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EU grants 10 million euros to waste control

Donation to fund 10 solid-waste-management project

The European Union has donated 10 million euros to fund 10 projects aimed at managing solid waste in municipalities across the country.

The announcement came Thursday during a news conference at the Administrative Development Ministry, and was attended by outgoing State Minister for Administrative Development Ibrahim Hanna Daher and head of the EU Delegation Patrick Renauld.

Renauld said: "Ten million euros is at the same time a big and a little amount. Big because once the money is to be used, it will effectively solve and ameliorate the life and sanitary conditions of the Lebanese. It is a little amount because its not enough to solve the problem on the national level."

The ministry and the EU delegation selected the winning projects. The execution of the projects will be managed by the office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform, but will also involve the Interior Affairs Ministry and the Development and Reconstruction Council.

The projects selected involve supplying houses with waste separation containers, buying solid, medical and plastic waste transportation and collection vehicles as well as establishing recycling factories for different kinds of waste.

Renauld praised the quality of the projects presented by the municipalities as well as the level of responsibility with which the municipalities dealt with the subject.

He said: "I congratulate the municipalities, especially that their effort came during a time when it would have been very easy not to do anything at all ... it coincided with the preparation of Parliament's elections."

Outgoing State Minister Daher said: "When we first launched the program we did not aim at solving the problem on the national level because of lack of a general strategy and the limited budget we were granted."

"However," he added, "the execution of these 10 projects won't affect any future projects which fall in the government's general plan to manage waste."

The projects selected were one from the North, four from Mount Lebanon, one from the South, three from Nabatieh and one from the eastern Bekaa.

Beirut,03 14 2005
Nada Bakri
The Daily Star
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