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  • Welcome to the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020

  • Welcome to the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020

ABOUT THE PROGRAMMING

The Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020 has been prepared by the Task Force in line with the relevant legislation, submitted for approval by the Managing Authority on 2 June 2015 and approved by Commission Implementing Decision (C(2015)6026) on 24 August 2015.

The programming process was coordinated by the Managing Authority, in close cooperation with the Task Force, the body established in order to prepare the Interreg IPA Cross-border cooperation Programme Croatia – Serbia 2014 – 2020.

The programming process included:

  • Ten (10) meetings of the Task Force for the preparation of the Programme
  • Online survey on the programme thematic priorities
  • Two rounds of stakeholder consultation workshops held in Croatia and Serbia in April 2014 and in Serbia in September 2014
  • One online public consultations opened from 1 August to 1 September 2014
  • Public consultation meetings conducted within the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) process in September and November 2014

 

  1. Ten (10) meetings of the Task Force for the preparation of the Programme

The Task Force consisted of the representatives on national and regional/local level of all partner countries. This ensured that the regional/local level was actively involved in decision making and the preparation of all programme documents: Situation analysis, SWOT analysis, programme strategy and Cooperation Programme.

Task Force consisted of the representatives from the following Croatian institutions: Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds (MRDEUF), Osijek-Baranja County, Vukovar-Srijem County, Požega-Slavonia County and Brod-Posavina County and from the following Serbian institutions: Serbian European Integration Office, Government of Vojvodina and Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia.

All Task Force members were actively involved in the decision-making process and preparation of all programme documents.

 

  1. Online survey on the programme thematic priorities

The online survey was performed on the basis of questionnaire for the selection of thematic priorities sent to Interreg IPA CBC programme Croatia – Serbia 2007-2013 potential and actual beneficiaries. Two online surveys were conducted separately in each country.

Online survey on thematic priorities for Serbian beneficiaries was launched on 14 August 2013 and it was closed on 16 September 2013. The questionnaire was sent to approximately 200 contacts from IPA CBC Croatia-Serbia 2007-2013 programme mailing list that included local and regional government units, civil society sector, educational institutions, chambers, regional agencies, tourism and environmental organizations.

Online survey for Croatian stakeholders was launched on 6 December 2013 and it was closed on 7 January 2014. The questionnaire was sent to approximately 200 contacts from IPA CBC Croatia – Serbia 2007-2013 programme mailing list that included regional development agencies, counties, towns, municipalities, civil society sector, county chambers, public institutions, educational institutions and employment offices.

The main result of the questionnaire was the indicative ranking list of thematic priorities from the most to the least important as scored by 138 beneficiaries that filled in the questionnaire for the selection of thematic priorities for the Interreg IPA CBC Croatia –Serbia 2014-2020. The results of the ranking list were taken into account by the Task Force during decision making process.

 

3. Two rounds of stakeholder consultation workshops held in Croatia and Serbia in April 2014 and in Serbia in September 2014

The first round of public stakeholders workshops was organised in Osijek (Croatia) regarding thematic priorities 1, 7 and 8 and in Sombor (Serbia) for thematic priorities 2 and 4 in April 2014. The list of invitees, compiled and verified by the Task Force members, consisted of 90 representative institutions per participating country. In total, 180 institutions from the relevant sectors were invited to the first round of public stakeholders workshops. The institutions at the invitation list included the following institutions from the participating countries: national/entity ministerial authorities, local and regional governance authorities, towns, municipalities, regional agencies, touristic associations, educational institutions, business support institutions, public institutions and civil society organisations.

The second round of public stakeholders workshops was organised in Novi Sad (Serbia) on 8 September 2014. The list of invitees, compiled and verified by the Task Force members, consisted of 90 representative institutions per each participating country. In total, 180 institutions from the relevant sectors were invited to the second round of public stakeholders workshops. The institutions at the invitation list included the following institutions from the participating countries: national/entity ministerial authorities, local and regional governance authorities, towns, municipalities, regional agencies, touristic associations, educational institutions, business support institutions, public institutions and civil society organisations.

Participants contributed to further formulate the types of actions to be supported within each thematic priority/priority axis. This was useful as the partners discussed and suggested further improvements in the types of actions thus enabling the programme to focus on the operational and need-based types of actions able to generate concrete and measurable results.

 

  1. One online public consultations opened from 1 August to 1 September 2014

The Managing Authority informed the programme mailing list consisting of nearly 200 contacts form the relevant institutions from the participating countries and Task Force about the launch of the public online consultations for the following programming documents on its website: SWOT analysis, programme intervention logic (programme strategy) and draft Cooperation Programme. Online public consultations were open form 1 August to 1 September 2014 and the relevant partners were invited to submit their written comments to the documents indicated above. Comments were received from the following institutions: 1 NGO and 1 regional development agency. Comments that were substantiated with the reliable data were taken into consideration, discussed by the Task Force and finally implemented. The comments not substantiated with reliable data or sources were not taken into account.

 

  1. Public consultation meetings conducted within the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) process in September and November 2014 

The process of Strategic Environmental Assessment was coordinated by the Managing Authority, in cooperation with Croatian Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, EU Integration Office of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, as well as with SEA experts.

Strategic Environmental Assessment procedure started in July 2014 and finished on 9 June 2015 when Croatian Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection notified the Managing Authority that the Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Programme was conducted in line with Directive 2001/42/EZ and Croatian Law on Environmental Protection.

More on Strategic Environmental Assessment can be found here

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