RHP stakeholders, including representatives of the two main donors the European Commission and the U.S., visited today three beneficiary families in Serbia which have received housing assistance thanks to the RHP. The visit was organised in the margins of the Regional Coordination Forum meeting which took place in Belgrade on 6 October 2016.
TV show "Prizma" on Croatian national television HRT hosted a representative of RHP Lead Institution, Mr Ivica Preskar, and UNHCR PI Officer Mr Neven Crvenkovic.
Six months after the beginning of consturction in Konik, important progress has been made: the works on 120 flats are progressing ahead of schedule and should be completed by August 2017
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dacic, together with the other RHP stakeholders, laid on 9 September the foundations for the construction site in Ovca, near Belgrade, to mark the start of construction of 235 apartments.
Governor Wenzel meets with Serbia’s Prime Minister in Paris, signs grant agreement for migrants and refugees
A new RHP publication “RHP Management Tools” presents the tools and methods which are used to improve project planning, monitoring and risk management.
On 29 June 2016, the RHP Steering Committee members visited the town of Novo Gorazde to hand over the keys to reconstructed houses to six beneficiary families.
"It is important to emphasise that the RHP is not beneficial for displaced populations only but also for the entire region, as it contributes to stability and fosters good neighbourly relations".
"The importance of this Programme goes beyond our countries’ borders and proves that regional cooperation and reconciliation can bring solutions to long-term refugee problem in our region.”
Montenegro celebrates two milestones: handover of keys to beneficiary families in Niksic and a start of construction of a home for the elderly in Pljevlja
The new RHP publication gives an overview of the activities and the progress achieved throughout the past 12 months, from June 2015 to June 2016.
On 20 April 2016, Montenegro signed a contract for construction and supervision works on MNE3 sub-project - Construction of a home for the elderly in Pljevlja.
The contract was signed between the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Directorate for Public Works, the Republic Institute for Urban Planning and Design and the selected contractor "LD Gradnja".
"The RHP represents the best example of regional cooperation, leading to renewal of mutual collaboration and reconciliation amongst the countries", said today Minister for Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, Semiha Borovac, at the event in Olovo organised to celebrate first houses (re)constructed under the RHP.
The State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care organised on 4 April 2016 an inauguration ceremony on the construction site in Benkovac, to celebrate the start of construction of a residential building with 21 apartments.
The implementation of all RHP sub-projects approved in favour of Croatia is progressing well. After a successful completion of the project in Korenica where an apartment building for 29 families was completed in autumn 2015, three more construction sites are now active, in Glina, Knin and in Benkovac (where works should start in early April 2016).
The Mayor of Belgrade hosted today an event to present the overall RHP investment in Belgrade, which now stands at EUR 18.5 million. This was the opportunity to showcase current and future projects in Belgrade financed from the RHP Fund which will, once completed, provide durable housing to around 2 700 vulnerable families in Belgrade.
Several families moved into their reconstructed/constructed homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia
On 30 November 2015, Ms Semiha Borovac, Minister for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina visited CEB.
*In the photo above, from left to right: Ms Nermina Dzepar Ganibegovic, CHP Lead Manager for RHP, Mr Stephan Sellen, CEB Deputy Director General for Loans and Social Development, Mr Carlo Monticelli, CEB Vice-Governor, Ms Semiha Borovac, BiH Minister for Human Rights and Refugees, Ms Jasmina Glisovic, CEB Country Manager for BiH and Georgia, Ms Nina Miskovic, Head of Cabinet at the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees
The Minister for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms Semiha Borovac, hosted on 23 November an event to mark the launch of reconstruction works of 26 housing units in Federation BiH, under the sub-project BiH1. The event took place in Gorazde and Foca.
By signing these agreements, the municipalities formally launched the implementation of three RHP sub-projects in Serbia, with a total cost of 47.5 million EUR.
RHP implementation in Serbia is progressing and a number of beneficiaries have already obtained housing solutions financed with the RHP Fund resources.
Croatia celebrates the successful completion of the first RHP project - 29 families receive keys to new apartments in Korenica
The State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care, which is the RHP Lead Institution in Croatia, hosted on 7 September 2015 a ceremony to mark the official launch of construction works of a home for 75 elderly and disabled persons in the city of Glina. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Policy and Youth, Ms Milanka Opacic, together with other representatives from the Croatian Government and RHP stakeholders.
The construction of two buildings to accommodate 62 vulnerable IDP families in Niksic, Montenegro, started in May 2015 and have made impressive progress since: the works advance with a month/month and a half ahead of schedule. This should allow the buildings to be completed by summer 2016, allowing the selected families to move in shortly thereafter.
Minister Borovac informed that the selection of RHP beneficiaries, from among some 26 000 applications received, will soon be completed. She added that, in collaboration with UNHCR, 170 beneficiary families have been selected for the first sub-project and 650 for the second sub-project, and that these families have been formally verified by the entity selection commissions.
The implementation on the ground of the first RHP sub-project approved for Montenegro, construction of two apartment buildings in Niksic providing housing to 62 vulnerable families, started on 25 May 2015. The construction works were officially inaugurated in the presence of Ms Zorica Kovacevic, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro, Mr Veselin Grbovic, Mayor of Niksic and Mr Zarko Zivkovic, Director of the Directorate for Public Works of Montenegro (newly appointed PIU for RHP).
CEB's Vice-Governor Mikolaj Dowgielewicz visited Serbia and Montenegro this week to meet with high-level officials of both governments, to discuss RHP implementation and CEB's co-operation with the two countries in general.
Konik, the local community located five kilometres from the capital of Montenegro, is the largest refugee camp in the Balkans, settled by Roma and Egyptians who left Kosovo after the conflict in 1999 and came to Montenegro. At the time, there were around 4000 people living in improvised huts built from scraps of wood, tin and rubbish. Today, Konik is a container settlement which currently hosts some 1500 persons. In the past years, fires caused by improper wiring and the use of open stoves and candles were frequent incidents, forcing the tenants to start with their lives all over again.
On 17 March 2015, a special event was organised in the town of Trebinje in Bosnia and Herzegovina to celebrate the delivery of housing solutions to the first RHP beneficiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On 19 January 2015, the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina signed cooperation agreements with the mayors of 22 towns and municipalities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina in which the first sub-project will be implemented. These cooperation agreements define in detail the responsibilities and duties of all the municipalities, ministries and departments involved in RHP implementation.
Today, six returnee families in Knin, and on last Friday two families in Petrinja, received keys to their new homes. These are the first eight refugee families to receive durable housing solutions in Croatia under the RHP. In total 101 families will receive keys for their new homes during the first months of 2015 through purchase of apartments throughout the country.
Video about delivery of building material to RHP beneficiary family in Stara Pazova, Serbia, on 2 October 2014.
The Assembly of Donors, in its meeting held on 20 November in Paris, approved four new grant applications, one from each Partner Country.