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Migrant and refugee crisis: CEB provides emergency assistance to Slovenia

16 November 2015

Sellen and Andreja Katic signature.jpgPARIS - The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is granting € 1.5 million to Slovenia to finance safe shelter for migrants and refugees by increasing reception and accommodation capacity.

The grant agreement was signed today in Ljubljana by Andreja Katič, Minister of Defence. Mr. Stephan Sellen, Deputy Director General for Loans and Social Development, signed the agreement on behalf of the CEB.

The grant is disbursed by the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF), established by the CEB to finance reception and transit centres in member countries in order to assist with their immediate response to the current crisis.

MRF grant will finance the purchase of 100 heated modular units which will provide more appropriate shelter than tents in cold weather. The modular units will be accompanied by mobile toilets to improve hygiene conditions.

In addition, the procurement of 10 vehicles will facilitate the transportation of migrants and refugees according to the needs and availability of shelter.

MRF supports CEB member countries’ efforts to ensure that migrants and refugees who arrive on their territory enjoy basic human rights, such as shelter, food and medical aid, as well as personal security.

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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