Serbia

Population 7.0 million

Serbia is a candidate country for European Union membership. The EU is Serbia’s primary political and economic partner, and its largest provider of financial assistance. To support Serbia on its path towards EU membership, the EU and Serbia are working closely to meet EU standards. This covers many areas – from strengthening the rule of law and countering corruption, to improving human rights and the business environment.

 

In parallel, the EU’s financial support in fields like environmental protection, infrastructure, business competitiveness, education, culture and more, are bringing benefits and opportunities for Serbian citizens.

Opportunities

Connectivity, Environment

Coal regions exchange programme

The coal region-to-region exchange programme is an opportunity for regions from the Western Balkans and Ukraine and counterparts in the EU to start direct, one-to-one dialogue and to connect with a range of stakeholders. As part of the programme, participants can benefit from opportunities to share experiences including study visits and knowledge exchange, with expert support.

Training courses & educational programmes
Civil society organisations, Public sector bodies, Researchers, Other
30/09/2021
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Culture and youth

Apply for the Global Cultural Relations Programme 2021

The Global Cultural Relations Programme is a training programme that aims to connect cultural professionals from all over the globe. By participating in this training activity, you will be able to develop lifelong skills, increase your knowledge, build your international network, and develop concrete international collaboration projects with your peers.

Training courses & educational programmes
Artists & culture organisations, Other
04/10/2021
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Latest news

Serbia
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Vaccines accessible across Serbia thanks to EU Support

23 September 2021
Albania + 5
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Working together to protect marine life: #EUBeachCleanup Albania

20 September 2021
Albania + 5
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€14.2 billion to help accession countries implementing EU-related reforms

16 September 2021
Albania + 5
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“The Future is on Tracks” Western Balkans Rail Summit

16 September 2021
North Macedonia
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The Connecting Europe Express train arrives in the Western Balkans

16 September 2021
Albania + 5
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Join the 2021 European Researchers’ Night

13 September 2021
Albania + 5
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EU-Western Balkans meeting on fight against firearms trafficking

9 September 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina + 4
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Young people meet to challenge history and shape a shared future

6 September 2021
Albania + 4
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COVID-19: EU travel restrictions lifted for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia

1 September 2021
Albania + 5
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Young European Ambassadors celebrate first birthday

25 August 2021
Albania + 2
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Youth from Western Balkans cooperate for peace

25 August 2021
Serbia
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Serbia’s Paralympic team competes in Tokyo with EU support

25 August 2021
Albania + 5
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Vote for the next group of Young European Ambassadors!

23 August 2021
Serbia
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75 families receive new homes in Serbia with EU support

12 August 2021
Albania + 4
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EU supports workshop on writing stories on war crime victims’ experiences

6 August 2021
Serbia
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Ambassador Fabrizi met with Serbian Paralympians in training

6 August 2021
Montenegro
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Montenegro wants municipalities to engage more in EU process

2 August 2021
Serbia
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Negotinska Krajina Wine Cellars nominated for ILUCIDARE Special Prize

23 July 2021
Albania + 5
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EU expertise now available as TAIEX webinars

23 July 2021
Albania + 2
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Open call for youth exchange in Western Balkans

21 July 2021
Serbia
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€20 million grants for the development of innovation in Serbia

13 July 2021
Albania + 5
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EU allocates €13.5 million for civil society in the Western Balkans

13 July 2021
Albania + 5
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The deadline for a new call for Young European Ambassadors extended to 30 July

12 July 2021
Albania + 5
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YEAs go to EXIT Festival

12 July 2021
Serbia
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Heritage Hubs Project Receives 2021 Europa Nostra Award

9 July 2021
Albania + 5
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Young people create regional youth agenda for the Western Balkans

9 July 2021
Serbia
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The EU and EBRD support coal transition in Kragujevac, Serbia

9 July 2021
Albania + 5
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EU funded PowerUP programme announces winners of Western Balkan Excellence Award

6 July 2021
Albania + 5
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Berlin Summit: Western Balkans strengthen regional cooperation and foster closer ties with the EU

6 July 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina + 2
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Team Europe – accelerating recovery of Western Balkan SMEs from COVID-19 impact

5 July 2021
Serbia
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EU Member States send another batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Serbia

5 July 2021
Serbia
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EU and Serbia strengthen cooperation in migration management

5 July 2021
Serbia
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Refugees receive keys to their new EU-funded homes in Serbia

5 July 2021
Albania + 5
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The Western Balkans becomes a roaming free zone

1 July 2021
Albania + 5
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Western Balkans Youth Forum 2021 kicks off today!

