REFUGEE FAMILIES IN KLADOVO AND NEGOTINO RECEIVE KEYS TO THEIR NEW HOMES UNDER RHP
The most vulnerable refugee families from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia residing in Negotin and Kla-dovo received keys of the newly built apartments within the fourth subproject of the Regional Housing Programme (RHP). In Negotin, 20 families received keys to their new homes, while another 10 refugee families settled in their apartments in Klado-vo.
Both RHP events organized on the same day were attended by Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the Commission for Coordination of the Process of Permanent Integration of Refugees, Vladimir Cucic, Commissioner for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia, Munici-pal Presidents (in Negotin, Vladimir Velickovic, in Kladovo Sasa Nikolic), John Andrew Young, Acting Representative of UNHCR in Serbia, Dragan Katuca, Director of the Project Implementation Unit in Public Sector, and the beneficiaries. In both municipalities, officials delivered the keys to the beneficiaries, wishing them a long and peaceful life.
Commissar Cucic thanked the first Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic for continuous, long-term support, the European Union as the largest donor, as well as the PIU, UNHCR and the OSCE on efficient cooperation.
The funds for the construction of these 30 apartments were provided partly from the RHP Donor Fund, managed by the Bank for Development of the Council of Europe, and partly from the municipal budgets. In Kladovo, the RHP fund donated 699 thousand euros for the construction of ten housing units, while the contribution of the municipality of Kladovo is 3.1 mil-lion dinars. In Negotin, RHP fund donated 1.3 million euros for the construction of 20 apartments, while the contri-bution of Negotin municipality is 8.6 million dinars. The contractor in both municipalities is GP "Kej" d.o.o. Valjevo.
RHP subproject 4 is worth a total of 18.7 million euros, of which 16.6 is a share of the RHP fund, while 2.1 million euros is a national contribution. Under this subproject, a total of 1 382 housing solutions are awarded: 70 prefab-ricated houses, 261 apartments, 653 packages of building material and 398 village houses.
Subproject 4 envisages construction of apartment buildings in 13 local self-government units. Within this subproject, beneficiaries moved into Arilje, Zrenjanin and Loznica so far, while construction is in progress in Temerin, Sombor, Brus, Bor, Uzice (Sevojno), Stara Pazova (Golubinci), Odzaci and Vrnjacka Banja.
The Regional Housing Programme (RHP) was set up to provide durable housing solutions to vulnerable ref-ugees and displaced persons following the 1991-1995 conflicts on the territory of former Yugoslavia. The RHP is implemented by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia and mostly financed by the international donor community. The main donor is the European Union. The other donors are the United States of America, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Luxembourg, Spain, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and the Slovak Republic.