UNOPS

10/03/2015

Press release: Rebuilding after the floods in Serbia

BELGRADE, 10 March 2015 –UNOPS Executive Director, Grete Faremo, met with the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dačić, during her first official visit to Serbia this week.

Following the floods and landslides which devastated towns and villages across Serbia in 2014, UNOPS has been working with partners to rebuild homes and schools, helping families to return to normality.

"On behalf of Serbia, I would like to thank UNOPS and the United Nations for the assistance provided, especially during the difficult period of flood rehabilitation. We are expecting the signing of the agreement on the status of UNOPS in Serbia to happen shortly, which will define our long-term cooperation," stated Minister Dačić following his meeting with Ms Faremo.

Ms Faremo expressed her gratitude to the government of Serbia for the excellent cooperation with UNOPS on the implementation of development projects in the country.

"We are committed to supporting people in need. In Serbia, we are currently working on six projects worth over 45 million Euros, including a project to repair infrastructure damaged by the 2014 floods, renovating homes and schools so that thousands of children can return to their studies," said Ms Faremo.

Through funding from the European Union, UNOPS has been working to renovate 300 homes and 19 schools in Serbia, to allow 12,000 children to return to school.

In addition to supporting the Serbia Floods Rehabilitation programme, UNOPS is also implementing the European PROGRES programme, which aims to develop 34 underdeveloped municipalities in the south-east and south-west of the country, as well as projects encouraging the inclusion of vulnerable communities.

Ms Faremo expressed UNOPS resolve to continue to support the Serbian Government in the implementation of reforms during European integrations, with the financial support of the European Union and the governments of Switzerland, France, Norway, Canada and the UK.

During her two-day visit, Ms Faremo met with government officials and donors to UNOPS projects in Serbia, and visited a high school in Obrenovac, which was renovated by UNOPS after the 2014 floods.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Dejan Drobnjak, UNOPS Communications Officer, dejand@unops.org, Tel: +381 (0)63 861 4542