European Union is the largest flood relief donor in Obrenovac

European Union is the largest flood relief donor in Obrenovac

Obrenovac, 30 June 2017 – The European Union has allocated 11.1 million Euros for flood relief in Obrenovac, through the IPA 2012, IPA 2014 and the EU Solidarity Fund, which makes it the largest donor of this municipality after the May 2014 floods, it was said today on the presentation of results achieved under the projects implemented within the mentioned funds. 

“We can see on every step enormous help the EU has provided us, which is the result of synergy of work of all government levels, the Public Investment Management Office, donors and organisations. We were afraid that only empty houses would be left in Obrenovac after the floods, but we are proud that we succeeded to revitalise and even modernise our town, thanks to the donor’s support,” said Miroslav Čučković, the Mayor of Obrenovac.

Within the Programme “European Union Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia” 1,331 housing units were reconstructed, 41 houses were constructed and fully equipped, and 371 flood affected businesses as well as 2,416 agriculture households were assisted with tailor-made grants in Obrenovac. 

“Owing to the donation of the European Union and committed work of the organisations working in the field, 4,000 citizens of the municipality of Obrenovac now live in new or reconstructed homes and over 5,000 pupils, teachers and other school staff continued to study and work in the reconstructed schools. We have tried, not only to rehabilitate the damage caused by the floods, but also to improve the living conditions of the people affected by this disaster,” said Maja Vučković Krčmar, the Programme Manager in the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia.

The European Union also funds the projects aimed at flood prevention in Obrenovac, which includes the rehabilitation of over 64 kilometres of channels, the rehabilitation of six damaged pumps in the pumping stations, the procurement of three new pumps and the refurbishment of six pumping station facilities.

“Having in mind all the circumstances, I can certainly say that this Programme was quite a success thanks to the donor primarily, as well as the implementing partners. Now our focus is on prevention and the implementation of the projects aimed at prevention of possible damage caused by future natural disasters, for which 70 million Euros has been allocated,” said Marko Blagojević, the Director of the Public Investment Management Office.

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