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Program for Jobless Youth to Develop Agribusinesses Launched by Zrenjanin, Kinkinda, and Novi Becej
September 9, 2013

Zrenjanin, September 2013 – The City of Zrenjanin and the Municipalities of Kikinda and Novi Becej today launched a program to help unemployed youth grow highly profitable vegetable crops.  The "Agriculture Entrepreneurship Incubators for Youth" project will teach participants to grow vegetables in greenhouses and in open fields. 

2013 Mladgrad Award Honors Individuals, Organizations and Municipalities for Improving the Status of Youth
August 13, 2013

Belgrade, August 2013 The MLADGRAD 2013 Award was presented by Civic Initiatives today to the municipalities of Pirot and Priboj, Youth.rs website founder and Obrenovac activist Duško Krstić.

Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to the municipalities of Ivanjica and Raška, the Bečej Youth Association, and the Eureka Kruševac Association.  A special prize for contributions to improving the position of marginalized youth was presented to the Belgrade Municipality of Zvedzdara and the Pirot E Publika Association.

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.