Interreg IPA Romania Serbia
Enhancing protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity, and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution
- The programme aims to protect the national natural parks in the area while rehabilitating and decontaminating brown fields and mining exploitations that cause pollution. It also seeks to raise awareness about environmental threats and promote responsible behaviour, while funding investments in blue and green infrastructure in urban areas to mitigate carbon footprint. The programme proposes nature-based solutions to conserve biodiversity and control invasive alien species, with local authorities playing a crucial role in engaging citizens and businesses.
- The programme plans to invest in protecting natural resources, biodiversity, and ecosystems. It aims to conserve and restore landscapes, forests, and wildlife. The programme will implement measures to reduce pollution, including waste prevention and treatment, and rehabilitation of contaminated land and rivers. It also proposes investing in green infrastructure, such as urban forests and sustainable drainage systems, to reduce pollution and enhance recreational opportunities. The programme encourages cross-border cooperation to test new tools and transfer solutions to protect nature and reduce pollution.
Promoting renewable energy in accordance with Directive (EU) 2018/2001, including the sustainability criteria set out therein
- Protecting the environment is important for sustainable development, and the EU is making progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The EU is working towards a low-carbon, climate-neutral, resource-efficient and circular economy. Targets have been set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable energy, and improve energy efficiency. The EU is also diversifying energy sources and supporting research and innovation in clean energy technologies. Renewable energy is increasing, but sustainability must be considered. Moving to renewable technologies will bring economic benefits such as sustainable development, increased well-being, and employment.
- The programme proposes joint "pilot actions" in renewable energy, including wind, solar, and geothermal solutions.
Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Improving energy efficiency is an effective way to achieve climate and energy goals, and buildings have the most potential for energy efficiency. Constructing zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings is important, as buildings account for 40% of the EU's energy demand and 36% of CO2 emissions. Energy efficiency can significantly contribute to reducing fossil fuel use and emissions, and retrofitting existing buildings can create sustainable jobs, reduce energy poverty, and improve productivity, learning, and health conditions by upgrading thermal comfort and air quality. Incorporating renewable energy technologies in building design is also essential for creating zero-energy buildings.
- The programme suggests the following actions:
- • Investing in energy efficiency for public infrastructure
- • Encouraging energy and resource efficiency
- • Demonstrating ways to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions
- • Investing in support measures to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions.
promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention and resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches
- Climate change caused by human activities such as the use of fossil fuels and deforestation will have a growing impact on people's lives and industries like tourism and agriculture. To reduce natural disasters, strategies that decrease vulnerability and exposure must be implemented. Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are connected in their aim to reduce community vulnerability and achieve sustainable development. The Programme can support these efforts, including the use of digital technologies and climate services. Water management, sustainable water use, and flood risk and water scarcity management strategies are important, as well as conservation and restoration of forests. Agricultural practices and deforestation can cause landslides, so special attention is needed for those areas.
- The programme recommends actions to prevent floods and landslides by restoring forests and river banks. It proposes afforestation and reforestation in areas prone to natural disasters, and managing risks from climate-related events like fires, storms, and droughts. The programme aims to develop civil protection and disaster management systems and train people, including children and youth, to respond to emergencies. It suggests implementing joint flood prevention measures on the Danube River and its tributaries, and developing joint plans to prevent natural risks and enhance climate change adaptation. Lastly, it aims to raise awareness about climate change.
Improving equal access to inclusive and quality services in education, training and lifelong learning through developing accessible infrastructure, including by fostering resilience for distance and on-line education and training
- The programme focuses on improving education by investing in infrastructure and digital skills, and promoting collaboration between education systems. The Managing Authority will coordinate projects for maximum impact. The programme proposes developing technical skills, improving the link between education and the labour market, exchanging best practices, supporting youth adaptation to market needs, promoting social inclusion and innovation, investing in educational facilities and IT solutions for online education, and investing in infrastructure and services for lifelong learning.
- The programme aims to improve education and training by developing joint platforms and events for online education and training, improving technical skills, and linking the labour market with education. It includes exchanging best practices, supporting youth adaptation to market needs, promoting social inclusion and innovation, and investing in educational facilities and IT solutions for online education. The Managing Authority will coordinate projects for maximum impact and complementarity with other programmes.
Ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems, including primary care, and promoting the transition from institutional to family-based and community-based care
- The healthcare programme aims to improve healthcare accessibility, infrastructure and services, with a focus on home-based long-term care, medical equipment upgrades, and cross-border health threats. The programme also emphasizes public health surveillance following the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The programme suggests taking different actions, including investing in digitalization of healthcare and mobile health, improving the accessibility and resilience of healthcare systems, investing in building and renovating healthcare facilities, purchasing high-tech equipment for telemedicine services, and improving elderly care through home and community-based services. It also suggests developing joint strategies to tackle cross-border medical threats and organizing joint trainings, conferences, and workshops.
enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation
- The Cross-Border Programme recognizes the importance of tourism in the economy of the area and plans to invest in measures that address the needs and strengths of the region. The program aims to harmonize tourism activities while conserving biodiversity and respecting local communities. The focus is on promoting the region as an integrated touristic destination, extending tourist areas and seasons, and reducing tourism concentration in major cities. The programme proposes measures to develop and promote sustainable tourism assets and services, protect and promote natural and cultural heritage, and invest in the physical regeneration of cultural and touristic objectives. Joint actions will also be taken to develop sustainable tourism and cultural services. The program aims to provide sustainable employment opportunities, particularly in rural areas, while supporting green and digital skills development.
enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities, in particular those mandated to manage a specific territory, and of stakeholders
- The EU supports enhancement of the institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders in managing borders, particularly in areas along the Danube River that make up 1% of the entire EU external border. Projects will aim to reduce vulnerability and ensure safe and secure EU borders by improving border management and mobility. However, projects cannot solve or manage migration itself, only address capacity building actions and capability gaps to strengthen security and protect supply chains. Projects will also focuses on improving infrastructure and technology for effective border control and migration management, including measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects will propose several actions, including strengthening institutional capacities, sharing experiences and guidelines, joint trainings, developing common policies and strategies, investing in infrastructure and equipment, and implementing innovative solutions to reduce vulnerability and guarantee safe and secure border management.
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Programme Thematic Objectives
- Romania nuts 3 level
- More details about Romania
- Serbia nuts 3 level
- Bor District
- Braničevo District
- Central Banat District
- North Banat District
- Podunavlje District
- South Banat District
- More details about Serbia
- Romania nuts 3 level
About the programme
The Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration (MDPWA) organized consultations with key actors in the Programme area to ensure transparency and published all documents related to the programming process on the Programme website for public consultation.
The Programme area includes three counties in Romania and six districts in Serbia. The Programme will have a budget of nearly 90M EUR and will finance projects on environmental protection, healthcare and education, tourism and culture, and border management. Funding for these priorities will be provided by the Instrument for Pre-Accession assistance (IPA III), Romanian state budget co-financing, and own contributions from the Romanian and Serbian beneficiaries. Projects must dedicate at least 50% of their budget to investment activities. The types of actions defined in the Programme are assessed as compatible with the DNSH principle. The Programme authorities rely on citizens and communities from both countries to have a dedicated involvement and strong cooperation in order to deliver on the objectives of the new Programme and implement good projects.
- Regional Office for Cross-border Cooperation Timisoara
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300054, Timisoara, Romania
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JS Antenna in Serbia
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- Makedonska 11 street, 23000 Zrenjanin
Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration
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