First IPARD contests in 2017
Regarding the interest of companies and organization from Serbia in preparing project with which to apply for EU funds, Ratko Bojovic says that it is academic institutions, the public administration and the non-governmental sector that have had the most options for getting projects financed so far, and that the business sector has had more options for taking part in the projects as well in the past few years
. More precisely, new financial instruments have been created for the business sector, especially for innovative companies, both in the EU (Horizon 2020 SME Instrument) and in Serbia (Innovation Fund).
– The interest in taking part in our project preparation training is in line with this – the majority of the participants come from the academic sector: faculties, universities, institutes, innovation centers, followed by state institutions and the business sector – Bojovic says and clarifies that the number of invitations for project propositions and their time of opening depend on the sources of finance.
The biggest amounts within Europe are provided within the Horizon 2020 program (over EUR 75 billion in the 2014-2020 period), which provides the options for financing projects in each sector and for each type of organization. Currently, there are 120 contests open within this program, which can be found at the Participant
– Furthermore, two contests for local self-government are open – Town Twinning and Network of Towns, from the Europe for Citizens program. A larger number of contests within the biggest EU education program, Erasmus Plus, are expected to open in August.
Judging by the financing priorities within the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance II (IPA II) for the 2014-2020 period, EUTA estimates that the main fields in which the money from this fund is to be invested are ecology, energy and agriculture. If the Directorate for Agrarian Payments gets accredited this August, the first contests within the IPARD program can be expected by the end of 2017.Italian cooks in Serbian schools
EUTA has taken part in the implementation of three EU projects as a partner. Two of these programs have already been realized – Tempus CaSa
, in the field of education, where the Faculty of Agriculture in Belgrade acted as project coordinator, and the total budget of which amounted to EUR 895,225.13, and FP7 COMPETE
, a research project in the field of agriculture, with a budget of EUR 2.4 million.
– We are currently taking part in the Strength2Food
project in the field of food and agriculture, financed within the EU program for research and innovation, Horizon 2020. The coordinator is the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the project is worth EUR 6.9 million, is taking place from 2016 till the end of February 2021 and brings together 30 partners from throughout the world. In Serbia, in addition to EUTA, the partners are the Ministry of Education, the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, the Municipality of Arilje and the TopClass agency – Bojovic explains.
The aim of the project prepared by the University of Newcastle and EUTA is to enhance the efficiency of the European system of food quality, the public procurement system and to strengthen the sustainability of food supply chains.