Bulgaria Needs over BGN 11 B to Improve Water Supply, Sewerage Services

Business | January 13, 2015, Tuesday // 11:48|  views

Bulgaria's Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova, photo by BGNES

Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova has informed that Bulgaria needs over BGN 11 B for upgrades in the water supply and sewerage sector.

Speaking Tuesday at the first of a series of meetings on water supply and sewerage reform, which bring together representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Water, the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, and water supply and sewerage companies and associations, Pavlova noted that the implementation of reform measures in the sphere was essential for attracting EU funding.

She made clear that EU programs, most notably operational program Environment, could provide a total of BGN 2.5 B for investments in the sphere.

Pavlova said that the Rural Development program, as well as the state budget, could also be used to finance investments in the sector.

Bulgaria’s Regional Development Minister underscored that failure on the part of Bulgaria to fulfill all of its commitments related to the implementation of the National Water Sector Development Strategy and the EU requirements concerning environmental protection and drinking-water quality would render it unable to rely on EU funding.

Pavlova pointed out that the improvement of water supply and sewerage services required huge investments and the lack of EU funding would call into question Bulgaria’s commitment to implement these reforms.

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Tags: Regional Development Minister, water supply, EU funding, operational program


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