Belgrade, June 25th - All regions in Serbia should be adequately equipped to fight against forest fires and preserve human lives, property and forest ecosystems. In order to achieve this, Mateja Norčič Štamcar, Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union Delegation to Serbia, and Francine Pickup, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Serbia, delivered today 27 fire extinguishing vehicles to Milosav Miličković, State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.
The total value of these vehicles stands at over 1 million EUR, and they will be given to the departments and divisions of the Sector for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia in Subotica, Zrenjanin, Kikinda, Pančevo, Sombor, Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica, Šabac, Valjevo, Smederevo, Požarevac, Kragujevac, Jagodina, Bor, Zaječar, Užice, Čačak, Kraljevo, Kruševac, Niš, Prokuplje, Pirot, Leskovac, Vranje, Novi Pazar, Prijepolje and Belgrade. Thanks to these vehicles, around 3300 members of the fire and rescue services from all over Serbia will be safer and more efficient when extinguishing forest fires.
The ceremony of delivering the vehicles was also attended by Jadranka Joksimović, Minister of European Integrations of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and Sandra Nedeljković, Acting Deputy Director of the Public Investment Management Office.
“I’m very happy that the Ministry of Interior now has 27 state-of-the-art vehicles to extinguish forest fires the very moment they occur, even in remote and inaccessible areas in all of Serbia. The EU is there for the people of Serbia, to support them in any hardships that may happen,” said Mateja Norčič Štamcar, Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union Delegation to Serbia.
Milosav Miličković, State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, said that this project, which started in 2019, was successfully finalized thanks to good organization and teamwork. “What remains to be done is to upgrade the premises of the Sector for Emergency Situations, with works worth 2.6 million EUR,” he added, stressing that Serbia so far hasn’t had modern vehicles of this kind, and that he hopes that the collaboration of all partners will continue in the future, in everyone’s best interest, and especially the people of Serbia.