29 June 2021
Albania + 5
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The pandemic reshapes TAIEX and Twinning

26 June 2021
Albania + 2
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EU adds Western Balkans countries on its “Green List”

24 June 2021
North Macedonia
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EU cashback encourages energy efficient home upgrades in Serbia and North Macedonia

11 June 2021
Albania + 5
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Commissioner Várhelyi at Tirana Summit with the Western Balkans leaders

11 June 2021
North Macedonia
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Innovative Western Balkans tech ideas join EIT Jumpstarter programme

10 June 2021
Albania + 5
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New call for Young European Ambassadors

9 June 2021
Albania + 5
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Political agreement on €14.2 billion Pre-Accession Assistance Instrument

4 June 2021
Serbia
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EU Green Week 2021 in Serbia

2 June 2021
Albania + 5
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The RCC presents winners of the BALKATHON 2.0 competition

2 June 2021
Albania + 5
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Young designer from Albania wins Berlin Process logo competition

2 June 2021
Kosovo
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“How do I see you?” – brings together youth from Kosovo and Serbia

2 June 2021
Albania + 5
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Training programme for CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey

2 June 2021
Albania + 4
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Grants for promoting digital agenda for Western Balkan CSOs

28 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Open call for storytelling workshop for young people

28 May 2021
Kosovo + 2
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Open call for “Balkan Messengers” training course

28 May 2021
Montenegro
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Investing in climate resilience in Montenegro and Serbia

28 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Over €2 billion from EU to support culture, including Western Balkans

28 May 2021
Serbia
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EU supports Serbia for the construction of the natural gas interconnector

20 May 2021
Albania + 5
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EU invests an additional €40 million to help ease impact of COVID-19 crisis

20 May 2021
Albania
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Authors from Albania and Serbia among winners of the EU Literature Prize

19 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Western Balkan Youth Talks: how can the EU connect better with youth?

11 May 2021
Albania + 4
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EU Cohesion policy: EUSAIR kicks-off its 6th Annual Forum

11 May 2021
Albania + 5
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#EuropeDay – the EU throws open its virtual doors!

7 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Commissioner Várhelyi travels to the Western Balkans as first EU funded vaccines arrive

3 May 2021
Albania + 5
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EU Open Data Days – Shaping our future with open data

30 April 2021
Albania + 5
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EU and EFSE unleash additional €40 million in response to the pandemic

30 April 2021
Serbia
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EU and Serbia sign new support package worth over €86 million

30 April 2021
Albania + 5
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TAIEX flagship event: taking the European Green Deal beyond EU borders

29 April 2021
Serbia
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EBRD and EU support SME competitiveness in Serbia

23 April 2021
Albania + 5
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The EU supports Western Balkans with a new project on prevention of radicalisation

23 April 2021
Albania + 5
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The EU and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

23 April 2021
Serbia
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New Building for Packaging Factory in Serbia Saves Energy

23 April 2021
Serbia
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RescEU: EU supports Serbia with masks and protective gloves

14 April 2021
Albania + 5
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The Power of a Hashtag – Online Youth Activism Event

13 April 2021
Albania + 5
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Balkan Trafik festival celebrates its 15th anniversary online

13 April 2021
Serbia
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EU supports medical institutions in Serbia

8 April 2021
Serbia
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Wolves and bears on buses in Serbia promote EU programme “Natura 2000”

8 April 2021
Albania + 5
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Erasmus+ brings over €26.2 billion to support mobility and cooperation

