BRUSSELS / BELGRADE – The European Commission has adopted its 2015 package of pre-accession assistance programs to support reforms and regional cooperation in EU aspirant countries, totaling around EUR 1 billion.

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Given the tabular data for the Western Balkans and Turkey, Serbia got the biggest sum in the region – EUR 196.6 million for democracy, governance, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and transport policy.

The EU earmarked EUR 78 million for Kosovo, EUR 89.9 million for Albania, EUR 37.2 million for Bosnia-Herzegovina, EUR 24.1 million for Macedonia, and over EUR 40.4 million for Montenegro, the EU Info Center said in a release.

Turkey will receive EUR 255.1 million from the package worth around EUR 1 billion.

Around EUR 278 million have been allocated to the multi-country programs and around EUR 71.5 million for support measures.