In order to prepare for participation in the process of economic and fiscal surveillance of EU member states, the Government of Serbia has adopted the Programme of Economic Reforms for the period from 2021 to 2023, as a candidate country for EU membership, on January 28.
Under the Programme, priority structural reforms will cover energy and transport markets, agriculture, industry and services, business environment and the fight against the shadow economy, research, development and innovation and digital transformation, reforms in the field of economic integration, education and skills, employment and the labour market, as well as health and social protection.
At the same session, the Decree on devising a programme for the promotion and popularization of innovations and innovative entrepreneurship for 2021 was adopted, for which RSD 70 million was allocated.
“In this way, the state wants to encourage citizens, especially young people, to think in an entrepreneurial way, as well as to encourage them to establish their own innovative and technological startup companies,” the government says in a press release.
The government also set aside RSD 100 million for the implementation of the Programme for Support to the Development and Promotion of Women’s Innovative Entrepreneurship for 2021.
“The funds will be used to promote women’s innovative entrepreneurship nationally and locally, as well as to directly support the implementation of their business ideas to help them achieve a more meaningful role in the labour market, of which they will be owners, founders or shareholders,” the press release adds.
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