Belgrade, November 17, 2016
After four years of successful implementation and comprehensive work with partners and beneficiaries in Serbia, Project Preparation Facility 5 (PPF5), EU-funded project, finalises its activities in November 2016.PPF5was the fifth of a long series of facilities that the European Integration Office of Serbia (SEIO) as main beneficiary used to support both the programming of EU funds as well as the preparation of projects benefiting of these funds.
The project served to introduce the novelties of the second period of the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II), from the initial stages of its programming until the eve of its mid-term review. During this period, European Commission’s DG ELARG was incorporated in the larger DG NEAR and with this change a stronger stress on the results and outcomes of the pre-accession assistance was introduced. In this light, PPF5 assisted on the introduction of sector budget support as a possible modality for the use of IPA II.
To ensure more result oriented use of IPA II, prioritisation has been considered very important. PPF5 was tasked to develop a Methodology for prioritisation of infrastructure projects that was adopted by the Government of Serbia and originated a structured project pipeline. This methodology was also considered an effective tool to equip the newly established National Investment Committee, the place for Serbian Government to discuss about the use of International Financial Institutions ‘ loans and donor assistance for infrastructure projects and capital investments.
Besides providing assistance to IPA II programming and to the consolidation of a project pipeline, PPF5 prepared the technical documentation of a large infrastructure project and –in a matter of emergency- provided considerable support to the Serbian institutions in the assessment of damages in the aftermath of a natural disaster (floods in spring 2014).
Beside other activities PPF5 provided assistance to SEIO in designing and implementing capacity building activities which are intended to: i) ensure institutions involved in programming will receive necessary know-how on the new features of IPA2 (sector assessment, programming IPA2 , applying methodology for project selection and prioritisation, infrastructure project preparation and implementation); ii) strengthen institutional memory and capitalisation of knowledge by designing alternative and innovative methods and tools for capacity building. Set of training documents and instructions were produced and are available online.<< Final Steering Committee meeting