Monthly Archives: December 2020

Happy New Year 2021!


Dear colleagues, associates and friends,

The year behind us brought us a new experience from which we all learned a lot about what culture and art represent in everyday life and about all the paths found by good ideas.

At the same time, it brought us new possibilities for our region, such as the competition for cultural cooperation in the Western Balkans within which, activities of thirteen projects are starting on 1st January.

The next year opens a new cycle of the Creative Europe programme, which will be accessed by the Republic of Serbia in July, and for which we will be jointly preparing in the following months.

Until then, we wish you to rest and recover and with success start the New Year 2021!

Kind regards,

Team of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia

Reporting in European projects – what should you know?


A mandatory activity in any successful European project within the Creative Europe programme is compiling and submitting the financial and the narrative reports about project realisation.

The task is more complex when it comes to partner projects, and due to an increasing number of European projects realised by institutions and organisations from Serbia, we want to help resolve all legal and other questions.

All legal-financial questions that you submitted in the questionnaire will be answered by Ana Ćosić, an economist and the coordinator of financial affairs of the MEDIA Desk Serbia, who possesses significant experience in this field.

The presentation is available on the YouTube channel of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

Online presentation: General Financial Project Management


When dealing with the task of financial management of a project it is useful to understand all the general notions concerned with financial management, the phases included in financial management of a project, then how to organise the project team in accordance with the requirements of the task.

This and similar topics will be covered by Luka Kulić, representative of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, who possesses a multi-year experience in implementing European projects in culture, primarily within the Creative Europe programme.

The presentation can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

About the cycle

Successful implementation of European cultural projects implies constant improvement of knowledge and skills in various fields of management – from understanding the relevant legal framework and familiarity with best practices, to working in international teams and financial management.

Even though this knowledge is best acquired through project realisation, in order to get involved in project administration it is very important to be well-informed, i.e. to exchange knowledge and specific experiences. With the idea of answering the most important financial-administrative questions, we initiated a cycle of online presentations “Legal-financial framework of European projects in culture”.

The cycle is primarily intended for representatives of institutions and organisation new to the programme, especially those who are realising their first leadership projects, but it can be useful for those realising European projects within other EU programmes or only planning to apply.

Info Session – How to Apply for Funds Intended for Culture?


EU Info Point Novi Sad in cooperation with the Creative Europe Desk Serbia are organising a two-day info session about writing projects for funds intended for cultural programmes. The info session is organised in two stages, specifically on 16th and 17th December from 6 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Participating in info sessions is free of charge, however, due to the limited number of seats it is necessary to register. The aim of the meeting is increasing the quality of project preparation in applying to programmes, with a special focus on the Creative Europe programme and the support to cultural cooperation projects in the Western Balkans.

Day 1.
On the first day the topic of the training will be project concept and idea development – how to form the core idea of the project, the starting point for the idea – the needs of culture and characteristics of the field of activity, how to define activities so they are varied, innovative and contributing to the realisation of the project idea; how to map the aims and target groups, whom the project is addressing and to whom it is referring; how to create a realistic and feasible realisation timeline plan; and how to create a partnership structure with other legal persons and individuals. The form of training is intended to be carried out through dialogue and with a focus on questions of participants.

Day 2.
On the second day the topic is managing a project – defining all obligations within the project, roles and work of the project team; financial and legal activities, budgeting and financial management; communication with relevant bodies of organisations and realisation of individual activities; communication and relationships with partners; promotion and dissemination of the project, public relations; modifications of the project; writing the narrative and the financial report. The form of training is intended to be carried out through dialogue and with a focus on questions of participants.

Info sessions will be led by Luka Кulić, employee of the Gallery of Matica srpska where he is tasked with organisation and production of exhibitions and other public events. Luka is also an associate of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia within the EU programme Creative Europe with regards to tasks of applicant education, applicant counselling, financial management, delivering lectures and workshops, writing the narrative and the financial reports and other activities.

More on applying can be found here.


Shortlist for 7 Most Endangered Objects of Cultural Heritage in 2021


Europa Nostra, a civil society organisation dealing with preservation of culture and nature, and the Institute of the European Investment Bank, published the list of 12 most endangered object of cultural heritage today, including the Dečani Monastery, denominated as “Kosovo*”.

The list of the most endangered ones was compiled based on historical importance and cultural value, as well as the urgency inherent in their being endangered. The list of 12 most endangered locations was created by the Advisory Board comprised of experts in history, archaeology, architecture, conservation, project planning and finances.

This year’s list includes:

Achensee Steam Cog Railway, Tyrol, Austria
Modern Theatre, Sofia, Bulgaria
Cemetery Complex of Mirogoj, Zagreb, Croatia
Church of Saint-Denis, Hauts-de-France, France
Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi, Georgia
Green Space System, Cologne, Germany
Five Southern Aegean Islands, Greece
The Giusti Garden, Verona, Italy
The Ca’ Zenobio Palace, Venice, Italy
Dečani Monastery, Kosovo*
Central Post Office in Skopje, Northern Macedonia
San Juan de Socueva Chapel and Hermitage, Cantabria, Spain

These landmarks have been shortlisted for the programme “Seven Most Endangered Cultural Monuments of Europe for 2021”, which will be published in March.

Through this programme, initiated in 2013, the European network Europa Nostra is striving to preserve the endangered heritage of Europe, whereas it does not provide direct funding, but instead expert and activist support. For the first time since the initiation of the programme, localities on the list of the “Seven Most endangered Cultural Monuments of Europe 2021”, are eligible to apply for up to 10,000 Euros from the Institute of the European Investment Bank.

More info is available on the website of the European network Europa Nostra.




Who can apply?

What can you apply for?

Short-term mobility in the context of:

When: mobility between 1 June and 30 November 2021, conditions permitting.
Duration: between 7 and 60 days.
Maximum grant per person: 3.000,00 EUR.
Deadline for submission of applications: 28 February 2021.
To apply:
Create an account at and fill in the online application form.
Further information:


Reporting in European projects – ask a question!


Bearing in mind that compiling and submitting the financial and the narrative reports on project realisation is a mandatory activity for any successful project within the Creative Europe programme, as well as the fact that this often creates confusion in deciding how to act, we are inviting you to resolve all dilemmas and questions together!

Creative Europe Desk Serbia will organise a public, online presentation on the topic, which will be based on questions you send us. The invitation is intended for those who are at the end of the project path, but also for those who are just starting their projects, since it is important to anticipate all important details in a timely manner.

Please submit your questions and dilemmas in the short questionnaire that can be accessed on the link, and we will strive to answer all specificities of your questions in the presentation.

The call for submitting questions is open until 12th December!