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Apr 27, 2010

PROJECTS FOR OVER BGN 1 BILLION CONTRACTED UNDER OP ‘ENVIRONMENT 2007 – 2013’

Projects for over BGN 1 billion have been contracted under OP ‘Environment.’ This was reported by the deputy minister of Environment and Water Ivelina Vassileva in Silistra before the members of the Association of Danube River Municipalities (ADRM). She pointed out that BGN 126 million have already been paid, which amounts to 12 per cent of the contracted amount and 3.6 per cent of the total programme resource. The majority of projects are related to the water and waste sectors.

In order to speed up the process of EU funds absorption, measures have been implemented as of 1 October 2009 towards the simplification of the documentation and procedures. A positive effect has already been felt by the municipalities as a result of the implemented changes.

A total of BGN 60 million has been paid for the period 2007 - October 2009, while BGN 65 million has been paid only during the following 6 months. Calculations show that fewer funds have been paid in the period between the beginning of the programme and 1 October 2009 in comparison with the period afterwards, deputy minister Vasileva pointed out.