“A significant day”: Regional Housing Programme delivers keys to newly-built apartments to ten refugee families in Kraljevo, Serbia

Kraljevo, Serbia, 22 November 2022 – Keys to ten newly-built Regional Housing Programme (RHP) apartments were delivered to refugee families in Kraljevo, Serbia today. To date, more than 6 700 RHP homes have been allocated to beneficiaries across Serbia, one of the four Partner Countries of the RHP.

In addition to the beneficiaries themselves, the delivery of keys ceremony was attended by Svetlana Velimirović, Deputy Commissioner for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia; Predrag Terzić, Mayor of Kraljevo; H.E. Urs Schmid, Ambassador of Switzerland in Serbia; Mirjana Maksimović, representing the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia, and Dušan Kovačević, Head of the Public Sector Projects Implementation Unit Ltd., amongst others.

Congratulating the beneficiaries on their new homes, Ambassador Schmid expressed Switzerland’s hope that the apartments would continue to respond to the needs of the families for years to come.

Deputy Commissioner Velimirović meanwhile noted the gravity of the occasion for the families concerned: “This is a significant day for those who have finally received their new homes,” she said. “While it is the end of a thorny road of 30 years since they left their homes and came to Serbia, it is also the beginning of a new and better life.”

Echoing these words, Mayor Terzić additionally referred with pride to the role played by his city. “Kraljevo accepted tens of thousands of refugees from the former Yugoslavia and, thanks to the State and RHP Donors, we have managed to provide permanent housing for our new residents,” he said.

Nevena Jokić, one of the beneficiaries, warmly thanked RHP stakeholders on behalf of her family.

  • 22 Nov, 2022
  • Jovan

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