The early morning ambiance at the City Market in Gračanica is characterized by a palpable sense of activity, as the initial influx of customers seeks out locally sourced products. Each day at the market stands as a testament to the dedication and labor of local farmers, evident in the quality of every item on display. Long regarded as a cornerstone of domestic commerce, the City Market has undergone a transformative evolution, courtesy of European Union funding, to align with contemporary commercial needs.

Under the auspices of the EU4GRI project, a concerted effort has been directed towards further modernization, aiming to enhance the quality of life within the Gračanica community. This undertaking has culminated in the unveiling of a revitalized urban market space, characterized by a contemporary aesthetic. Notable upgrades such as the installation of a new canopy, modernized electrical systems, and refrigeration facilities constitute a fraction of the comprehensive enhancements geared towards elevating sales standards and improving operational conditions for vendors. Furthermore, provisions have been made for mobile stalls and accessibility accommodations for individuals with special needs.


These enhancements not only yield operational efficiencies but also yield tangible benefits in terms of reduced maintenance costs and energy consumption, thereby contributing significantly to environmental sustainability and economic viability. As aptly expressed by a local vendor, “This market is our treasure.” The sentiment underscores the profound impact of the European Union’s support, which not only rejuvenated our market but also fostered a heightened sense of community cohesion.

Integral to the renovation efforts are stringent adherence to hygiene standards, with comprehensive training programs tailored for vendors to ensure compliance with sanitary protocols and food safety regulations. The aggregate investment value facilitated by the EU4AGRI project surpasses 235,000 BAM, with the European Union providing co-financing in excess of 157,000 BAM.


Beyond its role as a commercial hub, the City Market in Gračanica serves as an emblem of progress and environmental stewardship within the local community. The EU4AGRI initiative, spanning the years 2020 to 2024, represents a strategic endeavor aimed at modernizing the agricultural and food sectors, stimulating employment opportunities, and bolstering resilience in the face of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financed by the European Union through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), with an endowment EUR 20 million, this initiative is further bolstered through joint contributions from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Czech Development Agency (CzDA), underlining the collaborative effort towards fostering sustainable development in Bosnia and Herzegovina.