The three-year Programme for Environmental Investment Development – PEID, financed by the Swedish Development Agency with over two million euros, began with the first meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
160 miliona evra za zaštitu životne sredine
The programme includes the preparation and development of the project and technical documentation for infrastructural projects in the area of waste management and purification of municipal wastewater for large city centers in Serbia. The city centers are Novi Sad, Niš and Kragujevac, and after the completion of the Swedish programme, the projects would be financed from the funds of pre-accession assistance of the European Commission.
Ola Anderson, the director of the development assistance of the Swedish Development Agency, put an emphasis on the long-term successful cooperation of the Government of Sweden and the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and conveyed the expectations that such cooperation would continue in the future. ″Environmental sector remains one of key priorities of our cooperation and we would like to use this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment and support to Serbia in reaching the EU environmental standards. The Government of Sweden will continue to help Serbia on its way to the European Union accession ″, Anderson pointed out.
The environmental area currently has 160 million euros of development assistance at its disposal from all funds. This will enable the continuation of investment in the field of economy and reaching the European standards in waste and wastewater management.
The city of Kragujevac is expected to develop the project and technical documentation for waste management during the next year, and therefore, enter the IPA programme of financing for the year 2018.
The projects which are currently being prepared have the value of more than 100 million euros, and they are: purification of wastewater in Niš, waste management in Novi Sad and Kragujevac, as well as the preparation of tender documents for an accumulator in Leskovac and sludge treatment line in Šabac.