Serbia joined the European Union’s rights, equality and citizenship programme

Serbia became the first country of the Western Balkans to join the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme on 16 July 2018, when Minister of Labour, Veterans’ and Social Affairs Zoran Djordjevic and EU Delegation chief SemFabrizi signed an agreement on the country’s accession to the program.

“Authorities, academic institutions and NGOs can now present projects to receive funds for fundamental rights, non-discrimination and equality,” Fabrizi said after the signing ceremony.

Under the agreement, the budget for the program stands at more than 439 million Euros in grants. The program is aimed at promoting, protecting and implementing equal rights.

The Ministry of Laborwill work together with non-governmental organizations and local self-governments in the field of rights and equality, inclusion of Roma and the fight against violence and all forms of discrimination.

The program deals with the fight against discrimination, racism, xenophobia and homophobia, other forms of intolerance, the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities, gender equality, the prevention of violence against children, women and other risk groups. The program will also provide the necessary experience from EU member states in fully harmonizing Serbian legislature and practices with the EU acquiscommunitaire.

Source: Government of Republic of Serbia Web site, July 16, 2018.