Cooperation with EU Delegation in Serbia

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2019

  • The Delegation of the European Union to Serbia and the EU Info Corner in Nis presented the report of the European Commission on Serbia for 2019 at Nis City Hall. The basic conclusion reached by the Commission is that Serbia has progressed in the field of economics, but not enough in the area of the rule of law and media freedom. The aim of the presentation was to bring together relevant stakeholders at the local level, which implies the participation of representatives of the business community, academic community, institutions, civil society organizations from Nis and southern Serbia. The participants were able to ask questions and actively participate in the discussion on this year’s European Commission Report on Serbia. The key findings of the Report were presented in Nis by the Head of the European Integration Sector in the EU Delegation to Serbia, Ms. Radica Nursdorfer. The economic aspects within the process of European integration of Serbia were the focus of the presentation.  The speakers before the discussion were Ivan Pavlovic, from the City of Nis Office for Local Economic Development and Projects and Prof Boban Stojanovic, the professor at the Faculty of Economics in Nis and the President of the Nis Society of Economists.

 

  • The European Film Festival was held at Oficirski Dom in Nis. For the eighth consecutive year the festival brings the latest European movies to the gardens, open-air cinemas, EUtek libraries and cultural centers throughout Serbia. By the end of August, traveling European Film Festival will visit nine cities with six films, followed by even more films of the best European production, which the Serbian audience will be able to see during autumn. The European Film Festival is part of the campaign # EU4YOU, which brings citizens closer to the European Union. The festival in Nis was organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia and the EU Info Network in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad, in cooperation with Nis Cultural Center, Media and Reform Center, French Institute in Nis with the support of the City of Nis.
  • Visitors’ Center at Cerjanska Cave has been officially opened. The visitors’ center is 250 meters in size, the first of its kind in the Nisava District and it is intended for fans of adrenaline sports, cave explorers, visitors and tourists, and it will have a reception area with dressing room – wardrobe, cafeteria, souvenir shop and administrative center.  The visitor center has been created as a joint project by Tourist Organizations of Nis, the City of Sofia and the Association “Love and Light” from Montana within the EU Interrerg IPA program of cross-border cooperation between Serbia and Bulgaria.

 

  • The EU Info Corner Nis in partnership with the City of Nis organized the Day of European values and thus marked the Week of Europe and three years of joint work at new premises in Vozdova Street. This event open for all citizens of Nis was organized at the city center. The event is part of the EU for You Campaign. The programme prepared for the event included the performances of the orchestra Impresija, children’s choir Carolija, youth dance group Boom 018, and the students of Secondary Grammar School Svetozar Markovic. Also the civil society organizations that have been actively working in the local community on promoting European values ​​and communicating took interactive and creative approach in introducing citizens to their work. The Day of European Values is part of the European Union Delegation Campaign in Serbia and the EU Info Network in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad and is being implemented under the title # EUzaTebe, with the idea to promote the results of EU development aid to Serbia in the process of European integration.

 

  • City of Nis and EU Info Point Nis marked the Day of Europe, May 9th, by joint activity of 3 D Mapping Projection of the flags of the European Union and the Republic of Serbia on the building facade of Nis National Theatre. The facade of the theater in Nis became canvas for the symbolic conjunction of the synergy and joint efforts of the Republic of Serbia and the European Union in bringing our country closer to a community of European nations. This joint activity of the City of Nis and EU Info Point Nis was part of the #EUzaTEBE umbrella campaign implemented by European Delegation to Serbia and EU Info Network’s (EU Info Centre in Belgrade and EU Info Points in Novi Sad and Nis), together with local partners with the aim of promoting the results of EU’s development assistance to Serbia as part of the European integration process.

 

  • Mobile teams of cities and municipalities in Serbia, including the City of Nis, which deal with Roma inclusion, were presented the keys of 30 Fiat Tipo cars as well as 30 laptops under the EU support program in order to increase their capacity and adequate functioning. The EU Support to Roma Inclusion Program – The Stabilization of Local Communities for the Inclusion of Roma from has been implemented Standing Conference of Cities and Municipalities (SCTM) since 2017, financed by the EU, and the main beneficiary is the RS Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans’ and Social Affairs. Mobile Roma Inclusion Teams are working bodies of the city/municipality, formed to strengthen cooperation between local institutions and the Roma community. Mobile team members organize joint field visits to Roma settlements and provide joint and coordinated support and assistance to individuals and families.

 

  • The Ambassador of Romania to Serbia Ms.Oana Kristina Popa spoke about the priorities of Romania’s EU presidency at EU Info Point in Nis. Romania assumed the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union on January 1, 2019. At the presentation at the EU info corner, with the presence of a large number of representatives of local government, civil sector and institutions, the ambassador said that the connection was a common European value that needs to be continued. Romania will base its chairmanship on four basic pillars: equality for all EU citizens, a safe and secure Europe, strengthening the global influence of Europe, stimulating solidarity and promoting common values.

2018

  • The year 2018 was declared European Year of Cultural Heritage and marked throughout Europe by a series of events. In its diversity and richness, cultural heritage connects us and gives us a common understanding of the places we live in and which make up a large European continent. From the ancient myth of Europe to today’s home for more than 500 million people, we find this heritage in our villages and cities, castles and churches, works of art in museums, as well as in our homes, crafts and grandma’s kitchens. Cultural heritage connects us, giving us a true European identity, helping us to build a better future for younger generations. Under the slogan “Our Heritage: Where the Past Meets the Future,” the EU Delegation to Serbia and the EU Info Network (EU Info Center Belgrade and the EU Info Corners in Nis and Novi Sad) organized a campaign to promote cultural heritage throughout the year. Numerous events in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Novi Pazar and other cities were organized during the campaign aimed at bringing places of importance for cultural heritage closer to the citizens, raising awareness of the common cultural heritage and strengthening the sense of belonging to the common European area.

 

  • Among the local governments whose projects are financially supported by the EU PRO program is also the City of Nis, for which € 30,000 was approved for the development of projects for the execution of works for the multifunctional Expo Center, to be built at the location Lozni Kalem in Niška Banja.The European Support to Municipal Development Programme – EU PRO contributes to overall economic and social growth in 99 local self-governments in the regions of Sumadija and Western Serbia and Southern and Eastern Serbia.  EU PRO aims to create business environment conducive to new investments and job creation, more competitive enterprises, improved work of local self-governments and enhanced social inclusion. The European Union allocated total amount of 25 million Euros for the realization of this three-year programme that started in January 2018. The Programme is implemented by the United Nation Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in partnership with the Ministry of European Integration (MEI) and other line ministries and institutions of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.EU PRO relies on the best practices and achieved results of its predecessor programmes se EU PROGRESand European PROGRES.

