Eighth project team meeting

The eighth meeting of the project team was held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Kikinda, at the “Twenty” restaurant and started at 9:00 (SER time) before the final conference of the IBC project.

The meeting was held in the presence of representatives of all project partners. The meeting was leaded by project Manager – according to following topics from the agenda, previously discussed and approved by the project partners:

  • Presentation of implemented activities within the project and monitoring the achieved deliverable / outputs / target groups
    Irena Zivkovic – Activity and Communication Coordinator presented all the activities that have been implemented in the last implementation period. Team members discussed on each conducted activity individually.  The debate consisted in mutual information about the progress of activities performed on both side of the border, in accordance with the adopted Activity and Communication Plan. Regarding the revision of the achieved deliverables / outputs and target groups on the project, team took each item from the project AF and checked if it was realized or not. After analysing each separate point, project team reached the conclusion that the all indicators are achieved. Mrs Biljana Vuksanović went on and thanked the partners for their involvement in the implementation of the project, reiterated the fact that the cooperation among partners does not end here, since the new IBC 2 project started at 1st of August.
  • Debate on the final partner reports – final consolidated report
    Discussion continued with the second points of the agenda. All partners gradually worked on the last partner reports, which will cover implementation period till August 16th. Partners agreed on submission dynamics, as well as main activities that will be reported in current period.  For this purpose, the RDA Banat has prepared a cross-section of what deliverables and outputs has been achieved so far and target groups situation. All payments related to project will be finished, by all partners, until 10th of September. Since all partners have 30th days from the end of the project for payments, we will be in line with the deadline for submission.  If the validation process is running with the predicted dynamics, Consolidated report is planned to be submitted until the end of November 2019. Partners agreed on representation of its achievements in partner reports, so that the PE “Roads of Serbia”, as a lead partner, would be able to formulate Consolidated report on the most comprehensive way

Final conference of the project “Improving Banat Connectivity”

On Wednesday, August 14, in Kikinda, the final conference of the project “Improvement of Banat Connectivity – IBC” was held within the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Program Romania-Serbia.
In the past 2 years, the project has been successfully implemented by the Public Company “Roads of Serbia”, as a leading partner, the City of Kikinda, the Municipality of Žombol and the Regional Center for Socio-Economic Development Banat, as partners in the project, with the aim of contributing to better connectivity in the cross-border area. through improving quality standards in public transport and mobility services.


The total value of the project is EUR 1,813,477.53, with the contribution of the City of Kikinda, which provided the funds for the execution of works at the Nakovo border crossing in the amount of RSD 87,751,153.91.
During the project, a large number of activities were implemented and significant results were achieved that best reflect the importance of the IBC project.


The Nakovo border crossing has been completely reconstructed and its modernization has created the necessary technical conditions, as well as the safety and control standards as already existed on the Romanian side of the border, required for the long-awaited twenty-four-hour operation and traffic of buses and trucks of higher payload capacity.
Technical documentation for enhanced maintenance of the IB-15 state road has been developed and a 7.821m two-way cycle path linking the City of Kikinda and the state border with Romania has been built, which will enable easier and safer cyclist traffic.


The opening of the Office for Information and Promotion of Cross-Border Economic Cooperation in Kikinda and the creation of a cross-border network established structures and created conditions for better cooperation between the two cross-border regions and the promotion of good neighborly relations.


From the Romanian side, technical documentation was prepared and street rehabilitation along the 59C state road in Zhombolje was made, thus providing better access to the Nakovo – Lunga border crossing.
With all the activities carried out and the results achieved, the project is of great importance for both the City of Kikinda and the entire border region of Romania and Serbia, and the best evidence of this is the project “Improving Banat 2 Connectivity”, which started with implementation on August 1, 2019 and which enables joint activities to promote connectivity and mobility services between the two countries to continue.

