Source: Tanjug | Sunday, 23.08.2020.| 13:37
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EUR 1 Million from EU for Development of Tourism in Eastern Serbia

Golubac (Photo: Aleksandra Kekić)
The EU has awarded one million euros for 120 projects aimed at supporting the Serbian tourism sector affected by the consequences of Covid.

Beneficiaries of the grants within the “EUzaTebe” project are small and micro enterprises, family businesses, agricultural farms and companies from 12 towns and municipalities in the East and Southeast of Serbia, announced the EU Delegation to Serbia.

– The European Union continues to support Serbia in facing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. With EUR 93 million grant in total, the EU is the leading partner and donor to Serbia to mitigate the pandemic consequences – said Sem Fabrizi, the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia.

Earlier this spring, he added, the EU delivered immediate help, in the form of medical and protection equipment, such as respirators, masks, oxygen and triage containers, as well as food and hygiene packages for marginalized groups, all worth EUR 15 million grant in total.

– Now, we have moved towards short- and medium-term help for economic recovery, for which we allocated EUR 78 million in grants. Through this EU project the funds will reach the most vulnerable entrepreneurs in tourism to improve their offer. This will be particularly important for the period ahead of us – said Fabrizi.

Most of the beneficiaries, which will receive up to 10,000 euros grant per project, are providing private accommodation for tourists (52 entrepreneurs), but the support goes also for camps, restaurants and catering services, boarding houses, hotels and hostels, travel agencies, wineries and beekeepers.

– The key goal of our project is to help the most vulnerable actors in the field of tourism to overcome the consequences of the pandemic and improve their offer, to become more attractive to visitors – said Alexander Beetz, Team Leader of the project.

He cited Eastern Serbia as an undiscovered gem of Serbia, whose tourist offer must be raised to a higher level, to attract as many visitors as possible.

In the coming years, he said, the project will continue to help and improve the tourist potential of eastern Serbia and the Lower Danube through several segments.

About the project

“#EUzaTebe – for Cultural Heritage and Tourism” is a project aimed at developing tourism as a significant economic potential for stimulating the economic development of Eastern Serbia and the Lower Danube.

The project is funded by the European Union with EUR 15 million grant, with a contribution by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development worth EUR 1.6 million. The project is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

A total of 464 project applications arrived through the competition from Boljevac, Bor, Golubac, Kladovo, Knjazevac, Majdanpek, Negotino, Pozarevac, Smederevo, Sokobanja , Veliko Gradište and Zaječar.
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