Overall objective of the Programme is:

Enhancement of socio-economic development in the cross-border area between the Republic of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, through the implementation of targeted and concrete actions, based on comparative advantages of the programmes area and the joint, efficient use of resources.

The specific objectives, and types of activities are defined per thematic priority as follows:

Thematic priority 1: Promoting employment, labor mobility, social and cultural inclusion across the border
Specific Objective 1: Enhancing the employability of labor force, and increasing the employment opportunitiesSpecific Objective 2: Fostering social and economic inclusion
• New products and services, as well as industrial and commercial processes, thanks to transfer of knowledge and innovativeness, result in new sustainable employment opportunities in the cross-border area
• Increased competitiveness in the commercialisation of products and services by a common use of resources in strategic sectors (e.g. wood manufacturing, food processing and metal works)
• Unemployed persons obtained new practical skills in real working environments, based on the labour market demand and similarities at both sides of the border
• New sustainable social and health services are developed and/or the existing ones are upgraded by cross-border exchange, cooperation and synergies, increasing the efficiency in service delivery and the number of services’ beneficiaries
• The employability and entrepreneurship abilities of vulnerable groups are improved through joint cross-border efforts including the promotion of sustainable social entrepreneurship
• Sustainable perspectives for social integration of vulnerable groups are created through joint initiatives at both sides of the border
Indicative list of Activities
• Joint business development activities
• Joint development of new products and services
• Networking of businesses with external innovators, researchers and graduates
• Branding of products and services
• Certification and improvement of quality systems
• Development and implementation of vocational training programmes for answering concrete and proven needs
• Practical training in real working environment
• Small infrastructure works and procurement of equipment
• Establishment of new social and health schemes, and/or restructuring of the current ones based on innovative approaches, methods and processes
• Supporting advisory services for vulnerable groups
• Organization of cultural events aimed at the enhancement of social integration
• Development of new or upgrading of existing social entrepreneurship initiatives
• Targeted support for the promotion of entrepreneurial skills amongst women, youth and disabled
• Assistance for the establishment of new business initiatives for vulnerable groups including social enterprises
• Small infrastructure works and procurement of supplies
Thematic priority 2: Protecting the environment, promoting climate change adaption and mitigation, risk prevention and management
Specific Objective 1: Improving sustainable environmental planning and promotion of biodiversitySpecific Objective 2: Improving the management system for emergency intervention
• The effectiveness of public services and practices in relation to solid waste and wastewater management are enhanced through joint initiatives at both sides of the border
• The protection of the Drina and Sava river catchment areas and the promotion of their biodiversity is fostered
• The capacity for preparedness, prevention and response of all rganisations/institutions in the protection and rescue system in the cross-border area are strengthened on long term
Indicative list of Activities
• Upgrading of physical facilities and equipment of public utility companies
• Upgrading of the existing procedures of the public services dealing with solid waste and wastewater management, including public utility companies and environmental inspection
• Analysis and awareness raising on water pollution sources such as in agricultural practices
• Informing and building capacities of citizens and companies for sustainable conduct in solid waste and water protection
• Creating administrative and spatial conditions for the sustainable management of solid waste and wastewater
• Training events and capacity building of public utility companies staff
• Cleaning and remediation of unsanitary landfills
• Training and capacity building of civil protection and other emergency services, particularly on flood and post flood situations, according to international standards
• Small infrastructure works and procurement of equipment
• Exchange of experiences and best practice, and networking
• Development and/or upgrading of the planning, action, information, coordination and notification systems in relation to the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters and emergency management in central and/or local level
• Raising the awareness and capacity of the local communities to respond in emergency situations
Thematic priority 3: Encouraging tourism and cultural and natural heritage
Specific Objective 1: Increasing the contribution of tourism to the socio-economic development of the programme areaSpecific Objective 2: Strengthening the cultural identity of the programme area
• The offer and quality of tourism products and services is furthered based on joint efforts and initiatives
• New sustainable employment and business opportunities in the tourism sector opened by joint cross-border efforts
• Sustainable cultural and sport exchanges across the border are fostered
• The historical and natural heritage and traditions of the cross-border area are better preserved
Indicative list of Activities
• Networking, structuring, positioning for new tourism and services
• Establishment of cross-border tourism clusters
• Promotion, communication and publicity activities
• Organization of events and campaigns
• Exchange and transfer of experiences
• Training and capacity building of tourism employees and/or unemployed
• Small infrastructure works and procurement of equipment
• Promotion and protection of natural resources and protected areas
• Organization of events, symposiums, workshops etc
• Specific professional interventions aimed at protection and promotion of the historical heritage as well as cultural traditions
• Small infrastructure works for restoration and preservation of historical or artistic sites and procurement of equipment
• Development of new and up-gradeing of existing museum collections, exhibitions and similar
• Networking between different sectors to contribute to efficiency and attractiveness of tourism offer