Eptisa implements three phases of the Municipal Infrastructure Support Programme in the Republic of Serbia

From its very first phase, €23 million of EU funding were invested in technical support, and over €70 million were allocated for the construction of new infrastructure

August 25 2015

The Municipal Infrastructure Support Programme (MISP), financed by the European Union, assists municipalities in the Republic of Serbia to identify priority municipal infrastructure projects, prepare technical documentation, and implement selected infrastructure investments. MISP is primarily focused on supporting environmental and economic projects, including water supply, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, industrial zones, and tourist sites.

The main objectives of MISP are to:

  • Assist in developing infrastructure-related policies and coordination mechanisms;
  • Develop project pipelines and to prepare technical documentation (feasibility studies);
  • Improve municipal capacities to manage projects and to absorb EU funding;
  • Support the implementation and sustainability of the highest priority projects.

The European Union has provided support to the development of local and inter-municipal infrastructure through three different phases of MISP. From its very first phase, the technical assistance of the Programme was awarded to a consortium led by Eptisa through a service contract of €4 million. Thanks to the successful project implementation, the contract for the second phase was awarded in 2010 with an additional €13.2 million for technical assistance. The third phase started in 2011 and has a value of €5.8 million.

In total, €23 million of EU funding were invested in technical support, and over €70 million were allocated for the construction of new infrastructure.

Feasibility studies were completed for 15 projects, with another 2 being now finalized. The results of the Programme also include 12 tender dossiers and the provision of monitoring/supervision services for 16 infrastructure projects already realised or currently under construction. More than 2 million people in over 40 municipalities will, directly or indirectly, benefit from this new infrastructure.

A comprehensive capacity building plan was also implemented. From 2008, more than 70 events were organized, including trainings, workshops, and study tours. In addition, the Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Plan (FOPIP) to support public utility companies who are to take over and manage the new assets, was delivered. Substantial support was also provided to national authorities in preparing a draft Strategy for Restructuring Public Utility Companies. This process is of key importance for achieving a modernised and efficient operation of public utility companies.

In close cooperation with the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, the SLAP Information System was developed, currently containing information on more than 80 priority local and regional projects.

Last but not least, during 2013/2014, support was also provided to national and local administrations in finalising and implementing the Methodology for Prioritisation and Selection of Infrastructure Projects.


 
 Eptisa implements three phases of the Municipal Infrastructure Support Programme in the Republic of Serbia