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Lithuania is number four by assimilation of Cohesion Fund support



Lithuania is in the fourth place by assimilation of Cohesion Fund support preceded by Estonia, Slovakia and Latvia. Nearly 2 billion litas was allocated to the implementation of our country’s environmental sector projects financed from the Cohesion Fund and from the state budget for the period 2000-2006.

According to Head of the EU Funds Management Division at the Ministry of Environment Vilma Slavinskienė, Lithuania is now implementing 30 water management projects (in the value of 19 million to 140 million litas) and 10 regional waste management projects (in the value of 23 million to 73 million litas). Based on today’s figures on the 26th of March, 230 contracts were signed in total. Their value is 1.08 billion litas. More than half of this sum, 540 million litas, has already been disbursed.

The outcomes of assimilating those funds include the newly built waste water treatment plants in Druskininkai, Jonava and Radviliškis, developed or reconstructed drinking water supply and waste collection systems in Vilnius, Mažeikiai, Druskininkai, Jonava and Radviliškis, mounted organic waste composting and bulk waste acceptance sites in Druskininkai and bulk waste sites in Tauragė, Jurbarkas, Šilalė and Pagėgiai, the first modern regional landfill and raw waste composting site in Šiauliai as well as other implemented water management and waste management projects.

Keeping up with the EU deadline, before the end of 2006, Lithuania signed all contracts to implement 101 project which received support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The total value of those projects is 132.7 million litas. Thirteen projects have already been finalised.

Vilma Slavinskienė says that all EU-supported projects within the environmental sector will be implemented before the established deadlines: those receiving support from the Cohesion Fund before the end of 2010 and those financed from ERDF before the end of 2008 Q3.

Public Information Division, Tel. 266 3660

26 March 2007

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas