Current Projects

PROJECT: Pannonia-Adria Connection (PA.CON)

Programme: Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro 2014-2020

Project duration: October 2020 – October 2022

Project partners:

Lead partner is Municipality of Nijemci from Croatia, while NiH partners are Tuzla City and Development Association NERDA, and aprtners from Montenegro are Center for Protection and Research of Birds - CZIP and Public Enterprise for National Parks of Montenegro.

PA.CON aims to contribute to the development of sustainable tourism by utilization and activation of unused natural resources of the CBC region. Common CBC problems: unused natural assets for tourism development, lack of adequate tourist infrastructure, low level of utilization of bird-watching tourism potential; underdeveloped human resources for tourism, uneven and “low reach” promotion of tourist attractions. PA.CON will enable better use of natural assets linked to bird-watching and will thus develop a new joint tourism offer - PA.CON regional thematic route, which will attract new visitors.

The main objective of the PA.CON Project is to directly contribute to development of sustainable tourism in HR, BIH, MNE targeted region by utilization and activation of unused natural resources and assets related to orintho-fauna. This will therefore be linked to the overall Programme goal, as it will lead to strengthening of the social, economic and territorial development of the Programme area. Specifically, by creating the joint tourism offer linked to ornitho fauna and natural resources, this project will strengthen and diversify the tourism offer through cross-border approach and will enable sustainable use of natural heritage in the CBC region.

PA.CON outputs are:

- 3 natural assets in Nijemci, Tuzla, and Skadar Lake area improved and made accessible to visitors,
- 150 target group representatives trained in order to improve capacities in the destination management and quality assurance system.
- All this will lead to 5000 new visitors in the CBC region.


Current Projects

Implemented projects

Guarante Fund for SMEs

Support for SMEs

Training and Consultations

Project: Sustainable University - Enterprise Cooperation for Improving Graduate Employability (SUCCESS)

Programme: ERASMUS +

Project Duration: November 2020 – November 2023

Project Partners:

International BURCH University, BiH, University of Novi Sad, University of Applied Sciences Kempten, University College of Enterprise and Administration, OBREAL, University of Eas Sarajevo, University Dzemal Bijedic Mostar, University of Tuzla, University of Montenegro, EOPKA University, University "Ismail Qemali" Vlore, Luigj Gurakuqi” University of Shkodra, NERDA, Elektroprivreda BH, Hiperion, Montenegro, CCIVD, Albania

Project Objective:

To modernize WBC universities through the strengthening University-Enterprise partnership in the areas of education and knowledge transfer based on the market needs with aim to improve student employability. Furthermore the project aims to enhance international cooperation and networking at the Regional/international level between universities and enterprises.

Specific objectives are:

• To develop relationships with the professional environment and to evaluate its needs and participation in education of students with aim to increase employability in WBC.
• To modernise 3 technical study programmes at each partner countries HEI by introducing practice-oriented teaching and by modernisation of study programmes and introducing entrepreneurship course.
• To reinforce existing and to establish new Start-up services.
• To create wide university-enterprise network in the Region as well as to set up innovative cooperation platform for the sharing of good practice between academia and business environment.

Project: Renewable Energy Policy Consensus – REPCONS 2.0

Source of Funding: European Climate Foundation (ECF)

Project Implementation Area: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro

Project Duration: 12 months (January 2020 - January 2021)

Project Lead Partner: Development Association NERDA, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Project Partners:

Association for Sustainable Development (ASOR), Serbia; Climate and Energy Action Network - CLEAN, Montenegro.

Project Main Objectives:

Objective of the project is to develop a regional platform which will facilitate, in a systematic way, continuous dialogue and consensus building amongst opinion makers (experts from industry and academia) in the selected Western Balkans countries that should:
• Provide a structured tool for an independent “bottom-up” evaluation, performed by experts in the region, of the energy transition reforms and country performance/readiness for the energy transition in the WB power sectors;
• Support ambitious but realistic target setting on de-carbonization and development of policies and measures, during preparation of the NECPs that will spur sustainable investments in the power sector, especially in solar and wind power plants;
• Promote the energy transition as a development opportunity and also as an important component of the post COVID-19 “green recovery plan”.

Project Expected Outcomes:

It is expected that the activities in REPCONS 2.0 project will have the following outcomes:
• Enable monitoring of the performance of governments in realization of strategic development documents on a continuous base;
• Contribute to the understanding of root causes for the identified underperformance of the governments, state agencies and public utilities regarding the energy transition;
• Provide proposals how to increase the pace of the energy transition supported by expert analyses;
• Increase awareness of importance of the energy transition as a development opportunity especially in a wide expert community;
• Support strategic planning processes, especially preparation of the NECPs;
• Initiate discussion and provide proposals on possibilities how the energy transition could be an important factor for the post-COVID-19 “green recovery”.

