International development – Recent selected references

 • CBC programme Serbia-Bulgaria 03-04/2014, Municipality of Pirot, EU funds. Moderation and provision of 4 expert speakers for a business forum whose presentations covered the themes: available EU funds, clustering and cooperation between local governments and local business, free zones and their advantages. Translation of 400 pages of legal and financial documentation that will help businesses to make better use of the possibilities of cross-border cooperation.

• CBC programme Romania-Serbia 07-08/2013 Municipality of Zrenjanin / EU funds. Feasibility study for construction of the bicycle lane along Begej River from Romania-Serbia Border to Klek village and the inner cycle path in the City of Zrenjanin.

Quality Assurance in Education - An € 2m EU EU-funded project to assist the Serbian authorities in developing and implementing the Quality Assurance System for general primary and secondary education and VET, giving priority to development of a national examination system and increasing the capacity of the Ministry of Education and other relevant institutions.  www.okni.edu.rs

• Strengthening of consumer protection in Serbia is a € 2.8m EU-funded IPA 2009 project, implemented by an international consortium led by European Profiles S.A including Halifax Consulting. The project started in August 2011 and its planned duration is 30  months. The projects supports the responsible line ministry to establish cooperation with all relevant stakeholders in this area, to improve the protection and promotion of the rights and interests of consumers in Serbia, in line with EU legislation and best practices. www.zapotrosace.rs

MSP IPA 2007 (Exchange III) - An € 8m EU-funded project implemented by an international consortium led by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and including Halifax Consulting. Starting in January 2010, this major project will continue the successful ‘Exchange’ series in supporting local government development and decentralisation in Serbia. Website soon to be established

• Support to the Novi Pazar Water Enterprise Business planning and customer relations development as part of a FOPIP (Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme) for the water company of Novi Pazar.

Assistance in programming IPA funds – Our experts have taken an active part in several projects assisting the Serbian Ministry of Finance with its work in programming EU funding, from IPA 2007 to 2011.

Project Preparation and Technical Assistance Facility to Reinforce Administrative Capacity in Serbia (2009-2011) – A € 6m EU-funded project implemented by an international consortium led by GTZ and including Halifax Consulting. The project started in March 2009, and is preparing the way for the introduction of IPA components 3 and 4 which will begin when Serbia gains EU candidate status and the DIS is conferred. It assists the NIPAC, the Strategic Coordinator and operating structures in preparing the Strategic Coherence Framework, Operational Plans for Transport, Environment and Regional Competitiveness along with their indicative project pipelines, and Human Resources Development. http://ipa2007ppf.org

 Translation of the acquis - A € ½m EU-funded project implemented by Halifax Consulting – Translation of 16,000 pages of the EU acquis communautaire into Serbian as a basis for legislative transposition. November 2008 – November 2010.

Municipal Support programme NE Serbia – A € 7m EU-funded project implemented by an international consortium led by VNG International and including Halifax Consulting. A 3-year development programme for the Banat and Braniševski regions of Serbia to assist municipalities develop municipal and regional competencies and carry out major investment projects. www.mspne-serbia.org

A Bankable Projects Documentation Team An EU-funded project implemented by Halifax Consulting: a series of feasibility studies for municipalities for infrastructure investments of 4 – 15 million Euro. The studies are designed to form the basis for credit decisions by IFIs such as the World Bank.

Recycling manual for lead-acid batteries (IFC) – A manual on the handling, storage and recycling of lead-acid batteries, with training for company employees and publicity material.

Danube River Pollution Reduction programme DREPR (World Bank / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Resource Management) – A Code of Good Agricultural Practice, covering all aspects of agricultural pollution likely to affect water resources. Production, translation, design and layout. (In consortium with Niras Scan-Agri)

Local Economic Development in the Balkans LEDIB (Carl Bro/Danida) – Local Economic Development programme.

Country Programme Evaluation (Opto International/Sida) – Evaluation of Sida’s Serbia country programme with the purpose of assisting the development of a new multi-annual intervention strategy.

Project evaluations – Halifax has completed a number of project evaluations for the EU and UN. Often under EC framework contracts, from Serbia to Botswana.