Members of the Research Forum concentrating on regional development and EU pre-accession funds research the Serbian challenges within the process of decentralization. These include uneven regional development and the planning of regional development policy, structural inconsistencies in the institutional framework and questions of macroeconomic governance and co-financing.
Through empirical analysis the Research Forum strives to offer concrete proposals for the definition of an efficient regional development policy on all levels and aims to provide support in its implementation. Additionally the RF monitors the success of the integration process and usage of EU pre-accession funds.


An improved concept for planning regional development policy in the Republic of Serbia

Authors: Ognjen Miric and Valentina Ivanic

Belgrade, December 2011

The text analyses the current and potential variants of the concept for planning regional development policy in the Republic of Serbia within the context of preparing a ‘National Plan for Regional Development in Serbia’. The authors conclude that a refinement of the planning system could positively contribute to regional development and bring about socio-political change. The article includes several policy proposals, one being the need for commencing with a sectorial-geographic approach when planning to use external financial funds. This implies concurrent changes in budget planning to allow multi-year budgeting. Such reform, along with the continuous preparation of projects, would facilitate implementation of the ‘National Plan for Regional Development’.

The study is available only in Serbian



Improving the systems of strategic and operational planning in the Republic of Serbia

Autor: Ognjen Miric

Format: Research report

Belgrade, May 2014

The system of planning public policy in Serbia is not yet fully developed. As reforms so far have been limited in scope and effect, they require further support and attention. The improvement of strategic planning is becoming more important over time as a sectoral approach needs to be introduced for the 2014-2020 IPA funds and deficiencies need to be overcome. Hence the upcoming period requires a focusing of activities on the optimisation of sectoral strategies, their qualitative improvement and the development of methods that define both the priorities and content of strategic & action plans.

              The study is available in English