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06/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/20/2019 07:02

OSCE participates in 14th steering committee meeting of Regional Housing Programme (RHP) in Podgorica

The OSCE Mission to Montenegro, together with UNHCR and the government authorities, donors, partner countries, the Council of Europe Development Bank, participated in the 14th Regional Housing Programme (RHP) steering committee meeting on 18 June 2019 in Podgorica.

The participants assessed the progress of the RHP, the sustainability of its strategic impact.

With nearly 5,170 families provided with housing so far, the stakeholders expressed their satisfaction with the implementation pace. In Montenegro, 395 housing solutions have been provided to 1,504 most vulnerable persons.

Ancillary to the meeting, a reception was held to celebrate World Refugee Day. The Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, Maryse Daviet, said: 'As this project progresses, lessons from the regional housing programme should support other efforts to provide durable housing solutions to the most vulnerable displaced persons elsewhere in the world.'

On the following day the steering committee members visited a RHP housing estate in the municipality of Nikšić, which provides homes for 62 families.

The RHP is a joint initiative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Its aim is to contribute to resolving the displacement situation of the most vulnerable refugees and displaced persons, and to foster the institutional capacity of the partner countries in order to ensure sustainable return.