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News / Completion of works on the state-of-the-art prison in Kragujevac, Serbia
On Tuesday 16 November 2022, high level officials from Serbia, EU and other donor countries attended the opening of the Kragujevac prison. The total cost for the new prison facility is €40 million. It was part-financed with a €17 million loan from the CEB and a €3 million in technical assistance grants from the EU and WBIF Bilateral Donors.
One of the most modern and secure penitentiary institutions in Europe, Kragujevac prison can house up to 500 inmates in 265 cells, including some fitted for inmates with disabilities. The complex consists of 11 buildings with a total area of 22,000 square meters, providing space for socialising, work activities, vocational training as well as modern equipment and healthcare facilities. It will employ 270 people.
Since 2009, with support from the EU, WBIF Bilateral Donors, and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), Serbia has embarked on a programme to modernize its prison facilities in line with the European Prison Rules. Within the programme, a WBIF project has been launched, concerning the construction and equipping of two new prison facilities in Pančevo and Kragujevac. The Pančevo prison facility, with capacity for 500 inmates, was completed in 2018.
Photo credits: WBIF
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