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Dec 21, 2009

MINISTER KARADJOVA SIGNED CONTRACT ON VRATSA INTEGRATED WATER PROJECT

In the presence of Prime Minister Borissov, the contract on Vratsa Integrated Water Project was signed by Minister Karadjova and Vratsa Mayor Dr. Shahov.

Minister Karadjova congratulated Vratsa citizens on EC's approval of the first major project in the environment sector and Bulgaria's second major infrastructure project after the Sofia metropolitan. She stressed the Prime Minister's contribution to receiving the Commission's positive evaluation, which came as a result of Boyko Borissov's visit to Brussels in September.

Funding is secured under Operational Programme Environment, of which BGN 98 million comes from the EU Cohesion Fund while BGN 24 million is provided by the state budget. The environmental and cost-benefit impact of this project is unquestionable, said the Minister of Environment and Water. She thanked both teams for everything accomplished to date but also warned that the hardest part of the work was yet to come.

Vratsa Mayor Dr. Kostadin Shahov expressed his satisfaction with the fact that the efforts of long years of the municipality and the water supply and sewerage company resulted in signing of this contract which would grant more than BGN 123 million under the Environment OP. He stressed that the implementation of the project would solve the town problems related to supply of good quality water to the population and to the modernization of the waste water treatment plant.


Vratsa is one of Bulgaria's towns that receive most money from the EU funds, Prime Minister Borissov underlined. He was quoted as saying that Sofia and Vratsa had the best administrative capacity, which resulted in the award and management of European funding. Vratsa citizens were warned that there would be much digging on the streets of their town in the years to come and that they should be patient if quality infrastructure was the desired outcome. He also reminded the audience that in the past four months Bulgaria had attracted over 1 billion euro from the EU Structural and Cohesion Funds.