EU Floods Recovery Programme

In the third week of May 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced its severest floods in the last 120 years. Huge amounts of rainfall of 250 to 300 meters per square meter caused sudden and extreme flooding of several rivers – the Bosna, Drina, Una, Sava, Sana, Vrbas – and their tributaries, as well as landslides. Urban, industrial and rural areas were completely submerged under water, cut off without electricity or communications and roads and transport facilities were damaged. A vast number of houses were destroyed damaged or left underwater, leading to a significant number of displaced households. In sum, the total economic impact of the disaster is estimated to have reached 2.04 Billion EUR or 15% of BiH’s GDP in 2014.

The EU responded immediately by activating the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and 23 Member States mounted relief assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following the disaster, the European Commission organized and hosted the Donors’ Conference ‘Rebuilding Together’ in order to mobilise support and to collect pledges from donors for the country’s recovery.

On 15 August the European Union launched its EU Floods Recovery Programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina worth 43.52 million Euro, out of which the EU’s contribution is 42.24 million Euro. The Programme aims to rehabilitate 4,000 dwellings for approximately 14,000 people, 100 local roads and bridges, 90 educational institutions (including pre-school facilities), 10 water and sanitation facilities, three municipality buildings, four Centres for social welfare, and four healthcare facilities. The EU Flood Recovery programme is aligned with the Recovery Needs Assessment, which was conducted by domestic authorities with assistance provided by the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank. The Programme is being implemented through the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) until February 2016.

Feature story: After floods, rehabilitated health institutions provide better services

Through one of five components of the EU Programme dealing with the renewal of public institutions and services they provide, among other 6 health institutions, servicing 288,380 people, were rehabilitated...

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The first study on Floods and Landslides Risk for the Housing Sector in BiH produced by the EU Floods Recovery Programme

This is the first multi-hazard risk assessment done in the country that provides information to all levels of government...

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The EU Floods Recovery Programme expands its economic rehabilitation activities, retains and creates 5,500 jobs

The economic rehabilitation component of the EU Floods Recovery Programme is of great importance as it is helping to set communities affected by the floods on a path towards economic growth that is even greater than the one expected prior to the floods.

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EU Floods Recovery Programme brings rehabilitation works in Tuzla to completion

The Programme activities in Tuzla included rehabilitation of 242 houses for some 850 people; 7 schools that cater to more than 3,200 students; an...

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EU Floods Recovery Programme increases the number of beneficiaries and extends rehabilitation activities

The EU Floods Recovery Programme at its fifth Advisory Panel meeting held on 05 November 2015 in Sarajevo announced an increase in the number of beneficiaries and the extension of its rehabilitation works, thus providing additional support to all those affected by the devastating floods that struck Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014...

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Ambassador Wigemark, Head of the EU Delegation and EUSR, visited Šamac and Brčko District BiH

In Šamac, Ambassador Wigemark met with Mayor Savo Minić and Municipal Assembly Speaker, Predrag Marinković, to discuss European integration re...

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