Representatives of twenty-four institutions and organizations from Serbia will be granted an opportunity to participate in a seminar of project proposition preparation for the Creative Europe programme, organised in cooperation with the Centre for Culture “Vuk Karadžić” in Tršić, from 7th to 10th August.
Among them there are seven public institutions: city library “Karlo Bijelicki” from Sombor, the National Library of Serbia from Belgrade, the Pedagogical Museum from Belgrade, City Government of Niš, Provincial Secretariat for Culture and Public Information Novi Sad, Tourist organisation of the City of Loznica, and the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, and nineteen organisations of the civil society: Civil Association Kulturna periferija, Orlovat, Bookstore Bulevar Books Novi Sad, Civil Association HeriTag Inđija, Civil Association Reload Vranje, Serbian Literary Society Belgrade, Publishing house Treći trg Belgrade, Centre for Rehabilitation through Imagination Belgrade, Centre for Realisation of New Ideas Šabac, Hartefakt Fund Belgrade, Gallery 12HUB Belgrade, Civil Association Bastardo Club & Doroteo Design Belgrade, Haver Serbia Belgrade, Small Art Centre of Zemun Belgrade, Belgrade Festival of Flowers, Civil Association “Firma” Novi Pazar, Civil Association “Stara škola Medveđa” from Medveđa, Civil Association “Zeleno oko” Krupanj and the Independent Film Centre “Film the World” Belgrade.
Every year, Creative Europe Desk Serbia organises a seminar for writing projects with the aim of achieving the best possible preparations of projects of institutions and organisations which they will use to apply for the support of the Creative Europe programme, both during this year and the next ones.
The topics the seminar will deal with are contemporary practices and concepts in international cultural cooperation, cultural heritage and contemporary art; management of international projects; European cultural policy and the priorities of the Creative Europe programme. Within the programme of the seminar, representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, Dimitrije Tadić, Nina Mihaljinac, Milan Đorđević, Mina Radmilović Pjevac and Jovana Rapajić, will speak about opportunities offered by the Creative Europe programme, and also lectures will be held on the topic of modern curator practices, management in culture and internationalisation of work in culture which will be lead by Nikola Krstović, a scientific associate of the Centre for Museology and Heritology of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and Andrija Stojanović, coordinator of the project Take Over and MAPE, followed by the workshop programme –presentations, consultations and discussion on proposed projects.
We are inviting all institutions and organisations which are not among this year’s participants to contact us so we can discuss their project ideas. Moreover, in October this year, the Antenna of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia will organise a seminar for project writing which can be a new opportunity for anyone interested.
.We want to thank everyone for their interest, and wish successful work on project ideas to seminar participants, as well as establishing long-term professional connections at the seminar in Tršić!
Here you can download the programme of the seminar and the list of participants.
A presentation of EU programmes intended for employees of local self-governments, entitled “Programmes of the European Union in Service of Development of Local Communities”, and organised by the Permanent Conference of Cities and Municipalities and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was held in the MPs’ Club in Belgrade on 5th July 2017. The event was attended by approximately 60 participants from over 30 municipalities and cities all around the entire territory of Serbia.
Apart from funds from EU pre-accession funds, local self-governments in Serbia can also access funds from some EU programmes where our country has the right to participate. Their purpose is to support member states, but also candidate countries for EU membership, in implementing the internal EU policy in different fields (such as education, culture, consumer protection, competition, environmental protection, research and development).
The event was opened by Jadranka Joksimović, Minister for European Integration, Đorđe Staničić, General Secretary of the Permanent Conference of Cities and Municipalities and Žarko Stepanović, Interim Director of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society.
The Minister for European Integration, Jadranka Joksimović, pointed out in her address that the process of European integrations does not always imply highly political topics, but also questions of development. In this sense she emphasised the importance of participating in EU programmes through which a vast number of excellent projects from Serbia has already been supported. The Minister stated that the Republic of Serbia currently has the right to participate in the following EU programmes: Horizon 2020, KOZME, EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), Erasmus +, Europe for Citizens, Creative Europe, Fiscalis 2020, EU Health Programme, Customs 2020, EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Minister Joksimović also emphasised the important role of units of local self-government, but also organisation of the civil society and other relevant actors on the local level, both in the pre-accession process and in the process of negotiations about the accession of Serbia to the European Union. Moreover, Minister Joksimović reflected on available IPA funds and communicated the information that until 2020 the Republic of Serbia can expect another billion of Euros of non-refundable aid from the European Union on the national level, and that local self-governments can apply for project funds through numerous programmes. She also stated that pre-accession funds amount to 200 million EUR yearly.
General Secretary of PCCM, Đorđe Staničić, stated that the goal of the event was to raise the level of interest of local self-governments in applying for EU funds available to them.
“Our role in this process depends, primarily, on ourselves”, said Staničić to representatives of cities and municipalities.
The Interim Director of the Office, Žarko Stepanović, pointed out the importance of the EU programmes “Europe for Citizens” for which the Office has been the contact point since 2012, and which enables local self-governments and civil society organisations to cooperate and network with partner institutions in the EU.”
“In this way we strengthen the capacities for preparation and utilisation of funds in the moment of Serbia’s accession to the EU”, said Stepanović. According to what he stated, 29 projects have been approved so far whose total value amounts to 1.7 million Euros.
The Head of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia, Dimitrije Tadić, presented opportunities for establishing European cooperation offered by the Creative Europe Programme, criteria in applying with projects within which units of local self-government can submit project propositions and be the project carriers and/or partners. Moreover, Rade Milić, representative of the Centre for Urban Development presented the project Digital Narratives of Small Historical Places as an example of good practice.
The event was organised as a part of the programme “Support to Local Self-Governments in Serbia on the Path to EU – Phase II” which is being realised by PCCM with support of the Government of Sweden.