Friday, March 23, 2007

Romania: Environmental projects need investments of 1.7bn euros

23 March 2007

The achievement of the projects aimed at environmental protection, under the Sectoral Operational Programme for Environment, scheduled to be carried out by 2009, needs investments of more than 1.7 billion euros, Minister of Environment and Water Management (MMGA) Sulfina Barbu said, ACT Media news agency reports.

Approximately 16 percent of the 1.7 billion euros are to come from European funds, with the remainder to be covered from the State Budget as co-financing and with the most important sources to be the National Fund for Development and the Environment Fund.'

The Ministry is fully aware that each and every manager with the National Administration Romanian Waters (ANAR) wants the hydrographic basin it manages to be the first to get the funds for upgrading, but they all must understand that MMGA uses certain criteria to establish the priorities,' the Environment Minister also stressed.

Another priority on the MMGA agenda is the upgrading with state-of-the art equipment of the stations in all the regions of the country, in order to have accurate meteorologic and hydrologic forecasts, with re-upgrading projects already existing worth 181 million euros.

'We must cooperate with the local authorities to avoid such situations as in some localities where the newly built, state budget hydrologic and meteorologic stations are being vandalized,' Sulfina Barbu added.

Source: ACT Media News Agency

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