Larger EU support for improving the status of water bodies2010-08-13
The clean-up of water bodies in Lithuania has been even more intense. The Ministry of Environment has cut the contribution of project promoters, thus increasing the share of European Union support for works.
The contribution of project promoters, i.e. municipalities, has been reduced from 15% to 10%. Generally speaking, the cost of cleaning up water bodies for municipalities will be lower from now on. This will encourage municipalities to submit even more applications.
“The change is valid not only for new contracts but also for awarded contracts that are already being implemented,” claims Ms. Vilma Slavinskienė, head of the EU Funds Management Division at the EU Assistance Management Department of the Ministry of Environment. “The contribution of project promoters will be reviewed and reduced as all parties must have equal conditions and opportunities”.
The measure ‘Improvement of the status of water bodies’ is implemented using the funds from EU structural support 2007–2013 and municipal budgets. EU support accounts for the larger share of the funds. The objective of the measure is to improve the ecological and chemical status of surface water bodies.
Support is provided to the management of lakes, rivers and natural reservoirs. Funds are granted for the clean-up, the restoration of the near-natural hydrological regime, the application of measures for reducing the discharge of pollutants into water bodies, and the environmental clean-up of shores.
Cleaned water bodies become sites of attraction for holidaymakers and produce larger fish stocks. Not only people are pleased with clear water but also with neat shores and the improved environment.
More than LTL 109 mln. of EU funds have been granted for improving the status of water bodies. The funds have been allocated to 38 projects, of which 26 have already been launched. In accordance with the regional lists, a total of 80 projects are to be implement, which means either the start or completion of the clean-up of this number of water bodies.
Information of the Ministry of Environment, 2191869
13 August 2010