Prishtina, 17 December 2013- The main building of Leposavic camp, the third camp in north Kosovo, which housed many Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian families for the last 14 years, is finally closed. Thirty-one families have moved to newly constructed houses mainly in Roma Mahalla, Mitrovica but also to Fushё Kosovё/Kosovo Polje and Malishevё/o municipalities. This brings the total number of families resettled from camps in north Kosovo to 179. The other two camps, Cesmin Lug and Osterode, were closed with the help of the EU in October 2010 and December 2012 respectively.
Samuel Žbogar, Head of EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative said on this occasion: “After living more than 14 years in difficult conditions, 31 families have been facilitated to new houses and given a possibility for a better life for themselves and their children. The EU is proud to be part of this process. I hope that all parties concerned, in particular Leposavic authorities and community representatives, continue with positive attitude and cooperation in order to find durable solution for the remaining 4 families.”
Mr Žbogar was accompanied by newly elected Leposavic mayor, Mr Dragan Jablanović and community representative Mr Skender Gushani.
Closure of the main camp building and construction of new 31 houses with extended infrastructure works are part of the €1.53 million EU-funded project which supported the resettlement of the communities with the ultimate goal of closing the third remaining Leposavic camp in North Kosovo.
This EU-funded project uses a multi-sectoral approach. It includes housing and infrastructure works, medical screening and treatment for elevated blood lead levels, income generation, community development initiatives, interethnic dialogue, education, civil registration, legal assistance, and capacity building support for involved municipal authorities.