EU donation of machines and equipment for the establishment of the small start-up companies at the Returnee Communities in Kosovo*


In addition to housing and security, certainly the most important issue for every family considering returning to Kosovo* is employment. Thanks to the EU donation, more than 600 beneficiaries were supported in 17 municipalities in Kosovo. In addition to 110 returnee packages of furniture, home appliances and food, 10 small enterprises were established.

Through projects implemented by The Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) in partnership with NGO Sveti Nikola Returnee Communities are supported with machines and equipment for the establishment and expansion of enterprises in order to improve socio-economic conditions of life. The project in the total value of 1.152.000 Euros is financed by the European Union through The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia.

Returnee Communities were supported with grants of 50.000 Euros and 20.000 Euros, with equipment for the establishment of enterprises in order to improve socio-economic conditions of life. The grants were awarded to Returnee Communities that applied in the group of at least two households for a small grant and a minimum of five households for a large grant.

The founders of the companies, in addition to awarding grants in the form of equipment, were provided assistance in business plans development, business and professional education, as well as continuous monitoring of business development. Mentoring meant support for start-ups in the form of working with experts in the field of agriculture, trade, services, small business development and financial management. Activities of the companies are primary agricultural production (husbandry, farming, fruit growing and food production and, production of wrapping materials, production of bread and pastry etc).

The project is part of the project „Support to Improvement of the Living Conditions of Forced Migrants and the Closure of Collective Centres” IPA 2012 funded by the European Union through the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. Implementation of the project started in February 2014 and it was implemented in close cooperation with the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Republic of Serbia and Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia.



Project is implemented within the framework of a wider program “Support of the European Union to improving the living conditions of forced migrants in Serbia” (, funded by the European Union and implemented by the European Union Delegation in Serbia. The main objective of this program is to ensure the successful integration and adequate living conditions for forced migrants who decided to stay in Serbia, and to ensure sustainable return of those who wish to return to Kosovo*.


Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e. V. (ASB), the German non-governmental organization for 23 years in the Balkans helps the most vulnerable population groups. More than 120 000 people in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia received, through projects of this organization, safe homes and a chance for a new life.


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