USAID Serbia Мission Director Azza El – Abd and Jadranka Joksimovic, Serbian Minister without portfolio responsible for EU integration, signed amendments to two bi-lateral assistance agreements: Agreement for the better functioning of the public administration of the Republic of Serbia (worth $4,450,000) and amendment to the Agreement for a more competitive market economy (worth $4,645,425).
After the signing ceremony, Serbian Minister Joskimovic and U.S. Ambassador Scott, particularly stressed the importance of these amendments which provide an additional $9 million to support Serbia’s EU accession efforts by improving government operations, combating corruption, strengthening rule of law, and growing Serbia’s economy.
Since 2001, through the USAID, the United States Government provided $748 million to strengthen democratic governance and to make Serbia’s economy more competitive.
Previous USAID support included projects that helped:
- made obtaining construction permits and complying with business inspections easier and more transparent;
- make Serbia one of the ten most improved countries in the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business ranking;
- renovate misdemeanor courts throughout Serbia and reduced problematic case backlogs by up to 80 percent in some courts;
- introduce e-governance solutions in 83 municipalities (making it easier for Serbians to change their official residences or to register marriages and births);
- Serbia draft and implement its first Whistleblower Protection Law (making it easier and safer to report corruption and fraud).