Owing to the European Union aid, 40 micro and small-sized enterprises whose business operations have been suspended due to the floods which hit Serbia in May 2014 will receive assistance to recover and restore their activities.
The enterprises have been selected based on the prescribed methodology so that the assistance reaches the most affected, thus the owners of the businesses include people from marginalized and vulnerable groups, single parents and households without a regular income.
The assistance provided by the European Union in the form of the necessary equipment and processed material, as well as the reconstruction of facilities, got under way with the first delivery of a professional vehicle deep cleaning system, vacuum cleaner, high-pressure water-jet cleaning machine and car care products for the car wash Operi me (Eng. Wash me) in Obrenovac. In addition to the equipment worth 370,000 dinars, the micro enterprise will also get cash registers and construction material.
“After the floods I had to close the service because the equipment was destroyed completely. I was left without any work equipment or chance to buy new machines. When we were notified of the assistance received, I re-registered my company. The assistance we get from the European Union will provide the source of income for my family“, says Danijela Rafailović, the owner of the car wash and a mother of two.
The assistance for the Obrenovac enterprises, funded by the European Union in the amount of 120,000 euros through the EU Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia program, will run until end of July 2015.
European Union Assistance to Flood Relief in Serbia program, worth 30 million euros, is funded by the European Union under the pre-accession funds IPA. The funds will be used for construction of new houses, rehabilitation of public buildings, private houses and roads and recovery of economy and agriculture in 24 municipalities most affected by floods: Bajina Bašta, Valjevo, Varvarin, Velika Plana, Jagodina, Kosjerić, Koceljeva, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Krupanj, Lazarevac, Loznica, Ljubovija, Mali Zvornik, Obrenovac, Osečina, Paraćin, Svilajnac, Smederevska Palanka, Trstenik, Ub, Čačak, Šabac and Šid. All activities in the field are implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), organisations HELP and ABS and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) – in coordination with the Government of Serbia Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief