Podgorica 12. December - The European Union’s Ambassador to Montenegro, Aivo Orav, said that he is happy to see the completion of the construction of the 51 apartments which will provide durable housing for the internally displaced families that have been living in Konik camp.
“Through the Regional Housing Programme, almost €28 million will be used to provide housing in Montenegro, of which international donors – most notably the EU – have pledged €24 million. In Montenegro, we have aimed to solve housing issues for around 6,000 displaced persons, or 1,000 households, belonging to the most vulnerable categories,” said Orav.
He reminded that, in parallel with the construction of the apartments, the EU has been funding a social inclusion project since 2012 for the people in the Konik camps. And there is a positive trend in the number of Roma children from the Konik camp currently attending seven different schools in Podgorica.
The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Kemal Purisic, said that with the handing over of the 51 sets of keys to members of the Roma and Egyptian population, Konik 1 camp in Podgorica has been officially closed.
“I’m sure that we all share the joy of the families that have received the keys to their new homes today. The Regional Housing Programme is above all a major humanitarian project, the first and so far only project to give answers to the many open questions for the countries in the region,” said Purisic.
The main donor to the programme is the European Union, and significant donations have also been provided by the United States’ government, as well as the governments of Italy, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark.
The Regional Housing Programme in Montenegro envisages: construction of 907 housing units; delivery of construction materials for 120 housing units, construction of 50 houses; construction of a retirement home in Pljevlja with 62 accommodation units; purchase of apartments in the Municipality of Herceg Novi with the possibility of the project being broadened to other coastal municipalities; and reconstruction of existing military facilities for the needs of the construction of a nursing home for disabled persons in the Municipality of Niksic. The total value of the programme is €27.696 million.