EU and global funds successfully used for environmental improvement2011-07-20
The results of the first half of 2011 confirm that the Ministry of Environment is consistently performing set tasks: financial assistance of the European Union is consistently used to preserve and improve the country’s environment, with the stage of the use of funds received after selling surplus emission allowances (assigned amount units or AAUs) kicking off.
Gediminas Kazlauskas, the Minister of Environment, has signed four agreements with Luxembourg, Spain and several international companies, thus completing the first sale of Lithuania’s AAUs that lasted more than two years. The total value of the transactions is LTL 476 million.
“The legal and administrative framework of the Land Information System (LIS) developed in Lithuania in 2009-2010 defines the allocation of funds received for AAUs in the form of subsidies, soft loans and investment in capital. They are planned to be used to enhance the economic efficiency of the country and promote renewable energy,” Kazlauskas has said. “The most likely uses of funds include public building and school modernisation projects, financing of renewable energy sources and more environmentally friendly transport.”
It has already been planned to allocate LTL 90 million of collected funds for the acquisition of environmentally friendly public transport (buses), LTL 65 million for biofuel boilers and LTL 60 million for the enhancement of the energy efficiency of public buildings (renovation) and the use of renewable energy sources.
The Ministry of Environment remains a leader in terms of the pace of use of EU support. LTL 3.896 billion worth of contracts were signed in areas supervised by the Ministry until 1 July this year, i.e. 88% of the total amount earmarked for 2007-2013. In terms of this indicator, the Ministry of Environment is lagging behind the Ministry of Health only.
The Ministry of Environment is also among the leaders in terms of funds paid: LTL 1.6 billion was paid, which accounted for 38% of the total amount allocated for this period or 42% of the value of contracts signed. This is the third best result among ministries (the Ministry of Social Security and Labour ranks first, followed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications).
Spokesman for the Minister of Environment, Tomas Beržinskas, tel. 219 1868
20 July 2011