The Regional Housing Programme marks the delivery of 7 000 homes

20 juin 2020

PARIS – The Regional Housing Programme (RHP), a multi-donor initiative managed by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), has marked the delivery of over 7 000 homes to vulnerable persons displaced during the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. 

The 7 000 housing units translate into new homes for more than 21 000 people living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia, or about 60% of the final RHP beneficiary target. The RHP Steering Committee and the RHP Fund Assembly of Donors, who met online for their 16th and respectively 20th sessions, welcomed the achievement and reiterated the importance of continuous collaboration among all RHP stakeholders for the programme’s successful conclusion.

In his opening statement to the Assembly of Donors, the CEB Vice-Governor Tomas Boček praised the RHP partners for the recent achievement and referred to the programme’s wider impact: “The impact of the RHP extends beyond bricks and mortar - it has also proven to be a successful reconciliation programme. Its experience shows how countries that were once divided by conflict, and that had experienced Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War Two, were eventually able to find a regional solution.”

The meetings were chaired by Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit in the European Commission (DG NEAR), and Ambassador Guri Rusten, representing Norway. Lesley Ziman, U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary, Anne-Marie Deutschlander, Principal Situation Coordinator for the Western Balkans at the UNHCR Regional Bureau for Europe, and Mark Fawcett, representing the OSCE Secretariat's Conflict Prevention Centre, expressed their commitment to further contributing to the final delivery of the programme and their satisfaction with the progress to date.

A more detailed overview of the two RHP meetings is available here

Regional Housing Programme

The Regional Housing Programme provides housing to vulnerable persons who were displaced during the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and have been living in dire conditions ever since. The Programme targets 11,800 vulnerable families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia. It is financed, for the most part, by the international community, with the European Union, represented by the European Commission, as the largest donor.

The CEB helps Partner Countries to implement the Programme, manages donor contributions, and coordinates all stakeholders. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) are in charge of monitoring beneficiary selection and sustainability aspects of the RHP.


Fondée en 1956, la CEB (Banque de Développement du Conseil de l'Europe) compte 42 États membres, dont 22 pays d'Europe centrale, orientale et du Sud-Est formant les pays cibles de la Banque. En tant qu'instrument majeur de la politique de solidarité en Europe, la Banque finance des projets sociaux en mettant à leur disposition des ressources levées dans des conditions reflétant la qualité de sa notation (AA+ auprès de Fitch Ratings, perspective positive, AAA auprès de Standard & Poor's, perspective stable et Aa1 auprès de Moody's, perspective stable). Elle accorde des prêts à ses États membres, à des établissements financiers et à des autorités locales pour le financement de projets dans le secteur social, conformément à son Statut.