31 March 2021
Serbia
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RCC and Serbia’s Foreign Minister discuss regional cooperation

19 March 2021
Serbia
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EU Ambassador to Serbia Fabrizi meets President Vučić

19 March 2021
Albania + 5
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New Youth Newsroom for young journalists in South East Europe and Turkey

17 March 2021
Serbia
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EU allocates close to €12 million for the fight against COVID-19 in Serbia

12 March 2021
Albania + 2
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Albania, Montenegro and Serbia set to benefit from additional support to fight pandemic

11 March 2021
Serbia
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EU Finances Better Gas Supply for Serbia

9 March 2021
Serbia
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Photo Exhibition “Natura 2000 in the Frame”

8 March 2021
Albania + 5
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EFSE facilitates prizes and visibility for women entrepreneurs in tech

5 March 2021
Albania + 5
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EU and UN Women address the violence against women in the Western Balkans

5 March 2021
Albania + 5
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RCC webinars on tourism products for new markets

5 March 2021
Serbia
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Large Quantities of Protective Supplies Deployed from EU to Serbia

4 March 2021
Albania + 5
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RCC awards six innovative digital solution projects on tourism in the Western Balkans

2 March 2021
Serbia
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EU supports the expansion of Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor in Serbia

26 February 2021
Albania + 5
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Skills gap growing in EU neighbourhood

24 February 2021
Serbia
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EU supports the energy sector and energy transition in Serbia

22 February 2021
Albania + 4
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European Research Council kicks off Horizon Europe for 2021

22 February 2021
Serbia
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EU and KfW support renovation of Serbia’s largest hospital

22 February 2021
Albania + 5
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EU supports vaccination efforts in the Western Balkans

19 February 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina + 4
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EU launches the secretariat of a new initiative for coal regions in transition

19 February 2021
North Macedonia
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Belgrade and Skopje candidates for the European Green Capital 2023 Award

18 February 2021
Albania + 5
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RYCO and EU fund new project in Montenegro

18 February 2021
Serbia
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First Years First Priority campaign: a fair start for every child in Europe

18 February 2021
Serbia
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EU supports Serbia with €23 million for improving Integrated Border Management

11 February 2021
Montenegro + 2
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Coronavirus: EU sends further medical material to neighbouring countries

11 February 2021
Albania + 5
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Applications now open for 2021 EU Award for Roma integration

8 February 2021
Kosovo + 2
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High school debates crossing borders in the Western Balkans

5 February 2021
Albania + 5
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The EIB Group boosts financing for the Western Balkans in 2020

3 February 2021
Serbia
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WBIF and EBRD support Serbia to expand broadband to rural areas

27 January 2021
Albania + 5
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Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) launches the 2021 Social Cohesion Award to recognise outstanding social action in Europe

22 January 2021
Serbia
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Call for proposals to promote diversity and intercultural dialogue at the local level in Serbia

20 January 2021
Serbia
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The European Union continues to assist Serbia in the management of migration flow

19 January 2021
Serbia
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‘Peace Highway’ moving forward with EU support

22 December 2020
Serbia
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Bridging the digital divide for the most vulnerable children in Serbia

22 December 2020
Albania + 4
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The Regional Cooperation Council and UNDP launch Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

10 December 2020
Serbia
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New homes for 40 refugee families

18 November 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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“Between two empires” exhibition opens for visitors at the Užice National Museum in Serbia

4 November 2020
Serbia
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EU and Serbia together against floods

28 October 2020
Serbia
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Team Europe: fighting the pandemic and infodemic in the Western Balkans, including Serbia

6 August 2020
Serbia
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European Union brings relief to victims of floods in Serbia

1 August 2020
Serbia
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Niš-Sofija gas pipeline to bring natural gas supply and improve air quality in Serbia

14 July 2020

Key milestones

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2009

December

Application for EU membership

2012

March

EU Candidate country status granted

2013

September

Entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

2014

January

Accession negotiations opened

2019

December

18 chapters out of 35 opened of which 2 provisionally closed

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