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Jul 1, 2010

600 MILLION LEVA TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR WATER PROJECTS UNDER OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME ENVIRONMENT

The Managing Authority of Operational Programme Environment opens a direct award procedure for municipalities with over 10 000 population equivalent. It concerns municipalities listed in the document Methodology and approach for project selection under priority axis 1 of Operational Programme Environment 2007 - 2013 http://ope.moew.government.bg/en/references that will be financed with a priority in order to achieve compliance with the requirements of the European legislation on urban waste water treatment and reduction of the disparities with regards to the share of the population connected to sewage system.

The types of activities to be financed under the procedure are related to construction/reconstruction/modernization of waste water treatment plants, construction/reconstruction/modernization of sewage network and water supply network where coinciding with the sewage network.

The implementation of projects under the current procedure will help achieving compliance with the environmental legislation of the European Union, namely Directive 91/271/EEC providing environmentally friendly treatment and discharge of waste water for agglomerations with over 10 000 population equivalent.

The social and economic contribution of the investment of 600 million leva is undeniable - opening new jobs, as well as new opportunities for the business; the share of the population connected to a sewage system and drinking water infrastructure will grow.

Submitted project proposals will be evaluated by expert working groups every two months or after the submission of 10 project proposals. The deadline for application is 20 February 2012. The applicants should plan construction works so that the works are completed not later than 31 December 2014.

After changes in the management approach and the corrective measures undertaken with regard to water projects, approved by the European Commission, the current procedure is the next significant step to guarantee the sound financial management and to concentrate the financial resources on the implementation of the priorities in the sector.

Municipalities that would like to hold consultations with the Managing Authority of Operational Programme Environment on project development under the current procedure could send a request for OPE consultation day which is held every Thursday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the premises of the Ministry of Environment and Water, 22 Maria Louiza Blvd. Requests should be sent in advance to ope@moew.government.bg, including topics for discussion and contact details one day before the meeting.