The implementation of public-private partnership projects has successfully begun
A call for co-financing public-private partnerships (PPP) within the project “Organic Trade for Development in Eastern Europe” (OT4D), funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs – SECO and implemented by IFOAM – Organics International (International Association for Organic Agriculture) in cooperation with the consortium Helvetas (Swiss organization for international cooperation) and FiBL (Research Institute for Organic Agriculture), with the support of local partners, was published in 2021 with the aim of accelerating the export of organic products and contributing to the improvement of economic well-being in the communities of the three countries where this project is being implemented – Serbia, Albania, and Ukraine. In Serbia, the sub-implementation partner is the National Association for the Development of Organic Production – Serbia Organica. Partnerships between companies and organizations from Serbia and their business partners from EU countries and Switzerland were eligible to apply.
Many applications were received in response to the call, out of which only four passed the selection process. The four applications, or rather the four PPP projects jointly submitted by organizations from Serbia and their partners, had to demonstrate how their activities would contribute to the public good in the community and the impact of their activities on increasing exports during the application and selection process. Grant recipients participate in project costs with 50% of the total value, while the donor provides the remaining 50%. During 2022, the Vojvodina Organic Cluster from Novi Sad with a partner from Switzerland – Halba, the social enterprise Radanska Ruža from Lebane with a partner from Austria – BioBalkan Express, Midi Organic from Barbatovac with a partner from the Netherlands – Tradin Organic, and Menex from Kruševac with a partner from Switzerland – Biodina have started their activities and will implement them by the end of 2023. A brief description of all the projects is provided below.
More information you can find here PPP projects