Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Tempus Foundation organized the Info session on the Erasmus+ program sports component on March 10, 2020. at the Palace „Serbia“ in Belgrade. Over one hundred representatives of national sports branch federations and territorial sports federations, as well as local self-governments throughout Serbia, became acquainted with the possibilities of participating in the current call for Erasmus+ sport projects.
Participants were greeted by the Minister of Youth and Sports Vanja Udovičić, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, HE Sem Fabrizi, as well as Marija Filipović-Ozegović, Tempus Foundation Director.
Minister Udovičić invited sports associations to apply the project proposal to the current call, like organizations that have already provided additional funds for their activities through Erasmus+ did last year did. He also emphasized that Serbia is a country of sports, and that it is known in the world for the successes achieved by athletes in various sports, and expressed his desire to achieve such results in European programs.
EU Ambassador to Serbia Sem Fabrizi pointed out that cooperation through Erasmus+ projects in sport has a positive effect on the development of human capital potential in Europe, reducing the health, social and economic costs that occur due to the physical inactivity of citizens. He said the European Commission intends to increase the funds available through the Erazmus+ program in the next budget cycle starting from 2021.
Summing up the results of the Republic of Serbia’s participation in the call for Erasmus+ projects in 2019 in the fields of education, youth and sports, Tempus Foundation Director Marija Filipović-Ožegović said that the financial means that organizations and institutions from Serbia would withdraw through approved projects significantly exceed the annual amount of the contribution that Republic of Serbia paid to participate in the program. She also emphasized the additional, immeasurable benefit of participating in joint projects, such as sharing experiences, knowledge and networking with colleagues from abroad. In the working part of the session, Goran Bogunović from the Tempus Foundation presented to the participants in detail the current competition, conditions of participation and funding rules, as well as practical instructions for submitting project proposals.