Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro

Home for Elderly Opened in Pljevlja

11/04/2018 - 00:00
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The head of Cooperation Section, Hermann Spitz, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Milutin Simovic, opened a home for the elderly in the northern town of Pljevlja. The modern facility which cost nearly €3 million will provide permanent housing to 68 elderly refugees.

“The construction of this housing unit was financed by the EU in the amount of €1.9 million through the Regional Housing Programme,” Spitz stated at the opening ceremony.

He reminded that the programme provides permanent housing solutions for the most vulnerable categories in Montenegro, including displaced persons and internally displaced persons.

 

“Around €16 million was approved so far to provide housing in Montenegro, and we are pleased that the EU is the largest donor in this regional programme. This shows our firm commitment to using EU funds for concrete activities that help people in meeting their most basic needs – in this case providing them with something most of us take for granted – a roof over their head,” Spitz said.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister, Milutin Simovic, said at the opening that the Regional Housing Programme, represents the best example of cooperation, solidarity and community at the local, national and international levels.

 

“Montenegro has had the support of the international community as a country, which is an example in the region of solidarity, cooperation, openness and democratic progress. One such example of international support is the Regional Housing Programme, which will solve housing issues for around 6,000 people, or about 1,200 households belonging to vulnerable categories. The total value of this project is about €28 million, and the state’s participation is €4.2 million,” said Simovic.

The director of the home, Kenana Strujic, explained that the users will have services at the level of a 3-star hotel.

The Regional Housing Programme is a joint initiative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, which provides lasting housing solutions for refugees and displaced persons. Almost €28 million has been allocated to provide housing in Montenegro, and the EU is the largest donor in this regional programme. Learn more about the RHP here.

 

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