Trstenik, Kruševac, 5 October 2023

EU for sustainable development of Trstenik and Kruševac

The Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Serbia, Nicola Bertolini, and Isabel Pimenta, Serbia IPA Financial Assistance Coordinator at the European Commission visited the Health Centre "Dr. Sava Stanojević" in Trstenik today, which has been energy-renovated with the support of the EU, to provide improved quality of health services.

 „Here in Trstenik we can see the concrete support of the European Union and its taxpayers. We are there to help people and thus we are glad that together with the municipality we completed this project so the people have better health care service“ said Nicola Bertolini, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation.

The Deputy Mayor of Trstenik, Dejan Rakovac, underlined the support of the EU to the municipality of Trstenik and added that the Health Centre reconstruction project is extremely important for the municipality.

"This project has significantly contributed to healthcare workers, but even more to our patients. Namely, the building is quite old and we waited a long time for the joinery replacement and improvement of energy efficiency because the building could not be heated in the winter and could not be cooled in the summer. Also, horizontal therapy is an important donation because our patients now have this type of health service with a wide range of treatment of patients", said the director of the Trstenik Health Center Žaklina Ristić.

She also said that the donation of a new ambulance that the emergency service received contributed to safer and faster transport of patients.

In Kruševac, representatives of the European Union met with the deputy mayor Aleksandar Jovanović, the team that participated in the development of the Urban Area Development Strategy of the city of Kruševac, including the city administration, as representatives of cultural institutions and civil society organisations.

After meeting the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation, Nicola Bertolini, pointed out that Kruševac is like any other European town noting the special attention on culture and history with the focus on young people, which are all common values of the EU and Kruševac as well. We would continue to support Kruševac as it deserves but also to be the- good example to many other municipalities in Serbia which has the future in the European Union”.

The Deputy Mayor of Kruševac, Aleksandar Jovanović, underlined the importance of the Urban Development Strategy of the city of Kruševac as an important strategic document that the city is developing with the EU support.

"We have defined key areas for the development of the city as well as the projects that can improve the quality of life in our city. One of the priorities is the creation of more content for young people, so that they stay to work and have their families here. What we have identified as one of the key projects for the further development of the city, especially its urban part, is the reconstruction of the Army House, that is, the construction of a multifunctional and multicultural facility where different cultural institutions will have their own space. There is also the reconstruction of the Lazarev grad site, which is a symbol of the tradition of our city," said Jovanović.

In Kruševac, the EU diplomats visited the enterprise Ramonda Dezert, which is engaged in the production of cakes and pastries. The owner of the company, Gordana Petković, acquired new machines with EU grants and thus improved production.