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On the occasion of closing the project Cross-border Flood Protection and Rescue, the implementing partners FORS Montenegro – Foundation for the Development of Northern Montenegro and Montenegrin Ministry of Interior –Directorate for Emergency Management organised the press conference in order to present the projects activities and results which have been achieved. The project is funded by the European Union within Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Montenegro with the aim of contributing to reduction of consequences of natural hazards in target municipalities - Berane, Niksic and Pljevlja in Montenegro and Prijepolje, Priboj and Nova Varos in Serbia. The press conference was held in Niksic on 14 April and was attended by the representatives of local and national media, representatives of the project partners – Radomir Scepanovic, Milan Radovic and Niko Rojevic from the Directorate for Emergency Management, Tamara Todorovic and Darko Blagojevic from FORS Montenegro and a representative of the Joint Technical Secretariat of the Cross-border Cooperation Serbia-Montenegro – Goran Prebiracevic.
The project activities included trainings for rescuers from both countries, procurement of equipment which will be used in case of flooding, definition of standard operational procedures for border crossing of units dealing with protection and rescue in case of natural hazards, awareness raising campaign aimed at familiarizing local population with preventive measures and activities which should be undertaken in case of flooding, creation of plans for protection and rescue from floods, etc. Project partners agreed that cross-border cooperation in this field is very important as natural hazards do not respect borders and people and services in charge of protection and rescue often face the same problems and challenges. They also emphasized the importance of better preparedness of institutions and services dealing with protection and rescue achieved through series of trainings for rescuers and procurement of equipment for the Directorate for Emergency Management worth € 92,781.61.
Total amount of the project allocated for Montenegro is 206,375.18 euros, out of which the European Union finances 175,418.9 euros or 85% of the total project costs. The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro which provided € 21,896.28 and the Commission for the allocation of a portion of lottery income of the Government of Montenegro, in the amount of € 9,060.