Swiss-Austrian cooperation, 2 million euro grants for 11 municipalities affected by the November 26 earthquake

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A 2,000,000 euro fund will support 11 municipalities in Albania to recover from the damage after the earthquake of November 26, 2019

Through the joint Swiss-Austrian Regional Development Program, a new grant scheme became operational today in support of efforts to cope with the aftermath of the November earthquake. The grant will be implemented in close coordination with the Albanian Development Fund and local government associations.

"The grant we are launching today is a contribution of the Swiss and Austrian governments to support the recovery of the urgent needs caused by the earthquake, as well as a materialization of Albania's regional development reform. "It is also part of the broader support of Switzerland and Austria for earthquake damage recovery, part of the so-called 'promise' from the Brussels conference in February this year," said Swiss Ambassador Adrian Maître.

"With the Grant scheme, the Swiss and Austrian governments aim to support groups of people particularly vulnerable as they are the ones most affected by the earthquake and the covid pandemic19. It is essential that the ideas and projects from the municipalities are based on the real needs and requirements of the affected citizens and also to closely involve local community actors, such as businesses and NGOs ", said the Head of the Austrian Development Agency Office in Albania Simone Ungersböck.

Through the grant scheme, municipalities will have access to funds for the recovery and improvement of services for citizens. The application process will remain open until September 21 and will be administered by representatives of the Regional Development Program, the Albanian Development Fund and municipal associations. It aims to restore and recover all aspects of public services, rebuild infrastructure and facilities, and revitalize the economy, tourism, social and cultural life of the affected communities.

"This grant scheme - although a modest amount in relation to the needs for reconstruction - is a necessary and appropriate support to meet certain elements in the reconstruction plan as well as to have a full recovery process," said the Director of Albanian Development Fund, Dritan Agolli

Affected municipalities that may benefit from the grant include: Shijak, Durres, Kruja, Tirana, Kamza, Vora, Kavaja, Rrogozhina, Kurbin, Mirdita and Lezha.

Albania IV Regional Development Program (RDPA), 2019 - 2023, is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), implemented in partnership with the Government of Albania.

 

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