Programme “Management of Regional Development through EU Funds“

Given that each year substantial EU funds are allocated for project implementation at the national, regional and local level in the European Union and pre-accession countries, and in compliance with the Action Plan for the Realisation of the Priorities of the AP Vojvodina Development Programme 2014-2020, the European Affairs Fund of AP Vojvodina is implementing, in cooperation with the University of Novi Sad, the Specialised Programme “Management of Regional Development through EU Funds“, which has been included in the Plan under Priority 4 (Institutional infrastructure development), Measure 4.1 (Institutional framework development for decreasing regional disparities) under the title “Academy for European Affairs and Funds”.

Objective

The objective of the Specialised Programme “Management of Regional Development through EU Funds“ (hereinafter: the Programme) is information dissemination on the EU processes and regional policies, as well as on the importance and opportunities for accessing EU funds, so as to obtain an adequate expert analysis of regional development in the framework of EU integration and make relevant decisions and bring conclusions in terms of project management and programme and project documentation development in the EU accession process. 

The Programme allows education coordination, so as to ensure the effect of transfer of know-how to stakeholders in the public and civil sector, as well as the dissemination of comprehensive information on the functioning of the EU, i.e. EU institutions, policy creation and implementation through funds available to member states and other countries in the pre-accession process. The Programme offers detailed information on a wide range of EU funds and programmes under which projects in different fields (environmental protection, economy, education, culture, etc.) are funded, development of successful projects, management of approved projects and control of the spending of EU funds. The purpose of this approach is the coordination of timely support and capacity building of the public administration in those aspects that are key to the use of EU funds in different sectors directly involved into the integration process.

Specific objectives
  • To gain specific knowledge on different stakeholders and institutions in the decision-making process and legislative procedures in the European Union, especially in regional policy;
  • To train participants in the preparation, planning and implementation of development projects;
  • To gain insight into the structure of EU funds and programmes, with special emphasis on the programmes available to beneficiaries in Serbia;
  • To gain an understanding of the importance and impact of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA);
  • To gain knowledge necessary for an adequate application of EU regulations;
  • To establish an institutional network of partnership among the trainees.

Who is the Programme aimed at?

The Programme is aimed at the employees of local self-government units, provincial administration, development agencies, public utility enterprises, educational and cultural institutions, civil society organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs, universities, research institutes and other institutions that may be beneficiaries of EU funds.

The main advantages of the Programme:
  • Acquisition of qualifications for EU fund management
  • Familiarisation with the rules and procedures of EU project funding
  • Upgrade of know-how with the novelties of the 2014-2020 financial perspective
  • Flexibility in course attendance
  • Qualified and experienced lecturers
  • Testing after each finished module
  • Certificate award at the end of the Programme
  • Broadening the network of potential partners
  • Experience in project development and implementation
  • Presentation of successful projects

 

The complete Programme is funded by the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.