Davenport: Serbia is largest recipient of EU funds in region and world

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BELGRADE – The EU Delegation to Serbia is currently implementing about 600 projects in the country, Delegation head Michael Davenport said Friday, adding that collaboration was under way with the Serbian government on programming for the forthcoming IPA 2 cycle.

At an inter-parliamentary conference on IPA funding, he highlighted the good cooperation with the Serbian government with regards to utilising those funds and noted EU member states were committed to the enlargement policy.

Serbia is the largest recipient of EU funds in the region and the world, and the funds represent concrete, operational and functional assistance, he said.

In the IPA 2 cycle, to be implemented in the years to come, more attention will be devoted to the energy sector, environmental protection, reforms, rule of law, development of local communities and youth employment, Davenport said.


  1. People who’ve worked for the EU in Serbia have said that Serbian companies are shut out of the projects and most of the money lines the pockets of the consultants. They also say there are many strings attacked. These “projects” do not seem to make any overall benefit to the Serbian economy, and actually likely harm it since Serb companies are shut out.