Ms. Rosa María Sánchez-Yebra Alonso, Vice-Governor of the Council of Europe Bank (CEB) and Mr. Arnaud de Verdiere, Country Manager visited the country on 29-30 October 2018.
CEB Delegation met with IOM Skopje Head of Office Ms. Sonja Bozinovska Petrushevska and the IOM Skopje team to discuss the past and current migration situation on the Western Balkans Route, the cooperation in the area of migration management as well as the implementation of the project activities supported by CEB. IOM Skopje Head of Office gave an overview of the IOM’s support to the country, with particular focus on the activities implemented during the migration crisis, but also on the current and future activities.
The Council of Europe Development Bank has supported the country to address the emergency needs in the peak of the migration crisis, through equipping and enhancing the conditions in the reception centres, supporting the access to medical services and the identification and the referral of the vulnerable categories through the support of the mobility of the social services. IOM Mission in Skopje implemented CEB/MRF grant which main goal was to contribute to the ongoing Government efforts in addressing the emergency situation through building the capacities and providing requisite technical equipment to relevant governmental agencies, while also facilitating direct assistance and support to ensure the safety and wellbeing of asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants.
During the visit, CEB Delegation also met with the institutional stakeholders that expressed their gratitude for the support provided, underlying that the interventions have significantly supported the country to cope with the immediate challenges imposed by the migration crisis.