Development of innovative social entrepreneurship model for voulnerable groups in the border region

Briefly about the project

This project will contribute to the achievements of specific objectives and so will improve the socio-economic status of the young Roma population and their position in society. Outcomes are in correlation with the proposed budget and resources (human, material and financial) that will be used in action, and applicants expect that they will have enough sustainability and transferability power for further dissemination of their innovative ideas. Establishing social enterprise will move managerial knowledge and skills of Roma youth from present status, that is practically zero, to the standard managerial status. Those skills and knowledge will be further developed by several activities which encompass exchange of experiences by best practice and lessons learned presentations (including Belgrade and other similar experiences). Also, the site visits in other countries such as Montenegro and Romania will contribute to the exchange of experiences. The technical capacity of the group will be improved by environmental and health protection trainings and techniques of solid waste collection and selection. Modern and efficient technical devices such as electric bicycles and mild hybrid vechicles have been included in the preconditions for quality collecting, selection and deposing. Applicants are interested in and will increase their organizational and marketing capacity to manage such type of projects that include socio-economically sensitive and vulnerable groups. The Municipality of Novi Kneževac and the City of Szeged will have significant added value due to its interest in tourism. Namely, the efficiency and efficacy of the management with solid waste in eco-friendly manner will be a strong signal to the tourists and citizens of the border region to take care of the environment. The establishment of a nice ambient downtown will attract tourists which will benefit all stakeholders. One scholarship will be implemented.
The integration and acceptance of minorities is an important aspect to emphasize solidarity as the European Union intents to combat social exclusion and discrimination. The project aims to improve the social and economic situation of Roma ethnic groups living in border areas. The project will give this group the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills.
The promotion of waste collection habits and systematisation among vulnerable groups will be a priority. The legalisation of Roma waste pickers will be achieved through the creation of a social enterprise, which will give them an advantage in the labour market and in the business sector.

The project aims to make selective waste collection a priority for the whole region, with a special focus on the Roma community. Waste sorting is a global problem, and the dissemination of best practices in the region is an additional objective.

Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Serbia

The Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Serbia is implemented within the 2014-2020 European Union financial framework, under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). On the basis of the ‘shared management system’ of the participating countries (Hungary and Serbia), the Programme funds and supports cooperation projects of organizations located in the Programme-eligible area: the Hungarian counties of Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun, and the Serbian territories of West Bačka, North Bačka, South Bačka, North Banat, Central Banat, South Banat and Srem. The Programme helps the development of a stable and cooperating region and the overall quality of life in the border region. It enables economic collaboration of organizations from the two countries, nurtures the common identity, the cultural and historical heritage in the border region, and contributes to its environmental sustainability and safety.