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Roma families in Banovići move into EU-funded social housing buildings

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banovici1The handover of the two newly constructed social housing buildings that took place in Banovići on 19 June marks a new beginning for 8 local Roma families. Thanks to the Roma Action project, which is funded by the European Union and co-funded by local authorities, Roma families who lived in bad and unhealthy conditions will finally have a decent home and a normal life.   
Khaldoun Sinno, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to BiH, emphasised that the EU was determined to assist BiH to ensure equal rights and better future for all its citizens, and also underlined that BiH institutions have joint responsibility to improve Roma integration and inclusion. “The EU invested BAM 10 million since 2013 in this project and we have built and reconstructed many housing units for Roma families. We are now in the second phase of the project. Last month we have already delivered new apartments to Roma families in Kakanj Municipality and we will continue doing so in the seven more municipalities. This is a concrete sign of improving your lives and enabling you to have the same opportunities and chances as any other citizen in BiH", Sinno said. 

A protocol on cooperation ceremonially signed within the project "Provision of sustainability assistance to IDPs and returnees and supporting UNHCR in data management"

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On 11.04.2017, Mayors and heads of six municipalities/cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a protocol on cooperation with Hilfswerk Austria International, marking the start of implementation of the project "Provision of sustainability assistance to IDPs and returnees and supporting UNHCR in data management".

The project that UNHCR is funding with  2.5 million KM, will help local authorities to solve the remaining obstacles in finding solutions for displaced persons and refugees in line with the revised objectives of Implementation Strategy of DPA Annex VII and improvement of quality of life of their fellow citizens, said Francesca Bonelli, deputy Regional UNHCR representative for South Eastern Europe.

New flats for Roma families in Kakanj under the "Roma Action II" project

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RAkakanj1On March 17, 2017, eight housing units constructed within the EU-funded project “Roma Action II” were handed over to Roma families in Varda settlement in Kakanj. The project aims at supporting the implementation of the revised Roma Action Plans in BiH 2013-2016 by improving living conditions and social inclusion of the marginalised Roma population with a proactive involvement of the local authorities at all levels and other local stakeholders. The EU provided EUR 2.5 million for the second phase of the project and the local authorities (beneficiary municipalities/cities/District) are co-funding it in the amount of EUR 327,227. The project is implemented by Hilfswerk Austria International (HWA) in cooperation with Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB) and the BiH Association Kali Sara – Roma Information Centre.

Eleven families in Stari Grad received new flats

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1baruthanaA new building was opened in Baruthana today. Eleven families from Stari Grad who have been internally displaced for 25 years now received the flats in the building. Municipality Stari Grad had been providing alternative accomodation for these people over the past year and thereby allocating significant funds for this purpose. With the construction of this facility as well as the building for nine beneficiaries in Brusulje, that was completed five years ago, the problem of displaced persons in Stari Grad is solved. Besides this, at the beginning of the year, a buliding was built in Čadordžina for socially vulnerable familes that accomodated seven families, and the total of 27 families in Stari Grad received new homes in the past five years.

The building construction in Bartuhana lasted for three years and costed 635.000 KM. The Municipality financed the construction in the amount of 440.000 KM, Ministry of Labour, Social Policy and Displaced Persons of Sarajevo Canton allocated 185.000 KM, and humanitarian organisation Hilfswerk Austria International that implemented the project donated 10.000 KM.


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naslovKTBanoviciOn August 24, 2016 a foundation stone for construction of two social housing buildings with four housing units each was laid at a ceremony in settlement Osoje in Banovići Municipality. Eight new homes will be constructed for eight local Roma families within the Roma Action 2 project, that envisages construction/reconstuction of homes for 140 families in 9 locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is funded by the EU, co-funded by the local authorities and implemented in partnership with ASB and Roma Association Kali Sara RIC.

Banovici municipality is one of nine municipalities in the project that strongly support Roma social inclusion. The municipality is actively participating in the project implementation and is providing co-founding, land plot, project design, all necessary permits, infrastructure connections and exterior arrangement.

Speeches at the ceremony were delivered by Mr. Midhat Husić - Municipality Banovici Mayor,  Mrs. Suzana Jasarevic - Country Director for BiH Hilfswerk Austria International, and Mr. Dervo Sejdic, President of the partner Association Kali Sara.

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