IPA, or the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance is a streamlined mechanism created by the EU to deliver aid efficiently to the Western Balkans and Turkey. This instrument has been designed to streamline support to reforms in these countries through a single but flexible system, which will bring direct benefit to the citizens, while the countries receive additional assistance in achieving European standards towards the accession.



Responsibilities for independent IPA management (direct management) have been transferred to the relevant eligible national authorities of the Republic of Serbia based on the Decision of the EC on conferring management powers relating to the EU IPA.  The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs is a beneficiary institution with accredited IPA Unit responsible for the implementation of IPA projects under various implementing arrangements

The other management mode is direct management where IPA is managed directly by the EU as the Contracting Authority.





IPA 2013


1.     Development of Effective Community Services in the Area of Education and Social Welfare at the Local Level – Grant (Grant scheme)


-  Under EUR 5.500.000,00 value contract, signed on 5 June 2017, 30 grant agreements are awarded for the development of the most vulnerable groups. The 3-lot call for proposals included:

Lot 1: Establishment, improvement and/or sustainment of (standard or innovative) community-based social services, which enable social protection, inclusion and independent living of the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Serbia, where explicit, but not exclusive focus, is given on continuation of the deinstitutionalisation of adults with mental or intellectual difficulties, through a special sub-priority.

Lot 2: Establishing and strengthening of social business initiatives that promote social entrepreneurship, improve access to work for difficult to employ and other vulnerable groups excluded from the labour market and seek to serve the social, environmental and societal community’s interest.

Lot 3: Supporting inter-sectoral measures designed and implemented at local level for decreasing early school leaving, preventing drop-out and increasing educational attainment.


2.     Support to the Development of Social Welfare Regulatory Mechanisms - Technical Assistance (Service contract)


The Contract signed on 6 June 2017. Budget: EUR 700.000, with the purpose to:

- To provide technical assistance to the Beneficiary Institutions in the management of Grant Scheme, in an effective and timely manner;

- To assist further development of the community based services and initiatives in Serbia, by providing guidance and support in up taking of the awarded grant actions.

- To perform the capacity building and piloting of innovative instruments for the improvement of social welfare service standards, as well as to introduce new regulatory mechanisms in social protection, including overarching social protection development strategy

Expected results include:

  • R.1 Technical assistance in grant scheme implementation:
  • R.1.1. The expertise on grant implementation, monitoring, narrative and financial reporting is strengthened and know-how is developed and increased within the Beneficiary Institution and Contracting Authority;
  • R.1.2. The capacity of the Grant Beneficiaries in project management, implementation, reporting, as well as EU procurement and visibility rules is developed and increased;
  • R.1.3. The reliable follow up of progress and information concerning the outcome of all projects implemented under the grants scheme is gathered and used within the risk management framework;
  • R.1.4. The awareness and publicity of the EU support in social inclusion area is increased.

R.2 Guidance and support to the awarded grant actions:

  • R.2.1. Expert advice and ad hoc support is provided in developing appropriate impact and sustainability of piloted and established services and initiatives, including support in introduction, delivery, funding and licencing of services and service providers who are awarded with grants;
  • R.2.2 Experiences of the grant actions are evaluated, analysed and used as an empirical base for putting in place of legal frameworks, policies, procedures and measures that enable mainstreaming of services and initiatives that are found relevant, effective and replicable, in the context of Serbian social protection, health, education and employment sphere.
  • R.3 Piloting and evaluation of new regulatory mechanisms:
  • R.3.1. Support provided to the Beneficiary Institution to design methodology for the piloting of innovative instruments within the regulatory framework of social protection in Serbia;
  • R.3.2. The proposed innovative instruments are piloted and evaluated;
  • R.3.3 Support provided to the Beneficiary Institution in putting in place legal framework, policies and procedures that should govern the new regulatory mechanisms in social protection, including the introduction of the principle 'money follows the client';
  • R.3.4 Capacity building activities implemented for entities who are subjects of new regulatory mechanism, but also to enforcers and administrators;
  • R.3.5 National social protection development strategy is developed, discussed with stakeholders and civil society representatives in a form of public consultation and corresponding action plan developed.


3.    Support to the National Employment Service (NES) Employment Programme (Direct grant)


The Contract signed on 16 May 2017. Budget: EUR 5,000.000.

The specific objective is to develop a system that significantly contributes to the efficient and effective matching of supply and demand and overall functioning of the labour market.

The NES Employment Programme covers 4 ALMPs supported by the direct grant. The activities to be implemented include:

  • Employer-based Training
  • Job Creation Subsidies
  • Self-employment Subsidies,
  • Labour Market– based Trainings


Expected results include:

Participation of minimum 800 persons in the employer-based trainings;

At least 1000 new subsidized jobs created;

Participation of minimum 1050 persons in the self-employment programme;

Participation of minimum 175 persons in the labour market-based trainings.


