Joint Workshop in the program “EU Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia”

The implementing agencies involved in the flood relief program funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (UNOPS, FAO, ASB, HELP and DRC and their partners), representatives of the Donor, FAAARO and relevant local self-government departments in Paracin will participate in the Joint Lessons Learnt Workshop held in Paracin on 7 July 2015. The workshop aims at improving the relevant stakeholders’ response in natural disasters in the country and region, as well as at raising awareness of the necessity to reassess flood relief responses and suggest corrective measures in future program implementation. In parallel to the workshop, field visits will be paid to a few floods affected families in Paracin, whose housing objects were constructed within the program “EU Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia,” as well as to a rural household which benefited through agricultural activities and assets provided by EUD funds.

The European Union Assistance for Flood Relief in Paraćin is estimated at 1,226,248 Euros.

This includes the construction of 18 houses (fifteen prefabricated and three solid constructions), reconstruction of 64 private houses, furnishing of 90 houses with basic furniture and home appliances, reconstruction of two schools, support to 37 micro and small businesses and support to 660 agriculture producers.

EU relief program for assistance to the flooded areas in Serbia in the amount of EUR 30 million is funded by European Union from its IPA funds. The funds are allocated for the construction of new homes, the reconstruction of public institutions, private homes and roads and the revival of economy and agriculture in 24 municipalities seriously affected by the floods: Bajina Basta, Valjevo, Varvarin, Velika Plana, Jagodina, Kosjeric, Koceljeva, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Krupanj, Lazarevac, Loznica, Ljubovija, Mali Zvornik, Obrenovac, Osecina, Paracin, Svilajnac, Smederevska Palanka, Trstenik, Ub, Cacak, Sabac i Sid. All field activities are implemented by United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the organisations HELP, ASB and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in coordination with the Government Office of the Republic of Serbia for Reconstruction and Flood Relief.


SUMMARY OF RELIASED ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE EU ASSISTANCE FOR FLOOD RELIEF PROGRAM


151 new family houses were constructed; while additional nine are in the preparation phase. The EU will support the construction of 160 houses in total, which is by 31 more compared to 129 planned in the project documents. In addition to this, the preparation for the construction of a social housing building in Obrenovac for 32 families is underway.
868    damaged family houses were reconstructed. The EU supported the reconstruction of 868 houses in total, which is by 110 more compared to 758 planned in the project documents.
545    micro and small enterprises were supported to restore income generation activities through provision of building material for the reconstruction of their premises, equipment and raw material. The EU will support 585 enterprises in total, which is by 289 more compared to 296 planned in the project documents.
14    elementary and high schools and one kindergarten reconstructed, enabling 13,136 children, students and teachers to continue education and work. In addition to this, six public buildings will be reconstructed, which includes the construction of one new school in Obrenovac. 
Three infiltration lakes as the key part of the water supply system in Trstenik were rehabilitated, and the supply of the potable water to more than 15,000 people is now stable.
17,552 farming families timely received wheat seeds, fertilisers, fruit seedlings, animal feed, milking equipment; the EU will support some 20,000 agriculture families in total, which is by 5,000 more compared to 15,000 families planned in the project document.
60.6    tonnes of mosquito control products were provided to 63 municipalities timely to reduce the risk of spreading infective diseases.
The reconstruction of 11.5 kilometres of the road between Krupanj and Korenita, which is of high importance to the citizens of Krupanj, is in its final stage and shall be completed in the first half of July 2015 (the reconstruction will normalise the transportation for 547,500 people annually).
Technical support to the Government of Serbia Flood Affected Areas Assistance and Recovery Office is ongoing.