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Mar 25, 2009


On the 24th of March 2009 an extraordinary meeting of the Monitoring Committee (MC) of Operational Programme Environment 2007 - 2013 was held in Kempinski Hotel Zografski. The MC approved a conception for funding in the Waste sector.

This mechanism shall assure the most effective distribution of the funds in the sector under the Operational Programme, as well as an impartial and fair distribution of the limited financial resource, implementation of the requirements set in the Council Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste. The mechanism refers to financing the 23 not constructed regional waste management systems, as well as closure of existing municipal landfills that do not comply with the requirements of the legislation. The funding shall be granted by direct award procedures. Potential beneficiaries are "associations of municipalities aimed at waste management and/or municipalities within the regions, defined in the National Waste Management Programme". The closure of the municipal landfills shall be made on the basis of criteria for direct granting, approved by the OPE Monitoring Committee.

The MC adopted selection criteria for construction of regional waste management systems and selection criteria for closure of municipal landfills under OP Environment.

The Minister of Environment and Water Mr. Dzhevdet Chakarov and the Chairman of the Environment and Water Committee in the National Assembly greeted the MC members during the official part of the meeting. The waste sector conception was supported and approved by the European Commission, as well.