A United Nations team presented a regional response plan for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe in Belgrade on Tuesday, under which the Serbian government will have USD 40 million available to manage the crisis in 2016, the Serbian RTS public television channel said.
The plan, previously unveiled in Geneva, covers the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans migrant routes and calls for assisting Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Turkey in addressing the needs of refugees and migrants this year.
The plan was drawn up under the auspices of the UN Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation on Migrations (IOM).
Presenting the plan in Belgrade, UN Resident Coordinator Irena Vojackova-Sollorano said that the plan included providing humanitarian aid and medium-term development support to the Serbian government in addressing the needs of refugees and migrants in protection, education, food, health, logistics and shelter, as well as support to local communities.
She said that the implementation of the plan would require full operational cooperation of the government, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations with a view to ensuring protection of migrants and refugees and "access to long-term solutions".