Fruits & Berries - Support to agriculture in Southern Serbia (DKK 40 mil. 2010-2016):
Fruits & Berries was a large-scale programme under the Danish Neighbourhood programme. F&B goal was 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 was implemented in cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment.
The program had 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.
Support to the ombudsman institution:
The Embassy is supporting the ombudsman institution through two projects initiated in 2014. The projects are Drafting the Model Law on State Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance and the implementation of the Information Security Management System for citizens’ classified information in Ombudsman’s possession.
Support for the energy sector (DKK 466.600. April-June 2014):
The objective was to assist in the review of Serbian legislation concerning energy efficiency as a part of the preparation of the EU accession negotiations and the pre-accession reforms. A new phase of support to the energy sector is under preparation.
LEDIB - Local Economic Development in the Balkans (2007-2012):
The Local Economic Development in the Balkans (LEDIB) was a large-scale programme under the Danish Neighbourhood programme initiated to support the promotion of growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in southern Serbia.
Based in the city of Niš LEDIB became a well-known brand during 2007-2012 due to its massive provision of technical assistance and support to small and medium-sized companies as well as to public institutions.
The programme was divided into two components:
The Enabling Business Environment Component that helped local authorities to establish good basic conditions for SMEs to develop. This support aimed to help business organisations to promote the necessity for SMEs and generally to help the interaction between the public and private sector.
and The SME Development component that supported SMEs' development via cluster development and supported the improvement of Business Development Services. The programme also made good basis for synergy between the supported sectors and entities and promote examples of best practices.
One of the main results was the “Cluster House”, an umbrella organization for clusters located in the vicinity of Nis. The Cluster House provides advice on e.g. management, education, communication and cooperates with clusters in the rest of Serbia and in the Balkans. You can read more about the Cluster House here.
Serbia and Kosovo: European Perspectives and Practicalities (2013-2014):
This project sought to contribute to improving the relations between Serbia and Kosovo through initiation of dialogue on mutual economic relations and prospects in the process of European integration. The project was implemented during the second half of 2013 and first half of 2014 by the European Movement in Serbia, in cooperation with the Institute for Development Policy INDEP from Pristina, with the support of the Danish Embassy in Belgrade.
The project resulted in a report that was presented in Belgrade in September 2014. You can read the Embassy's news on the presentation of the report here.
Flood relief 2014:
During the floods in May 2014 the Danish Emergency Management Agency, a part of the Danish Ministry of Defence, sent 26 volunteers, 12 vehicles and two pump modules to Serbia to assist the country in its fight against the floods. A number of Danish companies in Serbia also gave a contribution. Thus, Carlsberg, COWI, Danfoss, Ever Rest, Grundfos, Novo Nordisk, Tomex and Velux donated pumps, shelters, food, medicine and capital to the troubled area. Finally, a Dane from the Danish Emergency Management Agency was head of the UN team (UNDAC), which aimed to assess and coordinate disaster response in the region.