Promoting employment, labour mobility and social and cultural inclusion across borders through, inter alia: integrating cross-border labour markets, including cross-border mobility; joint local employment initiatives; information and advisory services and joint training; gender equality; equal opportunities; integration of immigrants' communities and vulnerable groups; investment in public employment services; and supporting investment in public health and social services
- To improve the quality of facilities, services and skills in the area of public health and social care
Protecting the environment and promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation, risk prevention and management through, inter alia: joint actions for environmental protection; promoting sustainable use of natural resources, resource efficiency, renewable energy sources and the shift towards a safe and sustainable low-carbon economy; promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems and emergency preparedness;
- To enforce integrated cross-border monitoring/ management systems for key existing risks and environmental and biodiversity protection
- To promote the use of sustainable energy and energy efficiency
Encouraging tourism and cultural and natural heritage;
- To strengthen, diversify and integrate the cross-border tourism offer and better manage cultural and natural heritage assets
Enhancing competitiveness, the business environment and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, trade and investment through, inter alia, promotion and support to entrepreneurship, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, and development of local cross-border markets and internationalisation;
- To improve competitiveness of the programme area through strengthening cooperation between business support institutions, clusters, education and research organisations and entrepreneurs with aim to develop new products/services/patents/trademarks in the programme area
- Thematic objective Promoting employment, labour mobility and social and cultural inclusion across borders through, inter alia: integrating cross-border labour markets, including cross-border mobility; joint local employment initiatives; information and advisory services and joint training; gender equality; equal opportunities; integration of immigrants' communities and vulnerable groups; investment in public employment services; and supporting investment in public health and social services Specific objective
Programme Thematic Objectives
The Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020 is a new cooperation programme envisaged to be implemented during financial period 2014-2020. It represents continuation of successful cooperation between two countries established previous financial perspective.
The overall objective of the Interreg IPA Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020 is to strengthen the social, economic and territorial development of the cross-border area through the implementation of joint projects and activities to be supported within four priority axes:
- PA1 – Improving the quality of public social and health services in the programme area.
- PA2 – Protecting the environment and biodiversity, improving risk prevention and promoting sustainable energy and energy efficiency.
- PA3 – Contributing to the development of tourism and preserving cultural and natural heritage.
- PA4 – Enhancing competitiveness and developing business environment in the programme area.
Within four priority axes, the Programme defines five specific objectives that indicate specific changes that the Interreg IPA CBC Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020 anticipates to achieve through implementation of specific actions and realization of related outputs.
In total, the programme area covers 9 NUTS III regions in the cross border territory between Croatia and Serbia. On the Croatian side, the programme area includes 4 counties on the north-east of Croatia: Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar-Srijem, Brod-Posavina and Požega-Slavonia counties, whereas on the Serbian side, the programme area covers 5 districts on north-west of Serbia: North Bačka, West Bačka, South Bačka, Srem and Mačva district. Covering an area of over 25.505 km² the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia is home to about 2.3 million people.
The overall programme EU budget is EUR 34,293,188. Detailed indicative total programme budget breakdown per Priority Axes is given in the table below:
|Priority axis||Union support||National counterpart||Total funding|
|PA 1||EUR 5,143,980||EUR 907,762||EUR 6,051,742|
|PA2||EUR 12,002,616||EUR 2,118,109||EUR 14,120,725|
|PA3||EUR 7,544,500||EUR 1,331,383||EUR 8,875,883|
|PA4||EUR 6,172,774||EUR 1,089,314||EUR 7,262,088|
|PA5||EUR 3,429,318||EUR 605,174||EUR 4,034,492|
|TOTAL||EUR 34,293,188||EUR 6,051,742||EUR 40,344,930|
The programme is managed by the Managing Authority – Directorate for Managing Cooperation Programmes and Regional Development within Agency for Regional development of the Republic of Croatia. The Managing Authority is supported with respective National Authorities, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds in Croatia and Serbian European Integration Office in Serbia. Other programme bodies that make part of the Programme management structure are Joint Monitoring Committee, the programme body responsible for reviewing the effectiveness, quality and coherence of the implementation of all actions towards meeting the programme objectives, Certifying Authority, the programme body responsible for making payments to the Lead beneficiaries, Audit Authority, the programme body responsible for carrying out system audit and audit of operations and Joint Secretariat, responsible for providing support to Managing Authority and Joint Monitoring Committee in carrying out their respective functions.