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Supreme Court Of Cassation Launches Website And Information Desk
September 18, 2014

BELGRADE – In a ceremony to promote increased transparency and openness of courts, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby and Supreme Court Chief Justice Dragomir Milojević’s opened the Supreme Court of Cassation’s new information desk and officially launched its website on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the main hall of the Supreme Court of Cassation building.

The USAID Separation of Powers Program (SPP) and the Supreme Court of Cassation signed a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2014 promising cooperation on a number of initiatives, including the National Backlog Reduction Plan, website development, and the launch of an information desk at the court building.  While the information desk and the new website are the most visible examples of USAID’s assistance, with SPP’s support, the Supreme Court has also taken the lead on several policy initiatives, including electronic filing pilot programs in three courts, harmonizing court practices, and better use of case management and financial data.  

August 1, 2013

USAID’s Civil Society Forward (CSF) Project is a two-year project supporting local civic activism and policy advocacy initiatives that advance Serbia‘s Euro-Atlantic integration efforts, particularly outside Belgrade and major cities.  CSF is working to improve prospects for local Serbian philanthropy to expand potential sources of civil society support.  In addition, CSF is strengthening civil society capacity, networks, linkages and innovation to better address community and social challenges through collective action.

August 1, 2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun directly funding Serbian organizations to strengthen their capacity and use USAID assets more efficiently. Rather than hire international companies to run local programs, as has been USAID's practice, USAID/Serbia has recently given direct grants to a number of Serbian organizations.  Direct assistance recognizes the increased capabilities of these organizations and places full responsibility for managing their programs in their hands.  USAID expects to make additional grants in the future.

 

USAID and Civic Initiatives Launch Project to Empower Youth to Create Positive Change in South Serbia and Sandzak
July 30, 2013

Bujanovac, July 2013 – Civic Initiatives and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a 15-month project to improve the status of youth and reduce their marginalization in South Serbia and Sandzak. The ‘’Empowered Youth for Positive Changes in South Serbia and Sandzak’’ will build the capacity of young people, youth groups and civil society organizations and increase the employability and activism of youths in the target regions.

USAID Launches Guide to Reform Serbia's Construction Permitting Process
June 27, 2013

Belgrade, June 2013 – The USAID Business Enabling Project (BEP) today released a guide to streamline Serbia's construction permitting process by eliminating unnecessary government agency clearances, establishing one-stop shops, adopting a computerized platform, and introducing risk-based construction permitting. 

Minister of Construction and Urbanism Velimir Ilić and U.S. Ambassador Michael D. Kirby both voiced their support for construction permit reforms. 

From left to right: Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, Minister of Regional Development and Local Self-Government Verica Kalonović, NA
June 21, 2013

 

Belgrade, June 2013 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Agency for Regional Development (NARD) launched the Private Sector Development Project to strengthen private sector firms in 12 economically depressed South and Southwest Serbian municipalities.

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Last updated: September 18, 2014

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