Assistance to refugees from the former Yugoslavia continues through the Regional Housing Programme

Janne Knutrud giving out keys - Photo:Komesarijat za izbeglice Republike Srbije
Janne Knutrud, Chargé d’affaires of the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade, handing out keys to one of the newly built apartments.

The Embassy of Norway attended the ceremonial awarding of keys for the Regional Housing Programme in Golubinci, Serbia.

Regional Housing Programme (RHP) is a joint initiative by Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina whose aim is to contribute to the resolution of the displacement situation of the most vulnerable refugees and displaced persons following the conflicts in former Yugoslavia.

Group picture from the ceremony.

On 18th of September, Ivica Dačić (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia) together with Janne Knutrud (Chargé d’affaires of the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade), Yngve Engström (Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Serbia), Hans Friedrich Schodder (the UNHCR Representative in Serbia), and other donors, attended the ceremonial awarding of keys for the RHP in Golubinci, Serbia. The ceremonial awarding marked 30 newly built apartments. Mayor of Stara Pazova, Đorđe Radinović, and Serbian Commissioner for Refugees, Vladimir Cucić, also attended the ceremony.

The donors are visiting one of the newly built apartments

The international community will contribute EUR 287 million to RHP, of which 82% comes from the European Commission (regional IPA funds). Norway's total contribution is EUR 7 million, which makes us the 4th largest contributor.

Janne Knutrud is watering a peony
Symbolic planting and watering of peonies.

Around 3400 housing units were completed in 2017 and 2018, housing around 12 000 people. The project will continue until the end of 2021 and the goal is to complete close to 12 000 housing units for 35 00 people