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Steering committee meeting of the Regional Housing Programme held in Belgrade

26 June 2017

Belgrade – The 10th meeting of the RHP Steering Committee and the 14th meeting of the RHP Fund Assembly of Donors took place on 26 June in Belgrade. The meetings were attended by the RHP Partner Countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, the main RHP Donors as well as the RHP implementing partners UNHCR, OSCE and the CEB.

The Steering Committee meeting was opened by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Mr Ivica Dacic and by the Minister for European Integration Ms Jadranka Joksimovic. The heads of the diplomatic representations of the EU, the U.S. and Germany were also attending the meeting thereby demonstrating their continued commitment to the Programme. The U.S. further confirmed that it will continue to support the RHP not just financially but also politically and operationally.

The RHP Assembly of Donors approved two new projects, for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, worth in total EUR 31 million. It was concluded that the RHP is making good progress in all Partner Countries, with over 1 100 housing solutions already delivered to the beneficiaries. 2017 will be a key year as some 2 000 supplementary housing units are scheduled to be completed by year-end. All stakeholders acknowledged the regional and reconciliatory dimension as being one of the key results of the RHP up to date.

Mr Stephan Sellen from the CEB, which is managing RHP implementation and the RHP Fund, stressed that the CEB is supporting the Partner Countries on all aspects of RHP implementation. He further reminded that the CEB is also providing additional grants to Serbia to help the country cope with the current refugee crisis.

RHP info desk:  Secretariat of the Regional Housing Programme ceb-rhp[at]coebank.org