Obrenovac, 28 June 2014 – Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, attended today the commencement of construction of the first ten housing units in Obrenovac for citizens who lost their homes during the floods. Their completion is planned in two months.
After the Agreement on Construction had been signed by the president of the Steering Committee of the Blic Foundation, Tijana Bajovic, the Mayor of Belgrade, Sinisa Mali and Director of the Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief, Marko Blagojevic, Mr. Vucic announced that the construction of the new houses in all flood-affected areas would begin in the next 15 days.
He explained that the City of Belgrade had provided the land and with assistance of the Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief and other competent institutions the necessary permits and connections to infrastructure would be obtained.
The Prime Minister thanked the Blic Foundation and TV station “Prva” who conducted a series of activities in order to help the population from the areas affected by flooding.
The state will finance the construction of all destroyed houses, namely fourteen of them in Obrenovac. The construction of another fifty will probably be funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), noted Vucic.
According to him, in ten days all procedures would be completed after which the citizens would receive the money to reconstruct the damaged houses.
The Prime Minister explained that the construction of houses and distribution of financial assistance had been delayed because all procedures had to be complied with and in order to avoid the situations that happened in Kraljevo and Valjevo after the earthquake.
Vucic said that 29 million EUR in assistance was raised and soon there would be a donor conference. He noted that there was a need for donors who could provide technical equipment, television sets and other home appliances.
He also added that since 600-800 homes were destroyed during the floods, the same number of completely new housing units would be constructed by October.
Ms. Bajovic reminded that the daily newspaper Blic appropriated one dinar from each sold copy for helping the children and in cooperation with TV station Prva, the sum of 21 million RSD was collected as assistance.
She thanked the Prime Minister and the Government of Serbia for their cooperation noting that this was an example how with joined forces one can help all the people affected by floods.