the project "Norway for You - Serbia", supported the employment of 94 people in lesser developed towns and municipalities in Serbia. Thus, 38 women and 56 men got jobs during 2020 and 2021.
The project "Norway for You - Serbia" supported the creation of new jobs through support for entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises and the organization of vocational training and internships in accordance with local employment action plans. All these activities faced slowdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they contributed to achieving the objective of the project.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the global labor market, including in Serbia. That is why I am especially proud that Norway, despite difficult circumstances, managed to support the creation of more than 90 new jobs in Serbia, through the project "Norway for You - Serbia" implemented by UNOPS. Norway will remain committed to the socio-economic development of Serbia in the years to come," the Ambassador of Norway H. E. Jørn Eugene Gjelstad said.
Beneficiaries were selected through various public calls conducted by the project, so 68 grant agreements were signed for the establishment of new and development of existing businesses, and six vocational training projects were implemented in accordance with local employment action plans.
“Improving access to employment is one of the preconditions for socio-economic development, especially in lesser developed environments covered by the project. Most of the beneficiaries come from vulnerable and hard to employ groups of the population, who need this kind of support the most", the a.i. "Norway for You - Serbia" Project Manager Milica Došenović said.
The Kingdom of Norway supported these project activities with about 600,000 Euros.