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Programme for Local Self-Government and Economic Development (EU ProLocal)

The EU ProLocal Project is part of EUR 19 million worth EU Programme for Local Development and Employment which helped creation of almost 1500 new jobs after the floods in May 2014.

The Project contributed to improved competitiveness of SMEs in wood, metal processing, agribusiness and tourism sectors in the following partner municipalities:

Locality 1: Prijedor, Prnjavor, Derventa, Gradiška, Laktaši, Kozarska Dubica, Srbac;
Locality 2: Zenica, Gračanica, Brčko, Teslić, Tešanj, Žepče
Locality 3: Posušje, Široki Brijeg, Grude, Ljubuški, Prozor-Rama, Jablanica, Konjic.

Flagship results achieved:
• More than 100 SMEs, development agencies, chambers of commerce, universities benefited from the European Union's grant funds of €4 million enabling SMEs investment in new equipment, development of new products and services for better skills, innovations and engagement in international value chains (new markets reached, like China, Sweden, England, Algeria, Morocco);
• The assisted SMEs exports and sales have significantly increased by cca 30%, while over 300 new local jobs were created, of which some 70 related to women;
• Over 40 business standards obtained by 20 companies to increase efficiency and quality of products and services;
• 10 companies have completed the CE certification for export to EU market;
• 5 companies introduced innovations for new products and services;
• Some 30 companies developed flood risk action plans for protection of employees, infrastructure and equipment;
• 116 new products and services, improved the quality of existing ones. The grants enabled innovations such as robotisation of wielding process, 3D print of wooden products, and modeling of metal products;
• 25 local partnerships promoted for providing new services for investors, co-working space for young people in IT and creative industries, Start-up Academies and "Learning Factory" for the university students.


Vesna Grković, Programme Manager,

Project duration:
Economic governance
Strategic partner:
Brčko District BiH, Ministry of Development, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of FBiH, Ministry of Economy and Entrepreneurship RS, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
European Union, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Project implemented in:
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Brčko District BiH
Zenica-Doboj Canton, West Herzegovina Canton, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Tuzla Canton
Municipalities (19):
Derventa, Gračanica, Gradiška, Grude, Jablanica, Konjic, Kozarska Dubica, Laktaši, Ljubuški, Posušje, Prijedor, Prnjavor, Prozor-Rama, Široki Brijeg, Srbac, Tešanj, Teslić, Zenica, Žepče