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Serbia: Ljajic hands over keys to IDPs

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Kragujevac, Oct 31, 2008 - Serbian Minister of Labour and Social Policy Rasim Ljajic handed over today in Kragujevac keys to 25 flats for 20 internally displaced families from Kosovo-Metohija and five socially vulnerable families from Kragujevac.

Ljajic said that IDPs from Kosovo-Metohija are the most vulnerable category of people in Serbia, comprising more than 300,000, 60% of which are unemployed and 45% live in refugee centres or have an inadequate private accommodation.

The EU set aside €440,000 for the construction of flats.

Charge d'affaires of the European Commission delegation Jacques Stakenborg and Kragujevac Mayor Veroljub Stevanovic were present at the ceremony of handing over the keys.

The building of 25 flats is located in the settlement of Aerodrom and it was built as part of the project named "Social Housing in Protected Conditions for IDPs".

The investor was the City of Kragujevac, while the European Agency for Reconstruction, the International Organisation for Migrations, the Refugee Commission and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy financed the project.