BELGRADE – Serbia and the EU this year mark 15 years of EU development aid for Serbia, which has, since 2001, totalled over EUR 3 billion in grants from pre-accession funds.

The financial aid has been used for programmes and projects that encouraged development and concrete reforms, also benefitting the citizens in many fields, the EU Delegation to Serbia said in a statement Sunday.

Since the start of the first projects in March 2001, the EU has become Serbia’s largest partner and donor – it is committed to assisting Serbia’s accession through many programmes and projects that also bring concrete change for citizens at the same time, said the head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Michael Davenport.

The partnership with Serbia strengthened over time and the EU also showed solidarity with Serbia in difficult times such as the 2014 floods, he said.

The EU is traditionally Serbia’s main trade partner, accounting for almost two thirds of its foreign trade, with two thirds of all foreign investments in the country also coming from the EU, he said.