 

  • The construction of the Visitor Center at Cave Cerje is nearing completion. The facility is built with funds provided from the Interreg IPA cross-border project implemented together by TON and Sofia. The total budget of the project is 587,695 Euros. 477,208 euros is a donation of the European Union, while the rest of the funds were provided by the City of Nis. The Visitor Center will have the exhibition and gallery space, the accommodation for speleological equipment, restaurant and space for rest for the visitors as well as the space for guides, security and sale of tickets, and sanitary facilities.

 

  • The session of the Committee of Regions – Republic of Serbia Joint Consultative Committee was held in Nis with the focus on the Republic of Serbia’s EU accession negotiations and the impact the negotiations had at the subnational level of government. The second part of the session was dedicated to the topic of tourism as a catalyst of a better life at the local level. The Joint Consultative Committee was formed in 2014. Its task is to establish dialogue and cooperation between regional and local governments in Serbia, on the one hand, and the EU Committee of Regions, on the other, and to prepare them for participation in the work of the Committee of Regions, upon EU accession.

 

  • The City of Nis and the Municipality of Niska Banja were the hosts of the 5th session of the Joint Consultative Committee of the EU-Serbia Region Committee. The study tour of the project Health Paths and Meetings in Niska Banja, financed through Interreg IPA CBC Bulgaria Serbia funds, was organized. The reconstruction of the health paths is financed by a cross-border project jointly implemented by City Municipality Niska Banja and Bulgarian municipality Zemen. The objectives of the project are increasing of the tourist attractiveness of the cross-border region of the municipalities Zemen and Niska Banja. The project aims at capitalization of the natural and historical recourses in the region and improvement of touristic products. Through investments in infrastructure the project will contribute to the creation of more attractive tourist conditions and will attract further investments. The project will also popularize the region as a tourist destination.

 

  • With the help of the European Union, Nis City Municipality Crveni Krst reconstructed the picnic area of ​​Vidriste in intact nature and an old Turkish house and the mask museum with a workshop for their production in the village of Kosarevo near Breznik in Bulgaria within the joint project “Tourism and Tradition – Multicolored, Fun and Attractive” which was realized as part of the cross-border cooperation funded by the European Union from IPA funds. The project is worth 600,000 euros, and both parties received half of this money to preserve tradition and promote tourism.

 

  • Within the European Mobility Week, the City of Nis, like previous years, took an active part in an international campaign whose motto this year was “Mix and Move”. European Mobility Week 2018 is focusing on ‘multimodality’ – the mixing of transport modes within the same journey or for different trips. Embracing the concept of multimodality means rethinking the way we move about our cities, and having the willingness to try out new forms of mobility. From a city’s perspective, it requires the political will to support alternative transport methods. On this occasion a Day without Car event was held at the main city square and along main city roads. Many athletes took part in the event as well as children of pre-school and school age. The recreational cycling ride from the main city square along the streets of the wider city center back to the main square was held. This traditional event was organized by the EU Info Corner and the City of Nis.

 

  • The first cycle of this year’s European Film Festival in Nis was held from June 20 to June 23 at Officers’ Mess Building in Nis. The festival was a part of the cultural heritage pomotion campaign because the European Union declared 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The motto of the campaign and festival is “Our Heritage: Where the Past Meets the Future” with the desire to encourage the discovery and research of European cultural heritage through the film. During the festival, eight films from France, Portugal, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Spain were presented. The European Film Festival is organized by the Nis Cultural Center, the French Institute in Nis, the Media and Reform Center Nis, and in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union, the EU Info Center and the EU Info Corner Nis, and in cooperation with the Network of Cultural Centers of the European Union (EUNIC) and the City of Nis.

 

  • At Nis City Hall the representatives of the EU Delegation to Serbia presented the Report by the European Commission on the progress of Serbia which covers the period of the last year and a half, from October 2016 to April 2018. Nora Hairinen, the Head of the European Union Delegation in Serbia’s Political Sector on this occasion stressed that the greatest progress has been made in the field of economic development and macroeconomics, and that additional efforts had to be done in the area of rule of law, independence of the judiciary system, fight against corruption and media freedom.

 

  • International Erasmus Games this year were held in Nis from 18 to 21 May. More than 250 foreign students from all parts of Europe met in Nis to compete in one of the biggest European sports competitions for students. The organizer of these games is student organization – Erasmus Student Network Nis. The City of Nis is the fourth city in Europe to host the International Erasmus Games after Krakow, Milan and Porto. The purpose of this event is the cultural exchange through sports competitions, as well as the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The organization of the competition in Nis was supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and the EU Info Corner Nis.

 

 

  • EU Info Corner with the support of the City of Nis marked the Day of Europe with a number of cultural acttivities and entertainment program. The offical event started with the program for the youngest at the amphitheater on the bank of Nisava River with the performance of the children’s choir Carolija, and they also enjoyed the performance of last year’s winners of the competition “Serbia in the Rhythm of Europe”. After the completion of the musical part of the program, the children gatherd for the celebration the countries of Europe by the members of Association “Young Creators – We grow”. By letting balloons in the colors of the European Union flag fly into the sky at the amphiteatre which continued at the nearby Officers’ Mess Building where an exhibition of children’s works prepared at the creative workshops in the EU Info Corner on the subject of cultural heritage of Serbia and Europe was opened. The Day of Europe celebration continued with the program for somewhat older audience at the Nis Cultural Center where the Slovak film “Fer-Play” was screened. During the celebration of Europe Day in Nis, the National Theater building in this city was illuminated during the night in the colors of the European Union flag.

 

  • During his first official visit to Nis, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi was acquainted with projects implemented successfully by the EU in Nis. Among the topics of the visit was the European Year of Cultural Heritage and cultural and historic importance of the city. The representatives of the Nis City Local Economic Development and Project Office made a presentation of successful projects. Following the meeting at the Mayor’s Office Ambassador Fabrizi and his hosts took a tour through downtown Nis and learned more about the rich history of that city. He also paid a visit to the archaeological exhibition of the National Museum in Nis, followed by a visit to the EU Info Point and Aleksandar Markovic’s exhibition Dehumanization dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Together with city officials and the Dean of the Faculty of Electronic Engineering Dragan Jankovic, Fabrizi toured the Start Up Centre of the Faculty – the first segment of the science and technological park for which the European Investment Bank has allocated EUR15,2 million. Students brought Ambassador closer to technological innovation they had come up with, such as the smart phone mobile app “52 weekends in Serbia”. Head of the EU Delegation also had a chance to pay a virtual visit to several monasteries in the vicinity of Nis thanks to a 3D presentation. Ambassador ended his visit by taking part in a debate titled “Ask me anything about the EU,” organized by the European Movement in Serbia within the project Europe for Me. Ambassador Fabrizi talked to the citizens for more than an hour, answering their questions concerning decentralization, human rights, opportunities for farmers, the negotiating process, and bringing them closer to the Western Balkans Enlargement Strategy.