Invitation for Conference of the cross-border cooperation project „Improvement of Banat Connectivity“

Dear Sir/Madame

It is our pleasure and privilage that on behalf of Public Enterprise “Roads of Serbia”, as a Lead partner, City of Kikinda, Municipality of Jimbolia and Regional Agency for socio-economic Development Banat, as a partners, to invite You to the Conference “Improvement of Banat Connectivity” of the cross-border cooperation project, which is organized in the framework of the self-titled project.

The project “Improvement of Banat Connectivity” is realized in the framework of Interreg – IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Romania – Serbia.  project “Improvement of Banat Connectivity – IBC”. The total value of the project is 1,813,477.53 euros, of which 1,541,455.89 euros financed from IPA funds, while work on equipping the border crossing Nakovo (Serbia) additionally funded by the City of Kikinda, with a total value of 87.751.193,91 dinars.

The Conference will take place on Wednesday, 29th of May  2019, in the venue of Restoran “Belavila”, Svetosavska 178, Kikinda, commencing at 10:00 o’clock (SER time).

The conference will bring together representatives from different sectors, with the aim of informing them about the project results, the potential of border local self-governments, as well the future possibilities of economic co-operation in the border Romania – Serbia region.

Within the conference, B2B meetings are foreseen aimed at linking the business sector on both sides of the border and introducing new opportunities and solutions offered by the project. This will be an opportunity for business representatives to meet and create new business contacts.

We kindly ask you to confirm your interest in participating in the conference and B2B meetings no later than Friday May 24th to the e-mail address: ibc-cbc@kikinda.org.rs or by phone: +381 230 410 159.

Office for information and promotion of cross-border economic cooperation is at your disposal for any further information.

Seventh project team meeting

The 7th Project Team meeting took place on Thursday, 9th of May 2019 in Zrenjanin, at the RDA Banat premises, Čarnojevićeva 1, Zrenjanin and started at 12:00 o’clock (SER time) after the Site visit performance for the IBC2 project. The meeting was held with presence of all project partners team members, leaded by the Activity and Communication Coordinator – Irena Živković, according to following topics from the agenda, previously discussed and approved by the project partners:
• Presentation of implemented activities within the project and monitoring the progress of the project realization – undertaking corrective actions if necessary
Irena Zivkovic – Activity and Communication Coordinator presented all the activities that have been implemented in the 7th implementation period. Team members discussed on each conducted / ongoing activity individually. The debate consisted in mutual information about the progress of activities performed on both side of the border, in accordance with the adopted Activity and Communication Plan. The main discussed topics were establishment of cross-border cooperation office and infrastructure works execution on both border side. Construction of bicycle paths on the IB-15 state road in the area of Kikinda and the section Kikinda – Nakovo started, as well as works on the border crossing Nakovo. Municipality of Jimbolia continued works on rehabilitation of the streets adjacent to the national road 59C in Jimbolia. The 6.2 consolidated report was submitted and consortium expecting JS/MA validation in following days.

• 7th partner reports
Discussion continued with the second points of the agenda. All partners gradually worked on 7th partner reports, which will cover implementation period till May 16th. Partners agreed on submission dynamics, as well as main activities that will be reported in current period. For this purpose, the RDA Banat has prepared a cross-section of what deliverables and outputs has been achieved so far and target groups situation.

• Debate on the most important activities that lie ahead – organization of the cross-border cooperation event
Partners are discussed about activities that are foreseen till the end of the project implementation. Beside ongoing infrastructure works, the main issues is organization of cross-border cooperation event in Kikinda, which should gathered 100 participants with 20 B2B meetings. According to project AF and action plan adopted, partners preliminary agreed on event date (one day from 29th – 31st of May) and the possibly agenda was discussed. Also, partners considered suitable venue for event organization and RDA Banat will investigate proposed option with event organization service provider on Serbian side.
Partners also agreed on next press releases, as well as press articles dynamics till the project end.

