Support for networking and twinning at European level SNET. EU Opening of the Resource centre for cross-border cooperation in Subotica, 5th April 2013
Subotica Resource Centre is one of two centers that are established for the implementation of the main activities of the project "Support to networking and cooperation at European level," funded by the European Union, and the focus will improve the level of knowledge and skills of local authorities in the EU integration by promoting models of good local practices, and the development of local civil society.
Resource Centre, which will be managed by LDA Subotica aims at enabling the border region to take the full share of responsibility for developing the cooperation that will be a key factor in the process of European integration in the future. Given the lack of information exchange and cooperation in cross-border region the approach is to create networking opportunities for economic development and strengthening relations between Croatian and Serbian local authorities.
Achieving these goals will be possible by training personnel and developing the administrative capacity of local communities to become more efficient and better equipped to cooperate with the European Union, as well as to introduce the instruments of EU financial support. Successful cross-border cooperation is very important to improve the management and leadership potential of existing human and other resources available for the implementation of IPA projects and establishing twinning, and also for promotion of networking as a significant mean for fostering active citizenship and building of common European identity. One of the tasks of the Resource Centre will be providing consulting services to local authorities and civil society organizations to develop network of partnerships, twinning, and even influencing the policies, plans, and accessing EU funds. In addition, the Resource Centre will promote the European concept of active citizenship and will organize meetings in order to promote cooperation and exchange of experiences between local governments of Croatia and Serbia.
Resource Centre will be managed by twinning advisers who will coordinate the establishment of new partnerships, initiatives and proposals within the border region and with EU partners.