German experience and support to spread renovation ‘virus’ in Lithuania2014-09-22
On their visit to Germany, a delegation headed by the Vice-minister for Environment, Daiva Matonienė, agreed with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety on supporting our country in developing and implementing the first pilot project for block renovation.
“Lithuania has been successfully modernising multi-apartment buildings since 2013 after a new renovation model was introduced. But our aim is to overhaul blocks rather than single buildings and to arrange the areas of these blocks in an integrated way by modernising the infrastructure facilities,” Daiva Motonienė said. Therefore, according to her, plans are to start renovating one block of multi-apartment buildings so that this first pilot project is both a lesson and an example with a view to “infecting” the country’s municipalities with block renovation.
Such a project will build on the experience in Germany, which has already modernised 80 per cent of old residential buildings, including practical and financial support. During meetings with the director of the Directorate-General for Urban Development, Housing and Public Building Law of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Anke Brummer-Kohler, and other staff in charge as well as representatives from the German Renovation Bank (KfW), the Lithuanian delegation agreed that in a few weeks’ time a working meeting will be held in Berlin to discuss specific activities and financial support opportunities to implement a block renovation pilot project in Lithuania.
Planned German support, according to Vice-minister Daiva Matonienė, is proof that the cooperation agreement between the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety is not just words.
Members of our delegation – the head of the Housing Energy Saving Agency, Valius Serbenta, advisor at the Economy Division of the Economic Progress Department of the Office of the Government, Lina Žongolavičiūtė, the Lithuanian ambassador in Germany, Deividas Matulionis, and the embassy’s second secretary, Antanas Venckus, had the chance to appreciate the benefits to a block renovation pilot project as they visited a renovated Drevitz block of residential buildings in Potsdam.
The partnership between the Ministry of Environment and the Lithuanian Municipalities Association will help to disseminate the ‘virus’ of block renovation in Lithuania. “Municipalities are developing their area development programmes. Our aim is that these programmes cover renovation of residential and public buildings and their environment as well as infrastructure facilities. Lithuania is seeking opportunities for efficient investments in this integrated renovation. Cooperation with Germany is one of these opportunities,” Vice-minister Daiva Matonienė pointed out.
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