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CEB supports migrant integration in Lithuania

13 June 2017

Stephan Sellen (left) and Eugenijus Sabutis
Stephan Sellen (left) and Eugenijus Sabutis
PARIS - The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is providing € 600 000 in financial assistance to Jonava District Municipality in Lithuania to promote migrant integration and offer adequate accommodation to third-country nationals who are given asylum. 

The funds are provided from the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF), a grant-based facility established by the CEB in 2015 to help member states address the challenges linked to migrants and refugees. In addition to meeting the most urgent needs, the Fund is also used to help CEB member countries integrate migrant and enable them to rebuild their lives in dignified conditions. 

In solidarity with other European Union member states facing an influx of migrants, Lithuania committed to resettling more than 1 000 third-country nationals on its territory. The state reception centre is located in Jonava District Municipality. 

The grant will help the municipality concerned to upgrade a multi-activity cultural centre, which will help to increase interaction between different cultures, thus contributing to the successful integration of migrants. In addition, adequate long-term housing for third-country nationals will be financed. 

The relevant MRF grant agreement was signed today by Eugenijus Sabutis, Mayor of the Jonava District Municipality, and Stephan Sellen, Deputy Director General for Loans and Social Development at the CEB. 

Lithuania joined the CEB in 1996. Since then the Bank has financed social projects in the country worth € 265 million.

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 41 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (Aa1 with Moody's, outlook stable, AA+ with Standard & Poor's, outlook stable and AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.

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