Created Cross-border cooperation network

Cross-border cooperation network has been created in order to improve cooperation in all fields of life and work of the inhabitants of cross-border region. The network consists of 57 stakeholders from public, private and NGO sector (including project partners), which were signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IBC project, i.e with PE “Roads of Serbia” as Lead Beneficiary. With the signing of the MoU, the establishment of a network was formalized. The signatories agreed to cooperate in order to improve conditions for the movement of people, goods and services in border areas, develop border crossing Nakovo-Lunga, overcome the border as barriers and promote stronger cooperation and contacts between border regions and communities. Signatories also agreed to give full support to the Office for information and promotion of cross-border economic cooperation (after establishing), to identify and define proposals for overcoming common cross-border challenges, to contribute to launch initiatives to promote cross-border economic cooperation and to support new opportunities in the field of quality standards in public transport and mobility services.

Press release April 2019

Beginning of works on the modernization of the border crossing Nakovo and construction of a cycling route from Kikinda to the border with Romania

As part of the IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Program Romania-Serbia the project entitled “Improvement of Banat Connectivity – IBC” started work on the modernization of the border crossing of Nakovo and construction of a cycling route from Kikinda to the border with Romania.
The planned works at the border crossing Nakovo will create the necessary technical conditions, as well as the security and control standards that already exist on the Romanian side of the border. Roof over the control room will be built, additional control booths will be provided, as well as electronic ramps for each traffic line, video surveillance and light signaling. The construction of passenger toilets is planned as well as a space where the work of the post office, bank, freight forwarder, etc. will be enabled. In order to create technical conditions for the transport of goods to vehicles of higher capacity, platforms for the control of freight vehicles will be provided. The owner of the investor’s rights – the financier of the works, is the City of Kikinda, who provided funds for this purpose in the amount of 87.751.153,91 dinars, and in accordance with the planned dynamics, works at the border crossing will be completed at the beginning of June of this year.
At the same time, the Public Enterprise “Roads of Serbia”, as the leading partner of the IBC project, started with the construction of a two-way bicycle route on the right side of the state road no. 15 I-B, the Kikinda-Nakovo zone (the state border with Romania), in the length of 7,821m. The planned completion date is mid July, while the total value of works is 612,100.57 euros. In addition to the newly-arranged trail allowing easier and safer cyclist traffic, it will further strengthen the position of the city of Kikinda on the European bicycle corridor EuroVelo 13 – The Iron Curtain Route.
The IBC project is implemented by the Public Enterprise “Roads of Serbia”, as the project leader, the City of Kikinda, the Municipality of Žombolj and the Regional Center for Socio-Economic Development Banat, as partners in the project, with the aim of contributing to better connectivity in the cross-border area through improvement of quality standards in public transport and mobility services. The project began with the realization in August 2017 and will last until August 2019, and the total value of the project is 1,813,477.53 euros

Information and promotion office on cross-border economic cooperation was established

On the March 29th the Information and promotion office on cross-border economic cooperation was officially established. The main goal of establishing Office is to promote and support the exchange of people, goods and services between Romania and Serbia, and the main activities are:

  • Collect, process and exchange all relevant information and data related to cross-border cooperation in the field of economy;
  • Providing information on the possibilities of cross-border cooperation to all stakeholders;
  • Organize business meetings and connect the business sector on both sides of the border
  • Identify and define proposals for overcoming common cross-border challenges;
  • Initiate for the promotion of cross-border economic cooperation.

Address: Trg Srpskih Dobrovoljaca 12, 23300 Kikinda

Tel. 0230 410 238

Fax. 0230 410 206

E-mail: ibc-cbc@kikinda.org.rs 

Web: www.ibc-cbc.com

Press release February 2019.

Streets undergoing rehabilitation in Jimbolia through the project “Increasing Mobility through Road Development in Banat”.

Work execution: November 2018 – August 2019

In August 2017, the implementation of the project “Increasing Mobility through Road Development in Banat”, financed by the European Union through the INTERREG IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Program Romania – Serbia, was started and co-financed by the partner countries in the program, bringing together four partners: – project leader, Jimbolia localities in Romania, Kikinda in Serbia and the Association for Socio-Economic Development of Banat in Serbia.

