EU PRO Programme funded by the European Union and the Republic of Serbia
  • Republic of Serbia
  • UNOPS

Belgrade, 30 May 2018

EU PRO presents the Call for allocating grants to entrepreneurs, micro and small enterprises

The EU PRO Development Programme will hold information sessions about the Public Call for support to entrepreneurs and micro and small enterprises in the period from 1 to 14 June 2018 in Šabac, Kragujevac, Kruševac, Kraljevo, Novi Pazar, Užice, Smederevo, Zaječar, Niš and Leskovac. The European Union (EU) allocated 4.5 million Euros for this activity aimed at increasing competitiveness of local economy in the region of Šumadija and Western Serbia and the Region of Southern and Eastern Serbia.

The Call which was announced on 22 May will be open until 6 July 2018. The entrepreneurs, micro and small enterprises registered in 99 cities and municipalities[1] involved in the EU PRO Development Programme, engaged primarily in production or provision of IT services and founded between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2017 are eligible to apply.

“Through this call the European Union provides support to small business since it is backbone of economy and the key to economic growth and increase in employment, so the grants are intended for provision of equipment and introduction of the services, which will contribute to higher productivity, introduction of innovation, improvement of the quality of existing and development of new products and, most importantly, for job creation,” Olivera Kostić, Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Manager in the EU PRO Development Programme, said.

Within the call there are two groups of enterprises to be supported – the first group includes newly-founded enterprises registered between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017, and the value of the individual projects to be funded may range from 10,000 to 20,000 Euros.

The second group includes enterprises operating more than three and up to five years, i.e. those registered between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2015, while the value of individual projects ranges from 10,000 Euros to 30,000 Euros, or 50,000 Euros for fast-growing and export-oriented enterprises.

The enterprises must be in majority domestic private ownership with a net profit at the end of 2017 and pay the due obligations of taxes and revenues. Moreover, the beneficiaries should provide the financial participation in the project in the amount of 20 percent for the first group of enterprises and 30 percent of the total approved project costs for the second group of enterprises.

The projects will be evaluated within two-stage process, first by assessing and ranking the submitted project concepts and, in the second stage, the shortlisted applicants need to submit the full project proposals.

More information about the call, the selection criteria, the manner of applying as well as the application documentation is available on the EU PRO website: Public Call for Proposals for Procurement of Equipment and Provision of Services for Entrepreneurs, Micro and Small Enterprises.

The information sessions will be held with the support of regional development agencies: RARIS – Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia, Centre for Development of Jablanica and Pčinja District, Regional Agency for Spatial and Economic Development of Raška and Moravica Districts, Regional Development Agency – South, Regional Development Agency Zlatibor, Sandžak Economic Development Agency – SEDA, Regional Economic Development Agency for Šumadija and Pomoravlje, Development Agency of Podrinje, Podgorina and Rađevina, Regional Development Agency Braničevo – Podunavlje and Regional Development Agency for Rasinski District – Kruševac.

The activities of EU PRO, the programme which contributes to a more balanced socio-economic development of Serbia, are supported by the European Union with the total amount of 25 million Euros. The Programme is aimed at contributing to increased competitiveness of micro and small enterprises, an improved business environment and social cohesion promotion in 99 local self-government units within two regions: the Region of Šumadija and Western Serbia and the Region of Southern and Eastern Serbia. The field activities are conducted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

AGENDA OF THE INFORMATION SESSION ABOUT THE PUBLIC CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT AND PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR ENTREPRENEURS, MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES

10:00 – 10:15

Registration or participants

10:15 – 11:00

Presentation of the Public Call for Proposals for Procurement of Equipment and Provision of Services for Entrepreneurs, Micro and Small Enterprises

 11:00 -12:00

Questions and Answers

SCHEDULE OF THE INFO SESSIONS ON THE PUBLIC CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT AND PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR ENTREPRENEURS, MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES

ŠABAC
Friday, 1 June 2018 at 10:00, Hotel Sloboda (Cara Dušana bb)

KRAGUJEVAC
Monday, 4 June 2018 at 11:00, Business Innovation Centre (Trg Topolivaca 4)

KRUŠEVAC
Tuesday, 5 June 2018 at 10:00, Business Incubator Centre Kruševac (Jasički put 9a)

KRALJEVO
Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 10:00, City Administration Kraljevo, Conference hall 2 (Trg Jovana Sarića 1)

NOVI PAZAR
Thursday, 7 June 2018 at 10:00, Cultural Centre Novi Pazar (Stevana Nemanje 2)

UŽICE
Friday, 8 June 2018 at 10:00, Business and Technical College of Vocational Studies (Trg Svetog Save 34)

SMEDEREVO
Monday, 11 June 2018 at 10:00, Regional Centre for Professional Development of Employees in Education (Goranska bb, 2. sprat)

ZAJEČAR
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 at 10:00, Regional Agency for Development of Eastern Serbia agencija (Trg oslobođenja 1)

NIŠ
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 at 10:00, Regional Chamber of Commerce (Dobrička 2)

LESKOVAC
Thursday, 14 June, 2018 at 10:00, Business College of Vocational Studies (Vlade Jovanovića 8)

 

[1]Aleksandrovac, Aleksinac, Aranđelovac, Arilje, Babušnica, Bajina Bašta, Batočina, Bela Palanka, Blace, Bogatić, Bojnik, Boljevac, Bor, Bosilegrad, Brus, Bujanovac, Crna Trava, Čačak, Čajetina, Ćićevac, Ćuprija, Despotovac, Dimitrovgrad, Doljevac, Gadžin Han, Golubac, Gornji Milanovac, Ivanjica, Jagodina, Kladovo, Knić, Knjaževac, Koceljeva, Kosjerić, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Krupanj, Kruševac, Kučevo, Kuršumlija, Lajkovac, Lapovo, Lebane, Leskovac, Loznica, Lučani, Ljig, Ljubovija, Majdanpek, Mali Zvornik, Malo Crniće, Medveđa, Merošina, Mionica, Negotin, Niš, Nova Varoš, Novi Pazar, Osečina, Paraćin, Petrovac na Mlavi, Pirot, Požarevac, Požega, Preševo, Priboj, Prijepolje, Prokuplje, Rača, Raška, Ražanj, Rekovac, Sjenica, Smederevo, Smederevska Palanka, Sokobanja, Surdulica, Svilajnac, Svrljig, Šabac, Topola, Trgovište, Trstenik, Tutin, Ub, Užice, Valjevo, Varvarin, Velika Plana, Veliko Gradište, Vladimirci, Vladičin Han, Vlasotince, Vranje, Vrnjačka Banja, Zaječar, Žabari, Žagubica, Žitorađa.