Posavje Regional Development Agency was founded as a non-governmental organisation in 1998 by the Municipalities of Brežice, Krško and Sevnica. It co-operates with the Development Centre Brežice, the Entrepreneurial Centre Krško, the Valvasor Research Centre, with Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry and of Crafts, and with farming advisory agencies, banks and other organisations. The Centre has prepared the Regional Development Programme of the Posavje region and has since been coordinating its implementation. It offers financial and organisational assistance, stimulates local initiatives, evaluates and promotes development potentials and co-ordinates participation in EU support programmes. The Centre has devised a Posavje Stipend Scheme aimed at stimulating employment policy and entrepreneurship amongst women, organised business education programmes for the young, conceived cross-border projects with Croatia, and monitored Posavje rural development in the context of the EU.