2017

  • The City of Nis was awarded the certificate for successful adoption of the Support Package to improve the human resources management in the local self-government. This project, implemented with the financial support of the Council of Europe and the European Union, was implemented by the Council of Europe Office in Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities. The overall objective of the project is to improve the efficiency and administrative capacities of local self-government units through the establishment of a professional training system and the improvement of the human resources management function for a greater degree of efficiency and satisfaction with the work of local self-governments. Bearing in mind that public administration reform is aimed at increasing the efficiency of public administration and the satisfaction of the citizens with the work of local self-governments, this project has established a framework for systematized and efficient human resources management in the local administration. Within the project, trainings and e-training in the field of professional development and human resources management were held, more than 30 models of acts were developed for more efficient and better quality implementation in practice, and consultant support was provided in establishing human resource management functions in local self-governments. The motive of the City of Nis for participation in this project is the tendency to become a good administration tailored according to the needs of the citizens, which is oriented towards providing fast and efficient services. Also, changes in regulations require improvement of work of local self-governments in the field of human resources management. The City of Nis is one of the 20 pilot units of local self-governments that took part in this project.

 

  • Within the European Mobility Week, the EU Info Corner Nis, the City of Nis and the City Adminsitration for Public Utilities, Energy and Transport marked the day without cars, September 22. The canvas with the message “Drive Less, Walk More! Take Care of the Environment!” showing green tree created within the action green pedestrian crossing, held in Nis on the first day of the European Mobility Week, was put up at the shopping center Kalca in Niš.

 

  • The main EU programme for culture was presented at EU Info Corner Nis within the KreNi conference the first and most influential creativity festival in southeastern Serbia gathering innovative creative professionals and experts from all over the world. The idea of the European Commission was to modernize the system of culture through Creative Europe Programme and strengthen competitiveness and innovation in this area. The examples of good practice and planned public calls for cultural and creative spaces and cities, as well as projects for European cooperation were also presented. The KreNi Conference of creative Industries, held for the third time in Nis, is organized by the Association of Citizens Young Ambassadors with the support of the Delegation of Europe Union in the Republic of Serbia and the City of Nis.

 

  • EU Library Corner, specially equipped part of the library for informing citizens about the European Union, was opened at the National Library Stevan Sremac in Nis. Eu Library Corner in Nis is one of 45 corners formed in libraries in 45 municipalities in Serbia, which are part of the EU Corner network of libraries which has been financed by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. “EUTEKA – EU in your library” is a project aimed at providing concrete support to libraries throughout Serbia so that they can become places for informing citizens about EU related topics in their communities. More information on the project can be found at: euinfo.rs/euteka.

 

  • Young musicians from all over Serbia, sixteen soloists and bands presentedtheir talents at Youth Stage within the renowned Nisville Jazz Festival in Nis Fortress. Youth Stage was established four years ago with the support of the European Union, and since then several thousand young musicians have been given the opportunity to promote their creativity. This support continues every year.

 

  • In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties establishing the European Economic Community, the current European Union, the exhibition “All Unions of the EU – the Legacy of the Treaty of Rome for Today’s Europe” was opened at the Officers’ Mess Building in Nis. The exhibition was organized by the EU Info Corner Nis in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia, the Embassy of Italy in Belgrade and the City of Nis. The exhibition was opened by Mr. Richard Masha from the EU Delegation and the Deputy Mayor of Nis, Prof. Dr. Milos Bandjur.

 

  • Day of Europe was ceremoniously marked at the EU Info Corner in Nis. With the presence of numerous associates, partners, representatives of local self-government, media and fellow citizens, yellow and blue balloons in the colors of the European Union were symbolically released.

 

2016

  • The European Delegation in Serbia presented a valuable gift to the University Library “Nikola Tesla” of 50 books of professional literature dealing with legal and scientific developments related to the functioning of the European Union. he donation was handed over to the Director of the Library, Zoran Zivkovic, by Michael Devenport, the Head of the European delegation in Serbia. This library, based on its literary and scientific material, is an important place for science and education in Nis and throughout southeastern Serbia. Nis City Deputy Mayor Prof.dr Milos Bandjur, also attended the ceremony, and on this occasion he emphasized the importance of this kind of literature, which would easily find its way to professors and students interested in studying the policy of the European Union, but also to all those of our fellow citizens who wanted to be informed about the European Union. It is very important that the academic community in Nis continues to cooperate with the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia in order to realize the foreign policy priority of our country, which implies future membership in the European Union.

 

  • The meeting of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia Majkl Devenport and the ambassadors of the countries of the Union was held at Officers’Mess Building in Nis. The meeting was attended by Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic.

 

  • The Project of the Wastewater Collection and Treatment Plant in Nis was presented at the Eu Info Corner in Niš in the presence of the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, RS Minister for European Integrations Jadranka Joksimovic and RS Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic as well as 22 ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of the ambasies of the Member States of the European Union. Through the program for EU pre-accession development assistance, IPA 2017, the grants will be provided for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant and the construction of a sewerage network in Nis.

 

  • Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Devenport, together with ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of 22 member states of the Union and Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic visited the Nis fortress on the occasion of visit of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Devenport together with the ambassadors and the representative of 22 EU countries.

 

  • The City of Nis was visited by the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Mrs. Stana Bozovic, the European Union Delegation in Serbia, Richard Masha, as well as representatives of the Office for European Integration of the Republic of Serbia. The occasion for the visit to the city of Nis was the presentation of a feasibility study for the project of waste collection and treatment of waste water in this city. The study should make it possible for Nis to enter the program of development assistance to pre-accession funds of the EU, IPA 2017, and obtain grant for the construction of waste water treatment and sewerage network. This project would represent the largest infrastructure project in the field of environmental protection, which would be financed from the EU pre-accession funds. The project of collection and treatment of wastewater for the City of Nis includes construction of a new collector, restoration of existing, afterwards, the city plant for waste water treatment, as well as additional treatment of sludge. Complete project and technical documentation for the plant and sewage will be funded from the new support programs of the Swedish International Development Agency to the environmental sector in Serbia, PEID, Preparation and Development of Investments in Environment.

 

  • The 7th International Music Festival Constantinus in Nis was opened with the performance of the Norwegian choir Con Vocale. On this occasion, the choir performed for the first time in Serbia “Requiem” of the famous contemporary British composer John Ruther. This year International Music Festival Constantinus was financially helped the EU Delegation to Serbia and the EU Info Corner Nis. The cooperation will continue in autumn, as concerts will be organized in primary schools in order to popularize quality music among the youngest, in which Constantinus Lauret will perform.

