RHP: 120 families from the Konik camp in Montenegro move into new homes
15 novembre 2017
Podgorica – A ceremony was organised today in Konik, Montenegro, to hand over RHP-financed apartments to 120 most vulnerable families from the Konik Camp. The Konik Camp, located next to the city of Podgorica, is the largest refugee camp in the Balkans, settled by Roma who left Kosovo after the conflict in 1999 and came to Montenegro.
To resolve the housing issues of this very vulnerable population group, the European Union has already provided financing for 48 apartments in 2015, through “Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance” (IPA) funds. The 120 apartments handed over today are financed by the Regional Housing Programme (RHP), which the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is managing. A further 51 apartments will be handed over in autumn 2018, which should make possible the closure of the camp in late 2018.Deputy Prime Minister Milutin Simović highlighted the importance of today’s event, which gives a new life to people who lost their homes almost 20 years ago and who now consider Montenegro as their new home.
Ambassador Aivo Orav, Head of the European Union Delegation in Montenegro, stated: “The adoption and implementation of a sustainable strategy for the gradual closure of the Konik Camp was identified as one of the key priorities in the European Commission's 2010 ‘Opinion on Montenegro's application for EU membership’. Today, I am proud to say that, together, we have achieved this goal!”
Stephan Sellen, Deputy Director General of Loans & Social Development of the CEB, highlighted the important role not just of the Montenegrin Government but also of the donor community and the international organisations involved, in finally being able to turn the page and, eventually, close the camp. He mentioned that, by end-2017, close to 3 000 housing units were expected to be completed under the RHP in the four countries involved.
The event was hosted by Minister Kemal Purisić from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro, and was also attended by Judy Kuo, Deputy Chief of Mission from the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro, Slavoljub Stijepović, Mayor of Podgorica, Lia Magnaguagno, Head of the Democratization Programme of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, and Aleksandar Čadjenović, Protection Officer, UNHCR Montenegro.
Fondée en 1956, la CEB (Banque de Développement du Conseil de l'Europe) compte 41 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 (Aa1 auprès de Moody's, perspective stable, AA+ auprès de Standard & Poor's, perspective positive et AA+ auprès de Fitch Ratings, 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.