Embassy of the Netherlands to Serbia

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2010 - Now

Matra is a major program run by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through which the Netherlands supports countries of the Southeast Europe with their EU accession prospects. The name Matra derives from the Dutch words for social transformation –
‘maatschappelijke transformatie’.

The overall goal of Matra is the development of plural democracy, grounded in the rule of law, with room for dialogue between the government and civil society; building capacity and strengthening the institutions of civil society and government, and strengthening bilateral relations.

Under the auspices of MATRA framework the Embassy of the Netherlands in Belgrade supports activities of civil society organisations, government institutions, and non-profit educational institutions in Serbia and Montenegro that promote transformation process in the following areas:

  • Legislation and justice
  • Public administration/ public order/ police
  • Human rights and the integration of minorities