 

 

  • The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia Ambassador Michael Davenport and Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic officially opened the EU Info Point in the center of Nis (5, Vozda Karadjordja). Then EU Ambassador Davenport opened another significant event in Nis – an exhibition of photographs “EU and Serbia: 15 Years of Partnership” in Officers’ Mess Building in Nis. The exhibition consists of 20 illustrative photographs and it is part of marking a significant jubilee – a decade of the support of the European Union to our country. Since 2001, the EU and Serbia have jointly implemented successful projects across the country that have boosted development and have brought benefits to citizens in many areas – infrastructure, education, health, environmental protection and many other sectors.

 

  • As part of the celebration of the Month of Europe in Nis, organized by the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, and in cooperation with the EU Info Corner Nis Slovenian theatre performed at Nis National Theatre on the occasion of marking the Europe Day.

 

 

 

 

  • Last year, the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia assisted financially the Nisville International Jazz Festival. Ambassador Davenport, in the name of good cooperation with the renowned festival, walked along Nis Fortress where this festival is traditionally organized in mid-August, accompanied by the representatives of the City of Nis Youth Office and young Nisville volunteers. The Youth Stage was formed last year with the financial support of the EU Delegation through the project of Nisville Foundation “Jazz – A Multicultural Expression”. The idea of ​​the project is to educate, merge and organize concerts for 60 young musicians of different nationalities (Serbian, Roma, Albanian and Bulgarian) from six cities: Bujanovac, Leskovac, Nis, Vranje, Vladicin Han and Bosilegrad.

2015

  • The presentation of the latest report of the European Commission and its economic aspects was held at Nis City Hall. Serbia is praised for progress in economic reforms, with the conclusion that the Serbian economy is recovering from the recession, and that, thanks to significant consolidation measures and better tax collection, the budget deficit has been significantly reduced. What is also reported in the report is that it is necessary to ensure full respect for the freedom of the media and freedom of expression, especially with regard to the transparency of ownership and media financing. It is a general impression that the Commission considers that Serbia has made enough progress to open the first negotiation chapters and this is certainly good news for all citizens. All interested in the City Hall had the opportunity to get acquainted with the economic elements of this report in more detail, followed by a discussion with the participation of business community representatives, the academic community and the media.

 

  • The Interreg IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Program of Serbia and Bulgaria for the period until 2020 was presented at Nis City Hall. The total amount allocated for the first call for proposals is just over € 12.5 million. This call gives the opportunity to potential candidates from Bulgaria and Serbia to apply joint projects in the territory of the cross-border region: for Bulgaria, these are Vidin, Montana, Vraca, Sofia, Pernik, Custendil, and the following districts in Serbia – Borski, Zajecarski, Nisavski, Toplicki, Pirotski, Jablanicki and Pcinjski. The border region of Bulgaria-Serbia cross-border cooperation program covers the territory of almost 40,000 km2 with 12 administrative units: 6 regions in Bulgaria, and 6 districts in Serbia, representing equivalent statistical territorial administrative units. The objective of this program is to strengthen the territorial unity of the border region of Bulgaria and Serbia, the competitiveness of the territory as well as the sustainability of development through economic and social cooperation and environmental cooperation along the administrative boundary. This project also provides support to the development of infrastructure that enables social and economic progress and improvement of the environment on both sides of the border as well as strengthening economic synergy in the region and capacity building through the use of common regional potential. Finally, one of the important goals is to promote the principles of sustainable development within the framework of cross-border cooperation programs in areas of importance for improving mutual understanding and respect, through the development of a model of successful cooperation in the business sector, at the level of local stakeholder representatives as well as at the political level in areas of key priorities.

 

 

  • Nis City Deputy Mayor Ljubivoje Slavkovic met with the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Devenport during his visit to Nis. The two officials discussed the cooperation so far with the EU Delegation in Serbia, but also about the possibilities for the City of Nis to become involved in new EU funded projects. As part of the visit of the Ambassador Devenport to our city, the Fair dedicated to EU-funded projects entitled “European Union and Serbia at Work” was opened organized by the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia.

 

  • A series of events organized by the EU Info corner and the City of Nis marked the European Mobility Week. The traffic was stopped and the very city center was turned into a pedestrian zone where hundred young people from dozens of Nis sports clubs showed their skills. The EU info corner organized an exhibition on the main city square of the best works at art competition of elementary school pupils from southeastern Serbia on the topic of Choose – Change – Combine in Trasnport. This year, the cycling tour has gathered over 200 cyclists who rode the streets of the city in an organized column. Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic took active participation in cycling along the city streets.

 

2014

  • The presentation of the European Commission’s Report on the progress of our country on the road to the European Union was held at Nis City Hall. The progress report was presented by the Deputy Head of the EU Mission to Serbia Mr. Oscar Benedict. In the second part of the conference, the EU Enlargement Strategy was presented, and all interested had the opportunity to participate in an open debate on all issues related to the EU enlargement.

 

  • The European Union Delegation to Serbia traditionally organizes a cartoonist contest titled “Myths and Prejudices, How Serbia Sees the EU and How the EU Sees Serbia”. The exhibition of caricatures in Salon 77 in the Nis Fortress, organized by the EU Info Corner Nis in cooperation with the City of Nis, was officially opened by Oscar Benedict, the Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union in Serbia, and Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic.

 

  • Within the European Mobility Week, in which Nis is participating for the 13th time, EU Info Corner Nis organized the first Nis cycling city tour, with over 400 citizens taking part. Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic also took part in cycling tour. After driving down the city streets, the tour ended at the famous Nis tourist resort near the river Nisava, near the settlement of Brzi Brod, where a picnic and an appropriate sports and music program was organized. The first city cycling tour was organized by EU Delegation in Serbia and the City of Nis. This year the city of Nis took an active part in the campaign without cars. The motto of this year’s campaign is: “Our streets – Our Choice”, which was realized with the active participation of the Sports Association of the City of Nis and the EU Info Corner.

 

  • EU Info Corner Nis, with the support of the City of Nis, organized the event Nis Collage of European Languages on the occasion of the European Day of Languages, on September 26th. Participants in program were schools, institutions and organizations from Nis.

 

  • Europe Day was also marked in Nis in the “Balkanska Street of European Values”, where solidarity among young people above all was promoted. Balkanska Street in Nis has become a part of the European Union for one day. Numerous stands of civil society organizations from Nis were there to inform the citizens about the union itself and European integration. In addition to the City of Nis, the organizers of this interesting way of marking Europe Day were the EU Info Corner, the Youth Initiative of Nis, Media and Reform Center, Young Ambassadors and other non-governmental organizations.

