ZAGREB, July 31 – The construction of a 21-apartment building worth EUR 1.6 million began in the eastern town of Vukovar on Tuesday, with 68% of the funding being a donation from the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) Regional Housing Programme Fund.
With this project, 10 million has been invested in Vukovar thanks to the state office for reconstruction and housing, the government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the US Embassy, said mayor Ivan Penava.
The apartments are for people who want to live in Vukovar but have no housing, personnel with university degrees that Vukovar needs such as psychologists, biotechnologists, special teachers, architects, and members of the army and the police, he added.
The state secretary at the state office for reconstruction and housing, Nikola Mazar, said the US was the main donor. “To date, we have received EUR 15 million in grants for all the projects we are carrying out in Croatia, providing housing for 359 families.”
Wylita Bell of the US Embassy said the purpose of the project was not only to give people a roof over their heads but also to contribute to peaceful reintegration and reconciliation between the nations in the region.
We support the state secretary and his team, they have done an incredible job, but this is more than just the construction of an apartment building, this is about reaching just solutions for people who were forcibly displaced, she said.
The Croatian government and the CEB signed an agreement on a grant for the construction of the apartment building in Vukovar was signed last November.
As part of the Regional Housing Programme, Croatia has been approved grants for seven projects aimed at providing housing for 349 families. Agreements on the allocation of CEB grants for another two projects are expected to be signed in the period ahead. They will provide housing for another 63 families, putting the number of families provided housing under the Regional Housing Programme to 412.