Nine families moved into the first apartment building constructed in the town of Ustikolina, eastern Bosnia under a sub-project of the Regional Housing Program for Local Integration of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Bosnia.
The sub-project includes the construction of 512 apartment in 19 municipalities. Construction is in progress on eight locations. 105 apartments should be ready for new homeowners by the end of 2017 and the rest should be finalized next year. The Head of the Political and Economic Section of the European Union Delegation to Bosnia, Jan Snaidauf said: “The EU is here to help. The overall EU assistance to the Regional Housing Program in BiH up to date amounts to EUR 49 million, which will provide durable housing to almost 2,500 households in 72 local communities. At the same time, it is of utmost importance that the recipient municipalities ensure adequate socio-economic conditions in order to facilitate sustainable return of the most vulnerable beneficiaries and their integration into the local communities”.
“The happiness of the families moving in today is the biggest award for all the joint efforts we have put in this project. The cooperation between the Ministry, the local government and the RHP Donors has resulted in this great success,” said Bosnian Minister of Human Rights and Refugees, Semiha Borovac.
“Until the end of this year, almost 300 new housing units will be built and/or reconstructed. Next year, another 1,000 homes will be delivered. On this day too we are joined by our regional colleagues, and we all together celebrate each success as a joint achievement. This is a palpable way to strengthen good-neighborly relations and contribute to reconciliation and stability in the region, which is a precondition for progress in European integrations”.