 

  • The closing conference of the EU Progress Program was held in Nis, and besides the Head of the EU Delegation, the Minister without Portfolio in charge of European Integration Branko Ruzic and Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic attended the conference. So far, with the help of the EU, and the Government of Switzerland, 25 undeveloped municipalities from the south of Serbia have been financed. The financed projects have contributed to attracting investments and opening 300 new jobs, increasing the competitiveness of local self-governments, improving conditions for education and health care and improving public utilities.

 

  • The Memorandum of Understanding was signed which would initiate the implementation of the project of establishing the Info Info Corner in Nis. Info corner of the European Union will be part of the EU communication activities of the Delegation in Serbia, with the aim of improving the knowledge about the European Union in direct contact with residents and visitors, with the active support of the city authorities. EU Info Corner will be tasked with providing information directly to residents and visitors in Nis on all issues related to the functioning of the European Union and cooperation between Serbia and EU Member States. Through the work of the Info Corner the citizens will have an insight into complete and reliable information, including answers about all the opportunities and benefits of membership, especially in the fields of economics, regional development, agriculture, science and education.

 

 

Cooperation with EU Delegation in Serbia

 

2019

  • The EU Info Corner Nis in partnership with the City of Nis organized the Day of European values and thus marked the Week of Europe and three years of joint work at new premises in Vozdova Street. This event open for all citizens of Nis was organized at the city center. The event is part of the EU for You Campaign. The programme prepared for the event included the performances of the orchestra Impresija, children’s choir Carolija, youth dance group Boom 018, and the students of Secondary Grammar School Svetozar Markovic. Also the civil society organizations that have been actively working in the local community on promoting European values ​​and communicating took interactive and creative approach in introducing citizens to their work. The Day of European Values is part of the European Union Delegation Campaign in Serbia and the EU Info Network in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad and is being implemented under the title # EUzaTebe, with the idea to promote the results of EU development aid to Serbia in the process of European integration.

 

 

  • City of Nis and EU Info Point Nis marked the Day of Europe, May 9th, by joint activity of 3 D Mapping Projection of the flags of the European Union and the Republic of Serbia on the building facade of Nis National Theatre. The facade of the theater in Nis became canvas for the symbolic conjunction of the synergy and joint efforts of the Republic of Serbia and the European Union in bringing our country closer to a community of European nations. This joint activity of the City of Nis and EU Info Point Nis was part of the #EUzaTEBE umbrella campaign implemented by European Delegation to Serbia and EU Info Network’s (EU Info Centre in Belgrade and EU Info Points in Novi Sad and Nis), together with local partners with the aim of promoting the results of EU’s development assistance to Serbia as part of the European integration process.

 

  • Mobile teams of cities and municipalities in Serbia, including the City of Nis, which deal with Roma inclusion, were presented the keys of 30 Fiat Tipo cars as well as 30 laptops under the EU support program in order to increase their capacity and adequate functioning. The EU Support to Roma Inclusion Program – The Stabilization of Local Communities for the Inclusion of Roma from has been implemented Standing Conference of Cities and Municipalities (SCTM) since 2017, financed by the EU, and the main beneficiary is the RS Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans’ and Social Affairs. Mobile Roma Inclusion Teams are working bodies of the city/municipality, formed to strengthen cooperation between local institutions and the Roma community. Mobile team members organize joint field visits to Roma settlements and provide joint and coordinated support and assistance to individuals and families.

 

 

  • The Ambassador of Romania to Serbia Ms.Oana Kristina Popa spoke about the priorities of Romania’s EU presidency at EU Info Point in Nis. Romania assumed the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union on January 1, 2019. At the presentation at the EU info corner, with the presence of a large number of representatives of local government, civil sector and institutions, the ambassador said that the connection was a common European value that needs to be continued. Romania will base its chairmanship on four basic pillars: equality for all EU citizens, a safe and secure Europe, strengthening the global influence of Europe, stimulating solidarity and promoting common values.

2018

  • The year 2018 was declared European Year of Cultural Heritage and marked throughout Europe by a series of events. In its diversity and richness, cultural heritage connects us and gives us a common understanding of the places we live in and which make up a large European continent. From the ancient myth of Europe to today’s home for more than 500 million people, we find this heritage in our villages and cities, castles and churches, works of art in museums, as well as in our homes, crafts and grandma’s kitchens. Cultural heritage connects us, giving us a true European identity, helping us to build a better future for younger generations. Under the slogan “Our Heritage: Where the Past Meets the Future,” the EU Delegation to Serbia and the EU Info Network (EU Info Center Belgrade and the EU Info Corners in Nis and Novi Sad) organized a campaign to promote cultural heritage throughout the year. Numerous events in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Novi Pazar and other cities were organized during the campaign aimed at bringing places of importance for cultural heritage closer to the citizens, raising awareness of the common cultural heritage and strengthening the sense of belonging to the common European area.

 

  • Among the local governments whose projects are financially supported by the EU PRO program is also the City of Nis, for which € 30,000 was approved for the development of projects for the execution of works for the multifunctional Expo Center, to be built at the location Lozni Kalem in Niška Banja.The European Support to Municipal Development Programme – EU PRO contributes to overall economic and social growth in 99 local self-governments in the regions of Sumadija and Western Serbia and Southern and Eastern Serbia.  EU PRO aims to create business environment conducive to new investments and job creation, more competitive enterprises, improved work of local self-governments and enhanced social inclusion. The European Union allocated total amount of 25 million Euros for the realization of this three-year programme that started in January 2018. The Programme is implemented by the United Nation Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in partnership with the Ministry of European Integration (MEI) and other line ministries and institutions of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.EU PRO relies on the best practices and achieved results of its predecessor programmes se EU PROGRESand European PROGRES.

 

  • The construction of the Visitor Center at Cave Cerje is nearing completion. The facility is built with funds provided from the Interreg IPA cross-border project implemented together by TON and Sofia. The total budget of the project is 587,695 Euros. 477,208 euros is a donation of the European Union, while the rest of the funds were provided by the City of Nis. The Visitor Center will have the exhibition and gallery space, the accommodation for speleological equipment, restaurant and space for rest for the visitors as well as the space for guides, security and sale of tickets, and sanitary facilities.

 

  • The session of the Committee of Regions – Republic of Serbia Joint Consultative Committee was held in Nis with the focus on the Republic of Serbia’s EU accession negotiations and the impact the negotiations had at the subnational level of government. The second part of the session was dedicated to the topic of tourism as a catalyst of a better life at the local level. The Joint Consultative Committee was formed in 2014. Its task is to establish dialogue and cooperation between regional and local governments in Serbia, on the one hand, and the EU Committee of Regions, on the other, and to prepare them for participation in the work of the Committee of Regions, upon EU accession.

