Over EUR 1 billion of EU support allocated to the environment during the past nine years2016-02-15
During the past nine years, i.e. from 1 January 2007 until 31 December 2015, over EUR 1 billion of EU support has been paid out for environmentally-friendly activities in Lithuania. The support was allocated from the funds of the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund earmarked for the 2007–2013 financial period. The aid helped implement 430 projects, which were fully or partially funded. The numbers and facts speak for themselves.
According to Inesis Kiškis, Director of the EU Assistance Management Department at the Ministry of Environment, the EU funds were used to take yet another step towards completion of the country’s waste management system. A total of 340 old, non-compliant dump sites were closed and cleaned, and a dump site for hazardous waste as well as 50 bulk waste and 40 green waste compost sites were opened. A total of 10 built mechanical biological treatment facilities enable to adequately treat biologically separable waste and extract secondary raw materials from the mixed waste stream. Thousands of individual households were provided with the possibility of sorting out biologically separable waste and secondary raw materials; over 220,000 containers were purchased for this purpose.
The allocated EU funding determined important changes in the country’s water supply system. New water supply systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems were installed or the old ones were renovated in more than 400 residential areas. Over 72,000 residents were connected to the new water supply networks and more than 100,000 residents were connected to the wastewater collection networks. Twenty one sewage treatment plants were built.
The JESSICA holding fund established to accelerate the renovation of multi-apartment buildings provided the opportunity to offer loans to residents under more favourable conditions. This helped renovate 770 old multi-apartment buildings.
A substantial portion of EU support was allocated to environmental protection. The allocated funding helped improve the condition of 107 water bodies in the country by cleaning and fixing them. The 2.4 km-long section of the Baltic littoral zones and beaches, which was damaged by storms and erosion, was restored by filling it with over 420,000 m³ of transported sand. Sixty projects for cleaning contaminated sites were implemented: 85 ha of contaminated areas were cleaned and 25 environmentally harmful objects were liquidated. State parks were cleared from 250 abandoned structures. A total of 25 visitor centres or exhibitions were equipped in these areas. The tree crown path installed in Anykščiai Regional Park attracts large numbers of visitors.
A total of 20 environmental protection laboratories upgraded using the EU funds and over 160 new or renovated air, water, soil, littoral and seismic monitoring stations enable to ensure more effective environmental monitoring and investigation as well as selection of necessary protective and preventive measures.
15 February 2016