Yesterday, ENECA has presented two projects on the Press conference

«Today, we are presenting two projects that are helping refugees, IDPs and returnees. The projects are financed by the European Union and implemented by ENECA», said Yolanda San Jose from the Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia at the Press conference, organized in the Media centre inNiš. The aim of the conference was to present the results of the project «Support to employment and livelihood enhancement of refugees and IDPs in Serbia» and the beginning of the new project «Economic strengthening as a means for the integration of refugees, IDPs and returnees».

The first project was financed by the EU with 334.000 EUR and co-financed by the municipalities involved in the project as well as the Fund for an Open society with 40.000 EUR. Within the project, 122 beneficiaries were supported with equipment or material through in kind grants in the amount of 2.000 EUR.

«Today these people are successfully running their businesses. This project is a great example of how a small help could improve the quality of life of people who live in very difficult circumstances», said San Jose. This is the main reason we have decided to finance another ENECA's project. EU continues to assist vulnerable population so as to help them becomeeconomically independant. EU is dedicated to finding the best solutions for their existantial problems. On behalf of the EU, let me thank both ENECA and the Commissariat for refugees of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the municipalities involved in the project and the Fund for an Open society», she added, reminding that the Eurpean Union is a biggest donor of nonreturnable funds to the Republic of Serbia.

The project «Economic strengthening as a means for the integration of refugees, IDPs and returnees» started in May 2012 and will last 20 months. During the project 80 beneficiries will be provided equipment or material for starting or expanding their familly business through in- kind grants in the amount of 2.000 EUR. Apart from IDPs and refugees, a number of most vulnerable local population can also aply.

Mr Ivan Gerginov from the Commissariat for refugees of the Republic of Serbia said that the final solution for the housing problems of refugees and IDPs is coming to an end. However, this is not the end for the problems encountered by refugees, IDPs and returnees. "The more important issue is to help these individuals through donations, to integrate them in the society and provide them and their families with a regular income. This project is an example of EU's commitment to finding durable solutions for the vulnerable population. ENECA has been our partner in the field of socio- economic development for a long time. Eneca implements projects professionally "said Mr Gerginov.

In the next days, ENECA will start information campaign in the six municipalities of South East Serbia: Blace, Kuršumlija, Soko Banja, Vladičin Han, Žitorađa and Zaječar.

2012. ENECA, Prijezdina 6/2, Niš, 18000, Republic of Serbia
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