Davenport: EU - Serbia's biggest partner in flood recovery

SMEDEREVSKA PALANKA - Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport visited on Tuesday flood victims in the municipality of Backa Palanka, whose homes are being repaired thanks to the EU funds.

Davenport said that by the end of the year, a total of 600 houses will be repaired in Serbia, 85 of which will be built.

We treat Serbia as an EU member state, he said, underscoring that the EU is Serbia's biggest partner, not only in the flood recovery process, but also in all other fields in which there is cooperation.

Davenport underlined that the EU will continue to finance the projects aimed at repairing the flood-hit houses, and assist in prevention efforts for which EUR 170 million have been earmarked from the IPA funds and Solidarity Fund.

Marko Blagojevic, director of the government office for reconstruction and flood relief, said that over 17,500 families have received assistance so far, worth over RSD 4.2 billion in total.

According to Blagojevic, households in Smederevska Palanka got the assistance of RSD 130 million in total.
"Over 200 families in Serbia have so far been taken care of, and most homes will be repaired by the end of the year," Blagojevic said.

He noted that Serbia needs donations for the existing projects aimed for flood prevention efforts, protection of property and facilities.

Radoslav Milojicic, president of the municipality of Smederevska Palanka, said that the flood victims in that municipality got the biggest assistance from the EU, amounting to around EUR 350,000.
"Around EUR 200,000 have been invested in the repair of 20 and construction of three houses, and the rest for purchasing cattle feed for 700 farmers," he said.

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