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.
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March 10th, 2015
IDENTIFICATION OF PROJECTS FOR SERBIA – ROMANIA CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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