EU assistance funds for environment protection are used more rapidly than expected2011-04-07
During the first quarter of this year, the Environmental Project Management Agency under the Ministry of Environment signed contracts for LTL 201 million for the implementation of EU-supported waste management, aquaculture and other projects in the environmental sector. This exceeded the estimated value by LTL 67 million.
Inesis Kiškis, Director of the European Union Assistance Management Department of the Ministry of Environment, said that the signed contracts enabled contractors to carry out public procurement and to commence specific works more quickly. This is especially important when building water supply and wastewater collection facilities, as it is the high time to start works after the cold winter season. This year the reclamation of old closed landfills shall be completed; all old landfills should be reclaimed by the end of the year. There are still some three hundred such landfills in the country. The public procurement is expected to be completed and the construction of biodegradable waste management facilities (expected to continue for two years) is expected to commence by the end of the year.
The funding provided to contractors of EU-supported environmental projects during the first quarter of this year also exceeded the estimated amount. According to Inesis Kiškis, the disbursed amount totalled LTL 57 million, i.e. LTL 18 million more than it was estimated.
Ministry of Environment information, tel. 266 3660
7 April 2011