The Romania-Serbia Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Cross-border Co-operation Programme has been endorsed on Thursday by the European Commission. Its budget is 88.1 million euros; the first call for tenders might be launched next month, Regional Development and Public Administration Ministry (MDRAP) informed on Friday in a release to Agerpres.
The programme continues the financing of the cross-border cooperation in the Romanian-Serbian border area through IPA II, with support from the European Union and the governments of the two countries.
“The programme’s total budget is worth 88,124,999 euros, out of which 74,906,248 euros is EU grant. Over 2014-2020, funds are available for projects on four priority axes, in the following fields: promotion of employment and services for inclusive growth – 18 million euros; environment protection and risk management – 21 million euros; sustainable mobility and accessibility – 21 million euros; increasing attractiveness for sustainable tourism – 18 million euros,” the MDRAP release mentions.
The eligible area of the programe includes the Romanian counties of Timis, Caras Severin and Mehedinti and the Serbian districts of Severno Banatski, Srednje Banatski, Juzno Banatski, Branicevski, Borski, Podunavski.