 

  • The City of Nis and the Municipality of Niska Banja were the hosts of the 5th session of the Joint Consultative Committee of the EU-Serbia Region Committee. The study tour of the project Health Paths and Meetings in Niska Banja, financed through Interreg IPA CBC Bulgaria Serbia funds, was organized. The reconstruction of the health paths is financed by a cross-border project jointly implemented by City Municipality Niska Banja and Bulgarian municipality Zemen. The objectives of the project are increasing of the tourist attractiveness of the cross-border region of the municipalities Zemen and Niska Banja. The project aims at capitalization of the natural and historical recourses in the region and improvement of touristic products. Through investments in infrastructure the project will contribute to the creation of more attractive tourist conditions and will attract further investments. The project will also popularize the region as a tourist destination.

 

  • With the help of the European Union, Nis City Municipality Crveni Krst reconstructed the picnic area of ​​Vidriste in intact nature and an old Turkish house and the mask museum with a workshop for their production in the village of Kosarevo near Breznik in Bulgaria within the joint project “Tourism and Tradition – Multicolored, Fun and Attractive” which was realized as part of the cross-border cooperation funded by the European Union from IPA funds. The project is worth 600,000 euros, and both parties received half of this money to preserve tradition and promote tourism.

 

  • Within the European Mobility Week, the City of Nis, like previous years, took an active part in an international campaign whose motto this year was “Mix and Move”. European Mobility Week 2018 is focusing on ‘multimodality’ – the mixing of transport modes within the same journey or for different trips. Embracing the concept of multimodality means rethinking the way we move about our cities, and having the willingness to try out new forms of mobility. From a city’s perspective, it requires the political will to support alternative transport methods. On this occasion a Day without Car event was held at the main city square and along main city roads. Many athletes took part in the event as well as children of pre-school and school age. The recreational cycling ride from the main city square along the streets of the wider city center back to the main square was held. This traditional event was organized by the EU Info Corner and the City of Nis.

 

  • The first cycle of this year’s European Film Festival in Nis was held from June 20 to June 23 at Officers’ Mess Building in Nis. The festival was a part of the cultural heritage pomotion campaign because the European Union declared 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The motto of the campaign and festival is “Our Heritage: Where the Past Meets the Future” with the desire to encourage the discovery and research of European cultural heritage through the film. During the festival, eight films from France, Portugal, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Spain were presented. The European Film Festival is organized by the Nis Cultural Center, the French Institute in Nis, the Media and Reform Center Nis, and in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union, the EU Info Center and the EU Info Corner Nis, and in cooperation with the Network of Cultural Centers of the European Union (EUNIC) and the City of Nis.

 

  • At Nis City Hall the representatives of the EU Delegation to Serbia presented the Report by the European Commission on the progress of Serbia which covers the period of the last year and a half, from October 2016 to April 2018. Nora Hairinen, the Head of the European Union Delegation in Serbia’s Political Sector on this occasion stressed that the greatest progress has been made in the field of economic development and macroeconomics, and that additional efforts had to be done in the area of rule of law, independence of the judiciary system, fight against corruption and media freedom.

 

  • International Erasmus Games this year were held in Nis from 18 to 21 May. More than 250 foreign students from all parts of Europe met in Nis to compete in one of the biggest European sports competitions for students. The organizer of these games is student organization – Erasmus Student Network Nis. The City of Nis is the fourth city in Europe to host the International Erasmus Games after Krakow, Milan and Porto. The purpose of this event is the cultural exchange through sports competitions, as well as the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The organization of the competition in Nis was supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and the EU Info Corner Nis.

 

 

  • EU Info Corner with the support of the City of Nis marked the Day of Europe with a number of cultural acttivities and entertainment program. The offical event started with the program for the youngest at the amphitheater on the bank of Nisava River with the performance of the children’s choir Carolija, and they also enjoyed the performance of last year’s winners of the competition “Serbia in the Rhythm of Europe”. After the completion of the musical part of the program, the children gatherd for the celebration the countries of Europe by the members of Association “Young Creators – We grow”. By letting balloons in the colors of the European Union flag fly into the sky at the amphiteatre which continued at the nearby Officers’ Mess Building where an exhibition of children’s works prepared at the creative workshops in the EU Info Corner on the subject of cultural heritage of Serbia and Europe was opened. The Day of Europe celebration continued with the program for somewhat older audience at the Nis Cultural Center where the Slovak film “Fer-Play” was screened. During the celebration of Europe Day in Nis, the National Theater building in this city was illuminated during the night in the colors of the European Union flag.

 

  • During his first official visit to Nis, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi was acquainted with projects implemented successfully by the EU in Nis. Among the topics of the visit was the European Year of Cultural Heritage and cultural and historic importance of the city. The representatives of the Nis City Local Economic Development and Project Office made a presentation of successful projects. Following the meeting at the Mayor’s Office Ambassador Fabrizi and his hosts took a tour through downtown Nis and learned more about the rich history of that city. He also paid a visit to the archaeological exhibition of the National Museum in Nis, followed by a visit to the EU Info Point and Aleksandar Markovic’s exhibition Dehumanization dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Together with city officials and the Dean of the Faculty of Electronic Engineering Dragan Jankovic, Fabrizi toured the Start Up Centre of the Faculty – the first segment of the science and technological park for which the European Investment Bank has allocated EUR15,2 million. Students brought Ambassador closer to technological innovation they had come up with, such as the smart phone mobile app “52 weekends in Serbia”. Head of the EU Delegation also had a chance to pay a virtual visit to several monasteries in the vicinity of Nis thanks to a 3D presentation. Ambassador ended his visit by taking part in a debate titled “Ask me anything about the EU,” organized by the European Movement in Serbia within the project Europe for Me. Ambassador Fabrizi talked to the citizens for more than an hour, answering their questions concerning decentralization, human rights, opportunities for farmers, the negotiating process, and bringing them closer to the Western Balkans Enlargement Strategy.

2017

  • The City of Nis was awarded the certificate for successful adoption of the Support Package to improve the human resources management in the local self-government. This project, implemented with the financial support of the Council of Europe and the European Union, was implemented by the Council of Europe Office in Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities. The overall objective of the project is to improve the efficiency and administrative capacities of local self-government units through the establishment of a professional training system and the improvement of the human resources management function for a greater degree of efficiency and satisfaction with the work of local self-governments. Bearing in mind that public administration reform is aimed at increasing the efficiency of public administration and the satisfaction of the citizens with the work of local self-governments, this project has established a framework for systematized and efficient human resources management in the local administration. Within the project, trainings and e-training in the field of professional development and human resources management were held, more than 30 models of acts were developed for more efficient and better quality implementation in practice, and consultant support was provided in establishing human resource management functions in local self-governments. The motive of the City of Nis for participation in this project is the tendency to become a good administration tailored according to the needs of the citizens, which is oriented towards providing fast and efficient services. Also, changes in regulations require improvement of work of local self-governments in the field of human resources management. The City of Nis is one of the 20 pilot units of local self-governments that took part in this project.

