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“Simplification of Administrative Procedures and Regulations – ePapir” is a project initiated by the Serbian Government to reduce the administrative burden on the economy. It is being implemented since 2016, in cooperation with many partners, while the German Development Cooperation will support these activities in 2019 in Vojvodina. So far, German Development Cooperation has supported the establishment of the registry of administrative procedures on the national level.

ePapir is part of a comprehensive reform aimed at improving business conditions and reducing administrative burden on the economy. The goal is to collect, optimise, make publicly available and digitise all administrative procedures and other business conditions.

Over the past three years, about 2500 administrative procedures have been systematised, and entered into an electronic database. The establishment of a registry of all administrative procedures is envisaged by 2021. This registry will be publicly available, and businesses will be able to easily obtain all the information necessary for the implementation of a specific administrative procedure at one place.

So, for example, an entrepreneur wishing to open a trading company will be able to find at one place information about the incorporation, special rules for the area in which the company trades, as well as rules for financial reporting in the course of business.

With the e-Papir project, the economy gets a safe business environment and reliable public administration, while the public administration improves the quality of public services provision, improves communication between authorities, organisation and exchange of data.

The kick-off meeting, which marked the beginning of the activities, was held on April 4, 2019 in the parliament of Vojvodina, with introductory remarks by the Prime minister of the Provincial government, Igor Mirović, Director of the Public policy secretariat, Bojana Tošić, and Alexandra Hilbig, leader of the German-Serbian development cooperation project Support to public administration reform in Serbia.

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