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.
From 22 to 24 October 2014, the 9th Annual Meeting of the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (KIRS) Trustees was held in Soko Banja. The meeting brought together approximately 400 municipal trustees, representatives from RHP Partner Countries, as well as representatives from the international community and Technical Assistance involved in the RHP.
It has been three months since the first shovels hit the ground on the construction site of Korenica in Croatia. As of today, three floors of an apartment building for 29 vulnerable families have already been finished.
The signed agreements, which amount to a total of just over EUR 8 million in grants, will provide financing for the construction of a home for 68 elderly refugees and IDPs in Pljevlja, and for the construction of two apartment buildings in Podgorica for 120 most vulnerable families currently living in Camp Konik I.
Family Tepsic is one of the 125 vulnerable families that were selected to receive packages of building material financed within the first RHP sub-project implemented in Serbia. On 2 October they were visited by RHP donors and partners and Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, who is also President of the Serbian National Steering Committee for RHP.