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EU and FAO partner to help flood-affected Serbian farms rebuild

25/07/2014

The European Union (EU) will partner with FAO to help small-scale farmers in Serbia recover from the devastating floods of the past spring. An EU grant of EUR 8 million, aimed at restoring the livelihoods of the most vulnerable farming families, was announced at a ceremony here today.

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Serbia to receive €30m from IPA funds for flood relief

Obrenovac, 25 July 2014 – Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic and Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport signed in Obrenovac today the Agreement on allocation of funds from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) in the amount of €30 million for the clean-up of flood consequences in 24 municipalities.

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Programmes of housing reconstruction after floods adopted

Belgrade, 24 July 2014 – The Serbian government adopted at today's session the programmes of reconstruction of destroyed and damaged houses in the areas hit by the May floods, which envisage the construction of 350 houses and the payment of financial assistance to owners of 10,000 damaged family housing units.

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China donates technical, medical equipment to Serbia

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Xinhua

BELGRADE, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and Serbian defense ministries Wednesday signed a protocol by which China agreed to donate technical and medical equipment worth 355,000 euros (about 479,250 U.S. dollars) as a way of assistance after heavy floods hit the country mid-May.

The protocol for the donation was signed by the representative of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, Senior Colonel Wang Haibin, and chief of the Serbian Military Medicine Department Brigadier General Zoran Popovic.

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Step by step, Kosovo refugee rebuilds life in Montenegro

CAMP KONIK, Montenegro, July 23 (UNHCR) – Tefik Berisa is a difficult man to reach. Calls to his home are often answered by a polite childish voice: "My father is not available, he is at work."

In person, his face reflects the hard life he's been through but his posture reveals a man who believes dignity is built through hard work. In 1999 he and his family fled Kosovo for Montenegro with little more than the clothes on their backs. Their belongings and documents were left behind.

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Balkan armies promise greater co-operation in catastrophes

Nine Balkan militaries agree to jointly assist the civilian population in times of disasters.

By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/07/14

In the wake of damaging flooding in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this year, military leaders of nine countries in southeast Europe are promising to work together to co-ordinate emergency response to future natural disasters.

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Serbian government sets aside €1m for reconstruction of Samac, Doboj

Samac, 19 July 2014 – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated today that Serbia has set aside €1 million in aid for Samac and Doboj for reconstruction of the damage caused by the recent catastrophic floods.

During his stay in Republika Srpska, in an address to citizens of Samac, Vucic said that this money will be paid on Monday, 21 July, and that it will also be discussed how to help Bijeljina and other municipalities in Republika Srpska that were damaged in the floods.

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Serbian parliament adopts Law on eliminating consequences of floods

Belgrade, 18 July 2014 – The Serbian parliament adopted late today the Law on eliminating consequences of floods and this special law (lex specialis) which will be valid one year will apply in all the cities and municipalities that were damaged by the May floods in Serbia.

The law will become effective one day after it has been published in the Official Gazette, and will cease to be valid one year from that date.

The law regulates the tasks related to the elimination of consequences of floods and landslides in the areas hit by the May floods.

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Serbia Floods 2014

Belgrade, 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Government of the Republic of Serbia has conducted a post-disaster needs assessment after the floods and landslides that occurred at the end of May 2014. The European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank – on the basis of an inter-agency agreement subscribed in 2008 – provided financial and expert support to conduct the assessment.

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Conclusions of Donors conference for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina “Rebuilding Together”

In May 2014, severe weather and damaging floods hit entire regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, resulting in several dozens of casualties in both countries, causing the destruction of public and private infrastructures, as well as hitting hundreds of thousands of households, many of whom, mostly vulnerable groups, still remain without proper shelter. Damages and economic losses amount to around €2 billion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and €1.5 billion in Serbia.

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EBRD to give €358m for region’s recovery from floods

Belgrade/Brussels, 16 July 2014 – At the donors' conference held in Brussels today it was announced that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will allocate Serbia financial assistance of up to EUR 300 million for the elimination of consequences of the catastrophic floods which hit our country in May.

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Gratitude on solidarity, support after catastrophic floods

Belgrade/Brussels, 16 July 2014 – President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic thanked participants in the international donors’ conference held in Brussels today for the purpose of raising aid for Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) after the catastrophic floods in May this year on the solidarity and support provided.

Nikolic informed participants in the donors’ conference that the Serbian government, after a thorough evaluation in cooperation with the EU and the UN, made a report and assessment of flood damage, which amounts to €1.5 billion.

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Over €1.7bn in aid raised for Serbia, BiH

Belgrade/Brussels, 16 July 2014 – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said late today in Brussels that more than €1.7 billion has been raised at the international donors' conference in Brussels for aid to Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) after the catastrophic floods that hit those countries in May this year.

Nikolic told Radio Television B92 that these are direct donations from states, soft loans, and loans that have not been used so far and are now being diverted, adding that this sum does not include funding from the EU Solidarity Fund for which Serbia is yet to apply.

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Switzerland allocates CHF 15 million to flood-damaged Western Balkans

Bern, 16.07.2014 - In an effort to help alleviate the massive damage caused by the extreme flooding that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in May this year, Switzerland has pledged approximately CHF 15 million at an international donor conference. The European Commission, France and Slovenia invited the international community to attend the donor conference in Brussels on 16 July.

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UN Development Chief Calls for more international support after devastating floods

Belgrade, Serbia - One the eve of an international donor conference for flood recovery efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark today visited an affected area in Serbia and stressed the need to include disaster resilience in forthcoming recovery and reconstruction efforts there.

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IDMC Annual report 2014

From the director

I had the pleasure of joining the IDMC team in 2013, taking the helm from Kate Halff, who after four years of the excellent work and dedicated service, left the organisation in May.

2013 was another year of turmoil for many. Conflicts and disasters worldwide forced millions of people to flee their homes, leaving many stuck in limbo within the borders of their own country.

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EU most important partner in country’s recovery after floods

Belgrade, 11 July 2014 - Director of the Serbian government’s Office for assistance and recovery of the flooded areas Marko Blagojevic stated today that the total estimated damage caused by floods in Serbia stands at €1.532 billion.

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Comparatively few major natural catastrophe losses in first half-year

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Munich Re
preview

During the first half of the year, 2,700 people died as a result of natural disasters, compared to 9,100 deaths in the first six months of 2013. There were around 490 loss-relevant natural disasters.

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Commission implementing decision of 6.6.2014 financing emergency humanitarian actions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia from the general budget of the European Union (ECHO/-BA/BUD/2014/01000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2(a), Article 4 and Article 13 thereof,

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Grants approved for flood victims in the Mainland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia

The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved a grant of $5.144 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to the Amity Foundation, Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Hunan Province in the Mainland; and a grant of $2.225 million to Oxfam Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.