Creation of a network of local development centres, aimed at contributing to the prosperity and sustainable development of the cross-border region and good relations between two neighbouring countries, through enhancement of cross-border regional and local economic cooperation.
To build the capacity of local and regional cross-border public institutions at the project partners neighbouring areas and so create conditions in order to stimulate and reinforce the joint development of entrepreneurship, to support the development of social entrepreneurship and “social enterprises”, and to manage EU programmes.
To promote and stimulate cross-border business cooperation, increase mutual trade and economic relationship between project partners neighbouring areas, in a socially and environmentally sustainable way, and so improve good relations across the border.
The project included the following groups of activities:
Establishing and equipping local development institutions – Four local development centres in Žabalj and Titel (SRB) and Borovo and Negoslavci (HR).
Establishing and equipping a cross-border development institution – The Joint “Network of Centres” based in Temerin (SRB).
Education of individuals and capacity building – In-house vocational seminar; creating the team for writing and implementation of projects in partners’ municipalities; employment of young people in local development centres and joint Network’s office after successfully completing their training.
Development of business network infrastructure and its support – Creation of an action plan of the business support-assistance packages and work with project target groups and stakeholders; joint e-database containing information about municipal economies as a tool and basis for further business cooperation.
Improvement of cross-border cooperation – Joint interactive events; study visits and meetings of the entrepreneurs’ and farmers’ delegations from cross-border municipalities, in Borovo and Temerin; joint cross-border event Entrepreneurial-Agricultural-Innovation Fair in Temerin.
The main direct results of the project were as follows:
Four functional Local Development Centres
One cross-border Network of these Centres
Five efficient project teams in the project partners’ municipalities
10 young people employed
Forms and models of Network’s business assistance to the target groups accomplished
Trilingual (Croatian–Serbian–English) webpage, ICT links and business e-database
The project also created four new joint cross-border projects.
Aspects of good practice
The project is is expected to accomplish a large number of interconnected actions on a cross-border basis, with very good sustainability prospects.
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