Doljevac, 23 January 2023

Pupils of "Vuk Karadžić" PrimarySchool in Belotinac, thanks to EU support, start the second semester in the renovated school

Pupils of the Primary School "Vuk Karadžić" in the Belotinac settlement in Doljevac started the second semester in a completely renovated school thanks to the support of the European Union (EU) through the EU PRO Plus programme, which is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of European Integration.

About 200 primary school students from the settlements of Belotinac and Čapljinac in the municipality of Doljevac, including the settlement of Batušinac in the municipality of Merošina, as well as students from Međurovo in the municipality of Palilula in Niš, today have significantly improved conditions for education in the school since the roof, facade and interior and exterior carpentry have been replaced, which improved the energy efficiency of this building. The electrical installations and floors were also replaced while the water supply and sewerage network was reconstructed.

"It is a big day for all the inhabitants of Belotinac and Doljevac as we have successfully implemented another project and most importantly, children and employees now have excellent conditions for learning and working. The school also managed to provide new furniture, so that the students start the second semester at a completely renovated school", said Jovica Pešić, Head of Economy and Finance Department in the municipality of Doljevac. As he added, the municipality still has to implement activities related to further improvement of energy efficiency, as well as monitoring of costs with savings that will be invested in the further improvement of educational conditions in Doljevac.

The EU, through the EU PRO Plus programme, provided almost 180,000 Euros for the reconstruction of the school, while the municipality of Doljevac participated with significant funds of over 125,000 Euros.

Out of 32 local infrastructure projects that the EU supports through the EU PRO Plus programme in the regions of Šumadija and Western Serbia and Southern and Eastern Serbia, the municipality of Doljevac has been among the first one to complete the construction works. The EU support of over five million Euros is aimed at improving the quality of life of people through the  renovation and reconstruction of educational, health and social care institutions, sports and cultural facilities, and improvement of communal infrastructure and public administration buildings.