EC to Finance Initial Works at Sofia Waste PlantBulgaria in EU | November 6, 2010, Saturday // 11:31| views
The construction of the Sofia waste treatment plant has already been delayed by more than a year. Photo by BGNES
The European Commission has agreed to finance the initial stages of the construction of Sofia's long-overdue waste treatment plant.
The news was reported Saturday by the cabinet's press office, saying Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has received a letter from the EC President, Jose Manuel Barroso, notifying him the funding has been approved, after Bulgaria provided the explanations requested by the EC experts.
The money will be used for the main waste depot and the compost equipment, valued together at EUR 50 M.
In the letter, Barroso points out the EC understands Borisov's concern about the waste issue in the capital and recognizes the effort of the government to solve the said issue.
The EC President points out the Commission would be willing to lift the proceedings against Bulgaria if construction works, related to infrastructure, begin quickly, but adds parts of the project must still be revised.
One of Sofia's Deputy Mayors is cited by the daily "Trud" (Labor) saying the revisions involve including the possibility for the plant to produce fuel for Thermal Power Plants and for Cement Factories, something Bulgarian experts are already working on, she pointed out.
Barroso promised that as soon as the revisions are a fact, the EC will give the Sofia waste plant project the highest priority.
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