Kukës, 19 October 2020 – EU Ambassador Luigi Soreca launched today the second phase of “Europe is here” communication campaign dedicated to EU Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, the environment and climate change.
The European Green Deal is an ambitious and comprehensive plan to turn the European Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. The Green Agenda for the Western Balkans will provide further assistance, for instance in developing circular economy and air quality strategies.
Under the motto ''Europe is here", the six-month campaign launched in July, informs citizens about EU's financial assistance to Albania, especially in key sectors such as infrastructure/transport, environment and agriculture. The launch event of the second phase of “Europe is here” campaign took place in Kukes in the presence of local authorities, environmental organisations, civil society, business community and media.
In his remarks, the EU Ambassador Soreca said: "The commitment of the EU to protect our environment is based on a simple fact: the benefits of protecting ecosystems by far outweigh the cost of their degradation. From Brussels to Kukes, from the EU Green Deal to our assistance in Albania, the European Union is working on the same priorities. Over the last 10 years, as the largest donor in Albania, the EU has donated EUR 210 million to support Albania in increasing its environmental standards. "Europe is here", because the EU is already present everywhere in the country, improving the life of Albanians and bringing standards closer to those of the EU.”
“Europe is here” campaign on environment will explain in the coming weeks how the EU is already changing Albania through its engagement on air pollution, use of pesticides, waste treatment, river quality and biodiversity.
The European Union is investing in Kukes through its cross-border projects in environmental protection, tourism development, water management as well as sustainable economic growth through smart public investment and capacity development. The EU Ambassador highlighted the region’s rich natural landscape and biodiversity as an excellent basis for sustainable tourism development and the threat of littering and pollution. He also announced the upcoming EUR 30 million of EU financial assistance in environment and climate change (2021), including investment in integrated waste management structures that will accelerate the circular economy.
For more information on EU’s financial assistance to Albania please visit www.euprojects.al. The platform gathers information on past and ongoing projects funded by the EU. For each project, website provides information about the implementing partners, beneficiaries, objectives, actions and expected results, in a fully transparent manner. The database has a user friendly interface and the search function allows the search of projects by sector or any keyword.
Facts and figures on EU support to the environment sector in Albania
€210 million of contributions from the EU to the roads sector in the last 10 years.
The EU will continue to invest in the protection of environment and climate change in Albania with an amount of EUR 30 million starting from 2021.
The EU is funding the Via Dinarica project on the importance of environment protection in the future of tourism with close to EUR 450,000, the Kukes-Gjakova Clean water project with EUR 1.2 million, the Green Cross project towards local green economies with smart investment with EUR 500,000.
For EU Ambassador Soreca’s speech click here