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17 CSOs Empowered to Advance Serbia’s Path toward the EU
November 18, 2014

BELGRADE – Representatives from 17 civil society organizations presented their progress and key achievements made through the Civil Society Forward (CSF) program as well as their future plans to assist and speed up Serbia`s accession to the EU. Civil Society Forward was a two-year, USD 7.75 million program implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and Trag Foundation and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Speaking about the importance of the civil sector in Serbia, USAID Mission Director Azza El-Abd said, “Just as bridges, roads, legislative reforms, growing markets and a thriving private sector are key to a successful and thriving European Serbia, so is a strong and vibrant civil society.”

Over the past two years, Civil Society Forward has supported effective advocacy at the national level on issues of critical importance for meeting EU standards and advancing Serbia’s democratic development.

USAID Study Finds that Reducing Serbia's 'Shadow Economy' could Increase Tax Revenues by 33 Billion Dinars in 3 years
March 20, 2013

Belgrade, March 2013 – The "shadow economy," in which businesses are avoiding taxes and skirting regulations, has decreased less in Serbia than in 11 Central and Eastern European countries, according to the most comprehensive study of its kind to be conducted in Serbia during the past 15 years. 

U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby at the opening of a Halal shop in Belgrade
February 27, 2013

Belgrade, February 2013 - A group of food producers from Southwest Serbia opened Belgrade's first halal shop with support provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Serbia's Office of Development of Underdeveloped Regions.

U.S. Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, Serbian Minister without a Portfolio Sulejman Ugljanin, Serbian Halal Agency Director Mustafa Jusufspahić, and "Keepers of Tradition" President Murat Zornić inaugurated the shop, which features goods from 11 food producers from Southwestern Serbia.

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Last updated: November 19, 2014

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