Serbia eligible to the EU funds under the Rights Equality and Citizenship Programme

By accessing the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme, Serbia is entitled a budget of EUR 440 million from the EU fund for projects in those areas, according to the Agreement signed by the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi and Zoran Djordjević, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.
Sam Fabrizi, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, said that Serbia was the first of the countries of the Western Balkans to join the programme, funded by the European Commission until 2020. He emphasized that the project was important in Serbia’s accession to the EU, since it included obligations under Chapters 23 and 24. “It relates to nine areas of the fight against discrimination, racism, xenophobia and homophobia, other forms of intolerance, the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities, gender equality, the prevention of violence against children, women and other risk groups,” Fabrizi said.
The program is aimed at state bodies, academic institutions and civil society organizations to promote and protect the rights ensuring equality of citizens. The total budget for 2014-2020 is approximately EUR 440 million.