Danish support to green portal operations:
As of November 2016, the Danish Embassy started supporting the work of the online portal Balkan Green Energy News.
Balkan Green Energy News is a project of the Centre for Promotion of Sustainable Development, a non-profit CSO from Belgrade, Serbia whose mission is to promote and facilitate implementation of sustainable development concept in Serbia and other Balkan region countries through awareness raising campaign, advocacy, information dissemination, education of relevant stakeholders and events organization.
The portal reports on sustainable energy (renewable energy, energy efficiency), electric vehicles, environmental protection, waste and water management developments from a selection of accurate, reliable and straight to the point news, policy actions and investment opportunities.
As part of cooperation agreement, Balkan Green Energy News will also publish news and articles about Danish solutions within sustainability sector.
Fruits & Berries - Support to agriculture in Southern Serbia (DKK 40 mil. 2010-2016):
Fruits & Berries is a large-scale programme under the Danish Neighbourhood programme. F&B goal is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and employment in the private sector in southern Serbia through enhanced productivity, competitiveness and exports in value chains around fruit products. The project has contributed to creating more than 800 jobs, increased annual production by 5.207 tons of fruits and berries and increased annual revenues by EUR 1.3 million. The project has been implemented in cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment.
The program has two components: (1) capacity building of producers / companies (including support for innovation, quality and certification) and (2) a grant facility to finance investment in new fruit and berry varieties, equipment, storage, processing and marketing. Serbia co-finances the grant facility with DKK 29 mil.
Read more here.
Danish support to project focusing on strengthening the Civil Society to Advocate for Sustainable Energy Transition (DKK 0.5 mil.):
Denmark has granted 0.5 million DKK (EUR 67147.44) to the organization Sustainable Energy´s Energy Transition project in Serbia and four other countries.
The Project will support local partner organisations to develop and promote sustainable energy strategies either at local or country level depending on the country.
In Serbia Sustainable Energy is cooperating with CEKOR who will work at the local level.
Read more: http://www.inforse.org/europe/ASET.htm, http://sustainableenergy.dk/ and http://www.cekor.org/
Danish support in conjunction with the refugee crisis (DKK 2 mil.):
Denmark has granted 1 million DKK (EUR 134.000) to a Danish Refugee Council project in support of Migration Response Capacities in Serbia.
The project supports the Government of Serbia and local self-governments in the realization of Local Action Plans on migration management and in the improvement of refugees’ access to information, protection mechanisms and needed reception assistance.
Furthermore, Denmark has supported ‘Save the Children’ in Serbia with the same amount, aiming to provide support to mothers and babies and running a mobile protected area for children.
Danish support to the resettlement of refugees in the Balkans, including Serbia (total DKK 10 mil. 2013-2018):
The refugee status has remained undecided for a large group of the millions of people who were displaced during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia have, with the support of the international community (including the UNHCR and OSCE), formulated a common regional resettlement program, which aims to ensure a lasting settlement of approximately 73,500 refugees and internally displaced persons. There has been established a donor fund in support of the implementation of a resettlement program with input from a variety of donors. The fund is administered by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). Denmark provides DKK 10 mil.
Read more: http://www.regionalhousingprogramme.org/
Support for judicial reforms (DKK 2,5 mil. 2008-2016):
Support for juridical reforms, including capacity building of the Ministry of Justice and the judiciary, with particular focus on the areas covered by the EU negotiating chapters 23 and 24. The program is implemented by the World Bank. Among the major donors are the European Union, Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway.
Read more: http://mdtfjss.org.rs/en
Media Freedom Project (DKK 813.140 2014-2017):
The Embassy is supporting Slavko Curuvija fondacija's (SCF) “Advancing Media Freedom in Serbia” project.
Through this project, SCF works on informing general public in Serbia about all issues of relevance to the freedom of media in Serbia – especially that of local media outlets. The main platform for this is the “Cenzolovka” website (www.cenzolovka.rs) which provides news, study reports, analysis and expert opinions on different events and processes that critically influence the extent of media freedom in Serbia.
A part of the grant is also used to organize study trips for local media owners and managers to Denmark, where they will learn about business models that could help build economic sustainability of their own media outlets.