Serbia in the EU Program for Rights, Equality and Citizenship/Srbija u Programu Evropske unije za prava, jednakost i državljanstvo

July 20th, 2018: Accessing Serbia to the European Union Program for Rights, Equality and Citizenship, whose annual budget is 63 million Euros, local governments, public institutions and civil society organizations from Serbia are allowed to apply for funds for the implementation of activities in the field of combating discrimination and all forms of intolerance, promoting equality between men and women, protecting the rights of the children, combating domestic violence.

The initiative for Serbia’s accession to this Program was launched in 2015 by civil society organizations: Women’s Network against Violence, National Network Partnership for Reconciliation through Preschool Education and Education and Network of Children’s Organizations of Serbia. After many years of advocacy efforts, Serbia’s accession to the Program was finalized by an agreement signed by the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs Zoran Djordjevic and the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Ambassador Fab Fabrici.

The EU’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program 2014-2020 was established in 2013 with the aim of promoting and protecting equality and fundamental rights. The total budget of the program is 439 million euros. As the first country of the Western Balkans that became part of the Program, Serbia, besides accessing significant means to meet the requirements of the bargaining chapters 19, 23 and 24, opens opportunities for developing cooperation and partnerships with subjects from other European countries dealing with similar problems.

The program focuses on nine goals, including the promotion of non-discrimination, combating xenophobia and homophobia, promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, combating violence, data protection, and in September will be organized one seminar to explain in detail how it can be applied for these funds.


Inicijativa za pristupanje Srbije ovom Programu potekla je još 2015. godine od organizacija civilnog društva: Mreže žena protiv nasilja, Nacionalna mreže Partnerstvo za pomirenje kroz predškolsko vaspitanje i obrazovanje i Mreže organizacija za decu Srbije. Nakon višegodišnjih zagovaračkih napora, pristupanje Srbije Programu finalizovano je sporazumom koji su potpisali ministar za rad, zapošljavanje, boračka i socijalna pitanja Zoran Đorđević i šef delegacije EU u Srbiji ambasador Sem Fabrici.

Program EU za prava, jednakost i državljanstvo 2014-2020 ustanovljen je 2013. godine u cilju promocije i zaštite jednakosti i osnovnih prava. Ukupan budžet programa iznosi 439 miliona evra. Kao prvoj državi Zapadnog Balkana koja je postala deo Programa, Srbiji se osim pristupa značajnim sredima za ispunjavanje uslova iz progovaračkih Poglavlja 19, 23 i 24, otvaraju mogućnosti i za razvoj saradnje i partnerstava sa subjektima iz drugih evropskih zemalja koji se bave sličnim problemima.

Program se fokusira na devet ciljeva, među kojima su promovisanje nediskriminacije, suzbijanje ksenofobije i homofobije, unapređenje prava osoba sa invaliditetom, borba protiv nasilja, zaštita podataka, a u septembru će biti organizovan seminar na kom će biti detaljno objašnjeno na koji način se može aplicirati za ova sredstva.

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