Program

Municipal economic development in Eastern Serbia Phase 3

-ACCOUNTABLE LOCAL FINANCES AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION-

Phase 3

2021-2025

Phase 3 budget

5.200.000 CHF

Program partners

Serbian local governments, the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, the Ministry of Finance, the Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia, the Government's Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment, and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

The program provides support to local governments in Serbia, to improve the collection and administration of property taxes and other local revenues, increase source revenues and encourage participatory decision-making processes at the local level, through the involvement of citizens.

In over 50 local governments throughout Serbia, selected through a public call.

The Program is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and implemented by Helvetas Swiss Interooperation. Key partners of the program are the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, the Ministry of Finance, the Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia, the Government’s Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment, and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities.

Citizens and businessmen are informed how local revenues collected from property taxes are spent at the local level: 44 supported local governments are improving inclusive practices of citizens’ participation in the processes of collecting and spending source revenues. The additional 20 supported municipalities improve the quality of inclusive citizen participation practices and increase budget allocations for projects identified through citizen participation.

Increased own revenues for municipalities: the registration of taxable residential area in 44 local governments increased by an average of 15% by the end of the program.

New legal reforms and policy directives adopted by national decision-makers are driving systemic quality changes in the domain of participation or taxation.

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contact

MED office is located within
Representations of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation SRB

Makedonska 12/VI
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel. +381 11 3341 218,
      +381 11 3341 237   

med@helvetas.org