Articles taggés avec ‘Kosovo’

EU Funding: 24 new family homes for displaced Kosovo Roma

Mercredi 30 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Support to participation of South-Eastern European countries in the stabilisation and association process (”Closed programme”)

A new social housing scheme comprising 24 family homes was handed over to the Municipality of Berane by representatives of the European Agency for Reconstruction, the European Commission, UNHCR and the German NGO HELP

The event was attended by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Affairs, the Bureau for the Care of Refugees, CARITAS of Luxemburg and members of the Roma community in Berane.

Vuko Golubovic, the mayor of Berane municipality, announced that the local authorities will continue their support for refugees and displaced persons by creating employment opportunities for them in the municipality. He added that his intention is to ensure that the investment in the “New Riverside” Social Housing Scheme will become sustainable. According to Mr Golubovic, this will only be possible if the already significant integration of the Roma displaced persons in the local labour market will be further enhanced.

The “New Riverside Social Housing Scheme” is the first of its kind in Montenegro, established with assistance largely provided by the European Union’s CARDS Programme at the request of the Montenegrin Bureau for the Care of Refugees and the municipality of Berane.

It is part of a wider CARDS project, with a starting budget of € 2.5 million, designed to help the Montenegrin Government implement the integration component of its “National Strategy for Resolving the Issues of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons”. It comprises not only housing solutions but other social infrastructure such as a home for the elderly as well as income generating activities for displaced persons, refugees and socially vulnerable Montenegrins.

The programme is implemented by the German NGO HELP and co-funded by HELP and UNHCR. Other EU member state charities such as the Dutch Grabovac have added funds to individual programme components. The Berane component of the programme has, in addition, benefited from financial contributions from CARITAS Luxemburg and the Municipality of Berane. Thanks to the catalytic effect of CARDS and the dynamism of the civil society organization in charge, the total value of the program, and thus its benefits, have grown to near €4 million.

There are approximately 25,000 refugees and displaced persons in Montenegro, or 4% of the total population.

European Reconstruction Agency

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EU Funding: Emin Gjiku Cultural Complex of the Museum of Kosovo

Vendredi 13 juin 2008

The European Agency for Reconstruction has provided EC funds for the recently completed rehabilitation works which have restored one 18th century guesthouse building back to its original state

The Emin-Gjiku complex of houses is one of the best examples of 18th century Kosovo architecture left in Pristina. Emin-Gjiku is an ancillary ethnographic and cultural centre of the Museum of Kosovo. The European Agency for Reconstruction has provided EC funds for the recently completed rehabilitation works which have restored one 18th century guesthouse building back to its original state. It is intended to give local and international visitors an idea of domestic lifestyle in Kosovo over two centuries ago.

The general objective of the rehabilitation programme was to revive and draw attention to Kosovo’s cultural heritage as a way to promote interest in culture and building heritage and promote links between Kosovo’s cultural institutions and European cultural networks.

This project benefited from the EU support provided through the European Agency for Reconstruction and by the French NGO “Patrimone Sans Frontières” (PSF). The EAR funded rehabilitation, while PSF provided professional supervision.

The European Union, through the European Agency for Reconstruction, has contributed substantially to the restoration of historical buildings in Kosovo. It has already managed the completed restoration of five kullas (Albanian castle-houses), in the municipalities of Deçan/Decane and Pejë/Pec, and historical Ottoman house known as Gospodarska Kuca-Saraj in the Serb village of Hoca e Madhe/Velika Hoca, an important part of Kosovo’s cultural heritage, the Konak and dormitory in Deçan/Decane monastery and the ongoing reconstruction of the seminary and archbishop’s residence in Prizren/Prizren.

European Agency for Reconstruction

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Eu funding : EU allocates €2.6 million to help tackle problems of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Serbia

Mardi 27 mai 2008

In collaboration with the Serbian Mine Action Centre, the European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) has launched a project to help the Serbian government tackle the problem of locating unexploded ordnance in the Danube and Sava rivers.

The project is funded by the European Union.
Ships on the Danube river
Ships on the Danube river (large photo)

The project involves a survey and search of parts of the two rivers, which will be carried out according to international rules, regulations and standards. Operations will be completed in 10 months within a first €2.3 million contract. This phase will allow to identify what unexploded ordnance is present and where it is located. The second contract, worth €0.3 million, is for supervision of this work. It will also include preparation of tender documents for actual clearance operations, based on the information produced by the first project. This second phase will last 12 months.

Unexploded ordnance still poses a hazard worldwide.There are countless examples of civilians tampering with unexploded ordnance that is many years old - often with fatal results.

European Agency for Reconstruction