Bulgaria Launches First European Union-Financed Wastewater Treatment Plant

Officials of Bulgaria's Ministry of Environment and Water recently signed separate contracts with companies from Turkey and Germany to build and to supervise construction, respectively, of a regional wastewater treatment plant that will serve the towns of Gorna Oryahovitsa, Dolna Oryahovitsa, and Lyaskovets.

The European Union (EU), through the European Commission, is providing about US$20 million in project financing, 75% of which is in the form of a grant, according to an Environment and Water Ministry press statement.

The regional treatment plant is the first in a series of 20 such facilities planned for construction in Bulgaria with EU financing, the statement notes. "The project envisages the construction of installations for collection and treatment of the urban wastewater in compliance with the national and the European [Union] requirements," the statement said.

"The project implementation will contribute highly to achieving one of the main objectives of government policy in the field of environment protection and practical implementation of the requirements of the European and Bulgarian legislation regarding the quality of the urban wastewater."


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