Šid, 14 August 2018

Norway Continues to Support Development of Serbia through the New Project “Norway for You – Serbia”

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Serbia continues to provide support to development of Serbia through the new project “Norway for You – Serbia”.

The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to a more balanced socio-economic development in Serbia, as stated today in Šid during the signing of the Contract on cooperation between the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) which will implement the Project. The signing ceremony was attended by the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Zoran Đorđević.

During the signing ceremony, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr Arne Sannes Bjørnstad emphasised, “It is not only about the money, but also about the solidarity and giving the communities in Serbia chance to create better living conditions for their people”, adding that this was only the first phase of the support worth 4.5 million Euros, which he hoped would grow into a long term initiative.

“Norway is here to facilitate local self-governments and civil society’s use of the funds allocated through this project of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in order to contribute to socio-economic development of the country, and Šid is one of the municipalities in Serbia we can assist”, the Ambassador Bjørnstad concluded.

The “Norway for You” project will encompass 91 local self-governments [1] in Serbia and will be focussed on improving social inclusion, economic empowerment of vulnerable population, as well as on increasing quality of life of the people in the less developed municipalities through improvement of local infrastructure.

Michela Telatin, UNOPS Serbia Head of Office, stated, “We are grateful to the Government of Norway not only for supporting this project, but for contributing to positive changes in lives of people in Serbia. This project will support the most vulnerable groups of people in need of employment and social services, which are mutual goals of the Governments of Serbia and Norway and UNOPS, and an opportunity to strengthen our successful cooperation so far.”

“Fundamental task of the Government of Serbia is to better the lives of our people, while the project we are jointly working on with the Government of Norway and UNOPS aims to create new employment opportunities and equal possibilities for all out citizens, with particular attention devoted to vulnerable groups, so that they could have social stability and permanent employment”, stated the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Zoran Djordjevic.

[1] Aleksinac, Alibunar, Babušnica, Bač, Bajina Bašta, Batočina, Bela Crkva, Bela Palanka, Blace, Bogatić, Bojnik, Boljevac, Bosilegrad, Brus, Bujanovac, Crna Trava Čoka, Ćićevac, Ćuprija, Despotovac, Dimitrovgrad, Doljevac, Gadžin Han, Golubac, Irig, Ivanjica, Kladovo, Knić, Knjaževac, Koceljeva, Kovačica, Kovin, Kraljevo, Krupanj, Kučevo, Kuršumlija, Lebane, Leskovac, Loznica, Lučani, Ljig, Ljubovija, Mali Iđoš, Mali Zvornik, Malo Crniće, Medveđa, Merošina, Mionica, Negotin, Nova Crnja, Nova Varoš, Novi Bečej, Novi Pazar, Odžaci, Opovo, Osečina, Paraćin, Petrovac na Mlavi, Plandište, Preševo, Priboj, Prijepolje, Prokuplje, Raška, Ražanj, Rekovac, Sečanj, Sjenica, Smederevska Palanka, Sokobanja, Srbobran, Surdulica, Svilajnac, Svrljig, Šid, Titel, Trgovište, Trstenik, Tutin, Ub, Varvarin, Velika Plana, Veliko Gradište, Vladičin Han, Vladimirci, Vlasotince, Žabalj, Žabari, Žagubica, Žitište, Žitoradja