 

  • Within the European Mobility Week, the EU Info Corner Nis, the City of Nis and the City Adminsitration for Public Utilities, Energy and Transport marked the day without cars, September 22. The canvas with the message “Drive Less, Walk More! Take Care of the Environment!” showing green tree created within the action green pedestrian crossing, held in Nis on the first day of the European Mobility Week, was put up at the shopping center Kalca in Niš.

 

  • The main EU programme for culture was presented at EU Info Corner Nis within the KreNi conference the first and most influential creativity festival in southeastern Serbia gathering innovative creative professionals and experts from all over the world. The idea of the European Commission was to modernize the system of culture through Creative Europe Programme and strengthen competitiveness and innovation in this area. The examples of good practice and planned public calls for cultural and creative spaces and cities, as well as projects for European cooperation were also presented. The KreNi Conference of creative Industries, held for the third time in Nis, is organized by the Association of Citizens Young Ambassadors with the support of the Delegation of Europe Union in the Republic of Serbia and the City of Nis.

 

  • EU Library Corner, specially equipped part of the library for informing citizens about the European Union, was opened at the National Library Stevan Sremac in Nis. Eu Library Corner in Nis is one of 45 corners formed in libraries in 45 municipalities in Serbia, which are part of the EU Corner network of libraries which has been financed by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. “EUTEKA – EU in your library” is a project aimed at providing concrete support to libraries throughout Serbia so that they can become places for informing citizens about EU related topics in their communities. More information on the project can be found at: euinfo.rs/euteka.

 

  • Young musicians from all over Serbia, sixteen soloists and bands presentedtheir talents at Youth Stage within the renowned Nisville Jazz Festival in Nis Fortress. Youth Stage was established four years ago with the support of the European Union, and since then several thousand young musicians have been given the opportunity to promote their creativity. This support continues every year.

 

  • In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties establishing the European Economic Community, the current European Union, the exhibition “All Unions of the EU – the Legacy of the Treaty of Rome for Today’s Europe” was opened at the Officers’ Mess Building in Nis. The exhibition was organized by the EU Info Corner Nis in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia, the Embassy of Italy in Belgrade and the City of Nis. The exhibition was opened by Mr. Richard Masha from the EU Delegation and the Deputy Mayor of Nis, Prof. Dr. Milos Bandjur.

 

  • Day of Europe was ceremoniously marked at the EU Info Corner in Nis. With the presence of numerous associates, partners, representatives of local self-government, media and fellow citizens, yellow and blue balloons in the colors of the European Union were symbolically released.

 

2016

  • The European Delegation in Serbia presented a valuable gift to the University Library “Nikola Tesla” of 50 books of professional literature dealing with legal and scientific developments related to the functioning of the European Union. he donation was handed over to the Director of the Library, Zoran Zivkovic, by Michael Devenport, the Head of the European delegation in Serbia. This library, based on its literary and scientific material, is an important place for science and education in Nis and throughout southeastern Serbia. Nis City Deputy Mayor Prof.dr Milos Bandjur, also attended the ceremony, and on this occasion he emphasized the importance of this kind of literature, which would easily find its way to professors and students interested in studying the policy of the European Union, but also to all those of our fellow citizens who wanted to be informed about the European Union. It is very important that the academic community in Nis continues to cooperate with the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia in order to realize the foreign policy priority of our country, which implies future membership in the European Union.

 

  • The meeting of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia Majkl Devenport and the ambassadors of the countries of the Union was held at Officers’Mess Building in Nis. The meeting was attended by Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic.

 

  • The Project of the Wastewater Collection and Treatment Plant in Nis was presented at the Eu Info Corner in Niš in the presence of the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, RS Minister for European Integrations Jadranka Joksimovic and RS Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic as well as 22 ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of the ambasies of the Member States of the European Union. Through the program for EU pre-accession development assistance, IPA 2017, the grants will be provided for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant and the construction of a sewerage network in Nis.

 

  • Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Devenport, together with ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of 22 member states of the Union and Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic visited the Nis fortress on the occasion of visit of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Devenport together with the ambassadors and the representative of 22 EU countries.

 

  • The City of Nis was visited by the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Mrs. Stana Bozovic, the European Union Delegation in Serbia, Richard Masha, as well as representatives of the Office for European Integration of the Republic of Serbia. The occasion for the visit to the city of Nis was the presentation of a feasibility study for the project of waste collection and treatment of waste water in this city. The study should make it possible for Nis to enter the program of development assistance to pre-accession funds of the EU, IPA 2017, and obtain grant for the construction of waste water treatment and sewerage network. This project would represent the largest infrastructure project in the field of environmental protection, which would be financed from the EU pre-accession funds. The project of collection and treatment of wastewater for the City of Nis includes construction of a new collector, restoration of existing, afterwards, the city plant for waste water treatment, as well as additional treatment of sludge. Complete project and technical documentation for the plant and sewage will be funded from the new support programs of the Swedish International Development Agency to the environmental sector in Serbia, PEID, Preparation and Development of Investments in Environment.

 

  • The 7th International Music Festival Constantinus in Nis was opened with the performance of the Norwegian choir Con Vocale. On this occasion, the choir performed for the first time in Serbia “Requiem” of the famous contemporary British composer John Ruther. This year International Music Festival Constantinus was financially helped the EU Delegation to Serbia and the EU Info Corner Nis. The cooperation will continue in autumn, as concerts will be organized in primary schools in order to popularize quality music among the youngest, in which Constantinus Lauret will perform.

 

 

  • The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia Ambassador Michael Davenport and Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic officially opened the EU Info Point in the center of Nis (5, Vozda Karadjordja). Then EU Ambassador Davenport opened another significant event in Nis – an exhibition of photographs “EU and Serbia: 15 Years of Partnership” in Officers’ Mess Building in Nis. The exhibition consists of 20 illustrative photographs and it is part of marking a significant jubilee – a decade of the support of the European Union to our country. Since 2001, the EU and Serbia have jointly implemented successful projects across the country that have boosted development and have brought benefits to citizens in many areas – infrastructure, education, health, environmental protection and many other sectors.

 

  • As part of the celebration of the Month of Europe in Nis, organized by the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, and in cooperation with the EU Info Corner Nis Slovenian theatre performed at Nis National Theatre on the occasion of marking the Europe Day.

