European Western Balkans

EU grants 27.4 mln euros for Serbia’s education reform

Jadranka Joksimović, Johannes Hahn, Genoveva Ruiz Kalavera and Branko Budimir; Photo: European Commission

BRUSSELS – The EU on Wednesday granted 27.4 mln euros to Serbia to support the reform of the country’s education system.

“Serbian children deserve the same opportunities like children in the EU,” EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said after the signing of a grant agreement in Brussels.

It was signed by Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, director for Western Balkans at the Directorate General of the European Commission, and Serbia’s Assistant Minister for European Integration Branko Budimir.

The signing was also attended by Hahn and Serbian Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimović.

The funds will be used to make the education system in Serbia more compatible with labour market needs and improve the teachers’ abilities and the education of the most vulnerable minority communities.

It is the EU’s first such agreement with any Western Balkan country.

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