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Post-flood rehabilitation of 29 priority houses completed under the EU Floods Recovery Programme

The rehabilitation works on 29 priority houses financed by the EU Floods Recovery Programme have been completed under the first phase of the housing component. Thanks to EU financing, three families from Maglaj, eight families from both Doboj and Banja Luka and 10 families from the Bijeljina region can now return home.

The rehabilitation works were finalised within less than two weeks from when work started, and the works included refurbishing floors and walls, replacing indoor and outdoor carpentries, and repairing roofs and facades.

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U Floods Recovery Programme: Dr Renzo Daviddi Opened Reconstructed School in Maglaj

On Friday, 17 October 2014, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH Dr Daviddi officially opened the Mixed Secondary School Maglaj and Edhem Mulabdić High School in Maglaj, both reconstructed as part of the EU Floods Recovery Programme funded by the European Union. The school suffered severe damage during the floods in May 2014. The EU-financed restoration works included electricity refitting, new heating system, new sanitary systems, new flooring, joinery replacement, refurbishing of walls, thermo-insulated facade and roof.

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KRCS to rebuild scores of houses destroyed by Bosnia floods

SARAJEVO, Oct 15 (KUNA) -- The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) signed here on Wednesday a contract for rebuilding 172 houses destroyed in Bosnia and Herzegovina by last May floods. Over the past months, the KRCS has been investigating needs of the people hit by the floods in the country, the society's Deputy Chairman Anwar Al-Hasawi said in a press conference following the signing ceremony.

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Lively debate on European floods

By Richard Waddington

MADRID, 9 October 2014 - The recurrence of flooding, one of Europe’s most persistent natural hazards, presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to disaster reduction, a conference heard on Wednesday.

Both the Balkans and the United Kingdom have experienced heavy floods in the last year, with surging water levels in Serbia in May leading to over 60 deaths and causing more than a billion euros of damage.

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The Balkans Insurance challenge

By Biljana Markova

BELGRADE, 1 October 2014 – Following devastating floods and landslides earlier this year affecting over one million people, a major regional insurance conference opens today in Belgrade to highlight the benefits that disaster risk financing can bring to a region where there is a growing culture of disaster risk reduction through implementation of the priorities laid out in the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Steps Forward as a Contributor to International Peacekeeping, in Partnership with the Global Peace Operations Initiative

The United States congratulates Bosnia and Herzegovina for becoming the first European partner in the U.S. Department of State-led Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) to achieve the significant milestone of Full Training Capability, establishing the country’s certified self-sufficiency to train peacekeeping personnel for UN and regional peace operations.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina presides over Decade of Roma inclusion, OSCE plays an important role

SARAJEVO, 29 September 2014 – The 27th International Steering Committee meeting of the Decade of Roma inclusion 2005 - 2015, the first event organized under the Decade Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, started today in Sarajevo.

The meeting will primarily focus on the priority areas of the Decade Presidency of BiH: education to employment, integrated programs for housing and employment and the security and health of Roma women.

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Ambassador Sorensen opened the rehabilitated Primary School in Šamac; visited work sites of the EU Floods Recovery Programme in Domaljevac

On Thursday, 25 September 2014, Head of EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative in BIH Ambassador Peter Sorensen officially opened the "Šamac" Primary School in Šamac, which has been rehabilitated within the Floods Recovery Programme financed by the European Union. The school suffered severe damage during the floods in May 2014. The EU-financed restoration works included electricity refitting, installing new heating and sanitary systems, installing new flooring, joinery replacement as well as refurbishing of walls and installing a thermo-insulated façade.

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UN treaty regulating global arms trade set to enter into force

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25 September 2014 – Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.

The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.

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Germany toughens asylum rules for three Balkans states

09/19/2014 18:50 GMT

BERLIN, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Germany made it harder Friday for people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia to apply for asylum after lawmakers classifed the three Balkan countries as safe, with respect for basic rights.

The legislation was approved by the upper house of parliament and aims to make it simpler for authorities to deport political asylum seekers from the three formerly war-ravaged states.

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16 September 2014: Eastern Europe – Floods

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SLOVENIA: In the last few days heavy rains caused floods in parts of Slovenia. The most affected regions are Dolenjska, Pomurje, parts of Stajerska and Koroska. The situation is slowly stabilizing. More than 250 landslides occurred in the last days and the warning is still in place. According to media more than 1 100 buildings have been inundated. On 14 September, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated.

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ERC implements second phase of relief programme for flood affected in Bosnia

SARAJEVO: The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, is implementing the second phase of emergency aid to flood-hit Bosnia which is due to be concluded by the end of October.

The aid included rebuilding and refurbishment of local residents' houses which were affected by the floods.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry plane to deliver humanitarian aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pursuant to the order of the Russian Government an Emergencies Ministry Il-76 plane has taken off from Ramenskoye airport to the airport in Sarajevo. Humanitarian assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina is provided in connection with this-year devastating flood. The Ministry’s plane is carrying over 38 tonnes of goods, mostly foodstuffs.

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Vulnerable Roma Families Receive Much Needed Help

Floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina in May this year were especially hard for Roma communities, already one of the most vulnerable minorities in the country.

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Farms in Bosnia and Herzegovina recover from floods with help from FAO

Delivery by FAO of much-needed livestock feed to small farms in flood-affected areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina got under way this morning in Bijeljina.

Present for the official launch of operations was Zoran Maletic, head of the local office of Extension Services of the Republika Srpska and Coordinator of the Solidarity Fund for reconstruction of Republika Srpska, who attended on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry of Republika Srpska and Vlado Pijunovic, agricultural economist, represented FAO.

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Floods cause new displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina

On a recent mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, IDMC’s Regional and Associate Regional Analyst visited the flood affected areas of Tuzla, Doboj and Prijedor. We witnessed the diminishing coping mechanisms of IDPs displaced by the conflict and returnees who have been directly affected by this year’s floods, in particular Roma and internally displaced persons (IDPs) still living in collective centres.