RARIS 2014 Annual Report





The success of a municipality and a region mainly depends upon its ability to adapt to the dynamic local, national and international market economy.

There is a long list of constraints that prevent municipalities in the Timok region to keep up with the pace in outside world: Institutional weakness of existing economic development structures; absence of a comprehensive and coherent vision for economic development; information on the availability and use of resources and the potentials and constraints for local /regional economic development are highly deficient; centralized system of public finances and the shortage of financial resources at regional and municipal levels; infrastructure, research and deve-lopment investment are not put in place now in the region; lack of entrepreneurship and business knowledge and skills and so on.

As a result of these constraints, the Timok region is not just lagging behind the regions in Europe countries but lagging behind the majority of regions in Serbia. This gap in growth leads to reduced life prospects for the people.
Scarce employment opp-ortunities, weak health care service, lack of educational institutions in combination with negative birth rate make the situation intolerable. Development disparity is damaging the national economy as well, as it means that our region is not meeting its potential. Although the Government of Serbia has been undertaking some policy work by creating relevant strategies (Poverty Reduction Strategy, National Investment Plan, Strategies for agricultural and tourism development, Strategy for stimulation and development of foreign investments etc), scale of development gap between Serbia regions is not fully recognized. One may concluded that not enough has yet been done to ensure that policies and funds distribution are in place to allow reducing the intranational development gaps. Recent forming of the Ministry for regional development is encouraging.


November 6th, 2015
Workshop on E-Business for Timok businessmen

Training on Electronic Business for representati-ves of small and medium enterprises from the Timok region will be held on November 16th, 2015, in Zajecar.
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October 17th, 2015
Contract for the Regional Waste Management Plan for eastern Serbia signed

Contract for the Regional Waste Management Plan, Contract for its implementation and the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment for the Regional Waste Management Plan was signed on Friday, 16th October in Zajecar.
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October 16th, 2015
RARIS has organized trainings in Zajecar and Bor for the purpose of preparing new regional tourist products of eastern Serbia

In partnership with eight tourist organizations from eastern Serbia (Majdanpek, Kladovo, Negotin, Bor, Zajecar, Sokobanja, Knjazevac and Boljevac), RARIS is implementing the project "Through education to new regional tourist products of eastern Serbia".
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September 25th, 2015
EU legislation in the environmental sector - presented

The Working Group on Environment in the framework of the project "Eastern Serbia towards the EU" held a meeting dedicated to presentation of EU regulations and requirements in the sectors of nature protection, and water protection.
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August 28th, 2015
EU Wine & Spirits Regulations presented

Working group for agriculture and rural development in the framework of the project "Eastern Serbia towards the EU" held a meeting dedicated to presentation of EU regulations and requirements in the wine & spirits sector, as well as better understanding of position of producers in the Timok region in the light of the upcoming changes in the sector.
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August 17th, 2015
RARIS brought tourist agencies from Sofia to Eastern Serbia

Regional development agency eastern Serbia – RARIS from Zajecar in partnership with eight tourist organizations from eastern Serbia (Sokobanja, Knjazevac, Boljevac, Zajecar, Negotin, Bor, Kladovo and Majdanpek) organized a study trip for tour operators from Sofia from 13th to 16th August 2015.
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July 25th, 2015
RARIS visited by students from Novosibirsk

On Friday, 24th July, 2015, RARIS hosted students of the State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering from Novosibirsk – Sibstrin, the Russian Federation, who stayed in Zaječar within their official visit to the Faculty of Management Zaječar. The Student delegation was led by PhD Lada Shekhovtsova, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Social Sciences.
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July 9th, 2015
IPARD principles presented in eastern Serbia

IPARD 2 programme (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in Rural Development 2014-2020) was presented in Knjazevac today. The presentation was jointly organized by RARIS - Regional development agency eastern Serbia, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and the Agency for Development of Knjazevac.
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June 3rd, 2015
Info day "Eastern Serbia on its path towards the EU"

RARIS - Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia with the help of the Fund for Open Society, Belgrade, and in cooperation with the EU Info Centre, Belgrade, organized Info Day and presented the project "Eastern Serbia on its path towards the EU." The Info day was held at the Faculty of Management, Zajecar. It was attended by large number of students and secondary school pupils from Eastern Serbia.
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Aprile 27th, 2015
Business Forum "Eastern Serbia in Vienna 2015" held