 

 

 

 

  • Last year, the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia assisted financially the Nisville International Jazz Festival. Ambassador Davenport, in the name of good cooperation with the renowned festival, walked along Nis Fortress where this festival is traditionally organized in mid-August, accompanied by the representatives of the City of Nis Youth Office and young Nisville volunteers. The Youth Stage was formed last year with the financial support of the EU Delegation through the project of Nisville Foundation “Jazz – A Multicultural Expression”. The idea of ​​the project is to educate, merge and organize concerts for 60 young musicians of different nationalities (Serbian, Roma, Albanian and Bulgarian) from six cities: Bujanovac, Leskovac, Nis, Vranje, Vladicin Han and Bosilegrad.

2015

  • The presentation of the latest report of the European Commission and its economic aspects was held at Nis City Hall. Serbia is praised for progress in economic reforms, with the conclusion that the Serbian economy is recovering from the recession, and that, thanks to significant consolidation measures and better tax collection, the budget deficit has been significantly reduced. What is also reported in the report is that it is necessary to ensure full respect for the freedom of the media and freedom of expression, especially with regard to the transparency of ownership and media financing. It is a general impression that the Commission considers that Serbia has made enough progress to open the first negotiation chapters and this is certainly good news for all citizens. All interested in the City Hall had the opportunity to get acquainted with the economic elements of this report in more detail, followed by a discussion with the participation of business community representatives, the academic community and the media.

 

  • The Interreg IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Program of Serbia and Bulgaria for the period until 2020 was presented at Nis City Hall. The total amount allocated for the first call for proposals is just over € 12.5 million. This call gives the opportunity to potential candidates from Bulgaria and Serbia to apply joint projects in the territory of the cross-border region: for Bulgaria, these are Vidin, Montana, Vraca, Sofia, Pernik, Custendil, and the following districts in Serbia – Borski, Zajecarski, Nisavski, Toplicki, Pirotski, Jablanicki and Pcinjski. The border region of Bulgaria-Serbia cross-border cooperation program covers the territory of almost 40,000 km2 with 12 administrative units: 6 regions in Bulgaria, and 6 districts in Serbia, representing equivalent statistical territorial administrative units. The objective of this program is to strengthen the territorial unity of the border region of Bulgaria and Serbia, the competitiveness of the territory as well as the sustainability of development through economic and social cooperation and environmental cooperation along the administrative boundary. This project also provides support to the development of infrastructure that enables social and economic progress and improvement of the environment on both sides of the border as well as strengthening economic synergy in the region and capacity building through the use of common regional potential. Finally, one of the important goals is to promote the principles of sustainable development within the framework of cross-border cooperation programs in areas of importance for improving mutual understanding and respect, through the development of a model of successful cooperation in the business sector, at the level of local stakeholder representatives as well as at the political level in areas of key priorities.

 

 

  • Nis City Deputy Mayor Ljubivoje Slavkovic met with the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Devenport during his visit to Nis. The two officials discussed the cooperation so far with the EU Delegation in Serbia, but also about the possibilities for the City of Nis to become involved in new EU funded projects. As part of the visit of the Ambassador Devenport to our city, the Fair dedicated to EU-funded projects entitled “European Union and Serbia at Work” was opened organized by the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia.

 

  • A series of events organized by the EU Info corner and the City of Nis marked the European Mobility Week. The traffic was stopped and the very city center was turned into a pedestrian zone where hundred young people from dozens of Nis sports clubs showed their skills. The EU info corner organized an exhibition on the main city square of the best works at art competition of elementary school pupils from southeastern Serbia on the topic of Choose – Change – Combine in Trasnport. This year, the cycling tour has gathered over 200 cyclists who rode the streets of the city in an organized column. Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic took active participation in cycling along the city streets.

 

2014

  • The presentation of the European Commission’s Report on the progress of our country on the road to the European Union was held at Nis City Hall. The progress report was presented by the Deputy Head of the EU Mission to Serbia Mr. Oscar Benedict. In the second part of the conference, the EU Enlargement Strategy was presented, and all interested had the opportunity to participate in an open debate on all issues related to the EU enlargement.

 

  • The European Union Delegation to Serbia traditionally organizes a cartoonist contest titled “Myths and Prejudices, How Serbia Sees the EU and How the EU Sees Serbia”. The exhibition of caricatures in Salon 77 in the Nis Fortress, organized by the EU Info Corner Nis in cooperation with the City of Nis, was officially opened by Oscar Benedict, the Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union in Serbia, and Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic.

 

  • Within the European Mobility Week, in which Nis is participating for the 13th time, EU Info Corner Nis organized the first Nis cycling city tour, with over 400 citizens taking part. Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic also took part in cycling tour. After driving down the city streets, the tour ended at the famous Nis tourist resort near the river Nisava, near the settlement of Brzi Brod, where a picnic and an appropriate sports and music program was organized. The first city cycling tour was organized by EU Delegation in Serbia and the City of Nis. This year the city of Nis took an active part in the campaign without cars. The motto of this year’s campaign is: “Our streets – Our Choice”, which was realized with the active participation of the Sports Association of the City of Nis and the EU Info Corner.

 

  • EU Info Corner Nis, with the support of the City of Nis, organized the event Nis Collage of European Languages on the occasion of the European Day of Languages, on September 26th. Participants in program were schools, institutions and organizations from Nis.

 

  • Europe Day was also marked in Nis in the “Balkanska Street of European Values”, where solidarity among young people above all was promoted. Balkanska Street in Nis has become a part of the European Union for one day. Numerous stands of civil society organizations from Nis were there to inform the citizens about the union itself and European integration. In addition to the City of Nis, the organizers of this interesting way of marking Europe Day were the EU Info Corner, the Youth Initiative of Nis, Media and Reform Center, Young Ambassadors and other non-governmental organizations.

 

  • The closing conference of the EU Progress Program was held in Nis, and besides the Head of the EU Delegation, the Minister without Portfolio in charge of European Integration Branko Ruzic and Nis City Mayor Zoran Perisic attended the conference. So far, with the help of the EU, and the Government of Switzerland, 25 undeveloped municipalities from the south of Serbia have been financed. The financed projects have contributed to attracting investments and opening 300 new jobs, increasing the competitiveness of local self-governments, improving conditions for education and health care and improving public utilities.

 

  • The Memorandum of Understanding was signed which would initiate the implementation of the project of establishing the Info Info Corner in Nis. Info corner of the European Union will be part of the EU communication activities of the Delegation in Serbia, with the aim of improving the knowledge about the European Union in direct contact with residents and visitors, with the active support of the city authorities. EU Info Corner will be tasked with providing information directly to residents and visitors in Nis on all issues related to the functioning of the European Union and cooperation between Serbia and EU Member States. Through the work of the Info Corner the citizens will have an insight into complete and reliable information, including answers about all the opportunities and benefits of membership, especially in the fields of economics, regional development, agriculture, science and education.