Kraljevo, 26 September 2017

Today in the City of Kraljevo, with the presence of Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Kraljevo,  Representatives of the European Union Delegation the Compost Production Unit equipped with the Chipper has been officially handed over. The total value of this EU donation amounts to 34.000 EUR.

The Compost Production Unit equipped with the Chipper has been officially handed over to the PUC „Cistoca“ Kraljevo by Mr Sreten Jovanovic, Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Kraljevo, Mr Nicolas Bizel, Head of Operations I of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia and Mrs. Marina Cremonese Country Director, Danish Refugee Council Serbia.

This donation supports unemployed Roma to complete on-job-mentroship and learn more about compost production and waste management. In addition, this initiative supports as well the Kraljevo Public Utility Company to reduce the costs related to the provision of organic fertilizers and increase possibility for employment of Roma in the Public Sector.

In the past several months 55 targeted Roma beneficiaries successfully completed the business advisory trainings, and out of that number 29 Roma beneficiaries received the income generation grants for business initiatives in the sector of agricultural production, floriculture, preparation of firewood, gardening, waste management and maintenance of premises and furniture (greenhouses, presses, wood cutters, trimmers, motocultivators, chainsaws).

The Local Action Plan for Roma (2017~2025) has been designed with the full participation of all relevant local stakeholders from all four sectors (education, health, living conditions and employment) and other interested parties. The Action Plan will be formally adopted in the following period.

All abovementioned activities are being implemented wthin the EU funded Action “Empowering Roma community for socioeconomic development and environmental protection in the City of Kraljevo” implemented by the Danish Refugee Council Serbia and the City of Kraljevo.

This Action is a part of a wider Project “European Union Support to Inclusive Society”, financed by the EU with EUR 5.4 million, and implemented by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

The “European Union Support to Inclusive Society”, a project funded by the European Union with EUR 5.4 million, aims to ensure greater social inclusion of vulnerable groups in Serbia such as elderly, children, minorities including Roma and others. Through the project the EU has granted EUR 4.3 million as 28 grants, which will be implemented in 36 cities and municipalities in Serbia by the end of 2017. The projects implemented by the national and provincial social welfare institutions, municipalities and cities, social welfare centers , citizens associations, foundations, educational institutions and public companies will increase the scope and quality of services at the local level in social and health care, housing, education and employment, and thereby strengthen the social inclusion of vulnerable groups.

The project is implemented by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

More about the project can be found on www.socijalnainkluzija.rs