4.    Technical Assistance for Capacity Building in Employment Policy – Technical assistance (Service contract)

The Contract signed on 1 July 2107. Budget: EUR 2,000.000

Expected results include:


R.1 Building the capacity of the National Employment Service and Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy in enhancing the effectiveness of its employment policy

R.2 Improved training organisation process at the NES

R.3 Supporting the National Employment Service in improving its performance in vocational rehabilitation for PWD

R.4 Support enterprises for vocational rehabilitation and employment of PWD to improve their performance of employment policy towards PWD,

R.5 Supporting the National Employment Service and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs (Labour and Employment Department and IPA Unit) in managing direct grant.


5.     Durable housing solutions and physical infrastructure improvements in Roma settlements – (Grant scheme)


11 contracts signed. Budget: EUR 9,000.000. Lead Implementing Agency: Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure (MoCTI).  Implementing Partner for social inclusion: Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs (MoLEVSA).


6.     Technical assistance for improvement of living and housing conditions among the Roma population presently residing in informal settlements Technical assistance (Service contract)


Budget: EUR 1,500.000. Lead Implementing Agency: Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure (MoCTI).  

Preparation of detailed regulation plans and technical documents for the improvement of living and housing conditions among the Roma population presently residing in informal settlements in a total of 20 pilot municipalities, following lessons learnt from the implementation of the IPA 2012 sector project.

Development and implementation of social inclusion measures, related to the Roma population, to support the planning and realization of sustainable housing models in a total of 40 municipalities. 
Successful monitoring and follow-up on the implementation of the grant scheme, related to the infrastructure improvements in the existing informal Roma settlements.

In order to contribute to the further strengthening of the status of Roma community, the TA shall continuously work on improvement of the capacities of the Roma CSOs, which will actively participate in planning and implementing sustainable housing models and development of the local action plans in a total of 40 municipalities.



IPA 2014


1.    Development of innovative, integrated youth tailored services and active inclusion models (Grant scheme)


Budget: EUR 4.000.000. Deadline for contracting 24 December 2018.

The Call for Proposals was launched on 16 March 2018, and closed on 3 May 2018.  

The overall objective is to foster a high-employment economy cohesion through the implementation of the Employment and Social Reform Programme (ESRP) priorities.

The specific objective is to increase employment through enhancing youth activity, early acquisition of work experience and entrepreneurship practices and activation of social welfare beneficiaries.

There are two lots:

  • Youth employability is expected to focus on social innovation in youth employability, emphasizing the cross sectorial cooperation in order to deliver the sustainable solutions addressing the needs of youth.
  • Active inclusion is expected to address implementation of the active inclusion measures in Serbia targeting different disadvantaged groups, mainly social welfare beneficiaries by implementing activation mix packages and promoting inter-sectoral cooperation at all levels.


2.    Technical Assistance to Support Social Inclusion of Youth through Innovative, Integrated and Tailored Services (Service contract) – Technical assistance to support implementation of Grant Scheme

Budget: EUR 1,000.000. Deadline for contracting: 24 December 2018.

The aim of this contract is to ensure more coherent and efficient targeting and reaching-out to beneficiaries, achieving 2 major desired outcomes: support to grant beneficiaries, beneficiary institutions and Contracting Authority in project management, implementation, reporting as well as EU procurement and visibility rules and definition of active inclusion and youth employment mix mechanisms on national and local level. It will contribute to an increase of employment especially of youth through enhancing: youth activity, early acquisition of work experience and entrepreneurship practices and activation of social welfare beneficiaries. The TA will support improvement of institutional framework in the sector of active inclusion and youth employment as a result of analysis of the present situation in the sector and give recommendations based on the progress and results achieved by the grant scheme.



IPA 2016


1.    EU Support to Roma Inclusion – Strengthening Local Communities towards Roma Inclusion (Direct grant)  

The contract is awarded to Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) in the value of EUR 4,000.000 (EUR 2.000.000 grant – call for proposals for LGSs and EUR 2,000.000 - procurement).

-The Project will strengthen local communities towards the Roma inclusion. MoLEVSA is responsible for the supervision, monitoring and contract implementation approval.






IPA 2012


1.   Support social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, including Roma, through more diversified community-based social services

Grant (Grant Scheme)

Budget: EUR 5,000.000. The overall objective of the project is to support social inclusion polices and development of the range of community based social services for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups including Roma.

2.     European Union Support to Inclusive Society – Technical assistance for grant management (Service contract).

Budget: EUR 1,500.000. The TA supported both the MoLEVSA and grant beneficiaries in grant management.

3.     Increasing the effectiveness of employment policies towards disadvantaged groups (Direct Grant)

Budget: EUR 6,500.000. The contract awarded to the National Employment Service.

4.     Technical Assistance to Support Direct Grant Management in the Field of Employment Policy (Service contract)

    Budget: EUR 1,500.000

5.     Promoting Social Dialogue (Twinning)

Budget: EUR 1,500.000