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28. October 2014.

Leskovac - The second meeting of the Managing Board of the European PROGRESS will be held in Aleksinac today.   

The introductory report and the report on the Program’s inception workshop will be presented at the meeting. Members of the Board will consider approving the activities related to gender equality, as well as two calls for proposals for strengthening clusters and for the development of technical documentation.

Representatives of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for European Integration and the relevant ministries will take part in the meeting, as well as 34 municipalities participating in the implementation of the European PROGRESS, representatives of development agencies and projects, civil society, donors - representatives of the European Union and the Government of Switzerland, while the United Nations Office for Project Services - UNOPS , as a managing partner, has a secretariat role in the Board.

The European PRPGRESS contributes to the sustainable development of underdeveloped areas, through the strengthening of local governance, provision of a favorable environment for the development of infrastructure and the economy, improvement of the implementation of social inclusion and employment policies. The EU allocates 19.6 million euros for the implementation of the European PROGRESS and the Swiss Government provides 4.86 million euros, while the Government of Serbia, through the relevant ministries and local self-governments, will provide further financial involvement in the projects.

The program includes the following 34 local self-governments:  Novi Pazar, Ivanjica, Nova Varos, Priboj, Prijepolje, Raska, Sjenica and Tutin in southwest Serbia, as well as Prokuplje, Blace, Zitoradja, Kursumlija, Leskovac, Bojnik, Vlasotince, Lebane, Medvedja, Crna Trava, Vranje, Bosilegrad, Bujanovac, Vladicin Han, Presevo, Surdulica, Trgoviste, Brus, Aleksinac, Gadzin Han, Doljevac, Merosina, Svrljig, Babusnica, Bela Palanka and Knajzevac in the southeast of the country. 

Source: Media Center Leskovac and Coordination Body