''Back to the Future'' one of the most successful projects of cross border cooperation

Yesterday the Third Cross Border Conference was organised by the Office for EU Integrations of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Ministry of Finance and Economy in Youth House in Belgrade. The most successful projects of the Cross Border and Transnational Cooperation 2007 – 2012 were presented and awarded, including the project "Back to the Future" ("Povratak u budućnost") with the City of Zrenjanin as the leading partner and Chamber of Economy of Timis District as a partner.
Zlatana Ankić, the City Council member received the award from Suzana Grubješić, the Government’s Deputy Prime Minister   for EU Integrations who emphasised that she saw the Cross Border Cooperation as particularly significant for citizens, first of all, as well as for communities they live in, for organisation of civil society which direct their action, but also for the institutions of the local and regional administration.

Beside Suzana Grubješić and Milan Pajević, the Director of the Office for EU Integration, Vensan Deger, Head of the EU Delegation in the Republic of Serbia,  Sanda Šimić, Director Assistant of the Office for EU Integrations, Mark Baret, Project Coordinator Technical support to the first level control and support to implementation of cross border cooperation and Ognjen Mirić, Deputy Director and Coordinator for EU funds of the Office for EU Integrations.

Project "Back to the Future" presents a new approach to the development of the alternative energy resources which are very important for the improvement of quality of living of people in border area of Serbia and Romania, and one part of the Project is implemented in the Primary School "Jovan Cvijić".



Predrag Stankov, Deputy Manager of the Project and Chief of Project section in  Zrenjanin City Administration says that the most important is that the plans are achieved and project implemented.
- Training on alternative energy resources are organised in primary schools for pupils and teachers as well as in Zrenjanin public institutions, and one part of the Project is implemented in the Primary School "Jovan Cvijić", some eighty fields are  replaced so that utilisation effect of heat is higher, i.e. cooling in summer, what is essential, heating pumps are built in and  in two weeks Electrical Energy Distribution Company will connect the facility to  electrical energy network, a completely new boiler room is built, and  the whole system is adjusted – said Stankov emphasing that CO2 emission will be zero, which is one of the benefit of this project, and  another one is energy saving.


Zlatana Ankić reminded that it was the second time that Zrenjanin City was awarded for cross-border projects.      


The programmes of cross-border and transnational cooperation are an EU instrument for support to border areas of neighbouring countries. Now Serbia has cross-border cooperation with Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Adriatic programme and “Southern eastern Europe” programme.. IPA funds planned for our country during the period 2007. to 2013. are more than  81 million Euro. So far in eight programmes more than 2500 project proposals have been submitted including about 1000 institutions from all over Serbia. By the end 2012.  more than  500 projects will be contracted and implemented in the Republic of Serbia.