CEB: 2.2 million euro to tackle the refugee crisis in Macedonia

October 30, 2015

Hat: Migrant and refugee crisis: CEB provides emergency assistance to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

Funding Scheme: 2015-10-30

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is granting € 2.2 million to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to ensure that refugees transiting through the country have access to shelter, food and basic necessities.


The grant agreement was signed today in Skopje by Mr. Dime Spasov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy and Mr. Stephan Sellen, Deputy Director General for Loans and Social Development, CEB. The grant is disbursed by Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF), established by the CEB to finance reception and transit centres in member countries in order to assist with their immediate response to the current crisis.

Among other segments, the MRF grant will finance the installation of a full industrial kitchen and several field kitchens in the reception centers, based on UNHCR recommendations. This will facilitate food preparation and ensure that refugees have access to warm meals.

To further improve their living conditions the grant will also fund the distribution of non-food items such as winter clothes and blankets. CEB’s assistance will cover the running costs of the reception centers as well as all the works needed to adapt them to winter conditions.

MRF aims at supporting CEB member states’ efforts to ensure that migrants and refugees who arrive on their territory enjoy basic human rights, such as shelter, food and medical aid, as well as personal security. The CEB has endowed MRF with € 5 million and is inviting donors to contribute funds to reach an amount of € 20 – 25 million.

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