The official opening of the I Phase of rehabilitation works in the One stop Centre in Presevo was organised by the Government of Serbia, with the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Danish Refugee Council as implementing Agency, on the 17th of December, responding to the most urgent needs of migration influx to Serbia coming from refugee producing countries. The I phase of the project “Urgent Response to Migration Crisis in Serbia” funded by the the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the Tobacco company has enabled dignified accommodation conditions for up 180 EVIs and reception conditions for additional 150 EVIs who after many days of travelling hardships arrived to Serbia and underwent the registration conditions according to international standards. The event was broadcasted by national media as one of the major daily events that occured.
The opening ceremony was attended by the the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Arne Sannes Bjornstad, Commissioner for Refugees and Migration Mr. Vladimir Cucic and Danish Refugee Council Representative Ms. Marina Cremonese. They all expressed satisfaction on the successful opening of the I Phase of rehabilitation works because it will significantly increase the capacity of direct response of Serbia in the migration crisis with a focus on dignified and safe reception conditions.
The main goal of the project „Urgent Response to Migration Crisis in Serbia“ funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to contribute to safety, health and dignity reception conditions of refugees/migrants in Serbia, protection of basic human rights of refugees coming to Serbia, as well as communities they are transiting through.
The rehabilitation activities (including heating, sanitation and equipping) in the One stop Centre Presevo were realised together with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy and the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration representatives, in close coordination with UNHCR and the Ministry of Interior (MoI). DRC will immediately commence the larger scope of works on II phase which will involve rehabilitaton of 2 other family pavilions (accommodating additional 350 EVIs).