Brnabić: We will start drawing 80 mln euros of EU assistance

Genoveva Ruiz-Calavera and Ana Brnabić; Photo: Tanjug/Rade Prelic

BELGRADE – Serbian Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Ana Brnabić announced Wednesday Serbia would this year start drawing from a total of 80 mln euros of EU assistance funds for its public administration reform, Tanjug reports.
It will not be possible to draw all tranches of the amount by the end of the year, but the goal is to successively draw as much money from EU pre-accession funds as possible, Brnabić told reporters.

“Education, health care and social protection will be the reform priorities since those are the services used by most citizens,” she said.

The Serbian government and the European Commission signed in Belgrade in December 2016 the first, 80 mln euro agreement on funding for the public administration reform in Serbia through sector-based budget support in line with the rules of the new IPA2 instrument for pre-accession assistance.