In the villages of the Municipality of Novo Brdo, works on the realization of the project of asphalting the road and building the bridge
Novo Brdo, November 26, 2020
In order to improve the infrastructure in the locations from the village of Gornje Kusce to Stanisor in the municipality of Novo Brdo, the Ministry of Communities and Returns, with the support of the European Union Office in Kosovo, financed the construction of an access road to these villages and asphalting part of the road in the village of Prekovce. Over 2000 inhabitants of these villages will benefit from this infrastructural project in Novo Brdo, and the project is also significant in that a bus line that transports students to school will be able to travel across the bridge envisaged by the project.
Representatives of the Ministry of Communities and Returns, together with the mayor of this municipality Svetislav Ivanovic, visited the works on infrastructure projects and said that the Ministry of Communities and Returns, Minister Dalibor Jevtic and the municipality of Novo Brdo are constantly working to improve the quality of life of all citizens and will continue it in the future.
“This is just one in a series of projects that the Ministry of Communities and Returns is implementing together with the municipality of Novo Brdo. Our goal is to make the lives of ordinary people easier with such projects “, said the first advisor to the Minister, Igor Savić.
“For a long time, the residents of this village have difficulties passing this section of the road to the village of Stanisor, where the only feasible solution was to build a bridge,” said Novo Brdo Mayor Svetislav Ivanovic and thanked the Ministry of Communities and Returns and Minister Jevtic for their great help. It is the municipality of Novo Brdo.
This project, funded by the program “Return and Reintegration in Kosovo, Fifth Phase” (EU-RRK5), envisages asphalting 350 meters of road, and the full implementation of the project worth about 30,000 euros, implemented by the International Organization for Migration, will be completed in the next 10 days.
Joint statement by OSCE, UNHCR, and Ministry for Communities and Return
The OSCE Mission in Kosovo together with partners from the Ministry for Communities and Return (MCR) and UNHCR facilitated earlier today an online conference on returns with mayors and municipal executives. OSCE Head of Mission Ambassador Jan Braathu, Minister Dalibor Jevtić and UNHCR Chief of Mission Erol Arduç presented some of the key return figures and issues as pertaining to local governance. In 2019, 191 individuals returned to Kosovo, which is the lowest number to date, but we are encouraged by the figures for 2020, amounting to 348 to date. Commending the mayors and municipal executives for their efforts in recent years and commitment towards future sustainable returns, OSCE, MCR and UNHCR representatives urged for additional practical solutions. This includes closing the remaining collective centers, contributing to rent payment where applicable, addressing land allocation issues, strengthening outreach in response to incidents, and expediting construction permits and other administrative processes in support to ongoing returns. The organizers thank the mayors and municipal executives for their reflections during the conference and look forward to working together in the future for the benefit of returnees and all communities in Kosovo.
Telegram of condolences on the death of Milorad Trifunovic
Pristina, November 25, 2020
I was deeply saddened by the news of the death of Milorad Trifunovic, coordinator of the Association of Families of the Kidnapped and Missing in Kosovo. Mr. Trifunović was a good and brave collaborator, a man of exceptional virtues and moral values when he never left the hope for a better tomorrow and the triumph of justice and truth, despite the family tragedy and suffering for his kidnapped brother.
Always honest, persistent and self-sacrificing in the just fight to reveal all crimes, especially the truth about missing and abducted Serbs in Kosovo. Unfortunately, Milorad Trifunović lost the battle against a vicious disease and it is a great loss for all people of good will who care about truth, justice, reconciliation and coexistence in Kosovo.
On behalf of the Ministry of Communities and Returns in Kosovo and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Milorad Trifunovic and the Association of Families of the Kidnapped and Missing in Kosovo.