RESTART_4Danube - Boosting cREative induSTries in urbAn Regeneration for a stronger Danube region

01.07.2020 – 31.12.2022

Cities in the Danube Region face challenges to develop a culture that generates public/private synergies to promote SMEs & stimulate creative urban communities. In order to overcome these challenges, the project’s main objective is to improve framework conditions & policy instruments by supporting the regional & local Specialization Strategy S3 for a new model of Urban Regeneration involving Culture & Creative Industries (CCIs).

In this manner, 3 specific objectives are defined:
• Develop a common strategy to support creative and innovative urban developments.
• Implement 5 Local Action Plans to boost transnational collaboration & develop cross-linkages across the Danube Region.
• Provide different opportunities & platforms for public authorities to discuss issues & exchange ideas.

As a part of the project pilot action, 5 Local Action Plans (LAPs) will be developed. The LAPs will significantly improve the transnational & institutional cooperation and enhance the capacity building.
• LAP 1 - New spaces for experimentation, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the CCI sector in Craiova, Romania.
• LAP 2 - Sustainable regeneration of industrial building in Rijeka, Croatia.
• LAP 3 - Transit-oriented development in Maribor, Slovenia.
• LAP 4 - Refurbishing heritage and historical buildings in Sárvár, Hungary.
• LAP 5 - Green urban regeneration in Vratsa, Bulgaria.

Expected results:

• a common strategy on creative urban regeneration for the Danube region,
• a new set of tools for Creative Urban Regeneration,
• the 5 Local Action Plans,
• a package of Cooperation Agreements between enterprises and research & development institutions,
• a package of Readiness Level Audits,
• a training toolkit with modules on Creativity and Urban Governance and on Urban Innovation Management.

The partnership comprises 25 project partners coming from 12 countries and is coordinated by University “Politehnica” from Bucharest, Romania. The project uses a quadruple helix approach through the collaboration of 11 public authorities, 7 companies & business support organizations, 4 higher education & research institutions and 3 civil society actors. The countries participating to the RESTART_4Danube project next to Romania are Germany, Slovenija, Croatia, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, and Estonia.

Development Association NERDA will develop new tools for the support of SMEs active in creative industries in order to support them to be more present and implicated in the processes of urban regeneration.

By participating in this project, NERDA will work on connecting stakeholders in Bosnia and Herzegovina with partner organizations from other Partner’s countries.

Duration 07.2020 – 12.2022

The RESTART_4Danube project is co-funded by 3 European Union funds, the European Regional Development Fund, the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ERDF, IPA, ENI).

Budget in Euro

Overall: 1.814.895

ERDF Contribution: 1.348.100

IPA Contribution: 57.710,75

ENI Contribution: 136.850

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Transnational Cluster Cooperation active on Agro–food, based on Smart Specialization Approach in Danube region - Danube S3 Cluster



EU Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

Funded by:

The European Union.

Project Budget:

1,790,445.70 €

Project Duration:

36 months

Project Implementation Area:

Romania, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Main Objective:

The project aims to generate a significant change by developing Danube S3 Cluster Strategy and Programme as transnational strategic documents focused on exploiting the linkages between mutually reinforcing specialization areas across sectors. The strategy will be tested by 5 regional pilot initiatives in 4 cross-cutting themes (market intelligence, open innovation, business models for circular economy and healthy food) that are interconnected and will generate 15 cluster cooperation agreements but are also able to generate new other innovative project ideas. The pilots will be implemented in Croatia, Serbia and Slovakia and especially in Moldova and Ukraine where most of the knowledge generator activities will take place.

Specific Objectives:

SO1 - Develop cluster policies and implementing instruments

Expected Results:

Improved cooperation and coordination for cluster policies in Agro-Food sector based on smart specialization approach and development of 2 innovation tools to further allow implementation of 5 regional pilot initiatives in market intelligence, open innovation, business models for circular economy and healthy food that will lead to the generation of 15 cluster cooperation agreements.
The project will increase cluster cooperation and coordination by jointly develop strategic documents for clusters active on Agro-Food in the Danube region such as:
a. Danube S3 Cluster Strategy – transnational strategic document focused on exploiting the linkages between mutually reinforcing specialization areas across sectors, addressing the competitive position in emerging global value chains;
b. Danube S3 Cluster Policy Recommendations;
c. Danube S3 Cluster Programme – transnational coordinated program for clusters active on Agro-Food in the context of smart specialization.

Regional Guarantee Fund

The findings generated through economic analysis of the SME Sector indicated that enterprises are faced with serious obstacles is access to affordable medium and long term finance. Therefore NERDA established a Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises, which became operational in March 2008. In partnership with Volksbank BH, Tuzla Development Association NERDA ensured a very attractive interest rate for SMEs which is 6.99 %, while the multiplying factor for the deposited funds is 3.0. The total deposited funds are in the amount of 848.250 KM, while the available potential amounts to 2.544.750 KM. For more information on Guarantee Fund please contact:
Mr. Jasenko Omerćehajić, Guarantee Fund Administrator
Tel: +387 35 274 385

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Obuke i konsultacije

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