Infrastructure projects , whose implementation will last until May 2020, will improve the functioning of facilities for health care and social protection, education, culture and sports, and will also include the construction of a sewage network. The projects will be implemented in Babušnica, Bela Palanka, Bela Crkva, Vladičin Han , Golubac, Knjaževac, Kučevo and Surdulica. The Kingdom of Norway has allocated EUR 780,000 for the implementation of these activities, while the municipalities will provide co-funding amounting to EUR 297,000 in total.
According to the projects for enhancing employability, the municipalities of Aleksinac, Babušnica, Bela Palanka, Mionica, Sjenica and Trgovište will receive support for the implementation of various types of training in the public and private sectors for 102 individuals, after which 50 of them will get jobs. The support is targeted at less employable population segments - young people under 30 years of age, individuals with lower education levels, the Roma, people over 50 years of age and the long-term unemployed. For these activities, the Kingdom of Norway has allocated EUR 60,000, while the municipalities will provide co-funding amounting to EUR 16,500 in total.
"The support of the Kingdom of Norway to Serbia has continued through the "Norway for you" project, through which the most disadvantaged local self-governments receive support for development and job creation, with a view to facilitating access to employment for all inhabitants, and mostly those from vulnerable groups. Our long-standing partners – the Kingdom of Norway and UNOPS - have recognized our commitment to enabling the development of all local self-governments and improving living conditions for all citizens," said Assistant Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Mirjana Ćojbašić.
"These projects will contribute to a better quality of life of the Serbian citizens, and thus schools, kindergartens and cultural centres in these municipalities will be reconstructed, while employment will be facilitated through vocational training. I am very pleased to see the joint efforts of the Government of Serbia and the Kingdom of Norway, especially in the long-term resolution of these problems, which the citizens of these municipalities face on a daily basis," said the Head of UNOPS in Serbia, Michela Telatin.