European Union has financially assisted Serbia since 2014 with 172 million Euros for recovery after floods and construction of prevention system, Mateja Norčič Štamcar, the deputy head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, said.
Speaking at the conference “Understanding Risk” held in Belgrade and dedicated to protection from weather disasters in times of climate changes, Norčič Štamcar stressed that every Euro invested in prevention multiplied in return.
She noted that EU has helped to 51 towns and villages in Serbia after 2014 floods, while nowadays, EU financially assists construction of banks and dipper stations in Paraćin, Valjevo and Svilajnac.
Belgrade mayor Zoran Radojičić estimated that Belgrade was more prepared for defence from floods than in 2014.
He added that in Novi Beograd and Zemun, dams were being built within the measures for flood prevention.
According to Radojičić, the state of Serbia, the city of Belgrade and numerous international organisations have helped reconstruction of Belgrade municipality Obrenovac from damages from 2014 floods, with a total of 6.5 billion dinars invested for these purposes.
“Understanding Risk” conference is organised by the Government of Serbia and World Bank, with the support of European Union with a goal to prepare countries in the region better for a fight against weather disasters.