RARIS organized the Business Forum “Eastern Serbia in Vienna 2015”, in cooperation with the Union of Serbian Clubs in Vienna and the Club of Serbian Businessmen in Austria, in Vienna, on April 27th. Conditions for business operation in eastern Serbia were presented at the Business Forum and the manner of establishing business relations between the Serbian diaspora – motherland were discussed.
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Aprile 3rd, 2015
Presentation of the Strategy for operations of World Bank Group in Serbia

The purpose of the presentation was to present to this part of Serbia a draft version of "An analysis of the situation in Serbia and future five-year plan of activities of World Bank Group in Serbia " and to have consultations on this important document through discussions.
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March 31st, 2015
XIV RARIS Assembly held

The Annual Work Report of RARIS in 2014 was adopted at the Assembly, together with the Annual Work Plan and Financial Plan of RARIS for 2015.
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March 10th, 2015

At the end of 2014 RARIS started the activities of connecting potential partners interested in Serbia – Romania cross-border cooperation projects for which the call is expected in the middle of 2015.
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February 23rd, 2015
Dutch experts help companies in the Timok region

RARIS, in cooperation with the Netherlands Senior Experts Programme (PUM) provides assistance of Dutch experts for a number of companies in the Timok region.
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February 19th, 2015
Regional cooperation in the field of economic development

RARIS and LED offices from the region held a regional meeting on Thursday, 19th of February, 2015 in which they looked into activities related to economic development.
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December 23rd, 2014
Regional EU platform formed

Improvement of understanding of EU integration process and preparations for EU membership, mobilization of regional actors, articulation of attitudes and facilitation of their participation in the negotiation process, enabling representation of and support to the formulated key interests of the region in the negotiation process is of great importance for the region of eastern Serbia.
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December 15th, 2014
Agreement for the regional landfill "Halovo" signed

An agreement on joint municipal waste management between the city of Zajecar and the municipalities of Majdanpek, Kladovo, Bor, Negotin, Knjaževac and Boljevac was signed on the 15th December 2014 in Zajecar.
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November 20th, 2014
With German delegation on EU integrations

During their visits to our region the representatives of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ participated in the round table on the topic of EU integrations organized by RARIS.
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November 20th, 2014
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has visited RARIS

A delegation of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) visited RARIS – Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia yesterday.
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November 12th, 2014
RARIS rated excellent

National Regional Development Agency is in the process of evaluating the performance of accredited regional agencies and has been carrying out the assessment their work in 2013.
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September 30th, 2014
Equipment donated to the flood stricken area in eastern Serbia

The total amount of equipment was donated on three separate days: on 24th September 2014, 450 pairs of boots, on 25th September 2014, 450 shovels and on the 26th September 2014, 12 water and mud pumps, Pedrollo BCm 15/50 of the capacity of 750l along with 15 m long fire hoses.
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September 23rd, 2014
RARIS and businessmen from eastern Serbia helped flood – stricken residents in Kladovo

In cooperation with entrepreneurs from eastern Serbia, RARIS organized a drive to provide relief for flood – stricken residents in Kladovo. On this occasion six companies from eastern Serbia acted on RARIS' plea for support: Slide group, SCS plus and Design Centre from Knjazevac, Gamp from Bor and Nikolas Trade and Millenium from Zajecar.
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September 9th, 2014
Project "TRANSDANUBE"Final Conference

The Final Conference of the Project "TRANSDANUBE" was organised by the Environment Agency Austria and the Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia-RARIS, and in cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning and the Danube Competence Centre (DCC) on September 9th, in Belgrade.
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September 6th, 2014
Promotional tourist videos for 3 cross-border tourist products Serbia - Bulgaria

Within the realization of the cross-border project “New informational technologies and tourism products for cross border tourism development - INFOTOURPROD“ realized by Regional development agency eastern Serbia – RARIS, as a partner, Vidin Chamber of Commerce and industry as the lead partner and the Association for encouraging of tourism, Vidin, in the period April 2013 – April 2014 three cross-border regional tourist products were created.
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