The main objective of the project is to contribute to increased mobility in the cross-border eligible area by improving quality standards in public transport services and by setting up cross-border cooperation structures. The contract for the execution of the works of “Rehabilitation of the streets adjacent to the National Road 59 C from Jimbolia” was signed with SC Group D.C.M. SRL in Timiş county and the order for commencement of works was issued on November 8, 2018. The works continued until the issuance of the order for termination of the works, which was issued on December 18, 2018 due to unfavorable meteorological conditions. Until the works were stopped, several sections of the Liviu Rebreanu and Ioan Slavici streets were rehabilitated, and the rehabilitation works according to the project would be resumed. We remind you that the infrastructure works include the rehabilitation of the streets adjacent to the 59 C National Road in Jimbolia, a road leading to the Nakovo-Lunga border crossing point, and access to property. The sections in the project are as follows:

• Mărăşeşti Road – between Kikindei Road and Basarabia Street

• Str. Ioan Slavici – between Republicii Street and West Towers

• Str. Liviu Rebreanu – between Peter Jung Street and Spre Vest Street

With regard to the establishment of cross-border cooperation structures, the Cross-Border Cooperation Network was created. From Romania, 26 public and private sector stakeholders and NGOs signed the Memorandum of Understanding. The creation and functionality of the network will improve cooperation in all areas of life and work for the inhabitants of the cross-border region. The Network will also support the use of new opportunities in the field of quality standards in public transport and mobility services.

Sixth project team meeting

The sixth project team meeting took place in Jimbolia at the municipality’s headquarters on the 18th of January starting at 12 o’clock Romanian time. The meeting was held with the presence of all project partners team members, leaded by the Project Manager – Biljana Vuksanović, according to following topics from the agenda, previously discussed and approved by the project partners:

• Presentation of implemented activities within the project
• Monitoring the progress of the project realization and spending forecast -undertaking corrective actions if necessary
• 5th consolidated report
• Debate on the most important activities that lie ahead

Press Release November 2018

2,360 Meters of Streets Rehabilitated in Jimbolia, under the Project ”Improvement of Banat Connectivity”. Works Performed: November 2018 – August 2019

In August 2017, we started implementing the project entitled ”Improvement of Banat Connectivity”, financed by the European Union under the INTERREG IPA Romania – Serbia Cross-Border Cooperation Program, and co-financed by the states taking part in this program; the project involves four partners: the Serbian Public Road Administration – the Project Leader, the localities Jimbolia of Romania, Kikinda of Serbia and the Banat Regional Social-Economic Development Association in Serbia.

The main aim of the project is the contribution brought to an increased mobility within the eligible cross-border area, by improving quality standard in public transport and by setting up several cross-border cooperation structures. To this end, the Romanian partner shall rehabilitate the streets adjacent to the National Road 59 C in Jimbolia, as this road leads to the border crossing Nakovo – Lunga; property access roads shall also be built. The rehabilitated sections, with a total length of 2,360 meters, shall be the following:

•          Calea Mărășești – between Calea Kikindei and str. Basarabia – 969 m

•          Str. Ioan Slavici – between str. Republicii and str. Spre Vest – 860 m

•          Str. Liviu Rebreanu – between str. Peter Jung and str. Spre Vest– 531 m

The contract for the performance of works for ”Rehabilitation of the Streets Adjacent to the National Road 59 C in Jimbolia” was signed, and the selected company is SC Group D.C.M. SRL, based in Timiș county. Rehabilitation works shall commence in November, with a view to completion in August 2019.

As to the setup of cross-border cooperation structures, the Cross-Border Cooperation Network was created, involving 25 stakeholders from the public, private and NGO sectors in Romania, and 25 in Serbia. The process of signing the Memorandums of Understanding is underway. The setup and functionality of the network shall improve cooperation in all fields of life and work of the inhabitants in the cross-border area. The Network shall also support the use of new opportunities in the field of quality standards for public transport and mobility.