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Nov 28, 2007


On 27 November 2007 in Brussels the Minister of Environment and Water Mr. Dzhevdet Chakarov and the EU commissioner for regional policy Mrs. Danuta Hübner officially signed Operational Programme Environment 2007 - 2013. The event was organized by the Delegation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU. Mr. Boyko Kotzev, Mr. George Bojinov, Chairman of the Parliamentary Environment and Water Committee, representatives of Cohesion Policy for Environment Directorate, colleagues form the Ministry of Finance, from the EC, officers from Bulgarian Delegation to the EU participated in the ceremony.

Commissioner Hübner congratulated Bulgaria on OPE signing and said that environment is important for Bulgaria for two reasons: the first one because the country beautiful nature which should be preserved, and the second one because investment in environment is an investment in people's quality of life. Commissioner Hübner also said that Bulgaria should invest in strengthening the administrative capacity at local level. It will contribute to a maximum good absorption of funds under all operational programmes.
The negotiations on OPE 2007 - 2013 ended on 16 October 2007. The Commission approval decision is dated 7 November 2007.
The operational programme is directed towards significant investments in infrastructure and towards achievement of compliance with EU environmental legislation in the field of water and waste management, nature preservation and protection of biodiversity.