EU funds renovation of three flats for refugees in Minsk

Today, Ambassador Maira Mora, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Belarus, attended the official handover of three apartments for refugees, which were renovated in the framework of a 2.585-million-Euro assistance project funded by the European Union and implemented by UNHCR. The costs of the renovation of the flats amounted to 59.000 Euro.

This regional project started in 2009 and is being implemented in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Activities will finish this December. It will have a 2-year follow-up phase, starting in January 2012, with an overall budget of 1.4 million Euro.

Project activities in Belarus include, among others, the establishment of consultancy services for refugees on employment issues, assistance to state institutions which support refugees on social matters as well as vocational and language training courses.

Since 2001, financial support for Belarus by the European Union in the framework of multi-country assistance projects on migration and asylum amounted to 14 million Euro and 2.1 million Euro, respectively, for national (Belarusian) projects.

Ambassador Mora thanked UNHCR for its excellent work in the framework of the project and added: "For the budgetary period 2007-2013 the EU has allocated 175 million Euro for projects in many different areas in the format of bilateral assistance alone, not to mention regional projects in which Belarus participates. I think that this figure impressively demonstrates the European Union's strong commitment to support the people of Belarus".

Delegation of the European Union to Belarus
34A/2 Engels Street Minsk 220030 Belarus
Telephone: 375 17 3286613
Fax: 375 17 2891281

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