Articles taggés avec ‘Serbian government’

EU Funding: EU allocates €1.4 million for child protection programmes in Serbia

Jeudi 12 juin 2008

The EU is providing €1.4 million to UNICEF for a new 30-month project “Transforming Residential Institutions for Children and Developing Sustainable Alternatives”

The project will be managed by the European Agency for Reconstruction and implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the Serbian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Local communities and civil society organisations will also participate.

The project will help to ensure full capacity of the child care system in responding to the needs of the most vulnerable groups of children in Serbia. It is expected that the project will contribute in reducing the number of children in residential institutions in Serbia by 25% up to 2011.The assistance carried out over the next years will focus on:

- Transforming residential institutions into child-centred community-based services which respond to local needs
- Strengthening and expanding the existing foster care system
- Developing the professional capacities needed to support child care.

The placement of disadvantaged children - without parental care, with developmental difficulties or with behavioural problems - in large residential institutions is one of the most potent mechanisms contributing to social exclusion in Serbia. According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy 2006 Annual Report, close to 3,000 children reside in 25 large institutions located all over the country.

Through its National Investment Programme (NIP), the Serbian government has already committed €1 million in 2008 and earmarked a further €3 million in 2009 for the reconstruction and refurbishment of residential institutions for children in need.

European Agency for Reconstruction

Zemanta Pixie

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